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The Cheese Man Cometh...
Mr. and Mrs. San Cucongos brought us this stunning item...a riddle, surrounded by an enigma, wrapped up in a 1967 issue of "Highlights for Children".
We believe it represents an "Italian" man grating cheese on the streetcorner, as they used to do in New York City at the turn of the century. "Cuppa cheese-a for a nickel-a!" This ceramic dispenser was orginally sold as part of a set... it seems to have been separated from its companion olive-oil dispenser (which would have been shaped like a little fez-wearing monkey).
This item so deeply offended the Italian members of our staff that they could barely be bothered to spit in its general direction as they ran home to catch "The Sopranos" on HBO.
Nevertheless, as you can see -- not only does this piece look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it's also a grated cheese dispenser!
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