Up until the 1950s or so, no kitchen was complete without a ball of string. It was amazingly useful, sort of the duct tape of the day. If it couldn't be fixed with string, it probably wasn't worth fixing.
Now the unimaginative housewife just kept a ball of string in the drawer. However, potters and manufacturers started creating decorative string holders. Usually in the shape of a head, with the string coming out of the mouth (I know!)
Most were adorable. Kitties, puppies, fanciful people . . .
and, then there is this . . .
Imagine this being the first face you saw when you turned on the kitchen light every morning. No wonder so many housewives downed Valium and vodka cocktails while the hubby was at work!