Lagardo Tackett stash containers — the complete set of eight

No matter how old I get, inside I will always be an awkward teenage girl, giggling at toilet jokes and oh my gosh, yes, at Lagardo Tackett egghead condom holders, also known as ‘stash containers’. When I saw my first egghead, I was all over the intertubes researching Lagardo Tackett and these witty treasures, which seem to be illustrating the variety of emotions that a man may have as he contemplates consummating the act of amour. Tee hee giggle giggle. Do you want to see the entire set of eight? Reader Steve has photographer his collection — gathered over the past 12 years — for the Tribe to ogle.

In the comment on my first story, Steve piped up that he had a complete set, so I chased him down. Here’s his story:

Probably 12 years or so ago I saw the “Think” egghead at an antiques show in Des Moines. It was on a high shelf in seller’s booth in the corne of this big auditorium. I was halfway across the room when I spotting it out of the corner of my eye.

The seller wanted $200 for it as I remember. That was a lot of money for me at the time. I came close to buying but talked myself out of it. I told my girlfriend at the time about it and as a surprise she tracked down the seller and gave me the egghead as a gift.

It was several years before I had any idea of the egghead’s cool origins. The eggheads have a signature on the inside rim, but it’s kind scrawled and hard to read. I didn’t know if it was Tanck or Tarck or Tasck or what. After owning the “Think” head for quite a while, I wanted to know more about it so I started doing searches on ebay and other web sources. Through trial and error I discovered “Think” was an egghead designed by Largardo Tackett, a contemporary of the Eames’, and that it was just one of several. I also learned that they were sold in the back of men’s magazine and marketed as stash containers for condoms and stuff.

I’m not into the Rat Pack or anything, but the eggheads’ cool, swinging 60s thing was kind of irresistible. I’m also a fan of poster art (I have a collection of film posters from 70s and 80s) and graphic design and really like the simple Saul Steinberg-esque graphics of the eggheads. (I actually thought that Steinberg may have had some connection to them.) So I started buying eggheads one by one as they came on ebay. Took me a few years.

I can’t remember what I paid for each, but most likely between $50 and $200. The “Sex” egghead was the most elusive. I rarely see the “Think” head up for sale. Only two in my set have the corks in the bottom. The “Et tu Brute” version has a cork on the right side of the head. I think I have the whole collection. I’ve never seen any other designs, though I think some come in two different heights. I sometimes check on ebay just to see if any are listed and what people are paying for them. I think I have a nice collection with some real value, but I can’t see parting with them anytime soon.

Thank you, Steve. Seems like, yes, you have a collection wisely bought, which continues to increase in value, as I now see these going for $350 or more on ebay. As they say: Sex Sells.

Lagardo Tackett, whose original ceramic planter designs are still available from Vessels USA today, for sure gets to be invited to my dinner party in retro heaven. I bet he would be FUN.

  1. jb says:

    Why is it that I have never seen the “why don’t you just shut up?” egghead up for sale? I have been searching for it for over a year and a half and still can not seem to locate one. It must be the most elusive of the eight.

  2. Leah says:

    isitfiveoclockyet? this is the one you are missing–i am going to try to send pictures today! the face is like the one–whatagaintonight?

  3. Leah Smirlis says:

    when i go home i will look at this info–the pictures won’t come up here at work. i will let you know which one is missing from the group–my memory may fail me here without the visual. sex on the brain, think, etu brute, whatagaintonight?, happy?, fly on the nose, rose in the mouth, whydontyoushutup,–and of course–now i am drawing a blank–i tink it says something about—isit 5’oclock yet–i will get back to you on this –i would have thought—eggs–12 designs!! but i guess he stopped before making a dozen 🙂

  4. Adrian says:

    I have an original Egg-head the one that says “SEX”, so glad to find your article as wanted to know more about it. Did not know it was a condom holder! It was my parents. Don’t know the worth?

  5. Jesus says:

    I have the one with the sex on its mind. But I don’t know how much it’s worth can anyone give me a estimate?

  6. Just another Pam says:

    Love the whimsy, the designs, the purpose and that Steve collected them in exactly the right way, slowly, surly and perfectly. And I have to admit that I do have a bit of ‘head envy’….I think I finally understand what Freud was talking about ;o)

  7. denise says:

    I think they are wonderful. I like the ‘sex-ness’ of them, but being a fan of interesting heads in general, these really turn mine. Awesome that Steve has a collection.

  8. JKaye says:

    Twice-a-day posts are great! Thanks, Steve, for sharing your collection. I had never heard of Lagardo Tackett or his eggheads until you posted about them a little bit ago, Pam. They are so simple yet so intriguing.

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