Category Archives: Family

Yorktown Art Deco shape: Edwin M. Knowles ‘flower pots’

I picked up this plate somewhere back in Texas, intrigued by the lovely shape and colorful design. For years, it was displayed on an easel on the buffet. The move to Mississippi took its toll on a lot of things, … Continue reading

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The Souvenir Mystery

While clearing out a chest on the screened porch, I ran across this small plaque. It belongs to Randy, and I have seen it frequently over the years. I had never paid it much attention and actually thought it was … Continue reading

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When a plan does not work, back up, and start backing up again

All three piers are now complete: filled with concrete and mortared into place, sitting on that 16 inch deep ground fill of concrete and rebar. After a day of rest today, tomorrow is sunny and dry, so I will head … Continue reading

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Rain rain, go away, little Suzi wants to finish building a house

When I sent Rand a message that we were interrupted by a downpour, his reply was: “Mississippi is a harsh mistress!” (Note: who said it is the mistress who is harsh–besides Rando, I mean? Maybe Mississippi is a harsh master, … Continue reading

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Every thing that lasts needs a good foundation: We have not lift off, but sink down…

to that concrete and steel foundation! It was music to my ears to hear the sound of the concrete truck backing up the driveway this morning! I was ecstatic last night when Rand called and said the contractor would be … Continue reading

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Made in Occupied Japan: 1947-1952

The first year Randy and I were married, his mother gave me this platter for Christmas. She knew I collected and enjoyed vintage dishes. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, this platter held our turkey. I have used it a … Continue reading

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Poppies on Porcelain: Ivory Porcelain by Sebring

In addition to this small plate, the pattern that Replacements, Ltd. called “green and red floral pattern” is found on a square plate shape with fluted edges and a green border. The flowers appear to be poppies to me. Sebring … Continue reading

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Got Milkglass? Or Platonite?

In the “life-long learning” category, I recently learned about Platonite…a patented glass making process from Hazel Atlas Glass. Hazel Atlas was the first glass company in the United States to produce colored transparent dinnerware for “the common housewife” and everyday … Continue reading

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Sherbet anyone?

In preparing for the kitchen re-do, I have been cleaning out the china cabinet. These ice cream/sherbet dishes, manufactured by the Libbey Glass Company, had been a staple in the soda fountain business of yesteryear. Obviously, Grandma wished she had … Continue reading

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Ya’ got any chickens?

Well, apparently if you were the average woman, or even a sophisticated society lady, in the 1950s, you would have been part of the “nation craze for hen and rooster figurines.” Following along with a nation craze for hen and … Continue reading

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