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06 April 2009

Green for good measure

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Mosaics made with fd's Flickr Toys.  There's more on my Depression Glass Flickr set.

Before I threw out my back and suffered a different sort of lost weekend, I was cleaning cupboards.  I managed to do a big pantry cupboard where we store cookbooks, most baking supplies and spices, and some of the more utilitarian pieces of my Depression Glass collection.  There were some requests for more.  You might also want to check out my post D is for... Depression glass from ABC-Along 2006.

I am a collector, there's no two ways about that.  Most of my "collections" have to do with "Women's Work."  It's funny, I'm vaguely reminded right now of a high school assignment -- I picture myself in the English Dept., so let's say it was for English, though I don't remember exactly, could have been Social Studies -- for which I was researching "Women In Russia."  It was in the early- to mid-'70s, so my work was no doubt completed right quick because there wasn't much timely information forthcoming about Russia in those days, period, never mind about women!

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Anyway, I collect depression glass because, for me, they represent a connection to the maternal.  My grandmothers were both young wives and mothers during The Great Depression.  They welcomed and used these additions to their kitchens, even if they didn't love them as I do.

I can still picture the "depression glass booth" at my favorite, now-long-gone antique mall.  I am certain that I bought the Federal tri-spout measure there -- the tall one without a handle.  The best reason I can come up with for three spouts is that there would be no different whether it was used left- or right-handed, poured straight out or poured out the side.  I am right-handed, but if I'm stirring liquid into something, I'm definitely pouring left-handed.  That's my story theory.

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The biggest news all weekend:  NO SNOW!!!

I didn't get any additional blue squares knit, but I did clean up and rework the ones that needed attention.  We'll see what this evening brings.  Intending to make a P.O. run on Wednesday.  It'll be nice enough to walk.  Maybe even with just a sweater on!

Comments

I love your collection - and the way you photograph it. I also collect women's tools and girl's toys. Both are somewhat difficult (and expensive) to find - I think they are either used up/worn out or passed on to others. They are treasures when I do find them though.

I love the reamer! Not just because of its function (NO juicer here my friend) but it has such a GREAT name. A REAMER!!

It's warmer here, so I hope it's coming your way. Love the glass. I've never really seen much of it until meeting you.

I love seeing a bit of your collection... green is my favorite color of depression glass, and I am also very fond of jadeite. I am thrilled to be able to get some reproduction pieces, now that the prices are up so high. I know what you feel about the snow... time to see it leave til the fall.

Lovely! Hopefully your back's feeling a bit better?

I like depression glass, too, and I have a *few* pieces. Perhaps I should pull out my snack sets from te 50s and 60s (I have a LOT) for show and tell someday.

Thanks for the info on the tri-spout. You know I'm a women's historian, so I can relate to the attraction to the maternal. By the way, there is a lot more information on women in Russia nowadays:-) The stuff you found in the 70s was probably Cold War rhetoric about those strong, stoic Russian amazons who didn't have it nearly as good as American housewives!

Your depression glass is beautiful. I don't have any of that and neither did my mom but she did have some carnival glass and cranberry glass.

I have a collection of Depression Era glass as well from my Mom and Grandmother - mine is a rosy pink hue. I just love this stuff!

Oh that green glassware is just gorgeous.

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