Thursday, July 17, 2008

Purple Ceramic Cow Creamer

year_born: 1968

memory: When I was a child my mother had a purple ceramic cow creamer. She would put it on the table and put milk or cream in it for coffee use, or, if we were having cereal, she would put milk in it for pouring on our bowl of cereal; that kept the jug of milk in the refrigerator, still cold. I LOVED that cow!

My sister, on the other hand, hated it; she said that when the milk came out of the cow's mouth, it looked like it was throwing up! I told her SHE was sick!

Needless to say, the cow now sits in my china cabinet. Think I'll get it out and use it a little more often.

location: Small town

state_lived_in: Alabama

Mom was everything a Mom should be

year_born: 1943

memory: I have my mother's china from Edwin Knowles Co. that I am trying to find missing pieces for. It has the pottery bowl on the back that says semi vitreous, and the numbers underneath are 41-3 or 41-8. We were a blue collar family, mom was a stay-at-home mom, and this was her "good china". The only ones that I remember her using were the salad plates and they were used daily for eggs and lunch. At Christmas we would get out the "good china" and the table would look so pretty. She must have used the coffee cups because all I have are the saucers and no cups. I have searched many places for replacement pieces and your site is the best one I have found for information. I would love to find the few pieces that I don't have to finish the collection.

I remember when I was 16 I went to work for the dime store and was so proud when I bought Mom a new set of dishes--Melmac! Little did I know that I was replacing a loved and cherished memory.

Mom was a beautiful seamstress and made all of my clothes. And yes, I remember having "flour sack" clothes, especially when I was young. She was raised on a small farm in Mo. and we visited there every summer for a few weeks. My dream was always to buy the farm and live there but unfortunately, that wasn't to be. A cousin lost it in a failed restaurant venture and we can't even go look at it anymore. But oh, the memories.

Mom was everything a Mom should be--a soft shoulder to cry on, a loving and caring real LADY, but we also knew when she meant business! I lost her when she was only 63and that has been the hardest thing I have ever lived through but she taught me that faith can move mountains.

She was also a talented poet and writer. Her dream was always to have her writings published but it was too costly. So several years after she passed away, my husband and I sat down at the "new-fangled typewriter" (our first computer) and made her book of poems and writings. We put a graphic with each one and then printed them, one for each child and grandchild. It is one of my most cherished possessions. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit her ability for poetry but I can write a little bit and I inherited her ability to sew.

Thank you for allowing me to share my wonderful memories!

location: Small town

state_lived_in: Illinois

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Working at Wagner Cast Iron - Wagner Ware

My dad worked at Wagner's for over 40 years and we had about every piece of ware they had from the kettle to some larger pieces that never made it to market .

I remember when the cubaloads blew and there was black dust every where wow what a mess seeing as we lived right across from the factory and parking lot .

My mom cooked in nothing but Wagner ware she loved and it and as a matter of fact that's what I use also handed down pieces from my grandmother .

My father is gone now for 5 years but I can still see him coming home from the shop hot, black and wore out from a hard days work.

Location: Sidney, Ohio

Friday, April 25, 2008

What Are Your Memories of Summer Time?

Spring and Summer are my favorite times of year... and while I have quite a few memories to add to my blog, I would love to hear your memories of these wonderful seasons.

If you have photos that you can scan and email me that would really add to the memory post.

So get to digging through your old photographs and send me your memories and copies of your pictures.