Pictures – Treasure Chest Thursday

In approximately 1946 in Gainesville, Texas, Mother bought two framed pictures that hung in our home until she gave them to me, probably in 1965 when she married Roy Billings and moved into his home. I have always loved the photos, though they are very different in style from any other pictures I’ve ever had; over the next few years, as we bought new pieces of furniture (and even carpeting)  for the living area, I chose colors in the muted to dark greens or honey colored accent pieces to coordinate with the colors in the prints.

The pictures were originally in small wood frames with no matting. In the middle 1970s, my then husband decided to try his hand at framing pictures. He purchased the materials from a Durham framing shop – narrow wood framing with a rich dark green in the center, cream-colored mat with a gold layer underneath, the butcher-type paper for the backing, small hooks and wires for hanging. Though Wayne mostly thought and behaved in scientific mode, when he occasionally ventured into the more artistic world, he always did a credible job, as he did with these two heirloom pictures. They still hang in a prominent spot on my living room wall.

Update December 2014: This items are in Wayne Brown’s  possession.

Measuring Cups – Treasure Chest Thursday

Nested Metal Measuring Cups

I’ve had my Mother’s nested metal measuring cups for quite some time – I don’t know when or where she got them nor do I remember when she gave them to me or why.  All I know is I don’t remember a time when they weren’t a part of our kitchen.

Mother talked several times about going shopping with Daddy for groceries and a few household necessities when they first set up housekeeping. Mother had a great memory for small details and her story included the total expenditure for all their initial household setup, though I no longer remember the amount. Mother had experienced the depression when affording supplies of all kinds was very difficult so I suppose being able to buy everything she needed to establish her home was a momentous event. I would guess the cups were a part of that initial purchase in December 1938.

They were made of some sort of metal that has rusted over the years, most likely after I started washing them in the dishwasher. I searched online for any information about the origins of measuring cups or the materials that might have been used or the manufacturer but I didn’t find anything [other than one Ebay sale of only two pieces of a set that looks like Mother’s].

Though I have a set of yellow Tupperware nested measuring cups I used for a good portion of my years as a married housewife and mother, I now most frequently use Mother’s, probably because of the connection I feel to her when I do.


Update December 2014:  These are now in Kay’s (Relative Storyboard) home.

1950s Blond Furniture

My daughter Kay’s blog about the 1950s era alarm clock my parents used, which matched their blond bedroom set, reminded my brother of the blond TV. Our mother was always a modern woman who adapted to and loved the newest appliances and conveniences. Though I had forgotten the specifics of the TV, other than the fact it was blond, Mickey remembered it also had a radio and phonograph player hidden within its cabinet with doors. It was a Hoffman and I found a 1950s era Hoffman television ad that, if not identical, would have been similar to what Mickey was describing (the ad was larger but I just selected the pertinent one).There were doors to close when not in use, radio and television controls on the right and the phonograph, which played 78’s, 45’s and 33 1/3’s was in the bottom left drawer.

Mickey talked about listening to the Snow White album as narrated by Dennis Day, which came out around 1950. I do still have the record (picture below),  though the front of the album cover is gone (cover photo from Internet below) as well as the 24-page color booklet.

Snow White Soundtrack 1950 release, Dennis Day narrating

I, too, loved that album and listened to it for perhaps 15-20 years or more – the records are almost slick. I particularly enjoyed “I’m Wishing [Snow White’s duet/echo from the wishing well] and One Song,” “Someday My Prince Will Come,” “Whistle While You Work,” and “Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Work We Go.” I have to say, some of the Disney songs shaped my positive outlook on life and my work ethic, including these from Snow White, but also tunes like “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from Song of the South.

Snow White Soundtrack Front Cover

As I entered my teen years, I used that phonograph to play rock ‘n roll songs as well as continuing to play Mother’s opera, operetta and pop recordings of the 1930s and 1940s – a couple of favorites being “Donkey Serenade” and “Pistol Packin’ Mama”. Mother coped with most of the music of my teenage years, with the exception of my Jackie Wilson songs – as a musician, she hated the repetition of phrases that were a part of his style. I do still have all Mother’s records that survived [she said one of my cousins laid out a number of her records and walked on them to break them, as well as breaking several of her figurines]. At some point I disposed of all my 50’s era 45’s – so much for maintaining what would have been a valuable collection!

Update December 2014:  The record is now in Kay’s possession