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.

Perfume Bottle – Treasure Chest Thursday

As far back as I can remember [1944-1946ish] Mother (Virginia Amy Lineberry) had the perfume bottle pictured on the left – it originally had a glass stopper. It has been in my possession for many years now – again, I’ve had it so long I no longer remember when she let me have it.

Though I don’t know if it was originally just an empty container to be filled with perfume or if it came with a perfume in it, I know it was a gift to Mother from Daddy [James Thomas Willis] for  the perfume Tabu. Daddy apparently liked that fragrance and gave it to her off and on for many years. I assume Mother originally like the fragrance, but in later years she seemed to grow tired of it though, according to her, it remained Daddy’s choice for a perfume gift for many years. She also had the dusting powder to go with it.

The fragrance was originally created in 1932 by Jean Carles for Dana perfumes. At the right is an early ad for Tabu as “the forbidden fragrance.” It is described as, “…an elegant, oriental fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of rich rose, orange blossom, jasmine, vetiver, oakmoss, amber and musk. Tabu is recommended for romantic use.” A later ad that utilized the same picture had the  line: “and the night shall be filled with music.”

The Dana company moved from France to the United States in 1940 and the Tabu fragrance has continued to be available to the present time, though it is now mostly found as an inexpensive drugstore cologne.

Update December 2014:  This item is now only a memory.

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.