When my mom decided to sell the family home, we were faced with the inevitable cleaning up that comes with living in one place for many years. In the process we discovered some beautiful dishes stashed carelessly under the house in the crawl space. The colors fascinated me… pink, amber, green. All so delicate. I’d never seen my mother use any of them. I soon discovered it was called “Depression Glass,” so called because it was manufactured during the Great Depression and was included in boxes of food as an incentive to purchase. Because it had been “free” the people living through those times – my parents included – probably saw little value in the dishes and thought it was a sign of financial success to be able to buy complete sets of more “modern” patterns. I fell in love with them, brought them home, and researched the names of each pattern. Since then I often stop at antique stores and flea markets to see if I can find pieces to add to my found collections.
The little Queen Mary pink dishes became one of my favorites. They were manufactured by Anchor Hocking from 1936-1940. We decided we wanted to designate February as our month to use them. It is difficult to find pieces of this pattern, so my daughter and I spent a day at Eastbrook Flea Market finding plates and saucers that had pink in the design. We love using the mismatched plates with the pink color tying them together (okay, the guys in the family not so much… but they deal with it as long as there is delicious food on them!).
Each year I try to find new ways to photograph them. I’ve shared a few of the images from this year on Facebook and Instagram but thought I should compile them in one post, especially since it will soon be time to pack them up again for another year.
The paper napkins and flowers came from Rosemont Gardens in Montgomery AL (I just LOVE that they let me walk in their cooler and pick out the flowers I want! Just love that place!). The heart-shaped pasta came from Williams-Sonoma in Eastchase (love that place, too! I could probably spend all my retirement money in that store and just die happy!). The pasta is in a bowl that belonged to my grandmother. Since it has a little pink in the pattern I’ve incorporated it into the February tablescapes.
DiAnna Paulk is an award-winning Certified Professional Photographer specializing in weddings and portraiture in Montgomery, Alabama and the River Region (Montgomery, Prattville, Wetumpka, Millbrook).
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