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  1. Alice Blue

    You know you are getting old when:

    I just received a used paperback I was eagerly awaiting, and the pages seem to be filled with tiny ant footprints rather than writing. I would need a magnifying glass to read this book.
  2. Alice Blue

    Restaurantware in the modern home?

    Thank you both for the information. I think I would like to pick up some green stripe restaurantware, but am a bit overwhelmed at the moment as there is *so much* of the stuff! It looks as though numerous manufacturers had a green stripe line, and you can buy similar plates today from restaurant...
  3. Alice Blue

    Restaurantware in the modern home?

    Our current mid-century dishes (Royal Staffordshire Tonquin) have a tendency to develop cracks in the microwave and also chip fairly easily. I just ran across restaurantware when looking for a more durable option, and there’s a series that I like the looks of. Does anyone know how older...
  4. Alice Blue

    Show us your vintage knitting and crochet!

    Oh, I've just realized that the "Ralph" men's sweater in the collection above is that sweater ... by which I mean the well-known "prisoner of war jumper." It was worn by Shetlander Ralph Paterson, who was a POW in Hong Kong during WW2. The sweater had been knit for Paterson by his wife, and he...
  5. Alice Blue

    Show us your vintage knitting and crochet!

    This thread seems as good a place as any to pass on a link to The Vintage Shetland Project, which is a group of patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s from the collection of the Shetland Museum. Author Susan Crawford has added multiple sizes when reproducing these patterns. Most of them are for...
  6. Alice Blue

    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I’ve been wondering how all of those New Yorkers who moved to Vermont last spring and summer are coping with their first New England winter. The weather gods are being kind to them.
  7. Alice Blue

    The 80s, myth and reality?

    The Preppy Handbook came out in 1980, and Ralph Lauren popularized traditional clothing at about the same time. I actually went to prep school (as a day student) so I read The Preppy Handbook as it was intended, as affectionate satire rather than a sartorial guide. I found the resulting...
  8. Alice Blue

    The 80s, myth and reality?

    I graduated from high school in 1981, so the eighties were my salad days. And while I do have some fond memories, I also remember that young people (including me) were very anxious about nuclear war, and AIDS was utterly new and frightening since in those days it was a death sentence. AIDS...
  9. Alice Blue

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Ran across an article on the production design of All Creatures Great and Small. I’m not sure what I think; perhaps some period dramas are indeed too dingy, but I have been distracted by the bright (and fresh-looking) paint on the shop exteriors and the trim in Skeldale House...
  10. Alice Blue

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    This movie won't be out until the end of the month, but I'm really looking forward to it: The Dig, which tells the story of the discovery and excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1939. Aside from the fascinating subject matter, I'm looking forward to all of the period outfits and cars and so on. The...
  11. Alice Blue

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    I just watched the first episode of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ on PBS. I’m kind of watching it for the knitwear, but the whole show is lovely. I’m also re-watching the BBC show ’Wartime Farm’ on YouTube. The real-life James Herriot (Alf Wight) began working in Yorkshire in 1940, and I...
  12. Alice Blue

    Agent Carter

    I happened to run across an interview with the costume designer. I like the wing-collar blouses and suits she chose for the lead actress, and don't care much whether they are spot-on for 1946-1947 or not. http://hellotailor.blogspot.com/2015/01/interview-agent-carter-costume-designer.html...
  13. Alice Blue

    Agent Carter

    I've just caught up with the three available episodes as well as the "One Shot." The dialogue is fairly snappy and I'm glad that the writers resisted the temptation to throw in forties slang, which they probably would have botched. However my suspended disbelief did crash to earth with a thud...
  14. Alice Blue

    Shocking Stories About Your Golden Era Relatives

    Both my mother's and my father's families were contacted by relatives we never knew we had - daughters who had been given up for adoption long ago. The long-lost daughter on my Mom's side is now part of the family, while the one who contacted my Dad's family has not been interested in any...
  15. Alice Blue

    Would anyone be interested in a sew-along?

    I hope I'll have something to show in the spring. I don't quite have the skills to tackle a vintage dress pattern yet, but I am working towards that with a modern simple dress project and then a modern shirtdress. After that, 1940s here I come.
  16. Alice Blue

    You know you are getting old when:

    All of the pop and country music on the radio sounds like it was written by the same committee or computer. I thought I was just getting old and cranky, but according to NPR a Nashville songwriter did a mashup showing that they really are the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY8SwIvxj8o
  17. Alice Blue

    Terms Which Have Disappeared

    I just stumped the employees of a local fabric store by asking for "button cord." Apparently the usual term is "button thread," but I'm 99% sure that my grandmother called it "cord." Now I'm wondering if my brains are scrambled since Google isn't turning anything up. The shop clerk told me that...
  18. Alice Blue

    Loungers' Pets

    I lost my German Shepherd to bone cancer in October. A while later I found this little fellow, who needed a new home after his elderly mistress passed away. He's a miniature schnauzer, but he looks enough like a Scottie that I think I qualify for a vintage Scottie pin.
  19. Alice Blue

    BBC documentary on American folk music

    Part Three https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEhfHKcPUwQ
  20. Alice Blue

    BBC documentary on American folk music

    Part Two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nSsER7wCK4

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