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German & Swedish Postcards

Thrifted two cards a few days ago, 10¢ each. If you didn’t know what Facebook was “for,” it’s so you can get translations from foreign languages (that, or to ask someone to lend you the book for your book club).


In this German postcard, circa 1937, Karl writes to Fräulein Bowman that he had a wonderful night at the theater, and they went out afterwards. They drank beer, which was, of course, just for health and enjoyment, and “to your health!” Wolfman adds his greetings at the end.


Then there’s this photo of a woman, with a message on the back: swedish-postcard-photo-front


I thought this one was also in German, but a friend identified it: “This is in Swedish. The photo was taken on the woman’s 50th birthday and the flowers were received by her as gifts.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In days gone by, people sent postcards; nowadays, we post selfies. In the future, our selfies will also be “vintage.” We have so much in common with those of the past and future, don’t we? Beer and birthdays, flowers and photos and kindly sentiments …

Feel free to comment — especially any of you intrepid visitors  with mad linguistic skills.

Deep appreciation to  Gerrit-Willem Oberman, Joan Krebs-Schmid, and Stefan Jonasson — scholars and world citizens!


Hello, Katherine!

A few weeks ago at the Goodwill superstore on Stony Point Road, this eye-candy fashion original was in line ahead of me, and I asked if I could photo her for Things from Thing Stores. Here, World, is the lovely and effervescent Katherine Cummings —

Katherine Cummings

Katherine Cummings

Katherine is a student; she and her mom are planning to open an Etsy shop of repurposed items, so keep an eye out for that.

The Goodwill clerk couldn’t get over her Hello Kitty bag and kept talking about it even after Katherine had checked out and left the store. Take inspiration from this bold fashionista. With discriminating thrifting, you can try out new looks on the cheap, and let fashion be your gift of art to the world.

Oneida Twin Star Jelly Spoons

If you’re old enough, you may remember Blue Chip Stamps and S&H Green Stamps, which were issued at grocery store checkout stands as extra premiums, then licked and pasted into coupon booklets by the customers. “The Brady Bunch” even had an episode in their first season where the girls and boys fought over how to redeem their stamps. The boys wanted a canoe, and the girls wanted a sewing machine (sigh). (Suffice it to say that everyone was satisfied by the end of the episode.)

From 1929 until 2006, General Mills offered similar coupon premiums from their iconic Betty Crocker character. When the program first rolled out, coupons could be used to get discounts on Oneida flatware. General Mills eventually created exclusive flatware patterns that couldn’t be bought in stores but were available only by redeeming coupons through the Betty Crocker Catalog. A girl would choose one of the patterns for her hope chest, and relatives, neighbors, and friends would contribute coupons so that the girl could complete an entire flatware set. One such flatware pattern was the Oneida Twin Star set.

Of course, I didn’t know any of this when I went thrifting yesterday, but I couldn’t pass by the two cute little spoons with cut-out stars.


Oneida spoons

Oneida Betty Crocker Twin Star Jelly Spoons

Looking up patterns online can take some creativity for a novice such as myself, but since the Oneida label was on the back of the handles, I had a good starting place. Eventually, through different combinations of possible keywords and lots of scrolling through Google Images, I learned that I had purchased two Oneida Twin Star jelly spoons. Yes, these  “pierced” pieces are the jelly spoons. (The sugar spoon is the same size but isn’t pierced.)

The set is beautifully described over at “The Sunshine Grove” blog, which has the full skinny, plus lovely photos of the flatware and the advertising brochures.

Do we have any vintage flatware collectors in the audience today? What patterns are you after? And how exactly does one use a jelly spoon?

Purchased at Sutter Care at Home Thrift Store, 748 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, California

Price: 15¢ each; value: $5-9 each 

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