Saturday, February 6, 2010

Our China: Memmy's Pattern

Noritake's Minaret ca. 1921

Memmy - my mothers grandmother - married a second time in 1920 to a Columbus Ohio inventor and engineer.  She went from a rural farm (no electric, no indoor plumbing) to a really nice house in Upper Arlington, Ohio.  This was her china.  My mother, born in 1924, remembers that Sunday dinners were formal affairs and that she thought her step grandfather was a mystic because he could command the maid to come into the dining room to clear plates and other needed functions simply by will.  It wasn't until later that she and her brother were playing under the dining room table that they found the floor pedal under the carpet for the service chime.

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