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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

A Balanced Breakfast: 1942

A Balanced Breakfast: 1942

From 1942, our second glimpse of life in the Eddie South household as captured by photographer Albert Fenn. The bandleader in his New York domicile with a lady we presume to be Mrs. South. And, of course, coasters. View full size.

 

Pitcher and Tumblers

Pitcher and tumblers were made by West Bend, most likely marked underneath with "WB" Were available in aluminum or polished copper. Can easily be found on eBay.

re: Vintage Table Setting

Don't forget the large ashtray. You wouldn't want to eat an entire meal without smoking.

Matching Pastels

The aluminum tumblers look like West Bend Wheat pattern which also came in pastels to match the Lu-Ray dinnerware. Want to purchase some for my kitchen but wouldn't want to find out they used lead in the coloring process. This setting would go perfect with my vintage bordered cotton textiles and mom's chiffon half-aprons that I treasure.

Coasters - improved

I have an idea for an invention - a coaster, 4 to 5 feet in diameter with four legs. The legs would be long enough to place the surface of the coaster at a height appropriate for people to pull up a chair and sit around it. They could enjoy a tasty cold beverage without being fearful of leaving an unsightly ring on the surface!

Vintage table setting

Wow, this takes me back to Grandma's kitchen in the 1940's. The dishes are most likely Lu-Ray Pastels which were a mix'n'match service of soothing light colors, unlike the brights of Fiesta. The bordered tablecloth is typical of that era and these old-style textiles are now in such demand, they are making reproductions. The Pyrex apple is for jam, the aluminum tumblers won't break, it is like going to visit my long-gone gram once again. You can see the originals on several websites in full color being sold as 'vintage' (if you want to see the actual colors). I wish I had them all back but at least I can enjoy these little nostalgic trips down Memory Lane.

Just Asking

Anyone want that last piece of bacon?

Just listened to some Eddie South

I looked up Eddie South because of your photos here. He was a very gifted violinist who turned to jazz to make a living. Did a lot of music with Django Reinhardt (and many others), and is sort of in that vein generally for those who know of DR. I just listened to a bunch of pieces via youtube while working out. Delightful!

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