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The Blessing: 1942

The Blessing: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "After a hard day's work in the Library of Congress, Jewel Mazique sits down to dinner with her niece." Medium-format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Plymouth Table

When I was three years old in 1947 we acquired a table from my uncle that is very similar to this one. The base & legs are a little different but the top is the same construction with only the design on the top being different. I still have the table as shown below. There is a stencil on the bottom that reads "Plymouth Model 0-540-" with the last digit(s) not legible. The table has two leaves that slide out from either side to make a large surface area. They pulled out by hand on wooden supports and then lifted up to lock into place.

Cup of Plenty

Blessings abound, as the cup in front of Jewel Mazique's niece is in the Moderntone pattern of Depression glass, made by the Hazel-Atlas Co. from 1934 into the 1950's. My wife and I have collected Moderntone for over 30 years now, and I'm always on the lookout for pieces of it in use in its own time, in photos and movies, as knowing that Moderntone was once a functional item in average Americans' everyday lives makes it that much more real and desirable to me. And the cup is my favorite piece in the pattern, for its deco style; great to see it here, gracing Miss Mazique's table. As it happens, she has a couple of Ovide cups (another Hazel-Atlas pattern) around her own food. Thanks for sharing this (good-) looking glass with us.

A Norman Rockwell Moment

This picture immediately brought to mind Norman Rockwell's famous "Four Freedoms", one of which is the freedom to worship.

This photo is quite simply a poignant reminder of one of the ideals that our boys (including my dad, who was in Pacific at that time), were fighting for.

That table

My family of 10 had the same table; there were leaves that were spring-loaded and pulled out from underneath the tabletop. It also had a drawer for silverware and a porcelian top that was nearly indestructible. I wonder if they still make 'em.

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