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Patterns: 1959

Patterns: 1959

October 23, 1959. "Bloomingdale's, Hackensack, New Jersey. China and glass department. Raymond Loewy, client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Put your hands in your pockets!

I can still hear my mom saying that to me and my brother whenever she guided us through such dangerous territory.

Something Missing

A bull. Has to be one somewhere.

Precarious dishware

I'm guessing Hackensack isn't earthquake country.

In Limbo

Most of this is consigned to boxes in children's and grandchildren's basements. Too good to throw away. Too impractical for everyday use.

Seven maids with seven mops

I pity the poor janitor or janitrix responsible for dusting that every morning.

Should be hand washed

Millennials appear to care nothing about fine china, or many of the other household items their mothers and grandmothers treasured. And perhaps millennials are correct. My standard wedding gift is one place setting of the bride's fine china. I have probably purchased between 35 and 40 place settings doing this for pre-millennial weddings. And not once have I ever been invited to the house of the bride and groom and eaten off a dish that I gifted -- those dishes stayed in the china cabinet.

For the most recent millennial wedding to which I was invited, the bride and groom registered for camping equipment. That gift they use all the time.

Engaged couples go berserk

We only have 125 patterns to choose from!

Beatnik dinnerware

That setting in the foreground is so demonstrably counter-culture, it would surely have offended many. The china is not white, the glassware is not clear, the cutlery is not made only of metal. Throw in the cultish candelabrum with non-white candles, and you’re ready to speak ill of the powers-that-be and rebel against your elders.

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