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Pitcher This: 1924

Pitcher This: 1924

New York circa 1924. "Fitziu." The Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Fitziu, seated, and friends. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

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A pitcher of Fark

Might go fast

That pitcher looks so unique. I bet it would bring more than a few dollars on eBay.

Everything is Beautiful!

Everything they are using is beautiful! The lovely ornate tray sitting on a pretty wicker table would be treasured items in anyone's home today. The dresses both ladies, and they are LADIES, are wearing would be perfectly acceptable today and they are 86 years old. There are many styles from the intervening decades that have not worn--no pun intended--nearly so well. Their hairstyles are attractive and their smiles are genuine. The 20's seems to have been a magical interval in the 20th century that were filled with jaunty, happy music to accompany the high energy of everyday life. I've always envied my parents, born in 1898 and 1902, that they got to spend their young adulthood in these years. In the 50's, my mother would take out her sheet music from this very year and earlier and play with great enthusiasm the songs they remembered: Ain't We Got Fun, Three O'Clock in the Morning, Yes, We Have No Bananas, You've Got to See Mama Ev'ry Night Or You Can't See Mama at All. Frederick Lewis Allen wrote a nostalgic book from the vantage point of only 1930 called Only Yesterday when he was 40 telling of all the wonders of the era because he knew even that soon they would be seen as special.

Another Round?

Looks like they are on their second pitcher!
The dog has seen it all before.

I love Ms. Fitziu's wingtip shoes. Very stylish!


They keep the sugar from settling into the bottom of the glass, if it's anything like my mother-in-law's sweet iced tea.

Is there a carpenter in the house?

She'll be singing the blues when that rotted out beam supporting her swing gives way.

The Pitcher

That is a gorgeous and unusual pitcher which I would like to know more about. As an aside, wonder what the spoons are for.

It's Come Undone

I had to laugh when I saw that the embroidery design on her dress -- it makes it look like the dog is coming unraveled.

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