Typically charms are meant to elicit remembrances; a token of a past trip, a life event, a loved one, a favorite pastime. Bracelets and necklaces with one or many charms have been worn for hundreds of years but high popularity comes and goes with fashion trends. The mid-twentieth century was one of the high times. My mother, sisters, friends, and I each had a charm bracelet (or two!) and would acquire a new addition on gift-receiving occasions. These cherished memories are passed down through generations of daughters and granddaughters. But just hearing the quiet tinkle of a charm bracelet on her wrist makes a girl smile.
Archive for May, 2009
When I was young, no lady would be seen in public without her hat, gloves, and pearls. We had long gloves, short gloves, kid gloves, black gloves, and gloves with buttons. And a lady had several strings of pearls with matching earrings. Earrings were likely uncomfortable since piercing was not popular. But they came in many forms like the enameled one here. Hats finished the ensemble. My mother, like many ladies, regularly met with her milliner to design her hats. It was like Easter every day!
In the 1940′s to 1960′s, my mother played bridge every week with the same three lady friends on Wednesdays. Each week they rotated to a different home and the hostess prepared luncheon for before bridge and coffee and tea for after. Mother used this opportunity to bring out the fine china cups, saucers and dishes for the delicacies she prepared. Usually lunch involved aspic and a salad generous with capers; things that never would be served to the family as they would not be eaten. Coffee and tea were served with the silver tea service and were accompanied with sweets. Much of the china and glassware in Maimeo’s Memories take me back to Wednesday afternoons.