Apps with a Past

Pickled mushrooms, crackers, and cheese spread in Russel Wright coffee cups from the 1940s

Most everyone these days prefers to drink coffee or tea out of mugs, and thus the squat cup and saucer of yesteryear have disappeared from kitchen cabinet shelves.

But maybe you’re a collector or have some of these nostalgic pieces from your mother or grandmother who likely sipped and talked casually with friends and neighbors.  My grandma always had a cup of coffee (never water, milk,  or soda) with her sandwich and so did Perry Mason, secretary Della Street, and PI Paul Drake after they won a case.

What can we do with these pieces now? Lots. They make novel vessels for appetizers, especially if they are colorful.  They are perfect for soup with the saucer as a resting place for a spoon. Think yogurt or ice cream with berries. Whatever the adaptation I always enjoy bringing a piece of the past back to the table.

What’s in your cupboard?

2 Replies to “Apps with a Past”

  1. Thank you for this post, Mary. It made me think about my nostalgic nature, and all of the lovely and meaningful things I inherited over the years from our grandmother, my maternal grandmother, and my mom.

    Sadly, my children, and probably most kids Gen X and Y, don’t share that Boomer love for (and attachment to) ordinary, or even extraordinary (and valuable) material things that recall our past. I had a wonderful, carefree childhood. It wasn’t as wonderful for my kids.

    The treasures that I hoped to pass on to them may end up on a shelf at the local thrift shop, because they don’t represent their memories at all.

    So the idea of re-purposing those items is a pretty cool alternative to simply holding on to them. Never thought of that! Thanks!

  2. Susan, I always enjoy hearing your personal take on the posts. Thanks for your comments.

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