In Loving Memory of My Mother, Nellie Mae
January 14, 1925 - September 4, 1998
This weekend, September 4th, marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of my beautiful mother. I can hardly believe it's been 13 years. It seems like just yesterday that I'd pick up the phone for a long chat about our shared passions for gardening and geneaology, or to just catch up on family news. Mom also collected depression glass for a time. I remember the first time I heard the term "depression glass." Many years ago, I'd gone to a garage sale with Mom and my Aunt Verba, where I bought a couple of pretty glass plates that caught my eye. One was light green in color and the other was clear glass, but had beautiful little etched flowers on it. When we got home, Mom said "that's depression glass!" Depression glass? What's that? I learned that depression glass is glassware that was distributed for free around the time of the Great Depression in the United States. Many companies would put one piece of it in a box of food, such as oatmeal, and it was also given away at gas stations, movie theaters, or restaurants to encourage sales. One could also purchase depression glass at "five and dime" stores for a very low cost. It was made in colors of pink, green, yellow, blue, amber and clear glass. There are more than 100 patterns of depression glass, and it's become highly collectible since the 1960s. I remember what fun Mom had researching "her pattern," which was pink and called Mayfair Open Rose. No internet back then, so she'd pour over books about depression glass that she'd get from the local library. She found pieces at garage sales, auctions and from other collectors. Mom eventually had every single piece made in the Mayfair Open Rose pattern. I'm so lucky to have such sweet memories of a dear lady who meant so much to so many. I miss you, Mom!
I'm linking this to "Pink Saturday" on How Sweet the Sound. I'd like to thank Beverly for hosting Pink Saturday. I've discovered so many beautiful blogs from participating in it! This week I'm linking to Mary's Meanderings, because I so enjoyed her gorgeous photos of the old china coffee/chocolate pot that she found at a thrift store! What a lovely blog!
Happy Weekend, Everyone!