Now, about that memory of childhood thing. I should probably mention that I grew up in the 70s and 80s, so Elvis ruled as The King of Rock and Roll during my early years, and Madonna rose to Queen of Pop as I traveled through middle and high school. Quite a gap between the two in some ways, but maybe they're more alike than we really give them credit for. That's a blog topic all on its own, and maybe I can come back and revisit the subject again in future. But for now, back to my original topic of how vintage pottery, our perceptions of childhood, and the past all intersect.
Maybe you didn't grow up in the same era as I did - that's okay. Just take a little trip down your own constructed or reconstructed memory lane of the 1970s. Do you remember lots of cool aquas and pinks in bird or fish-shaped pottery, with a hint of cobalt, evergreen and ruby red glass thrown in? If I actually think about the items in our house - or in the houses of friends' parents or my own grandparents - I have to say no in almost every case.
|Aqua or Turquoise Grouping of Vintage Pottery.|
But perhaps that second reason holds more validity: vintage pottery, in all its wonderful "Americana" shapes and styles may bring to mind the thought of happier times for the good, old U.S. of A. Lots of the pottery pieces that I come across and bring to my etsy shop for sale were manufactured in the 1930s and 1940s, so it's hard to say. In the early 1930s, half the population still suffered from the sluggish economy and by the end of the decade, wartime tensions led to "Buy American" campaigns which continued throughout the first half of the 1940s. Do poverty and wartime really equal a better place for us in our collective memory?
|Bird and Birdbath Planter.|
|Ruby Red Rose Dresser Box.|
|Pair of Kitten Planters.|