It’s another September 9th and those in the know will realize another anniversary is upon us!
For lo and behold, 104 years ago today, Alice walked into that room at Michael Stein’s in Paris and there she was the soon to be love of her life speaking through that coral brooch on her corduroy robe! And as I and many, many other Stein folk have said or written: “The rest is history!”
As I was thinking about what to post for this year’s anniversary and what photograph to use, glanced around our dining room and there on one of the buffets were two collaged portrait-plates. Portrait-plates, you ask? Yes, plates on which some early 1960’s Hausfrau pasted scrapes of felt and lace and other do-dads to create a wedding shower gift. (Sometimes the portraits are painted on the plates, though the collaged ones are more desirable.) The plates were to represent the bride and groom, with their names usually inscribed on each of the plates. For some reason known only to someone like the craft editor at Good Housekeeping magazine, the collaged portraits look like a couple from the not-so gay 1890’s not the 1960’s. (You know the couple that would be singing “On a Bicycle Built for Two” on either the Lawrence Welk Show or Sing Along With Mitch during the somewhat Golden Age of mid-1960’s American television – Norma Zimmer and whoever. )
See what I mean: