It hit me right in the feels when she asked. Bam! I did not expect it to have the power it
had has. I fall short trying to express how happy I am to see them again; better yet to have them in my house.
It’s a card table and four matching chairs. They are black and white. The table is round. Gives credence to the often proven fact that things are not made they way they were in days of old.
They have held up very well. Considering. I am not surprised.
At the moment they are stored in my “catch all” room (about to become my winter project, and one that involves this table and chairs).
But, “where did they go” and “why are they back” you may wonder. I sold the set to a friend when my mother moved to Independent Living. My friend no longer has a place for it. In the two and a half years Neale’s had the set I’ve been afraid to ask, was afraid she’d tossed it. I nearly jumped for joy when she asked if I wanted the set. It came home last week.
When I say “home,” my heart thumps a bit louder.
Given my propensity for details, especially an heirloom, I looked at the under side of the table to see where it came from, possibly a manufacturer.
It was part of the Durham line, made in Muncie, Indiana, and, not only did I find those details, I found a description.The Internet says it was made in the 40s.
“Durham construction and styling are your assurance of a sturdy, handsome table, always ready to use.”
No kidding! While I can’t say “handsome” is my first adjective, it does blend well and it’s so VERY RETRO. I do agree with “sturdy” and the “always ready to use” parts. Good to know. And to that end, would you like to help me retro decorate our office? Here’s my four walled dilemma:
No worries, the “measuring wall” will be framed. This is going nowhere.
Have you noticed the flooring? It’s slate tile with gray grout, and it wraps around and stops at the end of the door leading into the garage where it meets hard wood. I LOVE IT.
That’s a half wall the other side of which is an L shaped desk. That will go; the wall stays.
I want to do the back wall in faux brick. I’ve been watching videos and looking at various ways to accomplish this. Have you done this? Tips? Pointers?
I also began a Pinterest board called Retro Deco. I would love it if you sent me ideas. My user name is karenleeh.
Here are some of the other pieces I want to add.
My uncle David built this desk in the late 50s or early 60s, and I’m thinking it would look fabulous under the back window against the “brick” wall. I could finish or leave as is. Thoughts?
These HAVE TO go on the walls. I’ve had bad hair days, but this? Must go on walls. 😉
My grandma Lalla (born in 1898) used this to carry her books to school. It’s been around for as long as I can remember (although I had forgotten what it was used for; good thing my sister’s memory is better than mine).
When this was cleaned, I can’t begin to describe how badly my kitchen stunk, but it was for a great cause. See those tiny yellow boxes? They make up 18, three minute films dad took in the early 50s and sent home while in the navy. After the projector was cleaned, it worked beautifully enabling us to watch all 18 “home movies.”
While it makes for lots (and lots) of stuff, when my mother moved we uncovered many items that could be showcased. Regardless of the other items, I will absolutely put # 5135 front and center in my office turned retro room.