Monday, March 24, 2014

Tea Cup Tuesday


Hello All!
Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday!
I have been under the weather and missing tea time with you all!
This week I will be visiting as many of you as I am able.
How have you been?

I have a new tea cup to share.

I am sipping herbal tea from her minty green goodness.
(you can see bits of the herbs still in the cup)


She is a simple beauty..


She has no need of flowers or fanfare,
Her classic handle is elegant, and embellished with gold trim.


Her golden scroll work is just enough to distinguish her.

Along with my new cup,  I thought I might share a vintage post card 
about a missed visit.

I have always found vintage postcards fascinating.
It amazes me how much you can find out about some of them.


This lovely post card reads:

To: Miss Edna Whitaker
 Hartford City, Indiana
c/o A.W.Whitaker,   E. Water Street
Hartford City, Indiana

Below in the postal stamp you can see most of grandma's city name...
Millgrove.


"Dear Edna, Why didn't you come Sunday?
I looked for you all day.
We are about like we was,
I still have a headache."
"Grandma"
(best interpretation so far! lol!)


Grandma seems to think Edna still has the headache they both shared.

Sending a post card tells us
that they did not live close together.

In Grandma and Edna's day there were only a little over
5.8 million telephones connected in the United States.
Remember in the Downton Abbey episode when they installed their first phone?



Maybe A.W. Whitaker did not have a telephone yet?
(the person the card was c/o)
Or maybe grandma didn't have one.
Instead she bought a beautiful postcard and paid 1 cent to mail it.

Although she didn't mail it until Friday...
she may have had that headache all week. 


I became curious and looked online to see what I could find about Edna.
I actually found her in the 1940 census.
A.W. was her father, Alexander Whyte (?).
Edna was still living at home at 44 years old.
She was 17 when she missed her visit.

 Grandma lived in Millgrove, which was a stop on the railroad line,
 about 6 miles from the Hartford stop where Edna lived.
Maybe Edna took the train when she went to visit her grandma?
In 1913, 6 miles might have been quite the trip.


I do not know that they were going to have tea that Sunday afternoon.
It does seem possible for that time period as well as time of year. 

Today, if we were too sick to visit our friend...
we could use a landline, or a cell phone.
Text.
We could Skype or Facetime and even see the person!
Imagine what Grandma and Edna would have thought of that!


And what would grandma and Edna think if they knew 
that 100+ years later someone would be interested in them?
And put their correspondence online???
(what would they have thought of the internet?)

I hope they wouldn't mind.

Today's technology makes our world very different then theirs,
yet  a century later we are still gathering with loved ones for tea,
And
we can do it in Bloglandia too! 
Yay!


(Tuscan China was the manufacturer of this lovely cup.
This backstamp came in use in 1947.)

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Thank you so much for joining me for tea today!
Thank you for participating,
Thank you for commenting,
and thank you also to all who host 
tea parties!
I look forward to visiting you soon too : )

Hugs,
Terri

If you would like to join in Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha and I,
just link up your post with your tea cup in it below.

48 comments:

Ruth Weston said...

Hi Terri. I am sorry you haven't been feeling to well. Tea will certainly help! I love old postcards...they are such a window on a lost way of life. When my husband called his mother in England to tell her we were getting married in 1974, she had never spoken on the phone before and was quite frightened of it. We called our niece's home where we knew she would be, to talk to her. Her voice shook the whole time and she could barely talk. How things have changed! Thanks for hosting, and I hope you'll feel better quickly.
Ruth

Karen said...

Hi Terri,
Happy Birthday last week. We missed you. I love your Tuscan and think I have a mint one like it. They are absolutely gorgeous cups. Such a pretty vintage card too. Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting with Martha. Karen

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello my dear Teacup Tuesday host!
What a delightful and simple cup and saucer - the colour is so delicate rimmed in gold.
Yes a truly fascinating vintage card and story. It is amazing that drinking tea even 100 years or more later still unites us even in blogland despite the speed of how things have changed.
I feel quite nostalgic when I think that friends and family rarely put pen to paper or card to communicate anymore!
Sending herbal tea hugs dear friend,
Suzy

Veronica Roth said...

Terri, that tea cup would have been perfect for my mint tea yesterday. I love postcards and letters too and collect the very old ones. They always have to have some message on them for me though; the pretty picture isn't enough. Hope you're feeling better now. Big hugs from Mexico.

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Lovey tea time story! Nice cup. I love old postcards, especially used ones. So interesting! Wen I was studying in Amsterdam early 70's, I had to go to a phone boot to call my parents and friends. Now you can hardly find a phone boot. They are all gone! And of course I now skype with my daughter in the States!

Jacqui Wise said...

What a pretty teacup and vintage postcard. I love the way you have found out the history of the sender and receiver of the card. Times have certainly changed but but how nice that tea time is still as special as ever. Hope you are feeling better.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Terri, I hope you feel better soon. I was under the weather all weekend. Will be glad when this winter is over.
Your mint teacup is a beauty! Such a beautiful colour! I enjoyed your info about the post card. They are fascinating, aren't they? Thank you for sharing and take care, my friend.
Happy Spring!

Blessings,
Sandi

kitty said...

Hi Terri,
Happy birthday last week to you! I hope you'll be feeling better very soon. Thank you for sharing your pretty teacup and the treasured post card. xo

Snap said...

Fun post, Terri. Lovely, simple teacup ... elegant. I've always thought it would be wonderful if postcards could "talk". What stories they could tell ... a lot like your post today. Be well! Thanks for hosting and Happy Tea Day!

Beth Laverty said...

Sorry you are not feeling well. Hope it will improve. Tea will help. I loved the postcard and things you were able to learn about the lady!

Susan Clayton said...

Very enjoyable post. I felt like we were really sitting over tea, discussing the postcard. Your post reminds me of conversations I've had. I how you are feeling better. Prayers for good health and a blessed week. Thank you for hosting

Winnie said...

What an elegant tea cup! Love the shape, and how it shows off your tea so nicely. Glad you are feeling better. I had fun reading about the postcard and the research you did into it. What a fun idea!

Denise said...

Oh Terri-This postcard and Your telling the story was so much fun for Me.I use to live near a huge wonderful antique mall and see them all the time.Now there's not one in miles.I loved Your sweet new cup.The color is lovely.Blessings -Denise

The Charm of Home said...

Hi Terri,
Hope your feeling better. It is amazing to think of what it would have been like 100 years ago. I came form two generations of very young parents and I happen to know my Great-Grandfather until I was 24. He would tell stories of taking the wagon 20 miles to the biggest city to sell a load of tobbacco in the spring, and the mud was so deep in the roads it would come almost halfway up on the wagon wheel. Today we just couldn't imagine with all of our conviences. Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Susan Turner said...

I just loved your blog today! Brought back memories of my Grandma. Thank you so much! I enjoy your tea cup Tuesdays!

Susan Turner said...

I just loved your blog today! Brought back memories of my Grandma. Thank you so much! I enjoy your tea cup Tuesdays!

Sheila A. said...

I do hope that you are feeling better. I want to stop by to say how much I enjoyed your post about "the postcard". Very enjoyable, and it gave me a little video in my mind! Take care.

Linda said...

Oh dear Terri, so sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Please get some rest and stay warm. That's another lovely cup you have in your collection. And I so LOVE that postcard!! I'm like you in that when I pick up a vintage postcard or letters I often examine the stamp, date and words and wonder about the people. I like to think they'd get such a kick to think anyone would be so interested after all these years...

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you were under the weather; glad to see you are back. I totally enjoy looking at your beautiful Tea Cup Tuesday posts.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I hope you feel well soon. She is a lovely cup. What a neat story behind the postcard! xoxo

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Terri hope you are feeling better. What a darling teacup ... truly a beauty -simple and elegant. I too enjoy seeing vintage cards/letters ~ I enjoy writing and sending cards/letters ... wish my friends did more themselves ..it's always magical to receive a handwritten letter. Thank you for hosting, C. (HHL)

Dorthe said...

My dear Terri,
I hope that you are all well again and feeling good ?
I loved reading this post ,and how you found the name today so many years after, the thoughts of how
their lives were lived ,and what happened to them... It is amazing yes ,that we can track persons today, and sad that we have almost forgot to cummunicate via real letter writing -but so good not to have to wait for messages ,for dayes and weeks like before.
Well that reminds me, that I so hope the packet will soon be with you, my friend.
Your cup looks so lovely and in the sweetest soft aqua colour,-just a favorite of yours.
Hugs and thoughts from Dorthe

Frieda Oxenham said...

So sorry you haven't been well, Terri. Hope you're over the worst now. I love how much you have been able to discover about the background of your postcard and it shiws that however much the modes of communication have changed, human feelins and emotions are much as they are. And when they finally managed to get together they no doubt had a soothing cup of tea p, maybe even from a cup just like this beauty.

Cindy said...

My heart has been warmed by your post - - You have created an image and sparked a memories. My grandmother and soul inspiration who I loved deeply had the name Edna and your post fit perfect with my memory seeing her sitting at the table writing out post cards or letters. I so enjoyed your post today and wish you feeling better. Perhaps drinking tea from that lovely cup will make all the difference in the world.

We live in such an instant world, I appreciate being able to find things on the internet such as you finding out about this post card but yet I long for a time when it was more difficult, perhaps only to return myself back to a time when my grandma Edna would pass me a scotch mint in church each time I got jittery

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Terri. Happy Tuesday. I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I hope all the blog love here helps you feel a bit better. I love that sweet tea time story. How charming.

Janet

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hello sweet Terri!
Soory you've been sick and I hope you get all better soon, my friend. The teacup is gorgeous and the herb tea must be delish.
Oh, I still have post cards from my parents when they went traveling and us too. What a change in technology these days. My daughter is with her family in NYC, (my home town) and I'm connected all the time with pictures and even videos, lol!
Have a lovely week and thanks for the party. I'm glad you are back!
FABBY

Lady of the Manor said...

I loved reading about your family through the postcard!! Isn't it fun to look through family heirlooms? You have a lovely teacup to sip that delicious sounding tea. Hope it helps you feel better soon! Thanks for hosting a delightful party!

JackieP Neal said...

Terri, I do hope you are feeling better! Thank you for the lovely post- and your bit of history for the postcard! I felt like I was with you on an adventure! Hugs ")

Kathryn Ross said...

A perfectly delightful post, Terri! Your mint green and gold teacup featured is a stunner - such a creamy pastel shade with just the right elegant gold flourishes! But the postcard captivated me at the first! I LOVE ephemera and you're right - every postcard stamped and written on has a story behind it. So cool how you googled the names and came up with little details. I can form a picture in my head and like you, begin to see the script behind the scene this postcard gives us clues to. Just another day in the life of one who lived long ago - not much different than we are. I expect they enjoyed tea, too!
Joy!
Kathy
P.S. Hope you'll link something up with my new monthly LINKUP in celebration of my Blogoversary! Details in my post today.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
what a sweet tea post. I love the beautiful tea cup. You are so right, it is very elegant and distinguished. I love the postcard and your research about it. Thats so interesting to see which story is connected with the post cards. I have found several postcards with interesting correspondence concerning the Hanau Silversmiths. Most of them on ebay. If you have a hometown of your own ancestries its interesting to search for their mail. Online offers mostly tell you the Poststamps and sometimes the address. Really an amazing theme. That was a sweet tea time with Grandma and Granddaughter Edna. Thank you for this wonderful tea time and for hosting this sweet party.
Best greetings, Johanna

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing the pretty teacup and the vintage postcard! That one postcard lead you to discover new things about a person who lived over a hundred years ago!

xinex said...

What a fascinating story that old postcard brought! the teacup and saucer set is very simple but stunning. Beautiful color!...Christine

xinex said...

What a fascinating story that old postcard brought! the teacup and saucer set is very simple but stunning. Beautiful color!...Christine

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Terry
I´m really happy joining you again
I love your post and your tea cup
Hugs

Createology said...

Glad to see your post and hoping you are feeling better every day. She is a lovely little tea cup and with her serving you herbal tea you will feel better. I adore postcards of all ages and decades. I still love to send postcards. They are informative and personal and you know anyone can read them along their journey. Creative Bliss Dear...

Deborah Montgomery said...

Lovely teacup Terri. Such a pretty color. I love to look at vintage postcards, but never thought to investigate like you did. Really interesting. I love how they didn't have to put a zip code down, and sometimes not even a street address.
Hope you feel better, and thanks for visiting me!

Bernideen said...

Oh my, you sure did some research and put a lot of thought into this post. Isn't amazing how brief their addresses were too! This was really fun! So glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi dear friend: Beautiful post today. Hoping you are beginning to improve. I just learned how to put post cards on my post. I feel so smart. I do love you. Take care of yourself, please. Hugs, Martha

Felicity W said...

mint green cups are a joy to drink from, it reminds people of spring and summer.

Have a nice week!

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Terri,
What a beautiful and pleasing post. I love every picture. You have a gift at taking them and making each one so interesting. You teacup, postcard and writing are most special.
Thank you, Ruthie
I love old postcards too and what we can imagine about them. Reading the comments here, I think Ruth Weston's is so interesting and such a sweet memory.

Marjanne said...

I hope you feel better Terri! Such a special postcard, 100 years ago...how times have changed...how different is our life, but the essentiels like a cup of tea remains!

Nancy's Notes said...

Terri, I'm late, I'm late for an important Tea Party! I'm so very happy to be here! My first tea party here and I'm loving it! You are a such a wonderful host. Your tea cup is exquisite and that postcard is just precious. Thank you for sharing the story, a fascinating and wonderful one.
Have a nice evening.
Nancy

missy k said...

Hope you are feeling better now Teri.

You did some great detective work with the postcard - I found it fascinating :)

Karen x

tattrldy said...

Hi, Terry. Glad to hear you are feeling better. What a lovely cup, simple yet elegant.
What a wonderful story about the postcard. It is amazing how much things have changed. Looking at the handwriting it reminds me very much of my grandmother's. It brought back happy memories of her. Thanks for sharing.

Crazy For Tea Time said...

Hi Terri,

I love old postcards,and the stories they tell, too. They're a tangible link to the past.

I think Grandma and Edna would be tickled to know that someone was thinking of them long after they left this world, and I think they would have been delighted to join you for tea! Especially with that simple, yet elegant, green tea cup.

Feel better soon...Lucinda

Anne Payne said...

Terri, You are right. Your tea cup stands just fine without any fanfare! It is gorgeous. I adore the mint color and how shiny it is. I sure wish I had some of the old postcards my granny sent when I was a young girl. They would be fabulous for my scrapbooking. Have a blessed week!

Lady Linda said...

Hi Terri, I love old postcards too! Your teacup is really pretty, as always.
I hope you are feeling better.
I think we all need some sunshine and warm weather.
Linda

Bohemian said...

Oh... to discover a Wonderful Online Tea Party in Progress made my day! The Grand-Daughter we're raising, and I, love to have Mad Tea Parties and sample every Tea we can find and 'rate' it! *Winks*

Your Teacup and Photography are Beautiful... and I'm sure the Sharing of that Wonderful Old piece of Beautiful Correspondence keeps the Sentiment of it very much Alive even to this day! I for one miss receiving 'Old School' Style written correspondence... even tho' I do Love the Land of Blog and all of this Technology that makes the World a much smaller and more intimate place by connecting so many Kindred Spirits so easily!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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