Thursday, December 1, 2011

Teacup Thursday, Spode Christmas Tree, American Annual Of Art 1978

Hello and happy December 1st. Didn't that sneak up on us? It did me. But the outside lights are up and the tree is up but not all decorated. Will find the Christmas CDs & videos in the closet and...Bob's your uncle!

For Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser's blog and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady, I have chosen a prennial favorite of mine...Christmas Tree by Spode, which has been being made for about 30 years now. It is really a classic pattern, and so nostalgic. Unfortunatly it is no longer made in the UK, which is a shame. But... There are different versions with and without green trim and mark differences. This set was made in the UK in the 1970s. Cool! I love the little sprigs of mistletoe!

For more info on the Spode Christmas Tree teacup at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos.

When I was a kindergarten teacher in the 1970s I worked with a woman from the mid west who introduced me to the American Annual Of Literature And Art which was produced by the Augsburg Publishing House in Minneapolis, Minn. The first annual was published in 1931. I don't think it is still published, but I have a few I get out annually at Christmas. This is the 1978 edition. It is a large size paperback, and I had difficulty photographing it, but here are a few of the pages and articles:

 There are stories, poems, music manuscripts and art works in various media. One of the annual features I love is a story  or narrative of the people in a small town in the Victorian era through the first World War leading up to Christmas with all sorts of fun vignettes, snippets of lore and custom and the cutest drawings. Wonderful!

Then there is always a full page the date of work relating to the nativity. This is the one for 1979 by Richard Huele:

Have a wonderful day visiting the teacup and vintage thingies...and Christmas is coming!


black eyed susans kitchen said...

Hi Ruth, Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog and the visit. Clearly we have much in common...and I think the Spode Christmas Tree pattern china is the best way to begin the season.

LV said...

Wonderful assortment of holiday goodies. Nice job on your presentation.

Holly Moore said...

I just adore your Spode cup. And the books are wonderful. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

The French Hutch said...

I think the Spode Christmas Tree pattern has always been a favorite of mine. I love all your photos and treasures. I'll look forward to seeing more of your Christmas decorations.

The French Hutch

Lynn said...

Your Spode teacup is so pretty. Just perfect for the Christmas season. And your vintage book is wonderful. I love holiday books and was looking at mine just today. I appreciate your visit to my blog and the nice comment. Have a lovely weekend.

Ann said...

Thank you for visiting and your nice comment. Your Spode teacup is beautiful. I have one or two small pieces and just love bringing out that special Christmas tree on them. Wonderful vintage book, too.

C. Joy said...

Love the Spode Christmas. One of my aunts has the complete collection and meals at her house are wonderful. Even better during the Christmas season.

Anonymous said...

I decided to start collecting the Spode Christmas tree design this year. As you say no longer made in England, mine had stickers saying 'Made in Malaysia.' However, next year I think I will start looking out for older pieces to mix in with the modern items.

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