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July 25, 2018

Dad’s Old Tray

By Julia

Growing up, my parents had a large collection for books, tchotchkes, and other ephemera on a shelving unit in our family room. I was fascinated by all of it: the sheer quantity of items, the retro fonts, the bright colors, the variety of different things. Most of the various things on the shelf were actually my dad’s, and some of the books had been my grandfather’s. One of my favorite things in the collection was a drink tray. It was well-loved even at that time, and I felt a little scandalous whenever we brought it out (which wasn’t often).

The drink tray now resides in our SAGA china hutch. It’s a wonderful 60s piece that fits pretty well just outside the plate rail. The tray itself is about 15 inches in diameter.

I love the puzzled expressions of the gentlemen at the poker table. They can’t even fathom that the attractive woman could beat them all at cards- so very mid-century. The artwork screams 60s as well.

Around the edge of the tray is a circle of poker hands, starting with the best.

I actually learned poker basics from studying this drink tray. I wasn’t any good without real practice, but that came later.

The font and the illustrations of the card hands remind me of something I would see on Mad Men.

The tray itself is about an inch deep. Here you can see it’s a little worse for wear, so we mostly just display it these days.

How about you, dear readers? Do any of you have any cool artifacts you’ve found from family?

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2 Responses to Dad’s Old Tray

  1. Barbara A Grandy Reply

    July 26, 2018 at 4:59 am

    I loved that tray. Glad you enjoyed it so much

    • Julia Reply

      July 31, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      It served us well 🙂

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