I've been trying to clean out a bunch of old magazines at my house, but every time I even *think* about getting rid of my vintage issues of Victoria, I start rereading an issue or two and I'm charmed all over again! One thing I absolutely love is that I always, always find mentions of teatime in Victoria. This week, I pulled out the November issues from 1993-1995, and something on the cover struck me for the first time. Do you see it? All three of these issues say "Come Gather at Our Table." Interesting that they would use the same cover line three years in a row, isn't it? And yet year after year, I gobbled up each Thanksgiving issue because each one had gorgeous new photos and articles!
I had forgotten that they had a regular feature titled "The Charms of Tea." In this 1994 issue, that feature was about Angeline Goreau's love of the Angelina tea salon in Paris. She writes of returning there for 20 years and "looking for my earlier selves." Isn't that pretty? Considering the horrid news out of Paris one week ago, I was so pleased to view the city through a much lovelier lens thanks to this 21-year-old magazine.
The article I read with the most pleasure, from November 1995, was "A Grandmother's Table" by M. J. Andersen. I can't find a copy of the entire article online, but it is included in the Victoria book "The Quiet Center," and I searched online and found that many libraries have this book available, so you might want to search it out. Andersen and an aunt were charged with cleaning out the possessions of her late maternal grandmother, a woman who collected a lot of things, including "Grandma's great love … dishes." (Imagine that!) Here's an excerpt: "One night, exhausted and stretched out on the living room floor, I noticed a cabinet under the TV that we had overlooked. Inside was an entire set of Limoges. We laughed until we were tearful. Grandma's formal china, familiar from holiday dinners, was a Hutschenreuther set, beautiful violets on a white background. Where and when had she ever come up with this gold-rimmed Limoges with its pale-green flowers?" Oh, how I love that story! Do any of you like to go back through these old Victorias as well?