This is a bit of Retro 40s pop culture I’d never seen before–aprons in the iconic shapes of clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades–until I got an email from Meghan in Vermont a couple of days ago. You can go here to see them on the Etsy website: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83582187/vintage-apron-queen-of-clubs. I’m always interested in news from readers or subscribers about any aspect of bridge, but especially sociable (with food and socializing) bridge.
The aprons are made from sewing patterns from the 40s using vintage-patterned material, and sold via mail order and at their shop in Woodstock, Vermont.
The bridge lunch hostess of the past had many many table and dining accessories to choose from. Matching sets of cards, bridge tallies, scorekeeping pads, sometimes napkins as well were a standard and numerous. As were cookie cutters and molds in shapes of the four suits of cards for cutting/shaping small cakes, or sandwiches–still available today. There were match boxes with bridge symbols and ashtrays (to go along with the inevitable cigarettes) of that day.
I have a set of glass plates with a recess for a glass or cup of some kind of beverage that I bought in an antique shop in Ashland, NH (as I remember). The shop owner said they were used at bridge parties to hold a selection of small sandwiches or cakes accompanied by a glass of lemonade or iced tea or a cup of hot tea. I also have a hand-embroidered bridge cloth out of the 40s that my daughter bought at a yard sale in California and gave to me for Christmas–just the right size to turn a bridge table into a luncheon table.
Just Googled Bridge Party Accessories, and came up with a URL too long to include in this blog. I have the feeling that many of the citations are for card playing in general, and duplicate bridge accessories. “Retro bridge party accessories” might produce a better list of citations.
Do you know a couple of months ago I came across one of these Ask websites, and the question was (so help me!) “What’s a bridge party?” Probably somebody 20 years old. It’s why I do this blog, hoping against hope bridge becomes more widely played by our boomer daughters and their kids so no one ever asks that question again!