Friday, June 25, 2010

Retro Saturday....hic...hic

Published this post early........very busy day tomorrow.

Welcome to the second edition of RETRO SATURDAY. I should give you a little background to how we acquired this collection.

Think or imagine back to the early 1950's in a small town in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. A group of young mothers were having a birthday party.......for one of themselves. They called this 'club' The Birthday Girls. They were about a dozen ladies, all in their early 30's, rearing to go and to let off a little steam from just having a very busy week of kids, husbands and the like.

Ron's Mom was one of them. She was quite the entertainer  and when it was her turn, she held back nothing. As soon as the 'group' had assembled, they would start with 'drinks'. And that is where this Pink Elephant collection comes in.

Not quite sure where this glassware came from, but it must have been purchased in the province somewhere. There are no markings on any of the glassware, but the booklet was published in 1952 by Richard Rosen Assoc. Inc. New York.

It was used for a number of years at these parties till at least the late 60's and  was then put and stored away in a pink arborite kitchen cabinet. (Vintage Christine, you would have died for this piece of furniture). It stayed in this cabinet till 1998 at which point it was sold at auction. 

We could kick ourselves for not keeping it. But we did keep this collection of Pink Elephants because they were so cute and unusual.

As you can see there is a `bar` booklet that goes with it just in case you forget how to make a drink due to too many in the first place! The swizzle sticks were purchased much later and are not part of the original set. We thought they `fit` in quite well.

The gals always  had a great time together and they were still in existence when I came on the scene in the early 70`s.

The last Birthday Girl passed away last year at the age of 92. Whenever we look at this collection, we remember these gals who were so full of spirit and enthusiasm for life.


  1. Now that set is just too darn cute for words! The Birthday Girls sound like a fun bunch, sorry that era is over. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The fact that this glasswear has all of these memories for your family makes it more valuable to you than any price tag at an antiques dealer. So the fact that there is no markings is a mute point. Beautiful stuff.

  3. LOVE this! Oh, too be a part of a fun group like that today. Everyone seems to have gotten so busy and so serious. I have several pink elephant pieces like this, myself, but I do not have such a complete set as yours and I've never seen the little booklet with them. Wonderful!

  4. VERY retro! VERY cool! I agree, the swizzel sticks go perfect with the set, even if they're add-ons.

    Seeing the glassware and sticks reminded me of my life-long friend. During our growing up years, his folks had a "rumpus room" in the basement It had been stocked with stuff like those glasses in the 1950's and simply left that way. (We were kids in the mid 1970's) It was furnished in real wood paneling and called "The Naughty Pine Room" with a plaque on the door to that effect.

    Ah, memories...

  5. we collect deco stuff, but I do like the retro stuff u have..especialy the shaker!1 cracking find!!!!!

  6. I'm loving the playful pink elephants. Hope you get to use them, and enjoy them, often.

  7. That's wonderful...and to have the whole collection!

  8. I've never seen anything like it, but I can imagine those get togethers. How great that you still have something to remember these spirited women by.--Inger

  9. Oh my gosh that set is wonderful. And the memories it holds are priceless.
    Looking forward to the next installment! :)

  10. in Oklahoma, we call it Bunco. soon as we get together, we break out the wine! I love the glasses with the vintage pigs...hmm, might these pig glasses be an abomination, too?


  11. I love it! What a great story and history to go with this cocktail set and Now I want a set too haha!

  12. I love, love, LOVE this vintage bar ware!! I hope you use it from time to time.


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