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Date: Friday, July 4, 1958
Stockholm, Sweden
Hot as Usual

After a lovely breakfast of coffee and only two pieces of toast, Sue, Judy H, and I prepared to invade the shops. As I was waiting in the lobby for Sue, who was taking a trip to the little girls’ sand box, I glanced around only to see SAM smiling at me from a chair. I leaped over to talk to him, and he gave me his map of Stockholm. Isn’t that romantic?

As usual I spent money as if I had my own printing press. Spent all morning at Sven’s Crystal Shop* where I got six lovely goblets ($17.10), a dozen hand blown aqua glasses ($3.00), and juice glasses ($2.50) to match my Bob White dishes, and a set of six white demi-tasse cups with crests ($6.75) to go with my spoons.

Lunch at NK’s which is a fabulous department store. Surprise!! Steak and French Fries again. Got a skirt ($8.10) here, and a blouse ($4.25), hope it’s drip dry, a charm (globe) and my spoon.

NK’s Department Store, Stockholm, Sweden.

Back to the hotel by sub-way where I got two sets of those tiny hand-carved red horses ($3.47). Cheers! Supper at Branda tomten where I had fish, and after that Sue and I headed for the nearest coffee shop for cream puffs and cake. (Diet, anyone?) Back to the hotel for two Tom Collins in the bar, and pop-corn from the bar-tender. What a 4th of July!

* Judy may mean Svenska Glasbruksforeningen, the Swedish Glassworks Society. Perhaps they had a store/outlet in Stockholm at that time, but I haven’t been able to find any details. Sweden is home to many quality glassworks, including Orrefors.

(Prices for the globe charm and spoon are not noted in the ledger at the back of the book. Bad Judy! But she does note the purchase of some cocktail picks in Stockholm for $1.10. Also, none of the meal/drink purchase prices are noted for today.)

“Bob White” dinnerware, by Red Wing.

Produced from 1954 to 1967, the Bob White pattern was Red Wing Potteries’ most popular dinnerware pattern. Part of the companies’ “Casual” dinnerware line, the pattern was created in response to the changing American lifestyle after World War II. More than fifty pieces were decorated with the Bob White pattern, designed by Charles Murphy.

This line of pottery features a mother bobwhite quail and her chicks. The color palette includes beige, brown, and turquoise. The pieces were hand-painted, usually by young women in an assembly-line fashion.

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