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The Throwaway Society Continued... [Apr. 26th, 2017|01:25 pm]
Tony Grist
 ...And then I asked myself, "If the napkins and napkin rings are missing, who exactly got rid of them, because I'm pretty sure it wasn't me and I doubt that it was my mother because she's a hoarder?"  So a search was instituted and they turned up- in the drawer of the dining table- which is really the first place you'd think to look- only we didn't.

Ailz, of course, wasn't a member of the family when these things were last in use- but no problems because when we looked over all we had she had no fewer than three rings to choose from....

So this family is once again using proper linen napkins with proper silver napkin rings.

Hey, look at us we're Edwardians...

[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-04-26 02:32 pm (UTC)
napkins make a lot of sense
they were an improvement
over people using the table cloth.
I cringe at that-

one of the side effect of having a dog
is we found a lose used napkin or kleenix
becomes a dog treat- not keeping the garbage
inaccessible to the nose looking for treats
means a blocked up dog.
he doesn't eat cloth napkins
or rather hasn't eaten one yet
still have to be careful .

I wonder about the difference
of linen versus cotton napkins.
less maintenence verses absorbancy?

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-26 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was thinking just the other day of the story from Mrs Gaskell's Cranford where the lady is whitening a piece of lace in a saucer of milk and the cat swallows it.

Linen v cotton? I don't really know.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-04-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
cats are notorious for eating textiles
my girl friends bra straps and undies we found
out vicariously thru the litter box.
putting it in milk is an extra treat.

think linen might wrinkle less
think it is the ironing of them
that made people dislike napkins the most.

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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-04-26 08:33 pm (UTC)
Linen DOES wrinkle - trust me, I have enough linen tablecloths to know... And I actually find the linen tablecloths harder to iron than the cotton ones, but that might be because the linen is better quality - so a thicker fabric than the store-bought cotton tablecloths.

I think you're right about the absorption, though.

(I only iron my "good" tablecloths and napkins, though; the ones for everyday use are just folded as they are after having hung outside. When I lived in a city it was easy enough to take the washed tablecloths to a laundromat and put them through the steam roller to get them completely smooth, but ironing them by hand just seems too much work if it's just for me.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-27 08:31 am (UTC)
Yes, I despise ironing.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-04-26 03:44 pm (UTC)
They were cotton, blue and white checked I believe, but not the normal gingham design. God knows how dirty they were at the end of each week. In fact I think there were red and white and yellow and white for the adults. Perhaps mine was blue, or the children's were blue. I'm not sure. Do you have any memories of these?
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-04-26 06:21 pm (UTC)
I don't need to have memories of them because I have the things themselves! Two red ones and two blue ones. They're sitting rolled up on the table with silver rings around them. :)
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