21    Oct 20100 comments

Yesteryear Nostalgia

With all the talk lately about Lesley M. M. Blume's new book, Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By, I just had to see what all the fuss is about. Blume's book is a homage to history -- a stylish collection of traditions, recipes, landmarks, and celebrities from eras past including explanations and appreciations for things such as paper maps, proverbs, Sunday "Best", and scented ink.

A historian at heart, I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through the pages and was inspired to dig through some of my old boxes in search of my family heirlooms and photos. I found some gems: a recipe book with old notes in the margins, a vintage etiquette book from the 1950s, and a few pieces of costume jewelry. All of these things tell a little bit of my family's story -- my nana's best Thanksgiving turkey, her entertaining and style tips, and the broach she wore to her wedding -- all of which bring me closer to her and the time when she lived.

Whether I'm making my nana's classic macaroni and cheese recipe, or giving advice in the form of proverbs, one thing is certain -- rediscovering things from past eras makes for great memories and conversations among family and friends!

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