Sunday, May 26, 2013

INAPPROPRIATE PATTERNS FOR CHILDREN?

I wrote an article for the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin titled "Inappropriate Patterns For Children." It describes and illustrates 19th century plates and mugs with patterns that 21st century adults might think twice about giving to children.  See the link here, http://www.transcollectorsclub.org/specinterest/database_discoveries/DBD8JS_Childrens_Patterns.pdf   I recently purchased a child's mug that features what I thought was another inappropriate pattern.  The black transferware print shows a large tabby cat on top of its kill, a huge rat!  Another rat is shown escaping.  The text says "A Present For A Good Girl."  Is this a gift you would give to your loved little girl?  I asked my three year old granddaughter if she liked the pattern.  She thought the pussy cat was hugging the rat (or mousie).  There are many ways of looking at the same thing.
"A Present For A Good Girl" 3 inch by 3 inch 19th century child's mug 

"A Present For A Good Girl" Close-up



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