Many of Vi's spoons were purchased in her travels across the US and Europe. She made 3 or 4 trips to Europe and Great Britain from the 1970s to just a few years ago. Many others were purchased by her children and grandchildren or friends, as they picked up spoons for her on their various trips.
By now you might have figured out that Vi Clark is my own sweet Mom. She has her spoon collection prominently displayed in her kitchen in Moorpark, CA. I found the rack for her a few years ago, at an antique mall. The rack she had before only held 48 or so spoons, and she had them spilling out of drawers and cupboards. Even this one isn't big enough, as she has to tuck a few of them on the shelves behind the displayed spoons, or on a nearby baker's rack. Perhaps someday this collection will hang proudly in my own home, or in the home of one of her grandchildren. Who knows? Mom is still busy enjoying her spoon collection, and I hope she continues to do so for many years to come!
|Mom's first spoon.... her home town of Twin Falls, Idaho. Purchased in the 1930s|
|A later Twin Falls spoon, showing an image of Mom's high school, since demolished.|
|One of Mom's early spoons, purchased on a trip to Los Angeles in the early 1940s.|