Hello on a crisp, November day! Today started out at 25 and warmed to a scorching 44...them warmest we have been for several days, but the birdbath is still frozrn solid and the finches were ice skating today trying to find water to drink...BBbrrrrrr! Cold for here, but colder still to the east of us!
Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...with Veteran's Day just passed, and another war related anniversary...that I will share later in the post... just a few days ago, I have chosen to share some teacups and saucers from the immediate post World War II period in Germany called the Partition. After the war ended and plans were put into place to help Germany rebuild, the country was divided under the leadership of the Allies. The map below, from Google shows the zones...the Allied Occupation or Partition lasted from 1945-1952.
- American Zone of Occupation...blue
- British Zone of Occupation...green
- French Zone of Occupation...orange
- Soviet Zone of Occupation...red
In the US Zone, which included Bavaria where many famous German porcelain potteries had been located, one of the first thing focused on was reopening the potteries to provide jobs and begin again bringing income into the country. And this is where my teacups for this week come from.
This is demitasse cup and saucer from the Schwarzenhammer, Bavaria Germany pottery in the Black Forest near Munich. The pottery was a small one and was started in 1905 and closed in 1986, so the rebuilding under the Allied Occupation obviously re-established the business...
The mark clearly has U.S. Zone printed on the mark, dating it to 1945-1952. I LOVE the green stripes and gold overlay!
The teacup above is another from the US Zone, another demitasse cup and saucer which were very popular in Europe for elegant after dinner tea or coffee, was made by Bayreuther, another Bavarian pottery. Bayreuth is actually a town in Bavaria where many German potteries were located, so the name is taken from the town. Not much more is know about this small pottery, or what it's commercial fate was after the Occupation.
This cup and saucer, also from the Occupation Zone is marked for Porzellan Imperial, Bavaria. On further research I found that this was a trade mark that the aforementioned Schwarzenhammer pottery used at a different pottery, so I assume that it closed in 1986 as well.
I always thought that this teacup looked like the embroidered ribbon on a Bavarian dirndl...the teacup and saucer is by the Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria pottery, one of the most famous from the area. Royal Bayreuth from the town of Bayreuth Germany was founded in 1713 and had a long history with lots of different trade names. This incarnation was the
Erste Bayreuther Porzellanfabrik Walküre Siegmund Paul Meyer
you can see why I copied it....which after restoring operations under the Occupation after the war with 60 of their pre war 400 employees, by 2008 had become one of the most prestigious manufacturers of hotel china in Europe...truly a Phoenix like success story.
November 14, 1940 the skies rained down bombs on Coventry, England, a large industrial city just north east of Birmingham in what is called the Coventry Blitz. The Germans claimed the intense bombing was in retaliation for the bombing of Munich...which followed the London Blitz. The photos here are from the Cabinet War Room archives, Above is Winston Churchill visiting the ruins of the 14th century Coventry Cathedral....
The bombing was something that was important to both my husband's and my families...living very close to Coventry. I wasn't born, but my husband was a mall babe in arms and remembers stories from his family....
A horrible day during World War II for the family of my husband, living in Birmingham, England 20 miles away. Along with his younger sister, he was not evacuated to Wales for safety with his 2 older sisters. His oldest brother was serving in the war in the Coldstream Guards of the Queen's Brigade of Guards, where my husband was to serve his army service later in peace time.
The bombing was remembered as horrific and John often wonders how his parents coped with the terrors of war and just trying to feed the family between times spent in the bomb shelter at the end of the garden. Coventry was a strategic site for the bombers because of it's heavy industrial plants and rail interchanges. Over 1200 people were killed and most of the city was destroyed. John's father and brother who was on a short leave had walked to the bridge over the railroad bridge close to their home and watched the planes dropping their payloads and the subsequent explosions and fireballs.
As they stood there watching, John's father Sam thought he heard Annie, his wife, calling him so they left the railroad bridge and started quickly home. A few minutes later the railroad bridge went up in an explosion as it, too was bombed. Annie hadn't called, but if they had stayed they would have gone up in the explosion...
The ruins were not taken down, but preserved as a monument. The cathedral was rebuilt around and beside the ruins. A moving tribute to England, and it's people. Not a cheerful post, I guess, but this is the season of thankfulness and remembrance. For an account of the bombing from the BBC, click HERE
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Friends Sharing Tea
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