One set features authentic settings of people gathered, either in the middle of a chore or enjoying a meal, all in period outfits, of course. And then there's another box of authentic recipes to re-create over a woodburning fireplace and a cast-iron kettle. Clearly the person who purchased these back in the 1960s loved them so much that she couldn't bear to break up a set by actually using them, since all three boxes have their cards and envelopes in tact.
In May, Clarkson Potter will publish my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders.