Friday, April 10, 2009

Paper Plate Tectonics

"You'd never think they were paper..."

Au contraire, madame! I think we all can see that they're paper plates. Because:

1. China plates don't tend to be shrink-wrapped in packs of twenty.

2. And fine china is not found in the grocery store on the same shelf as plastic knives and forks.

3. Or, in fact, in the grocery store at all (unless it comes in a box of detergent - we'll get to that later this weekend, if I can find the scan).

Having said all that, they are a useful product. You can do plenty more with Royal Chi-net plates besides serve cook's Beef Wellington on them! You can use them as falsies, just like Mrs. Knickerbocker over there on the right, who clearly has a sense of humor about the whole thing - absolutely a prerequisite for this fashion trend. Mind the plate dividers, though.

Many thanks to Uh...Bob at Flickr for the ad.

18 comments:

Dee said...

Mrs. Knickerbocker looks like she's going to fall over from being top heavy. Maybe she thinks the huge not-paper plate falsies make her head look smaller.

Tori Lennox said...

And I see there's no mundane pair of bifocals for Mrs. Knickerbocker. She has a lorgnette, only for use by the very snooty. Or those who stuff their bra with not-paper-plates. ;)

Lidian said...

Dee - She probably think we haven't even noticed! Maybe her china falsies are in the dishwasher.

Tori - Oh yes, she is quite a grande dame. Emphasis on the grande.

Hairball said...

Au contraire, madame! I think we all can see that they're paper plates.

*adjusts her paper plate falsies*

Careful there Lidian. You are assuming that all of the residents of North America are somewhat bright. I am convinced that North America has quite a few residents from the shallow end of the gene pool who would fall for china being sold at the grocery store.

Anybody wanna see the pretty china I got at the gas station?

50sgal said...

Great ad, very funny.

Bill said...

Mrs. K sure has tiny feet.

Bill said...

...plus, she has a seagull perched on her d├ęcolletage.

Phyl said...

I know I'm looking forward to the china in the detergent. I can't remember if I actually saw some of those, or if my mom just told me about them. I have this vague memory of pulling a cup out of a box of detergent; I can almost see the soap falling away as it emerged.

Pearl said...

Don't forget the plates and glasses that used to be given away with a fill-up at the gas station!
Pearl

Amy said...

Royal china throwaway plates? I wonder if they had to wrap them in newspaper first to prevent the rubbish bag splitting...

Lidian said...

Hairball - It's funny, because my favorite everyday china is stuff that my mom DID buy at the grocery store - blue and white, early 1970s faux-Colonial and actually very nice.

50sgal - It is a fun one!

Bill - She's a little top-heavy, yes. And so is the seagull.

Phyl - I know I have that ad - I just need to find it!

Pearl - I wonder if there are ads for them too?

Amy - Maybe, since they were so close to porcelain and all...

Kris said...

My mom ONLY used Chinette for bbqs. Still does. If dad ever brough anything else home from the store, boy was he in trouble!

Hairball said...

It's funny, because my favorite everyday china is stuff that my mom DID buy at the grocery store - blue and white, early 1970s faux-Colonial and actually very nice.

*smacks head* Hell Bob in the morning!
Lidian, I can't believe I forgot all about this. Mama Hairball also got some dishes from the grocery store by saving the little stamps she got with each grocery purchase. Hers were white with subtle blue flowers and a silver rim.

Unfortunately, Brother Hairball and I put them in the microwave and the silver rim turned black. Mama Hairball was not amused.

Heather Cherry said...

LOL, Bill! Seagull decolletage!

Mrs. K only mistook the Chi-net for real chi-na because she was looking at it through her opera glasses.

Cookie Brochette said...

So they're NOT real china?! Huh. Well, that explains why they keep getting rattier and rattier as I wash them. LOL

Cookie B.
Lightbulb Cuisine...real recipes for the Easy Bake Oven

Lidian said...

Kris - They look like they'd be good paper plates, actually.

Hairball - Oh dear, the microwave! Our grocery china collecting was way before microwaves, fortunately!

Heather - She really needs a good eyeglass cleaner, not paper plates.

Cookie - Yum, Easy Bake recipes! I will have to come have a look.

Relax Max said...

Still selling them today I think. If you want a paper plate that won't bend, these are the ones. More expensive than real plates though, so that's a down side. :)

Lidian said...

Max - I demand unbending strength in my paper plates, so will look out for these. In fact I may have used them in the past, the name sounds vaguely familiar, but clearly it did not register in my conscious mind or anything...