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My Grandmother's China

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 6:15am
By: Liz O'Brien

December 8, 2009

I feel like an anthropologist. I may have discovered an artifact that holds the clue to the cause of the obesity epidemic.

It's my grandmother's china.

It's nothing special -- just your inexpensive white dishware dating back to the 1940s -- but it's different in many ways from china today. The pattern -- a daisy-chain of tiny pink, blue, and green flowers -- is distinctly old-fashioned. The china is light and delicate and wouldn't survive one pass through the dishwasher.

But the most obvious difference is its size.

The dinner plate is only three-quarters of the size of the modern version. And the other items in the place setting are proportionately tiny.

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