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Minnie & Bea's

Vintage Rentals

Preserving The Pattern!

Preserving The Pattern + Paying It Forward

The Emma Mae Collection

c. 1968

The Emma Mae Collection was purchased by a young husband for his bride while he was serving in the United States Air Force. It was during the Vietnam War, while he was stationed in Guam in 1968-69, that he selected this beautiful collection of Noritake's Rosemarie pattern to be sent home to his wife, who was expecting their first child. While it seems a little strange that service members would be selecting fine china patterns in the middle of a war, it was quite common for soldiers to shop from the mail order catalog, called the PACEX (Pacific Exchange) Catalog, that was available to personnel serving in or with the US Military overseas. Here are several photos of the 1968 edition of the PACEX, including Page 82, the page offering this collection for sale. [Credit: https://tachikawaairbase.blogspot.com/2018/12/1968-pacex-us-military-gift-catalog]

The young bride, more than 50 years later, has donated her treasured collection of china to Minnie & Bea's Vintage Rentals for others to enjoy for years to come. The collection is named for her own dear grandmother, Emma Mae. When you choose The Emma Mae collection for your special event, 25% of your rental expense will be donated to Hannah's Haven, a Christ-centered addiction recovery program for women.

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