Topic: Hope Chests

Bullish: How to Build a Modern Woman’s Hope Chest Without Looking Like an Insane Harpy

Bullish: How to Build a Modern Woman's Hope Chest Without Looking Like an Insane Harpy

I learned from Bust magazine sometime in the last couple of years that, in the 1950s, young women who hoped to one day get married would register, through ads in the backs of magazines, with companies that made different patterns of silverware. They’d sign up for a particular pattern and hope to receive forks, spoons, and knives for their various birthdays, until they had collected the whole set. As a token of having committed to forward-thinking silverware collecting, the company would send them a tiny pin — as in, a brooch that is a spoon. You wear it on your clothes. To announce to the whole world that you are collecting silverware for your future marriage. More »