Thursday, June 12, 2008

Oilcloth Homage

Summertime makes me think of being little and making a mess of drippy ice cream cones at my grandma’s kitchen table—which would invariably have a sticky, but fabulously patterned oilcloth tablecloth on it. So, of course I had to look up oilcloth to see if it was still around. And guess what? Like Kleenex and Linoleum, Oilcloth is a “genericized trademark.” Not only is it the ubiquitous name for this plastic covered fabric, but it’s the name of the company that makes it. Plus, now you can get everything from aprons and shopping bags to chairs and bibs made of Oilcloth.™

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