Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
Hello fellow collectors! My name is Margaret Lynn Rosack (call me Lynn) and I live in Central Florida. I’ve been interested in trivets and other laundry day memorabilia since the early 1980s. Like many of you, I began slowly by finding trivets at flea markets and garage sales. I’d take them home and hang them on my kitchen walls, but I didn’t know much about their age, origin or value.
Things changed in 1994 when my husband Ed gifted me a copy of A Collector’s Guide To Trivets & Stands by Rob Roy Kelly & James Elwood. Reading that book cover-to-cover was an eye-opening education in the history, manufacture and endless variety of trivets. It gave me the knowledge I needed to become a more discriminating collector.
Fast forward to 2000. The Internet provided new opportunities to view and buy interesting trivets from around the world. My collection grew in both quantity and quality; before long I’d accumulated enough trivets and data to write two trivet books. Many thanks to Bill Schroeder and Collector Books for making this possible and to Ed for photographing all the trivets in both books.
Besides maintaining this blog Trivetology, I founded and co-manage the group The Trivet Collectors Network on Facebook. I’m the webmaster for the Pressing Iron and Trivet Collectors of America website, manage the PITCA Facebook page, and co-manage their Pressing Iron Enthusiasts Facebook group.
I joined my husband Ed in retirement in 2015; we enjoy spending time together while pursuing our individual interests. You’re invited to visit Ed’s photography blog Central Florida Photo Ops where he posts images of the natural beauty of Florida and the techniques used to capture them.
Like all of you, I’ve been spending more time at home during this pandemic. It’s been an opportunity to clean and re-arrange my trivets and to learn even more about them. I hope the same is true for you and your collections. Take care!
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” Samuel Johnson
My blog Trivetology is a shared archive of items from my personal collections. I hope you’ll find the images and information both interesting and useful. Although many of these trivets have appeared in my two books, I’ve added additional information, photos and insights gained since the time of publication. You’ll also find blog posts describing new acquisitions to my ever-evolving collection.
● I post twice a month, around the 1st and the 15th.
● Followers of my blog are notified by email of each new post.
● You’ll notice a 💛 before items that update or are important.
● Click “Older Posts” several times from the main page to fully populate the entire catalog of blog entries.
● Most images can be enlarged to better appreciate the detail. Click on any image.
Occasionally I’ll tweak a blog post in the first few days after publication, so be sure to review the prior post once again when the next is published.
Due to the prevalence of spam, Comments on each new blog post remain open for 15 days or until the next blog post is published. However, I always appreciate any comments, additional information, questions or suggestions you might have. I’ll occasionally add a reader’s information to a blog post in the form of a Comment or Update.
Finally, I’m always planning future blog posts. If there’s a topic you’d like discussed, please Contact Me.
My husband Ed, using a light tent to photograph trivets for my second book.