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Patriotic Bunting

July 3, 2015

I love beautiful houses decorated with patriotic bunting.  It’s fun, easy and not too time consuming to dress up your house for the patriotic holidays. =)

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Broken China Jewelry Vintage Sweet Bluebird Facing Lft Sterling Heart Pin w Pendant Bale

 

 

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These are some fun ideas for the 4th of July (or Memorial Day or Veterans Day)!

FLAG WREATH:  This will take about 3x packs of 100 mini flags. Just poke them into a styrofoam wreath or disk!


  Source: http://oodlekadoodleprimitives.blogspot.com/2011/05/four-memorial-day-decorations-to-make.html   FESTIVE LOLLIE FLAGS:  Fill big glass vases with festive red white and blue treats and top them off with these accordion folded paper medallions, or paper “lollies”   Source: http://www.nobiggie.net/4th-of-july-paper-lollies/   FLAG COOKIES:  Use store bought sugar cookie dough and make it in an 8×8 pan.  See the full recipe below =).   Source: http://ourbestbites.com/2013/06/mocktails-munchies-how-to-create-a-stunningly-simple-patriotic-party-theme/   Broken China Jewelry Winter Greetings Cardinal Red Bird Right Facing Sterling Oval Pendant   See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE. What our customers are saying… “Cardinals are my favorite bird and I love them on my pendant.” ~   Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!



Depression era Glass

June 15, 2015

Learning to live on little or nothing was the way of life for many families for a decade or more beginning in 1929. Times were tough during the Great Depression, in the United States and Canada depression glassware were distributed for free or at a low cost. Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware, a subset of Uranium Glass. It is very popular due to its affordability and availablity. It can be used daily or for special occasions and comes in an array of elegant colors. Depression Glassware was made in the US from the early 1920s all the way through to the end of World War II. It was the first machine produced mass made and nationally produced glassware in America. Majority of depression glass is colored though there were many clear patterns, some opaque and some with metallic accents or decorations. Even in the late 1950s several patterns were still produced due to its massive popularity.

Depression Glassware started out as a promotional item or an incentive to purchase products.  The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie houses would distribute a piece for simply going in, gas stations also give them out to attract customers. There were over 100 companies producing glasswares before the depression but after the depression there were only half that number. Most of the production of the depression glass took place in the Ohio River Valley where access to raw materials were inexpensive.  More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear (crystal), pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultramarine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

Image Source: http://www.depressionelegantglass.com/dogwood-pink-depression-glass-lunch-pink-saturday/

Glassware produced during that era has been divided into two type: depression glass and elegant glass. Elegant glass as the name suggests is of superior and elegant quality with a definitive detail that went into the finishing of the product. It was distributed through jewelry and department stores from the 1920s through the 1950s, and was an alternative to fine china. Most of the elegant glassware manufacturers had closed by the end of the 1950s, when cheap glassware and imported china replaced Elegant glass. Depression glass on the other hand had a bit more crude and simple finishing although elaborate details were added after it was made. The rough edges from left from the molds were not polished down as compared to the elegant glass.

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The production process of depression glass was very rudimentary so flaws were common such as straw marks, rough edges or a piece may lean to one side. Straw marks have been mistaken for cracks but they really are just lines occurring on the surface of the glass during the manufacturing process. The rough edges were caused by the seams in the molds which were not polished down so as to save production costs hereby making the finished item affordable. These characteristics are common and have been accepted by collectors as part of depression glass.

With the advancement of technology and availability of advance machinery it is now quite easy to reproduce depression glassware’s that were knowingly or unknowingly passed off as originals by wholesalers and retailers worldwide. These reproductions look like the originals that even the most experienced collector could be fooled. Patience and thorough examination of each item is needed to ascertain its authenticity.

 

Broken China Jewelry Fire King Pale Green Jadeite Sterling Drop Pendant

 

 

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The design of the flag has been modified 26 times officially since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 54 years.

Data Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States

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Two little known facts:

1) after the first 15 states became actual states (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia,Vermont, Kentucky) – all new states became states on July 4th of their respective years.

2) when Alaska became a state on July 4th, 1959 there was a 49 star flag used as the US flag for 1 year.  It consisted of 7 rows of starts with 7 stars in every other row was offset by 1 star width.

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On July 4th, 1960 – Hawaii became a state and the current flag was introduced which created our current stars and stripes edition!

Flag of the United States of America

 

Labor Day Facts

September 1, 2014

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. 

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More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

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But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

Content from the US Department of Labor here.

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History of 4th of July

July 4, 2014

Being forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III with no representation in Parliament caused a growing dissatisfaction among the 13 colonies. On June 11, 1776, the colonies’ Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the purpose of drafting a document that would finally severe their ties with the Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence.

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After voting for the resolution of independence they then turned their attention to the declaration of independence.  The declaration of independence was prepared for the Committee of Five and it was approved on July 4, 1776. Since then July 4th has been celebrated as Independence Day and is commonly known as the Fourth of July. Contrary to popular belief the declaration of independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776, most historians have concluded that the declaration was signed on August 2, 1776.

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On July 4, 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, one at morning and then one at night in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated in almost the same manner, with thirteen gun salutes, official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, speeches, prayers, troop reviews and parades. The following year, Gen. George Washington celebrated July 4 with a double ration of rum. It was in 1791, when the name Independence Day was first recorded. In 1870, the US Congress declared that Independence Day will be an unpaid holiday this was changed into a paid federal holiday in 1938.

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The Fourth of July celebration has long been associated with political speeches and ceremonies,  fireworks, barbecues, parades, fairs, carnivals, picnics, concerts and if it happens to fall into a long weekend celebration it would turn into family reunions. Families would often have picnics and barbecues at parks or join in barbecues and picnics hosted by neighbors and friends. The Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem, God Bless America, My Country Tis of Thee, and This Land Is Your Land.

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Our Nation’s Capitol

May 26, 2014

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National Cathedral

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Patriotic Porches

May 23, 2014

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