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Godey’s Lady’s Book and Fashion Plates

Godey’s Lady’s Book and Fashion Plates

Jack H.T. Chang, M.D.    Godey’s Lady’s Book fashion plates are commonly found in antique stores. Their origin began in July, 1830 when Louis Antoine Godey and Charles Alexander of Philadelphia published the inaugural issue under the title, Lady’s Book containing one fashion plate. It was not the first American magazine with women as its target audience as the Ladies Magazine […]

by · April 4, 2021 · 0 comments · Feature Article
The Enduring Gleam of Salt-Glazed Ceramics

The Enduring Gleam of Salt-Glazed Ceramics

By Robert Reed    It was a simple idea, combining common salt with intense heat for a special effect in ceramics. The result was remarkable.    Salt thrown in a kiln and then superheated virtually vaporized in the process settling and fusing on the enclosed ware in tiny droplets. The droplets become a thin glaze. To the eye the glaze was gleaming […]

by · April 3, 2021 · 0 comments · Feature Article
The Beauty of Buckles

The Beauty of Buckles

By Maureen Timm    Buckles have been used by both men and women since ancient times. History and archeology books tell of buckles used to fit harnesses on animals and to hold weapons and garments in place. The popularity of buckles as adornments fluctuated according to fashion and politics. Archaeologists have discovered primitive belts with buckles dating back to the Bronze […]

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What Is It? April 2021

What Is It? April 2021

We had three correct answers for our April’s What Is it. Bill Evans of Elizabeth, Colorado tells us this is a Dobbs & Co. Fifth Avenue Hat Box from the 1950s/1960s. The company was located at 242 Fifth Ave. in New York City starting in 1908. Dobbs & Co. was designed from the start to be a retail outlet for […]

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What Is It? March 2021

What Is It? March 2021

   We had several correct guesses for our March What Is It. Michele Pontious of Belleair, Florida; Elsie Loyle of Wichita, Kansas; Jerome McLaren of Conifer, Colorado, (who pointed out that these are ancient Roman ring keys. Circa 100-400 A.D. Made of bronze and iron); Terry Cook of Ft. Morgan, Colorado, added these keys were “used for homes, gates, etc., around […]

by · March 3, 2021 · 0 comments · What Is It?