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Ellene Meece's Blog – January 2009 Archive (4)

Could Failing Manufacturers Boost Sales in Antiques and Collectibles?

How many of you received this update this week from Replacements, Ltd.?



"....Based on the calls we are receiving, you have probably seen in the news that there has been recent turmoil in the tableware industry, with many famous brands filing in bankruptcy or operating in insolvency, including divisions of Waterford Wedgwood, Johnson Brothers, Franciscan, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Tirschenreuth, Lenox, Dansk, Gorham Stainless, Royal Worcester, and Spode.… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 25, 2009 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

Franciscan Pottery



Apple Pattern (shown above)



Here's what I know about Franciscan Pottery: It was first named such in 1934. Gladding-McBean and Company of Glendale, CA were the first manufacturers. Dozens of different patterns were produced but in 1962 Gladding McBean and Company merged with the Lock Joint Pipe Company (can you believe it?? :) and became Interpace. The Franciscan line continued in California until 1984. That's why you will see many… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 22, 2009 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Vintage Snowmen?

Ever wonder how long people have been building snowmen out of snow?



Wikipedia says, "According to old diaries and chronicles, this activity dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets."



Well, I live on the Western Slope of Colorado and here's what a snowman looks like out here (photo take last week right in front of a Victorian house from the early 1900's):…

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Added by Ellene Meece on January 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Vintage Hats and Bonnets

Did you know that hats for women began during the Middle Ages when the church decreed that their hair must be covered? The evolving of the hat since that time is truly intriguing! The Vintage Fashion Guild provides an very informative history of women's hats.



One of my favorite hats is the ‘cloche’ style of the 1920's. Brims were optional but were more predominant on summer hats, where the lady could be protected… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 20, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

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