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Eastlake Style Antique Furniture

The Eastlake Style is named for Charles Locke Eastlake, an Englishman who authored a book titled “Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, and Other Details.”   This book was extremely important in American design, because it explained William Morris's ideas into terms that the average cabinetmaker and builder could understand. 

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Dumb Mikey Steps Out of the Circle

One day, while a Mikey was out driving his car, he ran into a truck. The truck's driver made him pull over into a parking lot and get out of the car. He took a piece of chalk and drew a circle on the pavement. He told Mikey to stand in the middle and not leave the circle. Furious, he went over to Mikey’s car and slashed the tires. Dumb Mikey started laughing. This made the man angrier so he smashed his windshield. This time Mikey laughed even harder. Livid, the man broke all his windows and keyed his car. Dumb Mikey is now laughing hysterically, so the truck driver asks him what's so funny. Mikey giggles and replies, "When you weren't looking, I stepped out of the circle three times!"

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McCoy Cookie Jars

Cookie jar collectors are as varied a group as the cookie jars they collect.  Part of the reason for the diversity is because of crossover.  For example, if you are a “Coca Cola” collector, among other things in your collection, could be one of many cookie jars with the Coca Cola brand.  On the other hand if you are a collector of Disney memorabilia, you may have a Disney character cookie jar.  Even the famous American artist, Andy Warhol was a cookie jar collector.  His collection of over 125 cookie jars brought in over $250,000 at auction in 1987.

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Cookie jars have been around for a long time and I am sure that most of you at one time or another have seen them in your grandparent’s or even your parent’s home.  Some of you may even have them in your own homes.  Cookie jars origins have been traced back as far as the early 1700’s.  Most of the earlier ones are nothing more than a ceramic cylinder with a lid, with painted decorations. Many experts agree that the first mass produced ceramic cookie jars were made by the Brush Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio. However, the most popular cookie jars for collectors are those from McCoy Pottery.

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Aprons have been cooks’ companions for hundreds of years. Indeed, aprons were used by men and women for a variety of tasks long before they were seen on 1950s television. During this era, women were portrayed as homemakers and good mothers and you rarely saw them without their aprons.  Some researchers point to Biblical references about aprons. They cite a passage in which Adam and Eve sewed together fig leaves to make aprons to cover themselves. We traditionally think of aprons being used for cooking, and while that is true, they have served as a cover-up for other tasks that tend to be messy. Occupations such as butchers, welders and bakers have always used aprons to protect both their clothing and bodies from their work. 

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Record Auction Price for Midnight Red Barbie Doll

A record price of almost $18,000 was paid this week at auction for a Barbie Doll. Barbie in Midnight Red, which was first released in 1965, was part of the world’s largest collection of about 4,000 owned by Dutch fashion designer, Ietje Raebel.  Ms. Raebel had originally purchased a Barbie Doll for her daughter Marina, who did not like or want the doll, which led to her collecting them.  According to Christie’s of London, this is the most money ever paid for a Barbie Doll.

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McCoy Pottery was started in 1910 by the father and son team of Nelson and J.W. McCoy, in Roseville, Ohio as the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company.  They had selected that area for their factory for the same reason the other big pottery companies had selected the area, because of the availability of clay.  In fact, McCoy not only manufactured earthenware, but they also mined, bought and sold clay to other factories in the area.  In the mid 1920’s, McCoy expanded their operation and began producing art pottery pieces for their more affluent customers.

McCoy produced cookie jars for about fifty years, from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1980’s. They have produced cookie jars in many different shapes, sizes and commemorate many historic people and events to include the greatApollo cookie jar.  However, none is as popular with collectors as Red Riding Hood and Black Americana jars that McCoy produced in the late 1930’s.  The example pictured above recently sold on Ebay for over $200.

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Eastlake made use of geometric shapes made possible by modern machining techniques of his time.  This made it possible to easily duplicate the patterns exactly.  Although part of the Victorian Era, Eastlake always emphasized simpler designs rather than the excessive baroque decorations and motifs of the Victorian style.  Later in life, Eastlake became appalled because others took his designs to the extreme with designs that were dizzying with too many intricate and excessive designs that took away from their original simplicity.

For centuries, homemakers have used aprons. Even since the early 19th century, women have used aprons to keep their clothing clean. They have also used aprons to carry essential utensils such as rolling pins, for gathering and carrying eggs and for transporting kindling wood. Aprons have been an effective tool for many, many years.  It was not until the 1940s and 1950s that society started to see the stereotypes of the ""perfect mother"" who always wore an apron, no matter what. Until that time, aprons were thought of as a functional piece of the wardrobe.

Today’s aprons are more stylish. Perhaps surprisingly, aprons have made a fashionable comeback, even making occasional runway appearances in the form of the apron dress.  Aprons Info provides detailed information about various types of aprons, including humorous, personalized, child, cooking, and lead aprons, as well as apron sinks, and more.

Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel Toys, invented the Barbie Doll in 1959 and was named after her daughter Barbara.  Since then, Barbie Millicent Roberts, otherwise known as Barbie, has had over 95 different careers and has been produced as 45 different races. The Barbie Doll also has had more than 43 pets and a boyfriend named Ken.  Ms. Raebel’s entire collection brought in more than $211,000.