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The History of Coca-Cola Helen Nash
The product that has given the world its best-known taste and led to a memorabilia craze was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca Colaģ and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was placed on sale for 5 cents a glass at the soda fountain. Carbonated water was added to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca Cola is enjoyed...
Chalet Glass Conrad Biernacki
It was huge. It was very heavy. It was very, very orange. And it was one of the strangest objects my parents ever owned. Given pride of place in the centre of a small table in front of the dining room window, it glowed in the afternoon sunlight. And itís still there today. I was intrigued by it as a teenager, and it still draws my attention many years later. Identical to the orange bowl shown here, it was made by Chalet Artistic Glass in Cornwall, Ontario, in business from 1962 to 1975. The company actually began in Montreal as Les Industries de Verre et Miroirs in 1958, changing its name to Murano Glass in 1960
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Picking Your Collection By Judy Knauer
Many years ago, centuries in fact, the lowly toothpick held a position of great importance to those whose fortune enabled them to own one. Thatís right, only the wealthy had the much-coveted toothpicks and they were made of precious metals and gems. They were prized possessions! So much so, that there are accounts of the number of toothpicks being included in a ladyís dowry! That time has long passed, and the lowly wooden toothpick of today is relegated to a small box hidden in a kitchen cupboard.
Personally, my favorite time in the history of the toothpick is the late Victorian era when they were accepted as a table item and appeared on every well-set table. Its not that I love toothpicks, really, but I do love the little containers that held them during those Victorian days of opulence. Toothpick holders, thatís my passion!
Ice Spearfishing Decoys Joe Fossey
Recent historical interest, influenced primarily by Sporting Collectors, Antique Dealers and Interior Decorating trends has sparked a revival in the reproduction and collecting of wooden pioneer Ice Spear fishing decoys. They are without doubt, a truly unique North American folk art subject. Their sizes range from a tiny 1 inch minnow length to a massive 50 inch Sturgeon replica used to determine the minimum legal length spearing size.
Fish Decoys were used by native and early North American ice fishermen to lure food fish within reach of their spears. The decoys were all hand made, primitive by design and function due to then limited education, lack of regional communication and the general absence of quality wood working tools that are commonly available today. There are considerable differences in primary design and painting colours, which is influenced by various regions involved and the species needs of the original carvers.