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  • 15 Nov 2017
    In this week's show we'll look at many pieces of porcelain & pottery in an attempt to identify which are transfer decorated & which are hand painted. If you've watched the several programs I've done on identifying various kinds of prints and how to distinguish original works of art, then you'll see that this week's show is a lot like that, but instead of works on paper, etc. we'll be examining ceramics. It's trickier than you might think. During the taping of the show I picked up a piece of Alfred Meakin Bleu de Roi thinking that it must be transferware, but then when I examined it with a loop, it looked like it was hand painted. We'll consider whether transferware is always less desirable than hand painted (HINT: it's not), and we'll date the pieces. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. (If you've got a scheduling conflict, no worry, the video will be up in the Archive a few days afterwards.) Gary
    18 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • In this week's show we'll look at many pieces of porcelain & pottery in an attempt to identify which are transfer decorated & which are hand painted. If you've watched the several programs I've done on identifying various kinds of prints and how to distinguish original works of art, then you'll see that this week's show is a lot like that, but instead of works on paper, etc. we'll be examining ceramics. It's trickier than you might think. During the taping of the show I picked up a piece of Alfred Meakin Bleu de Roi thinking that it must be transferware, but then when I examined it with a loop, it looked like it was hand painted. We'll consider whether transferware is always less desirable than hand painted (HINT: it's not), and we'll date the pieces. Hope you can join us this coming Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. (If you've got a scheduling conflict, no worry, the video will be up in the Archive a few days afterwards.) Gary
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  • 10 Nov 2017
    Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper bags and quite easy to assemble without the worries of dried out needles falling everywhere, and it took very little space to store them!  What more could you ask for, plus they could be used time and time again.  Trees were available in various sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet, and could be found in multiple colors ranging from silver, gold, teal, pink and flocked versions.  Complementing the brightness of the aluminum tree, the color wheel became hugely popular as well.  Unfamiliar with a color wheel?  It was a rotating electric device that uses different optics filters within a light beam.  It was positioned on the floor next to the tree, as the light wheel turned in front of a light bulb.  It then spun very slowly from one translucent color to the next providing the tree a color hue on the tree ranging from red, blue, green and yellow. There has been a surge in the aluminum trees' popularity in the past few years and they've become a serious collectible. If you happen to be in or near the State of North Carolina, take you kids and family to the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum in Brevard, N.C.  It's the worlds only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and will definitely "brighten" your day.  If not, stop by The Brass Armadillo stores.  They typically have several styles of aluminum trees at this time of year as well as color wheels.  Check them out! In my next blog, I'll be talking about vintage Christmas bulbs.  Be sure to stop by!    
    30 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • Depending on your personal preference, and perhaps your age, you either love or hate aluminum Christmas trees!  They were hugely popular in the early 1960's, considered quite modern, and were a drastic change from the live trees of the past.  The branches were individually wrapped in paper bags and quite easy to assemble without the worries of dried out needles falling everywhere, and it took very little space to store them!  What more could you ask for, plus they could be used time and time again.  Trees were available in various sizes from 2 feet to 8 feet, and could be found in multiple colors ranging from silver, gold, teal, pink and flocked versions.  Complementing the brightness of the aluminum tree, the color wheel became hugely popular as well.  Unfamiliar with a color wheel?  It was a rotating electric device that uses different optics filters within a light beam.  It was positioned on the floor next to the tree, as the light wheel turned in front of a light bulb.  It then spun very slowly from one translucent color to the next providing the tree a color hue on the tree ranging from red, blue, green and yellow. There has been a surge in the aluminum trees' popularity in the past few years and they've become a serious collectible. If you happen to be in or near the State of North Carolina, take you kids and family to the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum in Brevard, N.C.  It's the worlds only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and will definitely "brighten" your day.  If not, stop by The Brass Armadillo stores.  They typically have several styles of aluminum trees at this time of year as well as color wheels.  Check them out! In my next blog, I'll be talking about vintage Christmas bulbs.  Be sure to stop by!    
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  • 08 Nov 2017
    I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're candlesticks, but also because you can have such variety in a collection. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Also, we'll be announcing the first winner in our new monthly drawing for Bargains in the Mall. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    43 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • I just acquired a collection of antique candlesticks, and it struck me how varied they are! There are pewter ones, brass ones, glass ones, porcelain ones, wooden ones, silver plate ones, sterling silver ones, candelabras, etc. This would be an interesting category to collect not just because they're candlesticks, but also because you can have such variety in a collection. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, Nov. 12, 2017 for this week's show. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Also, we'll be announcing the first winner in our new monthly drawing for Bargains in the Mall. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    Nov 08, 2017 43
  • 04 Nov 2017
    Chaos reigned on Friday afternoon, October 27, 2017 as the government scrambled to comply (well, not really comply) with the law passed in 1992 requiring it to make public all the remaining documents in the Kennedy assassination files. They only had 25 years to get ready for this date certain, Oct. 27, 2017, but they weren't quite ready. The CIA and FBI wanted another 6 months! No sooner had that become known than Julain Assange (Wikileaks) offered $100,000 for copies of the documents that would show a government coverup. Trump decided later Friday night to have the remaining documents released as soon as possible, but no later than 6 months hence. Of course, there are caveats. And these people wonder why the public thinks they're trying to cover something up! I've been working my through the documents that have been released, and I'll discuss what I've found so far in this week's show. After taping my show on Tuesday, the CIA did release about 600 documents yesterday, but, of course, I hadn't seen them at the time we taped. I'll be going through them over the next few days, and if I find anything of note, I'll post it. Please join us this Sunday evening, November 5, 2017 for this week's show on the Kennedy files. We're on at the usual time (but remember Daylight Savings ends Saturday nght):  5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    49 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Chaos reigned on Friday afternoon, October 27, 2017 as the government scrambled to comply (well, not really comply) with the law passed in 1992 requiring it to make public all the remaining documents in the Kennedy assassination files. They only had 25 years to get ready for this date certain, Oct. 27, 2017, but they weren't quite ready. The CIA and FBI wanted another 6 months! No sooner had that become known than Julain Assange (Wikileaks) offered $100,000 for copies of the documents that would show a government coverup. Trump decided later Friday night to have the remaining documents released as soon as possible, but no later than 6 months hence. Of course, there are caveats. And these people wonder why the public thinks they're trying to cover something up! I've been working my through the documents that have been released, and I'll discuss what I've found so far in this week's show. After taping my show on Tuesday, the CIA did release about 600 documents yesterday, but, of course, I hadn't seen them at the time we taped. I'll be going through them over the next few days, and if I find anything of note, I'll post it. Please join us this Sunday evening, November 5, 2017 for this week's show on the Kennedy files. We're on at the usual time (but remember Daylight Savings ends Saturday nght):  5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST. Gary
    Nov 04, 2017 49
  • 25 Oct 2017
    We were present at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show in Denver this past weekend, and we shot some footage of the event, including a Facebook Live opening and some interviews with vendors who had come from as far away as New York and California. We also had a variety of pieces for sale that came from the Brass Armaddillo Antique Mall in Denver. This week's program looks back at that event. I'll also tell you about a new contest in which you'll be eligible to win a great prize every month, just by liking my Facebook page. Tomorrow, Thursday, the Government is finally releasing the last of the files on the JFK assassination. We'll examine the new material in next week's show. Please join us this  Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the usual time for this week's program on World Wide. 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Gary
    76 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • We were present at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show in Denver this past weekend, and we shot some footage of the event, including a Facebook Live opening and some interviews with vendors who had come from as far away as New York and California. We also had a variety of pieces for sale that came from the Brass Armaddillo Antique Mall in Denver. This week's program looks back at that event. I'll also tell you about a new contest in which you'll be eligible to win a great prize every month, just by liking my Facebook page. Tomorrow, Thursday, the Government is finally releasing the last of the files on the JFK assassination. We'll examine the new material in next week's show. Please join us this  Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the usual time for this week's program on World Wide. 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Gary
    Oct 25, 2017 76
  • 21 Oct 2017
    VINTAGE GLOVES – 1940’s-1960’s 1940’s - Believe it or not, during WWII, ladies’ elegant gloves were considered an unnecessary item and limited ration coupons were issued in order to purchase them. The fancy trim and embellishments of the past were gone and the colors were extremely practical, mostly neutrals and darker colors, and styles were quite simple.  It was common to see ladies push their gloves down into a ruched effect to dress them up 1950’s - Once the war was over, gloves were readily available and very popular again. The 1950’s brought a more refined and dressier look for ladies. Jackie Kennedy was a style icon during those years and she set the standard for how ladies should look for daytime and evening attire. Ladies began wearing matching gloves, purses and hats and the pulled together fashions were quite smart. The styles of gloves embodied all of the design from prior decades and came in lots of colors, trims and lengths. Evening attire required elbow-length or long gloves and were widely available in fabrics of lace, sheer, satin and nylon. Of course, their accessories were color coordinated to complement their dress or formal gown. I remember going downtown shopping in department stores and ladies were always dressed in their nicest clothes. Their selection of gloves, hats and purses were made to coordinate with their clothing. You simply did not see jeans! 1960’s - In the early‘60s, women were still dedicated to the coordinated look of attire of the 50’s. Around the mid-60’s trends changed and ladies were not wearing gloves as much except for formal attire. The gloves that were being worn were simpler in style, color and lacking decorations. As seasons changed so did the fabrics and tones of gloves - pastels in summer and darker tones in winter.        
    89 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • VINTAGE GLOVES – 1940’s-1960’s 1940’s - Believe it or not, during WWII, ladies’ elegant gloves were considered an unnecessary item and limited ration coupons were issued in order to purchase them. The fancy trim and embellishments of the past were gone and the colors were extremely practical, mostly neutrals and darker colors, and styles were quite simple.  It was common to see ladies push their gloves down into a ruched effect to dress them up 1950’s - Once the war was over, gloves were readily available and very popular again. The 1950’s brought a more refined and dressier look for ladies. Jackie Kennedy was a style icon during those years and she set the standard for how ladies should look for daytime and evening attire. Ladies began wearing matching gloves, purses and hats and the pulled together fashions were quite smart. The styles of gloves embodied all of the design from prior decades and came in lots of colors, trims and lengths. Evening attire required elbow-length or long gloves and were widely available in fabrics of lace, sheer, satin and nylon. Of course, their accessories were color coordinated to complement their dress or formal gown. I remember going downtown shopping in department stores and ladies were always dressed in their nicest clothes. Their selection of gloves, hats and purses were made to coordinate with their clothing. You simply did not see jeans! 1960’s - In the early‘60s, women were still dedicated to the coordinated look of attire of the 50’s. Around the mid-60’s trends changed and ladies were not wearing gloves as much except for formal attire. The gloves that were being worn were simpler in style, color and lacking decorations. As seasons changed so did the fabrics and tones of gloves - pastels in summer and darker tones in winter.        
    Oct 21, 2017 89

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