Tag Archives: Judy Gonyeau

The Tradition of the Christmas Stocking Around The World

The Tradition of the Christmas Stocking Around The World

by Judy Gonyeau There is a tale that speaks to the heart of the winter holidays. Typically, this is a time when giving gifts to charity overcomes the disagreements and human entanglements that can sometimes keep people apart by bringing them together to support those in need. Such is the story – or stories – […]

Hagen-Renaker: A Miniature that was Meant to Be

Hagen-Renaker - A Miniature that was Meant to Be

by Judy Gonyeau So many of us have seen these tiny treasures mounted to a piece of strong paper and displayed on the counters of drug stores, small shops, and even a few gas stations across the U.S. Dogs, ducks, horses, cats, and teeny tiny mice called to many children as precious little items to […]

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

by Judy Gonyeau For many women, their first ideas of fussing over their wardrobe began with paper dolls. From complete outfits and accessories, the idea of mixing and matching to achieve the best look—based upon her own choices—turned many girls to fashionistas. The paper dolls as we know them today may not be the first […]

Art Colonies Along the Hudson

Art Colonies Along the Hudson

The Birth of American Art by Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor With the onset of the industrial revolution in the United States, the ecosystem of the rugged landscape across the country appeared to be lost in the face of progress. The expansion of manufacturing was affecting what was once a pristine, breathtaking view of the American […]

Containers for the General Store

Containers for the General Store

by Judy Gonyeau Apothecary Jars and Glass Containers Apothecary jars or bottles were designed to hold powders, dry goods, medicines, and herbs. These were produced in the Midwestern and Eastern states between 1790-1920, and generally ranged in size between 4”-12” tall. Each bottle had some form of a lid, mainly glass-ground stoppers that kept them […]

Great Collections: July 2019

Great Collections: July 2019

John Deere Green by Judy Gonyeau Visit the John Deere Store website and you will enter the land of “John Deere Green” and yellow in every shape and form you can imagine. The majority of items available are pieces of clothing for the entire family, from infants on up. The biggest seller is most likely […]

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

Medical Art: A Spectacle on Display

by Judy Gonyeau “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It. At no other time and place was this truer than in the early surgical theatres, where people would pay admission to attend a medical procedure. The drama would play out over many […]

The Shopper’s Friend: S&H Green Stamps

The Shopper’s Friend: S&H Green Stamps

By Judy Gonyeau It is hard to shop anywhere that does not have some form of a rewards program in place. Even in the earliest times, shopkeepers looked for ways to keep buyers coming back for more. The “Bakers Dozen” is considered the earliest form of a buyer’s incentive to buy more, when buying a […]

Great Collections: December 2018

Great Collections: December 2018

Pop! Culture From the Smithsonian Collection On Display by Judy Gonyeau (Journal of Antiques Managing Editor) The Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts is staying current to the interests of young and old alike by presenting the Smithsonian Museum’s Pop! Icons of American Culture from the Smithsonian as part of its status as a Smithsonian Affiliate […]

The Art of Surprise in The Great Outdoors

The Art of Surprise in The Great Outdoors

Philip R. Goodwin By Judy Gonyeau Manifest destiny drove men and women into the wilds of the west, with many fine artists and illustrators delivering promising scenes of great beauty and seemingly unlimited resources ready to be captured and used to make life as pristine as the bubbling water. The utter romance of this western […]