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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 […]

America’s Eden

America’s Eden

A Historic Look at the Hudson River Valley by Erica P. Lome In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville penned a letter to his father describing the Hudson River Valley: You will never guess, my dear father, where on earth I have ensconced myself to write this letter. I sit at the top of a rather steep […]

A Notion to Collect

A Notion to Collect

by Judy Nixon Kent In the U.S., they are called notions. In the U.K., they are called haberdashery. What exactly are these oddly named things, you may ask? Generally, they are small articles or accessories that are used to complete a sewing project as a part of the project itself, such as zippers, snaps, hooks, […]

Freshly Ground

Freshly Ground

A Look at Antique Coffee Grinders by Maxine Carter-Lome There is nothing like the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee. Today, coffee consumers have the choice of buying pre-packaged ground coffee or beans by the pound to be freshly ground at home. This was not the case for most of rural America in the […]

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

The Good Ol’ Country Store by Donald-Brian Johnson Kitchenalia. It comes in many forms, and collectors often focus on just one category. Salt-and-peppers, for instance. Or whistle mugs. Perhaps pie birds, egg timers, or vintage advertising catch your fancy. There are even folks who collect original food packaging (pristine condition preferred, food long-removed). But those […]

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 […]

Decorating with Sports Memorabilia

Decorating with Sports Memorabilia

by Maxine Carter-Lome Everyone knows sports fans are passionate about their players and teams. They proudly communicate where their loyalties lie through their clothing, the bumper stickers on their car, and the items they display in their home, office, and man cave.   Diehard sports fans, collectors, and enthusiasts alike can’t resist buying, saving, and […]

A Man and His Chips

A Man and His Chips

by Sheldon Smith According to my research, the Man Cave is essential to the survival of the male gender of Homo Sapiens. In other words, without it, we might become extinct! To say that there are many different versions of a Man Cave would be a huge understatement. According to Wikipedia, there are at least […]

Pabst Blue Ribbon Collectibles

Pabst Blue Ribbon Collectibles

by Maxine Carter-Lome Some product brands are such a part of our zeitgeist that their logo alone is enough for immediate recognition. Think Blue Ribbon and what beer comes to mind? Pabst, of course, the blue ribbon of beer, “Selected as America’s Best in 1893.” Today, one of the oldest and most iconic of American […]

Movie Posters in the Man Cave

Movie Posters in the Man Cave

Presented by Amanda Sheriff Decorating is an important factor in personalizing the man cave, and this can be achieved in many ways. Movie poster collecting presents the opportunity to express individual preferences with artwork that reflects personality and tastes. Not only do movie posters offer many creative options, they also have the added entertainment of […]