Category Archives: Features

Automania

Automania

The Early Days of Classic Cars Story & photos by Donald-Brian Johnson “Come away with me, Lucille, In my merry Oldsmobile. Down the road of life we’ll fly- Automobubbling, you and I!” -Vincent P. Bryan & Gus Edwards, 1905 Ah, those auto songs: In My Merry Oldsmobile … See The USA In Your Chevrolet … […]

Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

Collecting Primitive Kitchen Tools

By David Moore Primitive kitchen tools have always been a great collecting standard. These old utilitarian antiques of the late 18th to mid-19th centuries are great to look at and make wonderful displays. Build-Your-Own and Back Again The Industrial Revolution started in the 1790s in England. In the United States the Industrial age caught on […]

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

by Maxine Carter-Lome One of the earliest and simplest of tools known to man is the hand saw. Its use dates back to the Neolithic or later Stone Age (before the discovery of metals), when only the crudest of implements were constructed, making the hand saw a most primitive tool in all sense of the […]

Concho Belts: A Native Tradition

Concho Belts: A Native Tradition

By Jim Olson, Western Trading Post. Photos Courtesy of Western Trading Post The word concho, sometimes spelled concha, comes from the Spanish word meaning shell. Some of the first “conchos” were made of melted silver dollars and resembled a shell-it is commonly thought this is how the name came about. In Spanish, the correct word […]

Turquoise: The Jewel of the Southwest

Turquoise: The Jewel of the Southwest

By Judy Gonyeau The very nature and character of turquoise has turned the heads of admirers from Ancient Egypt to China, Tibet to Turkey, and in our glorious Southwest. For over 10,000 years, this stone has captured the attention of the powerful and the artistic, as reflected in carved Chinese relics, Egyptian jewelry and scarabs, […]

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade

A Unique Exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg Collecting and Living with Treasured Southwestern American Art For generations, anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms created brilliantly colored, boldly designed pictorial blankets and rugs as was their longstanding cultural and artistic tradition. They adapted and modified their weavings from the world around them and created an art […]

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

The History of Santa Fe Indian Market

…& the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Courtesy of SWAIA, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Adapted from “History of the Santa Fe Indian Market” by Bruce Bernstein Each August, the historic city of Santa Fe, NM welcomes the Santa Fe Indian Market, enveloping the town’s central Plaza and surrounding streets. In addition to the […]

Presidential Glass

Presidential Glass

Since at least the 1820s, North American memorabilia has appealed to the patriotic spirit by portraying the presidents who Americans so dearly loved. Manufacturers of material goods charmed the working class-especially the women, who had control over their parlor rooms that “overflowed with store-bought mass-produced objects, carefully arranged …” These items distributed to the American […]

Diggin’ Old Bottles

Diggin' Old Bottles

By Maxine Cart-Lome Collectors will tell you it’s the thrill of the hunt for what they love that drives their passion for collecting. That’s certainly true among bottle collectors, who have many places to look and dig through to find their treasures outside of antique shops, eBay, auction houses, flea markets, and bottle dealers. Whether […]

Kola Wars

Kola Wars

By Dennis Smith On an early May day in 1886, an Atlanta chemist named John Pemberton walked down Marietta Street carrying a quart whiskey bottle bearing a hand-lettered label identifying the contents, Coca-Cola syrup. His destination was Jacob’s Drug Store, and the soda fountain of Willis Venable. Venable mixed a glass and declared it good […]