The company we know now as Tonka Toys didn't originally start out as Tonka Toys. In 1946, Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minnesota. Their original business model was for gardening tools. The founders of the company were Lynee Everett Baker, Avery F. Crounse and Alvin F. Tesch. They purchased an old school house, being used as a manufacturing plant, from Streater Industries. Along with the purchase of the building, Mound Metalcraft also purchased the tooling for 2 steel toys.
Tonka continued to grow for 25 years. In 1982 - 83, they moved to Texas. In 1991, they were purchased by Hasbro and moved to China in 1998.
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A bolo tie is typically a braided cord clasped together with an ornate fastener which slides up and down the length of the cord. It is a casual tie which is usually associated with Western Wear. The history of the bolo tie is not concrete. There is mention of them being introduced in the 30's along with the 40's.
Part of the issue with dating the bolo tie is the fact they are called different names. It is known in Argentina is the Lariat while in Britian it is known as the Bootlace Tie. It has also been called the Bola Tie and the Cowboy Tie. Whatever the name, it is worn the same way, under the collar.
While bolo ties can be traditional, there is no standard for the fastener. You can make a statement with your bolo tie by adding a slide which represents who you are. Bolo Ties have also become popular for woman to wear as well.
Whatever the ccassion may be, a vintage bolo tie would be a conversation piece! Check out my selection of bolo ties below!!
The Birds of Your Garden collector plates were the first series to be sponsored by Encyclopedia Britannica. The series was comprised of 10 different plates painted by the artist Kevin Daniel. They were produced in limited edition by the Edward M. Knowles China Company.
The first plate is marked 1984 while the 2nd two are dated 1985.
The above 3 plates are dated 1986.
The Hummingbird plate was issued in 1986 and the last 3 plates of the series was issued in 1987. With the exception of the Cardianal and the Hummingbird plate, these can all be found on my website for sale.
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I really believe you can not have too many vintage teacups and saucers. I have scores of them tucked away that I can just not bear to part with. Some of them are just so stunning beautiful and others can be quite unique, from the design to the shape. But what to do with them? The ones I have displayed are in a simple teacup shelf. Yet, I think about making a lovely display with some of them. Especially, when I'm browsing Pinterest, like these below!!
These displays can be the same or very similar pattern or the can be mismatched.
Whatever your tastes or desires for vintage teacups, check out my assortment of cups! You are sure to find a couple which will fit your wants!
If I remember correctly, my first Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls had bright red or orange yarn hair which stood out from their heads. They had blue outfits with red and white striped legs. I took them everywhere, dragging them by their arms. They gave me quite a bit of joy as a child. I'm pretty sure if a similar one crosses my path in the future, it would be very hard to not buy it!
However, I tend to drool more over the vintage books about the droopy dolls then the acutal dolls themselves. Johhny Gruelle first published his Raggedy Ann book in 1918. Gruelle was a cartoonist, illustrator and author. There is quite a bit of legend surrounding the creation of Raggedy Ann. The basic story line is his daughter found an old ragdoll which he transformed into Raggedy Ann. A couple of years later he introduced Raggedy Andy into the story line.
Whatever Raggedy Ann and Andy book you choose to read, it will definately bring joy and spark your imagination!! Let me know what your favorite Raggedy Ann book is!
One can never have too many vintage porcelain creamers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, some have floral designs, or animals, or architecture on them. While creamers are intended to be used for cream at tea time, or milk with your coffee, they don't have to be used at all. They do make a pretty display. You could also add a couple of flowers to make them really pop!
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Feel free to share pictures of your creamer collection or your prized creamer!!
Fostoria Glass Company was started in 1887. The factory was located in Fostoria, Ohio. In 1892, Fostoria relocated to Moundsville, West Virginia. Fostoria produced high quality fire polished colorless pressed pattern glass. In addition to tableware they also produced fruit jars and an assortment of oil lamps.
This continued until the 1920's when William Alexander Baxter Dalsell, president, introduced colored tableware along with complete dinnerware sets. For nearly a century, the company catered to and directed cosumer tastes. The Fostoria plant closed in 1986.
While Fostoria Glass has many popular patterns including Coin, Long Buttress and Colonial, the American pattern has remained the most widest collected pattern.
In 1915, Fostoria introduced the American line with 95 different items. The cube design produces a prismatic fire in both sunlight and artificial light. The original issue was only in clear glass. In the 1920's Fostoria produced some colors included an opaque black and pastel colors. These were only made during the 20's. Milk glass was introduced in the 50's and 60's. In 1982, Fostoria introduced Ruby Glass Forstoria. The success of the pattern led to around 340 different pieces.
The American line was one of my first loves. I tend to spot pieces of American from far away. However, it is easy to be fooled by a look alike or reproduction piece. Two of the more common patterns were Cubist by Jeannette Glass and American Whitehall by Lancaster. So how to tell the difference?
Check out some of the Fostoria I have for sale at the moment!
What's your favorite glass pattern? Let me know in the comments!
A couple years ago, during one of our family Christmas get togethers, I mentioned to everyone we should do our Christmas in July. My reasoning was to cut down on family members not being able to travel due to bad weather. Also, as our individual families are expanding, it would open up more time to enjoy the holidays with them versus struggling to find a day that works with Mom, Siblings, Kids, Grandkids, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, various in-laws, etc...
Well, I was met with scoffs, no ways, why's, you're insane along with some other Christmas family niceties. So, no Christmas in July for us. However, this did lead me to wondering why/how Christmas in July got started.
There seem to be numerous reasons why or how Christmas in July got started. Some say it's because of the different seasons between the North and South Hemisphere. Others say it has to do with breaking up the year to allow for more gift giving and partying, an excuse for a joyous family gathering.
For the 1st time ever, I am offering free shipping for US orders over $35. Use coupon code USFREESHIP You can buy just one item:
The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser by RV Pierce 1876
Antique Medical Adviser Book. This antique hardcover book is a copy of The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser, in plain English, or Medicine Simplified. The book is by R.V. Pierce, M.D. It is the third edition, revised. The book was published in 1876 at the World's Dispensary Printing Office and Bindery. There are 912 pages in the book. It is in good condition especially for its age. There is wear, aging, staining, yellowing of the pages. The spine is loose and cracked. There is writing in the book. There is damage to the cover and spine. The edges/corners are bumped/scuffed. The pages are creased.
RW Germany Creamer Sugar Autumn Flower Rudolstadt Hand Painted
RW Germany Rudolstadt Creamer and Sugar. This beautiful creamer and sugar set is from RW Germany Rudolstadt Works. This set dates to between 1904 and 1924. It is hand painted with Autumn Flowers in yellows and mauves. The handles are very ornate and heavily gilted. The background of the cream and sugar are a creamy white. The covered sugar is approx. 5 1/2" from handle to handle and approx. 5" to top of the lid. The creamer is approx. 5 1/2" from spout to handle and stands approx. 3 1/2" tall. There are no chips or cracks on this set. The gold and the design are worn and show signs of age. There are also a couple spots of discolorations on the set.
Aurora Borealis AB Crystal Watermelon Dangle Brooch Vintage Pink Green Dangle Pin
Here is a vibrant pink and green dangle brooch. It has Aurora Borealis crystals in watermelon colors. They dangle from a gold tone setting. The brooch is approx. 2 3/4" long x 1 1/2" across. It is in excellent condition.
Cranberry Glass Tumbler Thumbprint Polka Dot EAPG
Antique EAPG Glass Tumbler. This antique cranberry glass tumbler is Early American Pattern Glass. It features a thumbprint or polka dot pattern, with the dots being felt on the inside of the glass. There are 5 rows of 9 dots, counting the partial row on the bottom. The glass is approx. 3 3/4" tall x 3" across the top. There is wear and aging and some slight scratching.
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Vintage Turquoise & Blue Enamel Daisy Clip On Earrings
Vintage Turquoise Flower Earrings. These enamel daisy earrings are in a turquoise and medium blue color. They are clip ons. The earrings are unsigned. They are approx. 1 1/2" across. The daisies are in good condition with little wear and aging.
Light Blue Silk Flower Ladies Pillbox Hat Union Made Baby Blue and White
Vintage Light Blue Silk Flower Pillbox Hat. This gorgeous hat has large white flowers with baby blue under petals accented with bluish green leaves. The hat does have an union made label. The base of the hat is mesh with larger holes. The hat is approx. 3" tall and is approx. 21 1/2" inside diameter. There is some discolorations to the flowers along with some to the mesh. The flowers could be fluffed up. Overall condition is pretty good.
Fostoria Jamestown Blue Sherbets Set of 2 Heavy Blue Glass Desserts Champagnes Tall Sherbets
Fostoria Jamestown Blue Sherbets. This set of 2 heavy pressed glass dessert bowls were made by Fostoria between the 1960's and the early 1980's. The sherbets are approx. 4 1/8" tall x 4" across. They are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
Vintage Heavy Linen Hemp Tea Towel Sunbonnet Sue Tea Towel Purple Flowers Girl Appliqued Red and Blue Striped Towel
Vintage Heavy Linen or Hemp Tea Towel . This tea towel features an applique of Sunbonnet Sue. She has a purple floral dress and is smelling embroidered purple flowers. The tea towel is hand made. The bottom/top edges have been hemmed. 32" x 16". It is in good condition but does have a dark stripe running down the folds of the towel.
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What exactly was a condensed milk container? If you have seen one in person, it does look rather confusing. Most found today have an underplate, a container with a hole in the bottom and a lid to go on top.
So how does it work? The honest truth is, the condensed milk container's sole purpose was to hide the can of food. Simple as that. In the Victorian times, it was unacceptable to place food on the table in it's original container. Originally the containers were a matching 5 piece set, including a spoon and liner. The spoon and liner are the 2 pieces which are harder to find.
So the hole in the bottom? To push the can out, so you did not have to tip it upside down and spill out the remaining milk. Most condensed milk container's are porcelain but some can be found in metal.