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.
I've marked down all of my Vintage Valentine's Day cards. These can be used for scrapbooking, decoupage and other decorative crafts. All Vintage Valentine Cards can be found here.
Stand Up Valentine's Day Card for a Nice Big Boy Hobo Bear
Valentine's Day Card for a Boy. This is a large stand up Valentine's Day card. It reads "A Valentine for a Nice Big Boy. The card features a hobo bear with some slightly fuzzy hearts. It was Made in The USA. It is approx. 8 1/2" tall x 7 7/8" across. There is some bumps and dinging to the card. The back has been written on. It also has some slight discolorations.
Vintage Valentine Cards Walt Disney Minnie Mouse Donald Duck Winnie The Pooh Snoopy
Vintage Walt Disney Valentine Cards. This is a set of 6 vintage Valentine's Day Cards. 5 of them are Walt Disney. There are 3 with Minnie Mouse, 1 for Daisy and Donald Duck and 1 with Winnie The Pooh and Eeyore. The 6th card is Snoopy and Woodstock. This card is dated 1965. The Snoopy card is approx. 4" across x 2 3/4". Pooh is approx. 3 7/8" tall x 3" across. Donald is approx. 4" across x 3 1/4" tall. The 2 smaller Minnie's are approx. 3 1/2" tall x 2" across. The largest Minnie is approx. 5 1/4" tall x 2 3/8" across. All cards have been used. There are folds present along with some discolorations and writing.
Floppy Ear Dog Valentine's Day Card For Dad Vintage Hallmark
Floppy Ear Dog Valentine's Day Car. This vintage Hallmark card features a floppy ear dog in which you can pull on the tab and raise his ears. The card says For You, Daddy. It has been used. The card is approx. 8 3/4" x 4". There is some wear and discolorations.
You can turn them into a wreath or make a banner or display all on old lattice. These ideas I found on Pinterest and are linked to the pins. Feel free to share what you do with your Vintage Valentine's Cards!
I personally enjoy the charm of a well read book, often wondering what someone was thinking when they wrote in the book or turned a corner down. Every little imperfection has a story of its own. However, some of those imperfections may make the book look dirty and feel filthy. There are a few easy basic ways to clean your old books to enhance the beauty of them.
Symbolical Books of The Evangelical Lutheran Church
This antique book was originally published in Dresden Germany in 1580. The first complete English translation was the 1851 Henkel edition, followed by a second edition in 1854. These volumes included historical introductions.
The book originally written by Martin Chemnitz and Jakob Andreae talked about the Three Ecumenical or Universal Creeds, the Apostle's Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Those who accept it as their doctrinal standard recognize it to be a faithful exposition of the Bible.
Woody Woodpecker was my favorite cartoon as a child. I loved and still do his iconic laugh. It's one of those things when you hear a woodpecker or someone mentions a woodpecker, you just have to do the laugh!
Woody was created in 1940 by Walter Lantz. His first television appearance was in the Knock Knock short film. I enjoy watching this film every now and then as you can always count on a good laugh from it!
Woody really evolved over the years, now he isn't really "screwball" looking!
Make a statement this autumn season with this chunky orange bead necklace.
It features an array of oval, circular and diamond shape beads with just enough shine to
Why is it Marked Occupied Japan?
After World War II, Japan needed to rebuild their economy. Part of an agreement to allow exports out of their country, required them to mark 50% of their items with Occupied Japan or Made in Occupied Japan. This was only for the items being exported out of the country, not the ones being sold in Japan. They exported all sorts of items and the markings could be via paper or cloth label, engraved, handwritten or stamped. The time frame for these markings were between 1945 and 1952.
During the Occupied Japan time frame, the items Japan made were considered inferior to other items. However, Japan was a formidable force. There was plentiful quantities, however cheaply made. Japan was also able to mimic top names like Dresden. It may look like Dresden, but once turned over, you saw the Occupied Japan mark. The last 2 years, Japan exported almost 90% porcelain and china kitchenware.
Desirability of items made during this time period really relays on the Occupied Japan mark and the Made in Occupied Japan mark. Some serious collectors say that if it doesn't have the mark it's not Occupied Japan. However, with only 50% of the items required to be marked, there is a high probability of pieces not marked being Occupied Japan.
Check out Occupied Japan items for sale here.
Valentine's Day Cards
Valentine's Day is said to be the second largest holiday for sending cards, falling only behind Christmas. Approx. 150 million Valentine's Cards are sent yearly!!! Valentine greetings can be dated back to the Middle Ages but written ones didn't appear until around 1400. Charles, Duke of Orleans holds the honor for writing the oldest known greeting still in existence today. By the 17th and 18th century it was becoming popular to give a hand written not or token of affection to a loved one.
Mother of American Valentine
Esther Howland became the first person to sell mass produced Valentine Cards in America. In the 1840's, she was creating beautiful cards with real lace, ribbons and colorful photos.
No one knows for sure today the exact history of Valentine's Day. There are several different stories relating to the history of Saint Valentine. However, today, it is a day to profess your love in a special way. This could be giving a special heart felt card or writing your own. People send tokens of affection, such as chocolates and roses. Even the kids at school send Valentine Cards and those yummy conversation hearts!
What to do with those old wood boxes?
There's just something about old wooden storage boxes that catches my eye. I'm not sure if it's the thought of what was once stored in them or what I could possibly store in them myself. And there's so much more to do with them then just leaving them as is.
Vintage Cigar Boxes
Old wood cigar boxes have charm on there own. They would look wonderful as it on a desk or side table storing trinkets or other important items. However, you could also jazz them up and use a cigar box as a jewelry box or wall shadow box arrangement.
Vintage Cheese Boxes
How wonderful are those long narrow cheese boxes or sewing machine drawers? You could leave those as is and add flowers for a centerpiece or add vintage kitchen items for a display shelf.
Industrial Wood Boxes
I've come across a lot of wood storage boxes which were used for industrial needs. They originally held factory parts or nails and other industrial goodies. These would look awesome displayed by themselves but could also have a lot of other purposes. Mix and match different style of wood boxes to create your own display.
Willow Plate Story
Two pigeons flying high,
Chinese vessels sailing by.
Weeping willow hanging o'er,
Bridge with three men - if not four.
Chinese temple, there it stands,
Seems to cover all the land.
Apple tree with apples on,
A pretty fence to end my song.
Oldest Pattern in History
The Blue Willow pattern was made in China between the 15th and 18th centuries. The original blue willow pattern was hand painted under the glaze. The pattern proved to be very popular and soon other potteries were looking into making it.
Transferware was invented in the 1700's allowing for mass production of this pattern along with others. Spode was one of the first potteries to produce Blue Willow cheap enough to allow for the middle class to use it. Most of the potteries in England produced Blue Willow, other countries followed suit.
The Blue Willow pattern is known for being in continual production the longest, over 200 years.
The Blue Willow Story posted above is just one version. There are several if not many versions of the story or legend of the Willow Plate. I have not had the pleasure of being told this story over the dinner table. If you know of another version of it please share!