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A beautiful young woman pulled into the parking lot of the Giant in Arlington the other night and it was very crowded. She had her new Labrador puppy, Macho, with her but she had to run inside to get him some food. The beautiful young woman decides to roll down her window part way, so that Macho could have some fresh air. He was sprawled out on the back seat, but she wanted to insure he stayed there, so as she backed away from the car, she kept saying to him, “Stay. Good boy. You stay there. Good boy.”
We recently purchased a very beautiful vintage reproduction of a Victorian Era stone lithograph from an estate sale. The lithograph was made by The Old Print Factory in New Baltimore, Michigan. We were not able to turn up any other information about this company on our Internet research; however we did in fact find another site on the Internet offering new reproductions. Our stone lithograph is a wedding certificate and depicts the bride and flower girls in striking but subtle pink and blue hues. It measures about 16” x 11.5”. It is such a unique and unusual find that we are keeping it for ourselves and having a calligrapher enter our marriage date into it.
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The lithograph came with a piece of paper that reads, “Stone Lithographs were produced by a printer supplying a greasy substance to a flat stone in a liquid form with a brush or a pen. After the stone was prepared in this manner, the printer then dampened it with water and rolled it with a single color ink. The dampened areas repelled the ink and the greasy areas accepted it.
What's more important: The Lamp base or the Shade? We had a couple customers come in over the last few months and some older but not antique Aladdin Lamps came in. Some shades I’ve seen online seem to do really well, but then you notice other shade that almost look exactly the same just do terrible. I’ve been hesitant on the buying end because of this. The other thing is how can you tell an Aladdin Shade if the base is no longer present?
Antique table lamps come in many styles, values and sizes. The deco period, around 1920, seem to be the most sought after. However, there are also many reproductions of those same styles. I find that an original chord, being two pronged and preferably silk around the outside, is a good sign of an original lamp. Next, check the shade. There should be age and patina along the inside and the glass will always be glass, not plastic.
In the old days, if you needed to make a few extra bucks you worked some extra hours or even picked up a part time job if you had to. Some people might even go into the home party business selling Avon, Fuller Brush or Tupperware. Today, with gas prices skyrocketing and prices on just about everything else also climbing some people have turned to grandma’s old jewelry to make a few bucks. It also helps that gold prices have recently hit record highs. Here are just a few of the companies willing to take the stuff off your hands.
It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. A German couple from the town of Memmingen, Germany tried last week to sell their 7 month old baby on the EBay auction site. Although the parents insisted that the offering was a joke, German authorities are investigating and have placed the baby in the custody of the Child Protective Services in that country. It was reported that no offers had been received for the baby and that EBay closed down the sale after two hours. The mother was quoted as saying, “. . . I’ve got to take psychiatric tests.” Imagine that?!
MyGoldParty.com is company that specializes in “gold parties,” where the people gather like a Tupperware party. The difference is they are not buying and exchanging plastic, but rather gold. Unwanted gold coins, necklaces, watches and even teeth are brought in, weighed and tested. The seller walks away with a tidy sum for their troubles and the host or hostess then sends the gold to a refinery where it is melted down and recycled.
Gold prospecting has taken on a whole new meaning in the 21st century, since the invention of the computer and the Internet. More and more companies are popping up either to buy, sell or trade your gold. Another place to sell your old jewelry is ExBoyfriendJewelry.com. On this website, you can sell, trade auction and even give away your unwanted jewelry, be it from ex-boyfriends or girlfriends. No more taking jewelry to a pawn shop, where we always felt “taken” for the crummy loans they gave.
Along comes Mikey and spots the beautiful young woman. He watches her for a few minutes in amazement and thinks to himself, “Wow a beautiful babe but what a dummy. Maybe even dumb enough to go out with me.” He decides to impress her and try to pick her up with his worldly knowledge. So he approaches the beautiful young woman and says, “Hi. Can I give you little bit of advice? You really don’t have to do that if you put your car in park.”
Paper was then placed over the images on the stone and pressure was applied by a press on to the paper. This process was then done many times using a single color at a time, layer after layer, to achieve the finished results. Today, much time and effort is placed into maintaining and recapturing the rich vibrant colors found in stone lithographs from the turn-of-the century!