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It's Friday the 13th Again! - Moonshine and #13 on Ball Jars

Friday the 13th!
 Are fruit jars with a 13 embossed on the base really worth more $$ ?
While fruit jars with the number 13 on the base are sought after, glassbottlemarks.com makes a good point: "many of these jars are now saved by non-collectors or casual glass collectors (and “culled” from large groups of common jars) merely because of the number on the base. This culling out of #13 jars from among the “general population” of jars (and stashing them away) can increase the perception of their scarcity."

Moonshiners and fruit jars ~ a confiscated bootleg still.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  Franklin County, Virginia, 1965.

When taking down a still, revenue officers destroyed everything a moonshiner might use later, including glass jars.  - Franklin County, Virginia, 1965. - [Source]

More from fruitjar.org --

Q.     Are the Ball jars with the number 13 on bottom worth more money and, if so, why?
A.     The ‘Urban Legend’ is that moonshiners used mason jars for their product, and, being superstitious, would break the 'unlucky' ones with 13 on the base.  This made the jars rare. 
                   In truth, moonshiners did in fact use mason jars as the preferred container for their product.  They were a known capacity, were readily available and buying them did not raise suspicion. 
                   Also, jars with 13 on the base are rarer than single digit numbers.  But all the double-digit numbers are rare. The numbers designated the position that the mold occupied on the glassmaking machine, and there were usually 8 or 10 positions on the machine.  The higher numbers were used when a mold was replaced.  Dealers sell jars with 13 on the base at a higher price, but fruit jar collectors and the published price guides do not consider the number on the base to make any difference in value.
                    My opinion is that while moonshiners may have been superstitious, I can't imagine that the housewife would break jars just because they had 13 on the base, and housewives used more jars than moonshiners.  I think that the urban legend was created by antique dealers who wanted to make more money off an otherwise common jar.

In 2012 we had three Friday the 13ths. 2013 had just two of the superstition-laden days. 2014 saw just one. In 2015 three occurences will cross our paths. 2016 = just one. 2017 = 2. [Calendar link]

Friday the 13th 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday the 13th 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017

Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.
One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.
  • In numerology, the number 12 is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, twelve signs of the Zodiac, etc., whereas the number 13 was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. 
  • There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
  • Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.
  • One author, noting that references are all but nonexistent before 1907 but frequently seen thereafter, has argued that its popularity derives from the publication that year of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, in which an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
  • In many Spanish speaking countries, the movie "Friday the 13th" was renamed to Tuesday the 13th ("Martes 13"), because it is believed to be the day of bad luck, not Friday the 13th.

Here are some more "Friday the 13th" info-tidbits from Wikipedia:
  • The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia [say that 10 times fast -- yikes!]
  • The 13th day of the month is slightly more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week.
  • On average, there is a Friday the 13th once every 212 days. 
  • It's estimated that 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day -- & estimated that $800 million is lost in business on this day. 
I say FEAR NOT !!! Let's get out there and shop!

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Vintage Mothers Day Cards and History

Who better to tell you about the history of Mother's Day than Hallmark?
Many civilizations have created ways to honor motherhood. In the United States, Anna M. Jarvis, born in 1864 in Webster, Va., is credited as the force behind Mother’s Day. When Jarvis was 41 years old, her mother died. On the second anniversary of her mother’s death (the second Sunday in May 1908), Jarvis made public her plans to establish a day to honor mothers.
Other sources report “mother’s day” church services on May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W. Va., and a celebration of mothers at the Wannamaker Auditorium in Philadelphia, Pa., on the same day. The observance became official in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation naming the second Sunday of May as a day for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
And learn more from these sites:
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but...

"Before the brunches, before the gifts and greeting cards, Mother's Day  was a time for mourning women to remember fallen soldiers and work for peace." -- Mother's Day's Dark History


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Feliz Cinco de Mayo ~ Collecting Vintage Bauer Pottery and the NEW Bauer Pottery Company

May 5th = Cinco de Mayo

There's plenty of info out there about this day and its importance to Mexico. [CdM History links.]

But for us gringos, it's the perfect excuse to drink tequila and cervesas with our tacos and guacam-ole!

If I were still living in Southern California, I'd pull out one of my vintage Mexico-themed tablecloths, and set  the table with my colorful vintage Bauer Pottery dishes, and have a PARTY!

I'll bet you thought I'd say FIESTA, and then show you pix of vintage Homer Laughlin "Fiesta" dishes... like this:

But I don't collect Fiesta. I used to collect Bauer Pottery, and still have a lot of my fun rainbow-colored collection displayed in my kitchen.

I am especially fond of my group of rare hand painted Bauer plates. Here's a fuzzy shot of a few:

Bauer was one of the great "CALIFORNIA POTTERY" companies and is highly collectible. For Bauer history check out these sites:
Photos of collections of vintage Bauer pottery:

Here's the gorgeous kitchen set from the TV show The New Normal, chock full of vibrant California pottery tiles and dishes. I'm sure many pieces are from the gorgeous line of NEW Bauer Pottery.

There is a great line of new Bauer Pottery , that looks like the original, but is clearly marked as new. They imprint "Bauer 2000" on the bottom of each piece.

You can get your damaged vintage Bauer pieces restored. They are set up with the right glazes and colors.

Oil Jar during repair (left) and after (right)

They are even reproducing the Bauer Russel Wright pieces.

May Queen For A Day ~ May Day Maypole Dance Celebrations ~ Collecting Vintage Photo Postcards

Vintage Products for the Merry Month of May

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Isn't it appropriate that income tax month begins with April Fool's Day and ends with cries of MayDay!?

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

“As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”  ― William Shakespeare

The Pretty Month of May by Schumann

Happy May Day!

May 1st is another celebration-day for us to enjoy some pretty antique postcards and photographs.

Here's a lovely May Queen all decked out to celebrate this Rite of Spring. Isn't this hand tinted photo postcard gorgeous!

There are many rituals, generally including women and children. There are several traditions behind the day, and many people have written about it.

Here are just a few assorted links along with some vintage postcards and photos. Pretty images of May Queens and Maypole Dancers abound, from Victorian era cigar box labels...

Read about the MAYPOLE DANCE here.

Read about the crowning of the lovely MAY QUEEN.

1920's McCall's Magazine May Queen paper dolls by artist Barbara Hale.

Stereo-view Photographs and RPPCs (real photo postcards).

Check out this site -- this woman has the most amazing collection of May Day postcards-- all showing MAYPOLES!!

Here's the site of another gal who is having too much fun with the whole May Day scene!

Hope you enjoyed these pretty May Day images.

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Kentucky Derby Day the Vintage Way ~ Collecting Kentucky Derby Glasses, Hats, Toys, and Horse Racing History Books

The first Saturday in May is Kentucky Derby Day!

Racing Museum Hall of Fame

It's Derby Time! 

The famous horse race is always on the first Saturday in May, so this year it's on May 7, 2016. 

Here's just a tiny taste of Kentucky Derby history and lore.

Get all the details @ the Kentucky Derby Official Website.

There's more to it than just beautiful horses. There are beautiful hats, interesting traditions (including an official drink), and lots of memorabilia and collectibles.

The Kentucky Derby Museum
For Derby history:
Check out the Kentucky Derby Museum website.
See the Kentucky Derby Museum's photo albums.
See the current exhibits here.

For 2015, the museum had vintage photos of celebrity attendees. The Stars of the Stands” exhibit focuses on how fame and celebrity transformed the Kentucky Derby into an iconic event.

Kentucky Derby Museum showed fun side of Derby in 2014's Horse Play Exhibit

 In 2014, the Kentucky Derby Museum had a wonderful vintage horse race toy exhibit.

Note: the toy exhibit was only for 2014 - "The museum has purchased a circa-1970’s, coin-operated, Kentucky Derby-themed carousel ride to become a permanent mainstay of the museum for this exhibit.

Media images can be found here courtesy of Kentucky Derby Museum: https://www.flickr.com/photos/77780824@N08/sets/72157642950705793/

Mint Julep 

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has been privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition. The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been "The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby" for more than 18 years.
How to Make a mint julep.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julip Glasses
Click to enlarge the pic.

From 'A Taste of Kentucky': "While the concept of serving mint juleps was not new, the development of the Mint Julep Glass came later.

Many people think that Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses started in 1938, but although the confusion is understandable, they did not. What happened in 1938 is that instead of serving their mint juleps in paper cups, Churchill Downs served them in tall water glasses and people kept stealing them!

So the following year in 1939 Churchill Downs created a promotional piece — the birth of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass — that people could purchase and keep as a souvenir of their visit to the Kentucky Derby.

Over the years mint julep glasses have gone through many designs and styles."

It's a fun tradition for ladies to wear big-brimmed flower and ribbon trimmed hats at the Kentucky Derby.

Some designers specialize in over-the-top toppers. Read "Crowning Glory: The Art of Kentucky Derby Hats".

Siverson's special wire design within the brim of each of her hats allows for them to be easily reshaped once customers receive them. This "Gentle Breeze" hat showcases her characteristic "sexy swoop."
Believe it or not, this hat's relatively conservative.

Ladie's hats have been fanciful for decades (at least).  Here's an illustration from 1902 from the Edwardian Clothing fashion history blog


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