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Friday the 13th - Moonshine and #13 on Ball Jar Base Lore

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. [Calendar link]

Friday the 13th 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

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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Best Guide to Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show September 2015 ~ 2,000+ #Vintage Dealers!

Photo by Marianne Dow


The 2015 Spring Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market Extravaganza is rapidly approaching... 

September 18, 19, 20, 2015

It's time for the BIGGEST outdoor antique show in Ohio: the famous Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show. For over 25 years, twice a year, this monthly antique show kicks it into overdrive and over 2,000 antiques and vintage dealers cover the fairgrounds venue. Wear your comfiest walking shoes!


Show details:
The show is located at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45502. [Google maps link.]

Directions and details here on the Extravaganza's website.

Watch Shirley Temple singing Early Bird - the cutest thing ever!

Early Bird -- the only way to Fly  Shop!

Friday -- 7AM to Noon: 

Admission is only $12 (free parking) -- and it is good for all 3 days

This is a great value for all you serious shoppers. Get a hotel room and shop all 3 days. And you can hit the Springfield antique malls too. There are 2 big malls, with another 1,000+ dealers! 

Release the Hounds --- at Noon!  

FRIDAY at noon the ''regular shopping'' begins. Although this is the Extravaganza, so there's nothing regular about it. There's still plenty of treasures left.
Admission $7 (free parking)

Now also at the Extravaganzas: 
a Show inside the show, 
the Vintage Marketplace.

The new centerpiece of the show is the Vintage Marketplaceunder the big white tents in the center of the fairgrounds. The Vintage Marketplace gals have set up their show-within-a-show at the last few Extravaganzas, and that has brought a whole to crop of dealers, hundreds more shoppers, and amped the vintage vibe way up. Their advertising and promoting has really helped to grow the Springfield Extravaganza.

See more of my photos from the May 2013 Extravaganza, showing the Vintage Marketplace's big white tent, overflowing with treasures.

Watch this 

Screen shot - click to go through to PBS to watch the episode of Market Warriors when they were filming at Springfield Extravaganza May 2012.

The Extravaganza lives up to its name. Watch when the PBS show, Market Warriors, filmed an episode at there, in May 2012. Watch the entire episode online here at PBS.

See my post with all the fun photos I took of the cast and crew while I was there hunting for vintage treasures -- here. This is just one shot of Miller Gaffney:

[See My May 2013 Springfield Extravaganza Antique Show Photo Album]

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Labor Day History: Things We Take For Granted ~ 8hr Workdays & 3-Day Weekends ~ #Vintage Labor Day Art

"Without labor nothing prospers." --Sophocles

Read up on the History of Labor Day.
Once upon a time we didn't even have 8-hour workdays, or weekends, let alone 3-day weekends: "The eight-hour day movement forms part of the early history for the celebration of Labour Day, and May Day in many nations and cultures."

More about the Eight Hour Movement hereAnd tons more here.

Enjoy your holiday weekend -- then back to work we go!

The National Eight Hour Law even has it's own theme song - listen here. The tune is where the phrase " Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will! " came from.

"Hurrah, hurrah, for Labor! for it shall arise in might; 
It has filled the world with plenty, it shall fill the world with light; 
Hurrah, hurrah, for Labor! it is mustering all its powers, 
And shall march along to victory with the banner of Eight Hours! 
Shout, shout the echoing rally till all the welkin thrill,

Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will!"

Like many causes, the movement had a culture of its own, including numerous songs. Of these the most popular was one that appeared in the Labor Standard in July 1878. Based on an 1866 poem written by I. G. Blanchard in the Workingman's Advocate, it was set to music by the Reverend Jesse H. Jones. The lyrics deem current working conditions a violation of God's will and the laws of the creation, which require that humans have time to devote to reflection, communion with nature, and, more generally, the exercise of freedom. The refrain, "Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours for what we will," sees the division of the day into this triad as inherently and transcendently appropriate. 
[Source: ChicagoHistory.org]

“It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.” -- William Faulkner

"Eight hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, that's the only way I know how to do it." -- Phil Roth
The U.S. Postal Service has issued the Made in America: Building a Nation stamps to honor the men and women of the past who set our country’s future in motion. (link)

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National Tequila Day - Let's Go back in Time to Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada

Well, it's National Tequila Day today (July 24). I tried to find out who decided that, but could find no exact culprit. Logic says it was a liquor company. So I guess we can't blame this one on Hallmark.

I'm tempted into honoring the Tequila Gods, and indulging in a little Jose Cuervo tonight, but we all know there's no such thing as a little Cuervo -- I mean, crack open the bottle and throw away the cap, right?! At least that's what I'd have done (did) "back in the day". 

My next thought -- "Hey, wonder if I have any tequila collectibles?"

I wish I could say I pulled out my copy of:

The Champs' 1958 recording of their R&B grammy winning TEQUILA, but no, I don't own it. Yet.

I did dig out my one and only tequila-related item. It's a ceramic jug with raised design that once held HUSSONG'S Tequila. 

Hussong's Cantina is a great bar down in Ensenada, Mexico. 

When I was in high school, we spent many a summer night there, after long days on the beach. As the current owner, Ricardo Hussong says, "It was way wilder in the ‘70s." Ah, good times. Enough said there. ;-)

On a historical note, the Margarita was invented at Hussong's - for realz!

Hussong's Cantina is still there, and still the place to go in Ensenada. Established in 1892, Hussong's is the oldest cantina in the Californias (California in the United States and Baja California in Mexico).
" ...opened Hussong's Cantina, back in 1892. Today, over 100 years later, it's hard to beat the $2.00 margaritas and the live mariachis that help make this fine drinking establishment one of the most famous bars in the world. ..." 

Why I didn't take, or buy any souvenirs, I don't know. But thank goodness for ebay. That's where I bought my jug, even if it does have a Zanesville Pottery (Ohio) sticker on the bottom. I doubt if it was ever even in Hussongs ...

Here are a few items that were on ebay -- the cool ashtray, and a metal bar tray. Maybe I'll watch for more Hussong's items... or maybe I'll just enjoy my memories of the good times I had there....

This is what Hussong's looked like when I went there in the 1970's:

Hussong's in 1908 [Source: Ensenada Historic Photos]

and Circa 1920s

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