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What I Did On My Vacation... Chicago Art Excursion



Had an incredibly entertaining and educational trip to Chicago last week, making it to several art museums and exhibits​ in just three afternoons. We took the train into​ the city, and walked every where, blisters be darned! My friends​ made for wonderful tour guides!

Day one, we went to the Murakami exhibit at the modern museum, then the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier. Day two was spent at the Mexican Museum, and day three we hit the Oriental Museum at Chicago University, and then the Black History exhibits at the Cultural center.

All were fabulous, beautiful, entertaining and enlightening. Coincidentally, but not surprising, were the repeated themes.

There was an over-arching theme of cultural identity and assimilation in Murakami, the Mexican art, and the black history paintings we saw last.

We started with Murakami, and while his Japanese iconography didn't obviously turn up again, eye popping bright color certainly did. Even the Egyptian statues and buildings would have originally been vibrantly painted.

One of Murakami's repeating motifs is eyes, which turned up everywhere, from the Egyptian eye on a Rolling Stones poster to the original stone carving of an eye hieroglyph symbolising magic and healing.
And of course their Bridges to Babylon stage set had an Egyptian theme, as did the Malcolm X College doors.
And the Stones worked with Andy Warhol, who Murakami references as an influence.

Everything was unique yet flowed together in my mind, each exhibit building on the ones before, and it would have worked had we reversed the order!

After I got home I did a bit of reading on these exhibits, artists, and their history and themes, just enough to realize how important what I was fortunate enough to see was, and that I know so little about so many things! So this is not a lecture, just a little taste of what the exhibits​ were, and some links if you want to learn more.

First stop, the larger than Life colorful Murakami exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.  It was gorgeous vibrant pop art, some light and breezy and some darker themes, although presented in bright technicolor! The pix of the Murakami works should give you an idea of the size scale of the pieces -- huge!

Then just a couple pix from the gem of Pilsen, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and then Egyptian artifacts from the University of Chicago Oriental Institute (where we also saw the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House), followed by pix of my new favorite artist, Eugene Eda Wade's work: the doors he painted for the original building of the Malcolm X College on display at the Cultural Center, and finishing with one of Wade's more recent works showing how the pop art black Egyptian culture theme still resonates with him.

Click on the pix to enlarge.

My undying gratitude to P&J for schlepping me around when they had seen it all before!
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MURAKAMI








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ROLLING STONES





MEXICAN ART MUSEUM



ORIENTAL INSTITUTE



MALCOLM X COLLEGE DOORS





Assorted rabbit hole links:

Easter egg time!
  • King Sargon's Lamassu -- I couldn't find the translation of the carved text on the statue, but let's just say it is very theatrical in it's declarations​ of King Sargon's attributes! I read it out loud at the museum, to the greatest entertainment of all who heard me! No one before me had ever read it so well! Only I knew how to do it best! 




Scratch Whiskey Jugs from the California Wine Co. Lima Ohio


Presented here, three different brown glazed pottery scratch hugs, inscribed: From the California Wine Co., Lima Ohio.

I picked the center one up yesterday at the Columbus bottle show, courtesy of my friend Joe Hardin, who finds me good Lima items all the time. Thanks, Joe! Joe puts on the upcoming Wilmington Bottle Show, to be held on April 2nd, 2017. Info here: http://www.fohbc.org/shows/


I had the other two jugs already, along with the stenciled jug in the pic below.


Left to right, there are two one-gallon jugs, and then two quarts. The angle of the line up in the photo makes it look like there are four sizes, but it's an illusion.

I have a few other California Wine bottles which I will photograph and add later.

My research shows that Morris Cohn of Findlay Ohio established a wholesale wine and liquor store at 135 S. Main St. Lima Ohio in 1895.


Morris Cohn died in a Detroit hospital following an operation in 1905. He was buried in Shaare  Zedek, the Jewish cemetery (near Lima's Woodlawn Cemetery) which he had helped to establish:

“The local Jewish people, who recently formed an organization for the purpose of securing the managing of a Jewish burying ground adjoining Woodlawn Cemetery, were granted a charter of incorporation by the secretary of state at Columbus today,” the Times-Democrat reported Aug. 20, 1902. Signing the incorporation papers were Gus C. Weil, N.I. Michael, Leon Lowenstein, Morris Cohn and A. Weixelbaum. 
When Cohn, who also managed the California Wine Co., in Lima, died after an operation at a Detroit hospital, his remains were “consigned to a final resting place in the Jewish section of Woodlawn Cemetery,” the Times-Democrat wrote Oct. 18, 1905.

It appears a Mr. Wohlgemuth bought the California Wine Co. business from Cohn's estate in 1905. In 1917 he sold one half interest to a James A. Rambo who had already been working there for a while.

That's it for now. I'll keep researching.
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Note: These items are part of my ''Collecting Lima Virtual Museum''. They are not for sale.

If/when I find more information on these items, I will add it to the post.

Read the Introduction to my ''Collecting Lima'' Virtual Museum Project, all about my Lima Ohio Bottles, Advertising, Antiques collection.
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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.

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