Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Buddy Purrkins Story: Early Kitten Years

I don't remember much about my early kitten years but I know I was adorable.The first two months of my life I know that I was warm and well-fed and that my brother and sisters slept beside me.  Sometime one of them would walk right on top of me to get closer to our mother.  We learned to get along together, to socialize, and of course, we learned appropriate kitten behavior.  Our mother gave us a soft swat if we misbehaved.  After spending several months sleeping and eating, I was ready to step out into the world and explore.  I was curious to learn about everything.  What is that dangling from the wall?  If I bat it with my paw it swings back and forth.  What is that bright warm spot on the floor? If I sit on it, it disappears. My owner likes to play games too. Sometimes we play hide and seek or we play with my toys.  I love to crawl into an open paper bag or a cardboard box.  The bag crunches and crackles as I move around and I can jump and pounce on the shadows. I don't need my mother or my brothers and sisters to experience these wonders.  I am independent!

I can learn on my own.

And then the dreaded day arrived.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Buddy Purrkins Story: How I got my Alias

My name is Buddy Purrkins but I'm also known as Mega Mitts because I'm a polydactyl cat. Normal cats have a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each forepaw, and four toes on each hind paw, but I have an two extra toes on each paw.  That makes eight extra toes! True polydactyl is a congenital abnormality, genetically inherited as an autosomal dominant trait of the ZRS gene.  Ernest Hemingway first six-toes cat named Snowball was given to him by a ship's captain.  Sailors considered polydactyl cats good luck and we were especially useful in keeping the ship's rodent population under control because we have extraordinary climbing and hunting abilities. Snowball's fifty descendants live in Hemingway's former home in Key West, Florida.  Hemingway loved his polydactyl cats and today we are sometimes referred to as Hemingway cats.  So you see, I am truly awesome.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Buddy Purrkins

My name is Buddy Purrkins aka Mega Mitts.

I live at Reuzeit Emporium, an antique
and collectibles store for everyone. 
 I’m 14 years old and have quite a story to tell, follow me if you   want to listen.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Independence Day: A Penny to Send Your Thoughts

Antique Postcard, 4th of July

In the early 1900’s holiday postcards became popular.  For a penny stamp you could send a small greeting to your friend, family member, sweetheart, potential sweetheart or patron of your business. 

Antique Independence Day Postcard

"Hello dear friend, I thought I would send you a July card cause you sent me a Easter card.      From, Laura"

This message could be from a young beau trying to impress his sweetheart with his wit.
"Hello, goodybye…..fine day nothing to say ….so long….so short.    TLK"

This postcard greeting is from a sister sending her sister an update on her recent activities.         
“Dear Sister, I am sending you a card to let you know we are well.  We hoed our garden this week. I spent all my time there, it was kind of hard the first time. Kind of showery this morn.  It has been dreadfully warm here all week.  Write us. Yours with love, Mayme”

Businesses often sent holiday cards to their best customers.
"Seasons Greeting from John Rickel"(stamped name)

Although, Christmas and Easter postcards were the most popular cards to send, postcards were manufactured and sent for just about every occasion. Thousands of postcards were manufactured for the Fourth of July and they had a large variety of different themes. Children with fireworks themes were very popular.  Here are a few examples.
Antique Postcard, 4th of JulyAntique Postcard, 4th of JulyAntique Postcard, 4th of July

Flags, eagles, soldiers, Uncle Sam, and cartoons were often used themes and some cards contained patriotic verses.

Antique Postcard, 4th of July                                                                                             Hurray for the day that’s witnessed the birth
         Of the greatest country on this earth
         Hurray for the United States,
         The country that opens wide its gates,
         For all to come and for all to be
         Happy, prosperous and free.


With the age of cell phones, the internet and social networks, we have lost the art of postcard writing. The small back of a postcard held a simple message about a stop in our travels, an update on our recent activities, or a business advertisement. All of these have now been replaced with technology. The fast paced world we live in has us snap a picture on our cell phone, send it in an email or post it on Facebook, and immediately let 20 - 30 of our closest friends know about our lives. The golden age of the postcard has long since past, and along with it the great colorful and beautifully detailed pictures.
Happy July 4th

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gift Ideas for Mother on Mother's Day

Gold Gilt Retriever Stick Pin
Gold Gilt Retriever Stick Pin

Rose Cameo Ring
Rose Cameo Ring

Black Cameo Lady Pendant
Black Cameo Lady Pendant

1890's Mechanical Pencil Pendant
1890's Mechanical Pencil Pendant

White Leaf Pin with silver & enamel

Sterling Silver Filigree Pendant

1990's Peridot Necklace
1990's Peridot Necklace
12 inches

Whiting & Davis Goldtone Bracelet & Ring
Whiting & Davis Goldtone 
Bracelet & Ring

1950's Gold wash Locket wit birds and flowers, 20 inch chain
1950's Gold wash Locket wit birds and flowers, 20 inch chain

II. Mothers are more precious that Silver

1900 Silver Holder & Blue Vase
1900 Silver Holder & Blue Vase
Pairpoint Mfg Co. # 1533

1900 Silver Holder with Engraved Flowers, Meriden Co. #1418
1900 Silver Holder with Engraved Flowers, Meriden Co. #1418

1885 Silver Gravy Boat gold wash on inside, Rockford Silverplate Co.
1885 Silver Gravy Boat gold wash on inside, Rockford Silverplate Co.

1985 Engraved Silver Plate, Wallace Silversmiths
1985 Engraved Silver Plate
Wallace Silversmiths

1880's Silver Jewelry Casket with Key, Simpson Hallmiller Co
1880's Silver Jewelry Casket with Key
Simpson Hallmiller Co.

1850-1899 Silver Cake Basket Homan Company #1569
1850-1899 Silver Cake Basket 
Homan Company #1569

III. Classy glass for a classy Mother

Emerald Green Carnival Bowl
Emerald Green Carnival Bowl

Blue Stretch Glass Footed Bowl
Blue Stretch Glass Footed Bowl

Green Fancy Loop Toothpick Holder
Green Fancy Loop Toothpick Holder

Frosted Clear & Pink
Frosted Clear & Pink
 Divided Pickle Dish

Ruby Stained Wine Decanter
Ruby Stained Wine Decanter

Marigold Carnival Bonbon Dish,
Marigold Carnival Bonbon Dish,
 Lotus & Grape Pattern 

Electric Blue Tokyo Compote
Electric Blue Tokyo Compote

Green Pebble Leaf Dish
Green Pebble Leaf Dish

Vaseline Glass Candy Jar
Vaseline Glass Candy Jar

Buy your Mother a Memorable Gift from Reuzeit  Emporium Today!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Happy Easter to You!

Milk glass doesn’t just refer to the milk you use to drink from your glass. The term is often used by collectors referring to a special white opaque type of glass. To Victorian's it became an inexpensive alternative to porcelain tableware. Milk glass has been in production for centuries but before 1900, milk glass was called opal glass by the glass manufacturing companies. It wasn’t until after the 1900’s that the general public started using the term milk glass. 

The old trade catalogues from that time show a huge variety of objects often called novelty pieces. These included, dresser sets, pin trays, salt and pepper shakers, souvenir pieces, nesting chickens, hand painted Easter eggs and just about every kind of whimsy imaginable. 

Glass manufacturers achieved the white color by adding tin oxide, feldspar, bone ash, and other additives to their glass formula.  Antique milk glass has a transparency to it when held up to the light. The old time antique collectors called this fire because you can see blue, red, yellow and orange color through the glass. This glass making process has changed through the years with the addition of different chemicals. The newer milk glass, manufactured from 1950’s to present is a denser opaque color and  a thicker glass. If you are looking for an antique piece of milk glass just hold the piece up to the bright sunlight and watch the fire dance.

Why not start collecting some antique milk glass Easter eggs and decorating your home for Easter. Reuzeit Emporium has many antique milk glass Easter eggs to choose from and also Lefton ducks, chicks and bunnies to add interest and variety to your arrangements.
                           Happy Easter to you!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

                     Reuzeit Emporium wishes everyone love, peace 
                                      and joy this Valentine's Day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Merry Christmas

Here are some lovely postcards from the 1900's to wish you a joyous Christmas.

Happy Holiday from Reuzeit Emporium.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day was called Decoration Day

                                     Remember when Memorial Day was called Decoration Day?

 Our whole family would go to the cemetery with buckets full of flowers that we picked in our garden.  Sometimes only the lilacs would be blooming and other years the peonies, irises, honeysuckle or mock orange would fill the car with their sweet perfume.

We would bring our shovel, broom, a little soap, and some rags along with the jars to hold the flowers.  My father would lift the sunken tombstones up and level them with a little sand always making sure each stone was free of overgrown grass and weeds.  My mother would sweep the gravestones and arrange the flowers in the jars.

Then it was our turn to wash the stones clean and help place the jars of flowers  on each grave.  Sometimes we would bring a picnic lunch and eat under the large shade tree near the water pump. It was a family day that include our loved ones that were gone but not forgotten.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tussie-Mussie, Nosegay, Porte Bouquets or Posy Holders

              Folding tripod holders for conversion to table use first appeared in 1840

In earlier times, it was fashionable for women to carry a small bouquet of flowers.  These small bouquets had several different charming and endearing names. The term tussie-mussie was used as early as the 1400's to mean a small bouquet of flowers and herbs carried by woman that often conveyed a hidden or symbolic meaning.  The term nosegay was used in the sixteenth century to mean an ornament or scent that appealed to the nose. The term posy was used in the Victorian era and Victorian women of fashion carried these small bouquets in elaborate exquisitely designed holders.  Posy holders were made in a variety of shapes using precious metals, ivory, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones.

 Garnets, bloodstones, amethysts, sardonyx, moonstones, opals and turquoise semi-precious stones,  silver and gold and ivory handles

Bouquet holders were usually one of four shapes; a short cup with a pencil thin stem, a trumpet shaped funnel tapering to a terminal loop, a cornucopia, and a variety with a folding tripod to permit the holder to stand up on a table.  A strong pin running across the mouth of the cup through perforations drilled in the sides kept the bouquet in place.  This design allowed the flower arrangement to be worn at the waist, in the hair or secured to the bodice with a brooch. 

Left to right: gold, pearls with mother-of-pearl handle, gold filagree with mirror and mother-of-pearl handle, miniature portrait of bride and groom (one on each side) with  mother-of-pearl handle, gold breads with ivory dance cards and mother-of-pearl   handle, painted porcelain funnel with mother-of-pearl handle

Most often the bouquet holders were carried attached to a finger ring by a chain, this allowed the bouquet to dangle at the wrist while  its wearer danced.  Sometimes the holder contained a tiny mirror, this allowed the wearer to look inconspicuously at a prospective beau.  The flowers contained in the bouquet held symbolic significance. A red rose centered in a bouquet was a declaration of true love while ivy in bouquet might indicate that the wearer was looking for a platonic friendship only. There were many books written in the Victorian era to help decipher these symbolic meanings.  Today a tussie-mussie holder is difficult to find and usually demands a high price.

From left to right:  Russian silver cornucopia, Chinese filigree silver , hollow handle carved ivory, Victorian silver repossee, Victorian silver with bird etching, English silver funnel shape 1833, 2 1/2" silver cornucopia

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rose O'Neill, Kewpies and the Gibson Art Company

Rose O'Neill was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1874, the second oldest child with six siblings.  The family moved to rural Nebraska when she was three years old and she lived there during the remainder of her childhood.  Rose loved the arts; writing, poetry, painting, sculpture and drawing.  When she was thirteen years old, she entered a drawing competition for children sponsored by the Omaha Herald Newspaper and won the first prize. Not long after  that she started working doing illustration for various magazines.  In 1893, Rose's father took her to New York to visit publishers in the hopes of selling some of her sixty drawings.  She sold all of her drawing and took orders for many others.  Soon she was a well known in demand illustrator and was being paid a substantial wage.  Rose was the first woman cartoonist and she had her own comic strip.
Rose's father bought some land in the Ozarks in southern Missouri and Rose moved from New York back to her family.  In Missouri she created her loveable Kewpie characters that she is famous for to this day.  She also became very rich. Rose copyrighted the Kewpie characters and many products were produced including Kewpie dolls, books and postcards.

Around 1912, Rose and the Gibson Art Company began to produce Kewpie postcards for all occasions

Gibson Greetings, Inc was started around 1850 by George Gibson and his family. They brought a French made lithography press with them when they immigrated to the United states from Scotland. The brothers printed anything that needed to be printed; bonds, checks, cards and novelties.  By 1870, the brothers were designing their own greeting cards for Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day.  In 1895, the business was incorporated as The Gibson Art Company. Over the years, The Gibson Art Company had many changes becoming the third largest greeting card company in the United States.

Happy Valentine's Day

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