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George Nelson: American Modernist

  George Nelson was an American industrial designer who was one of the co-founders of American Modernism. Aside from being...
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Date

17 May 2022

Author

Jason Harris

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Panorama Photograph from WWI

  On March 11th, 1918, this panoramic photo was taken of an AFC Training Depot unit in front of a...
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Date

31 Mar 2022

Author

Jessie Showell

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An Everlasting Shimmer: History of English Silver

  For centuries, English silver has been accepted as the finest globally due to its unique system created by the...
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Date

17 Mar 2022

Author

Jason Harris

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BARSONY LAMPS: Lighting Device Revamped

Barsony lamps are Barsony Ceramics's most popular collector’s items. What separates these from other lamps are their black colour scheme and carefully crafted figurine bases in graceful poses. Some have a hidden light bulb, while other pieces don’t even have one. Despite the latter,...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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SNOW GLOBES AND SNOW DOMES: Winter Wonderland in Your Homes

You probably own a snow dome or globe or two, most of us have one somewhere about. They can be varying sizes and may have outer decorations which can be elaborate. Snow globes and snow domes may also have a built-in musical box to...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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PERFUME BOTTLES: The Evolution of Scent and Its Containers

Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than each of our other senses. They can detect thousands of different senses. And the connections from these sensors go directly to our most primitive brain centres. In order to preserve the expensive perfumes, the...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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BICYCLES: Rolling Through History

We all grew up with at least one bike in the household. Bicycles are still the purest form of mechanical transportation for whatever reason we use them. The huge popularity of cycling spurred multiple designers and hundreds of manufacturers to give birth to the...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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STUFF ABOUT SNUFF: Beginnings of Snuff and Snuff Boxes

Artisans began crafting beautiful containers for which to store snuff. Snuff boxes were made to keep the precious powder dry in between uses. Snuff boxes are considered very personal items. Like jewellery, they can be passed down as heirlooms. Artisans used a variety of...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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BAROMETERS: The Rise and History of Barometers

A barometer is a scientific instrument that is used to measure the pressure of the atmosphere in a certain area or environment. At first, the barometer was only used by the scientific community. However, this started to change during the late 1600s when barometers...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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PIPING HOT: History of Tobacco Pipes

The first use of pipes for smoking was by the Native Americans. Tobacco was valuable to them. It was considered to have medicinal properties, and smoking was believed to help alleviate pains and cure illnesses. Tobacco and smoking pipes reached Europe when explorers returned...
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Date

17 Apr 2020

Author

Jason Harris

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