NEW YORK – Born in Bavaria in 1829, Levi Strauss immigrated to America in 1847 to join his two half-brothers in New York at their dry goods business. Six years later, he headed west during the California Gold Rush and set up a wholesale dry goods business in San Francisco, selling to small general stores in the area. Read more
NEW YORK – Nearly every American must surely be familiar with the name Paul Revere, if only for his famous midnight ride in 1775, alerting the Colonial militia to approaching British forces prior to the battles of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War. The ride was made even more famous in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem Paul Revere’s Ride, and the expression, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” – whether actually spoken – forever cemented Revere’s reputation as an almost mythical figure in the country’s epic battle for independence.
NEW YORK – While Memorial Day serves as the unofficial start of summer and is often celebrated in America with trips to the beach and family barbecues, the real reason for this holiday is to remember the fallen heroes who died in active service to their country. Parades, memorial ceremonies and American flags gracing veteran’s tombstones are some of the ways people commemorate this holiday.
NEW YORK – At first glance, commemorative quilts seem like a narrow niche of quiltmaking. After some research though, they are far more far-ranging than they appear. Quilts provide warmth and comfort but they are symbols of personal expression. Quilts have been made to commemorate graduations, births, retirements, U.S. presidents, special events, politics and social activism, military victories, branches of the armed forces and much more.
NEW YORK – If there was ever an influencer in antiques, it would be industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost. His reimagining of the midcentury toys, ceramics, furniture, glassware, dinnerware and even the basic lawnmower infused everyday products with an artistic flair.
NEW YORK — The beauty of Black Forest carvings lies not only within the artists’ skill in which they yield their chiseling tools but also within the wood and the tree itself. Carvers have long known certain trees grown in the shade and harvested in winter would provide denser wood that would be better for carving and this knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation.
NEW YORK – Renowned painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt never married or had children of her own but she excelled at creating a body of work painting mothers and children with a tenderness and intimacy few artists have achieved.
NEW YORK – Playful and dramatic yet functional and, above all, comfortable, Milo Baughman furniture is the epitome of good design. The designer’s work is renowned among aficionados of the midcentury modern look. In the mid-1940s, he was an integral part of the California modernist movement and designed furniture for big companies like Directional, Drexel and others.
NEW YORK – There are certain toys that can immediately transport a person back to childhood and call up a bevy of happy memories. Hot Wheels cars have that power. Long before the advent of electronic toys, kids of all ages, both boys and girls, would play with their Hot Wheels for hours on end. Setting up the orange plastic tracks and racing against friends provided hours of fun. There was also the unbridled joy of going into a store to buy the newest car, choosing carefully among the many models (infinite, or so it seemed at the time), and at last breaking open the packaging emblazoned with bright flames to get our hands on the car at last.
NEW YORK – Robert J. Horner was a clerk in a curtain store in New York City with a keen business sense and knowledge of trends in the furniture industry, and that prompted him to establish R.J. Horner & Co. in 1886, at 61-65 W. 23rd Street in lower Manhattan. Horner’s marketing strategy was to target the wealthy as well as those of modest means. It paid off handsomely. Much of what came out of his shop was heavily carved, but it could also be formal and less embellished.