Friday, May 14, 2010

Depression Glass Was Promotional and FREE!

Depression Glass
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To name some of the 100's of styles and patterns, Pink Sunflower patterned depression cake plates
Fluorescent Uranium Depression Glass, Depression glass is clear or colored translucent glassware that was distributed free, or at low cost, in the United States around the time of the Great Depression. The Quaker Oats Company, and other food manufacturers and distributors, put a piece of glassware in boxes of food, as an incentive to purchase. Movie theaters and businesses would hand out a piece simply for coming in the door.

Most of this glassware was made in the central and mid-west United States, where access to raw materials and power made manufacturing inexpensive in the first half of the twentieth century. More than twenty manufacturers made more than 100 patterns, and entire dinner sets were made in some patterns. Common colors are clear, (crystal); pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Less common colors include yellow (canary), ultra marine, jadeite (opaque pale green), delphite (opaque pale blue), cobalt blue, red (ruby & royal ruby), black, amethyst, monax, and white (milk glass).

Although of marginal quality, Depression glass has been highly collectible since the 1960s. Due to its popularity as a collectible, Depression glass is becoming more scarce on the open market. Scarce pieces may sell for several hundred dollars. Some manufacturers continued to make popular patterns after World War II, or introduced similar patterns, which are also collectible. Popular and expensive patterns and pieces have been reproduced, and reproductions are still being made.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Alluring 1950s Inspired Wedding Gowns

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By Bridget Mora

If the latest collections from the bridal designers are any indication, the 1950s are back! Fabulous '50s inspired wedding gowns took the runways by storm at the most recent bridal market. Learn more about the alluring 1950s style gowns and get suggestions about how to pick yopur perfect gown here.

So what makes a wedding gown mid-century fab? It is the strapless necklines with natural waists flowing into full skirts. Tea length gowns were a new addition to the collections of many of the bridal designers, as were gowns with flirty tulle skirts. Also in evidence were lace appliques, ribbons at waists, and even fabric flower corsage accents on the waists of the gowns. All of this adds up to a fantastic and feminine collection of wedding gowns for 2010 brides!

What bride might like a 1950s style gown for her wedding? Anyone who loves classic elegance, timeless beauty, and dresses meant for dancing! The tea length skirts on many of the dresses also make them wonderful choices for brides having outdoor or beach weddings, as well as any bride who wants a gown that is easy to move and dance in (bonus- the shorter skirt length also shows off a great pair of shoes!).

The emphasis on the natural waistline in the 50s inspired bridal gowns is a very flattering silhouette on many women. A fitted bodice with a strongly defined waist flowing into a full skirt will make your waist look tiny. The natural waist is also excellent for petite brides who tend to get cut in half by dropped waists, as well as any bride who wants to hide her tummy. Having a sash or wide ribbon at the waistline helps to make the effect even better.

Strapless reigns supreme in these gowns. The 1950s were especially known for their sweetheart strapless necklines, which are wonderfully romantic and feminine. They can be much easier to wear than the standard straight across strapless neckline, which can give some women a boxy look (especially those with broad shoulders). Do not fear that the sweetheart neckline will be too revealing for a busty figure; they can be very subtly shaped to conceal, rather than reveal, the bridal cleavage.

The embellishments on the 1950s style wedding dresses trend towards demure. Imagine beautiful French lace appliques on a tulle skirt, a pert little satin bow at the waist, or perhaps a bodice with a wrapped organza detail. These gowns do not tend to sparkle or shine with rhinestones; they are best accented with delicate pearl bridal jewelry. Choose an updated combination of pearl and crystal bridal jewelry, or go for the all out vintage effect with a traditional strand of pearls. Either way, the results will be gorgeous. Finish off your demure 50s inspired look with a waist length veil, and perhaps a little sheer organza coverup for the ceremony.

The look of the 1950s style bridal gowns is so classic and lovely that you will look back on your wedding photos in 20 years and love your dress just as much as you did on first sight. Tulle, lace, organza, pearls, and bows are things that never go out of styles for brides. The fun and festive 1950s wedding dresses will make every bride who wears one feel absolutely lovely on her wedding day.

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Bridget Mora writes for Silverland Jewelry about weddings, jewelry, and fashion. For a look that is always in style, choose timeless