Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's the holidays!!!

Julie and I've been so busy that we just haven't been on the blog lately...sorry about that!

So today, I think instead of writing lot's of stuff...I am going to give you lot's of holiday season flashes from your past...hope you enjoy
Lot's of wonderful baking from your oven!!!
...and now some of us do like fruitcake!
Must have been someone's Grandma's
Gorgeous vintage Menorah from the turn of the century...

This is definitely my dream Christmas tree!!!

look how much 7 up cost then!
I totally remember this advertisement! ...

Applesauce or sour cream on your latkes for
The kids are supposed to get gelt for Chanukah!!!
This will remind you of the great old trees of your past!!!
Fun thrift shop ornaments now...
they were our parents...
Amazing that they are now antiques!!!
Sweet old card from France
How cute are these?
Doesn't she look familiar?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Take a picture!!!

Although no one knows for sure when a camera-type device was first discovered, the camera obscura became popular among Renaissance artists who used it to trace the image projected by light shining through a tiny hole. - the year the invention of the photographic process was made public. During the prior decades, a number of light-sensitive materials were tested to capture the image from the camera obscura, but the first successful permanent photograph is usually credited to Louis Daguerre.
That picture, captured on a silver-coated sheet of copper, using his 'positive image' Daguerreotype process, is entitled The Artist's Studio and is dated 1837. It was fragile & difficult to reproduce.

The word photography was first used in the year 1839
Early Daguerreotype Photo

Late 19th Century Photo

She's a cutie pie...don't you agree?

Sweet portrait of child from turn of the century

Old French Photograph

The photographer...took the photo of someone's mother way back when

Now is here when our story begins...
this photograph was our great grandparents

This is the cover of the Detroit Jewish News Gift Guide...
November 18th...
they just loved our Chanukah card and gave us a 2 page spread in the magazine ... how fabulous was that!!! ...and check out those old photographs!!!

By the time the details of this process were made public, in 1839, other artists and scientists had discovered additional photographic imaging techniques. William Henry Fox Talbot's Calotype process used light-sensitive paper and produced a 'negative image' that could be used to create positive prints.

These methods required long exposure time, animate objects could not be recorded. No one could hold still long enough! The earliest photographic recordings were architechtural and landscape scenes.
By 1840, when techniques had improved and exposure times were shortened, Portrait photography became fashionable. Since that time, photography has become an important tool in many fields, with sophisticated techniques and equipment continuing to evolve.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I Voted!!!

Tonight, as I am watching the returns come in from all over the country I am very happy that I was able to cast my vote. Just think about how many people in this world in the year 2010 can't vote ... Amazing!
and who would have thought that 100 years ago...

We want to vote!!!

There's nothing more to say!!!

It's in the news!

They wanted to vote!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Everything you want to know about animal crackers!

Animal Crackers in your soup...

and how do you say animal crackers in your soup in Japanese?

and they are good for you!!!
let's get this party rolling!

Animal Crackers!!!
The first animal cracker-shaped cookies were imported from  England in the late 19th century.  The demand for these cookies were so great that the Stauffer's Biscuit Company produced their first batch of animal crackers in York, Pennsylvania in 1871.  Other domestic bakeries, including the Dozier-Weyl Cracker Company of St. Louis and the Holmes and Coutts Company of New York City, were the predecessors of the National Biscuit Company, today's "Nabisco Brands".

Animal biscuit crackers were made and distributed under the National Biscuit Company banner. In 1902, animal crackers officially became known as "Barnum's Animals" and evoked the familiar circus time theme. Later in 1902, the now-familiar box was designed for the Christmas season with the innovative idea of attaching a string to hang from the Christmas tree. Up until that time, crackers were generally only sold in bulk (the proverbial "cracker barrel") or in large tins. These small cartons, which retailed for five cents at the time of their release, were a big hit and are still sold today.
The number and variety of contained in each box has varied over the years. In total, 54 different animals have been represented by animal crackers since 1902. In its current incarnation, each package contains 22 crackers consisting of a variety of animals. The most recent addition, the koala was added in September 2002 after being chosen by consumer votes, beating out the penguin, walrus and cobra.
In 1948, the company changed the product name to its current designation of "Barnum's Animal Crackers". Later, in 1958, production methods changed to improve the crackers' visual details. Until then animal shapes were stamped out of a dough sheet by a cutter. This produced outlines with little sophistication. By installing rotary dies, bakers can actually engrave details onto each cracker, creating a much more intricate design. The rotary dies are still used today.

Barnum's Animal Crackers are all produced in the Fair Lawn, NJ Bakery by Nabisco Brands. More than 40 million packages of Barnum's Animal Crackers are sold each year, both in the United States and exported to 17 countries worldwide. The crackers are baked in a 300-foot (91 m) long traveling band oven. They are in the oven for about four minutes and are baked at the rate of 12,000 per minute. Fifteen thousand cartons and 300,000 crackers are produced in a single shift, using some thirty miles of string on the packages. This runs to nearly 8,000 miles (13,000 km) of string a year. Those bright circus boxes are produced in three colors - red, blue and yellow - with different variety of animals on each.


In total there have been 37 different animals featured in Barnum's Animal Crackers since 1903. The current crackers are tiger, cougar, camel, rhinoceros, kangaroo, hippopotamus, bison, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep,

Some of Barnum's Animals
bear, gorilla, monkey, polar bear, seal and giraffe. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Barnum's added the koala to the menagerie in September 2002.


Friday, October 8, 2010


Can you read this???


and it's just a to...........

Crazy for fonts!!!

Can you make your letters bloom?
I just love alphabets... and I'm crazy for fonts!

An alphabet is a standardized set of letters
The word "alphabet" came into Middle English from the Late Latin word Alphabetum, which in turn originated in the Ancient Greek Αλφάβητος Alphabetos, from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet.[1] Alpha and beta in turn came from the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and meant ox and house respectively. There are dozens of alphabets in use today, the most common being Latin,  deriving from the first true alphabet, Greek.  Most of them are composed of lines (linear writing); notable exceptions are Braille, fingerspelling (Sign language), and Morse     code

How fashionable can you be?


We've got their numbers!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Laughing around the world!

"Everybody laughs in the same language"
I love to laugh in french... hahaha!
I love to laugh in english... hahaha!
I love to laugh in spanish... hahaha!
I love to laugh in japanese... hahaha!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

These might make you think...

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and
                        Mohandas Gandhi


People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.
                                                                      Linda Ellerbee


All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They.
                                             Rudyard Kipling

                                                  Tell the children the truth.
                                                                           Bob Marley


Multiculturalism is the acceptance or promotion of multiple ethnic cultures

Friday, September 24, 2010

Do I really care if you have too much time on your hands?

It's actually kind of a fun thing to think about...your hands and time on your hands!
Everyone is busy on Facebook posting messages all the time and writing fan letters. Do I really care? Not really! If they play video games all day, do I care? Not really...What people do in their spare time doesn't really effect my life...it's their business. If they have too much time on their hands, so what? Do I really care? Should I? Hope they are having some fun...guess right this minute I have a little time on my hands! Is that anyone's business...it's Friday night and as they say on television...this is Entertainment Tonight!
Just got too much time on your hands?

We're a multi-cultural group...let's join hands!

Halloween's coming soon...these are my hands!

Give us a hand!

All of us!

It's important to keep those hands clean!
Lefty or Writey?