Wednesday, June 30, 2010

All About Wedgwood, Part IV, Author Unknown

Part IV of on ongoing article on the life and times of Josiah Wedgwood and his Wedgwood Factory.

Josiah Wedgwood, the elder, died January 3, 1795, and, though the works went on after his death, his personal supervision and inspiration could never be replaced. With his death the production of old Wedgwood, as the connoisseur knows it, ceased.

Now as to the Wedgwood wares. In 1754 Wedgwood invented a green glaze that enjoyed some popularity, but the improved cream-colored ware was the earliest that is still extant in any considerable quantity. This ware was light and durable, similar to Leeds ware in appearance, but superior to it in biscuit, glaze, color, and form. Several tones and hues were employed, ranging from pale cream to deep straw, saffron, and sulphur yellow. It is always clear and even in tone, forming a good background for decoration. At first it was plain; later it was decorated in various ways-colored lines, marbled in gold, or decorated with flower, fruit, vine, shell, or Etruscan borders in blue, red, green, black, and brown. Gilt appeared occasionally on pieces made from 1763 to 1765. The color was painted on by hand, at first merely on the surface and later burned in. At first the decorated pieces were rather too expensive, so that later the outlines were printed and the color filled in by hand, but the work was always careful and accurate.

In 1761 Wedgwood presented a breakfast set of this cream-colored ware to Oueen Charlotte, and was made Potter to her Majesty in consequence. This increased the popularity of the ware materially, and it became known as queen's-ware, the name commonly given to it by collectors today.

As early as 1761 Wedgwood was making excellent tea- and dinner sets in queen's-ware that sold as cheaply as £4 for 146 pieces at wholesale. Many of his decorated services were much more costly, however. Sasketwork dishes were common, and vases of good form with Etruscan borders. The pierced and embossed work was always done with minute perfection, which distinguishes it from Leeds and other wares.

Wedgwood invented many new dishes for his table services, and made also flower-pots, bulb-pots, and "bough pots." Serpent, goat's head, satyr, and dolphin handles and festoons are noteworthy features. While the queen's-ware cannot compare with basalt and jasper for artistic beauty, there is a charm about the look and the "feel" of it that endears it to the hearts of Wedgwood enthusiasts. To be Continued.

Pictured above: Wedgwood Jasperware Cobalt Lemonade Pitcher, Circa 1910-1930, available at our Mall Store at: Wedgwood Lemonade Pitcher.

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Quote of the Day:
"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them." Thomas Jefferson

Amateur Radio Hamfests for July 2010

Here are some Amateur Radio Hamfests you can enjoy in July 2010. See you there! If we have missed any, let us know and we will add them!

July 3 - Harrisburg RAC,Firecracker Harrisburg Hamfest,Marysville Lion’s Park, Marysville, PA Firecracker Hamfest

July 10 - Chehalis Valley ARS 11th Annual Hamfair,Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, Chehalis, WA CVARS

July 11 - Sussex County ARC, Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ Sussex Cty ARC


July 17 - Coos County Radio Club Hamfest and Swapmeet, North Bend, Oregon Coos Cty Hamfest

July 18 - Baltimore RATS (BRATS)Maryland Hamfest and Computer Fest,Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD BRATS

July 24 - Cullman Amateur Radio Club, CARC HAMFEST 2010, Cullman County Fair Grounds, Cullman, Al CARC

July 31 - Ellijay ARS, 2010 Ellijay Hamfest, Ellijay Lion Club and Gilmer Fairgrounds, Ellijay, GA EARS Hamfest

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Quote of the Day:
"No trees were killed in the transmission of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced!"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Reader's Digest Condensed Books

The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by Reader's Digest and distributed via direct mail. Each volume contained several current best-selling novels (or, occasionally, nonfiction books) edited down (or "condensed") to accommodate the anthology format. Originally published four times a year, the books gradually increased to a bi-monthly schedule by the early 1990s.

The series ran for over 47 years, before being reintroduced under the name Reader's Digest Select Editions. The concept became sufficiently familiar to the American public that the phrase "Just give me the Reader's Digest Condensed version" (or simply "...the Reader's Digest version") entered the lexicon as a way to ask someone to use less detail and be more focused when telling an anecdote or explaining a point.

The Reader's Digest Select Editions are a series of hardcover fiction anthology books, published bi-monthly and available by subscription, from Reader's Digest. Each volume consists of four to five current bestselling novels, selected by Digest editors, and carefully edited (or "condensed") to shorter form to accommodate the anthology format.

This series is the renamed version of the long-running anthology series Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Pictured above: One of several vintage Reader's Digest Condensed Books available at our Mall Store at: Reader's Digest Books

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Quote of the Day:
"The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country." --Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This Week Marks the 60th Anniversary of the Start of The Korean War

Sixty years ago this week, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea, launching a three-year conflict that culminated in an armistice in 1953, but never officially ended.

The North Koreans launched a massive, coordinated air-land invasion in the early-morning hours of June 25, 1950, with more than 230,000 troops, fighter jets, attack bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, tanks and artillery.

See: Remembering The Korean War at Korean War

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Quote of the Day:
"If not for the Military, there would be no USA"

The Real Reason Behind Disclose Act

NRA Director: Real Reason Behind Disclose Act

Democrats’ exclusion of the National Rifle Association from the Disclose Act reining in political spending by corporations shows that the bill is in fact a scheme to aid Democrats in the midterm elections, according to a member of the NRA’s board of directors.

The “cynical” decision by House Democrats “to exempt the NRA from the latest campaign finance regulatory scheme is itself a public disclosure,” board member Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner specializing in campaign finance law, wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post.

“It reveals the true purpose of the perversely named Disclose Act — namely, to silence congressional critics in the 2010 elections.”

The Disclose Act is a response to a Supreme Court decision that came down in January allowing corporations to sponsor election-related ads. The bill would require corporations, unions and nonprofit groups to disclose their top five donors if they participate in political activity, and to agree to other disclosures related to expenditures before elections. .....

See entire article at:

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Quote of the Day:
"A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support." --Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, part 2, 1792

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wedgwood Jewelry

Wedgwood jewelry

Various articles of personal adornment decorated with plaques of ceramic ware made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. Such articles (including finger rings, medallions, brooches, pendants, buckles, clasps, earrings) were often made by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-95) of jasper or black basalted earthenware, sometimes as a cameo or intaglio set in a metal mount.

The mounts were of gold, silver or marcasite, or of cut steel frequently made by Matthew Boulton of Birmingham, c. 1790.

Other articles which have been made of, or decorated with, Wedgwood jasper include beads, combs, chatelaines, and scent bottles. The ground of the jasper ware is of various colours, e.g. pale blue, lilac, sage-green, yellow, and black.

Josiah Wedgwood II made, c. 1812-22, some medallions of bone China that were mounted as brooches.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson
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Pictured above: Wedgwood Gold Filled Egyptian Pendant, available at our Mall Store at: Wedgwood Pendant

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Quote of the Day:
"The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America." --John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry, 1776

Tuesday's Twitters

Here are more Tuesday's Twitters--some funny--some not so. Enjoy!

“The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie” Ann Landers

EVERY Candidate COUNTS! Make sure you do YOUR part to put CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVES in POWER! Do Your Part

BHO would not meet the eligibility requirements to be a secret service agent yet he is our president.

Ground Zero Mosque Imam Tied to "Freedom Foltilla" Stop Ground Zero Mosque

It explodes watch it! lmao it explodes!

Have they capped the leak yet? Nope. Obama's mouth is still moving.

Crime Inc.~ Joel Rogers Explains the Myth Cap and Trade The Myth

Barry Obama -The Community Organizer-Votes Present on Gulf Oil Spill.

Pack Helen and Paul into a yellow submarine and send them to plug the oil leak!!

Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel & Conn Dem Rosa DeLauro. Chicago Thugs

A sop to big labor Harry Reid is trying to sneak thru Congress the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.

TODAY'S REPORT:Bilderberg Agenda Revealed:Globalists In Crisis, Supportive Of Attack On Iran-O'DUMBO'S MASTERS AT WORK! Bilderberg

Little Known Fact: Helen Thomas was Larry King's first interview. He painted their conversation on a cave wall in France.

Ballot question seeks to forbid sharia law in Oklahoma God Bless Oklahoma

Animals over jobs: With double digit unemployment, fed judge declares there are too many jobs in the West, backs owls A Hoot

A rat goes into a sewer to make a home. A man goes into a sewer to do a job, and then gets out! Vote smart America!!

Hicks File - Flotilla of Fools: Reading Through the BS of the Blockade Busters Flotilla

"Coming Soon To a Town Near You: Iraq's WMD's" WMDs

MISSING:several sets of balls went missing in NY Zoning Comm. If anyone has knowledge where these balls are please call authority in NY.

"He has erected a Multitude of new Offices & sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People & eat out the Substance" - Declaration of Independence

Great minds think alike? Plus look alike

HR 5175 Selectively Silences American Opinion: Fresh from his efforts to seize government control of the ... Soldier of Fortune

I wish the President would talk about kicking some a** when it came to terrorists!

This is What Obamacare Looks Like More like ObamaScare

Armed citizens patrolling AZ/Mex border concerned citizens doing what the FEDS will not. We will remember in NOv!

Perhaps Rahm 'Dead Fish' Emanuel intends to MAKE it dangerous if GOP wins in Nov Chicago Thug

A Senate Candidate Helps Mexican Drug Lords Get U.S. Tax Dollars, Then Launches a Jihad Against Jim DeMint: A fe... Read It

Ohio Stimulus Visit Results in Lost Payday for Construction Workers... Lost PayDay

American Tea Party, Two Trillion Tons The Obama song. Here you go. This one you must see.

Check out this LOL - The POTUS Toilet TOTUS Baaad Teleprompter

"Cap-And-Trick" how obama oil-spill scheme will cost US jobs & raise price sending jobs & prosperity to Brazil etc

People all across this great nation have had it with illegalaliens - no you're not racist for fighting back!

Someone PLEASE PUT THE CONSTITUTION on BO's Teleprompter.

150k jobs lost thanx to BHO shutting down rigs. 30+ rigs will be moved to Brazil (we pay) Soros gets profit & China gets the oil.

Nothing interrupts Obama’s playtime Playtime

Obama: We have yet to hear a response from the oil leak regarding our request for a meeting to discuss its temporary halt of the spill.

Congresskook Gabrielle Giffords Wants to Use Green Energy to Fight Taliban our country is run by moonbats

'It takes action': Tea party backers explain their journey from enraged to engaged Tea Party

Day of Prayer for the Gulf, and Father’s Day Wishes: **Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers So far, in order to en... Day of Prayer

EXPOSE the Left, one Communist QUOTE at a time... Communist Quotes

What The Liberal's Tea Party Might Look Like Oldie but Goodie

What if you could SEE every $ Libtards took from you? Every Dollar

Founding Fathers knew what tyranny & despotism looked like. They framed founding documents to acknowledge our unalienable rights.

Internet "Kill Switch":(Washington, D.C.)Thanks to Sen Joe Lieberman,Pres Obama is on track to s... Kill the Internet

Arizona GOP cutting anchor baby chain, no more “jus soli” their success is America’s victory America's Victory

Do we need a White House literacy program? What?-no spell check?

Oklahoma to Pass Laws Prohibiting Islamic Sharia Laws to Apply - ABC News Prohibiting Sharia

The Real Story of the Weathermen Weathermen

L.A. School Board to teach that AZ immigration law is un-American. Wonder if they're going to teach that in English?

Just curious, can corporations spend money at will even when they don't have it? Oh no, only the government can. Hmmmmmm.

If people want the whole country to look like Detroit someday, they should just keep voting for Progressives.

Jimmy Carter gave us Ronald Reagan, I can't wait to see who obama gives us.

Obama WAIVE THE JONES ACT NOW!!! Stop hurting the Gulf. Take your Union loyality and SHOVE IT.

Nixon only had Water-gate. Obama has Oil-gate, Job-gate... Blago-gate, Islamic-gate, Arizona Border Open-gate, Healthcare-gate... Sheesh!

U.S. judge blocks Colorado petition measure. DENVER - Conservative activists convinced a federal judge Friday to .. Petition Blocked

New from Am. Thinker Obama's Treachery Treachery

Hmmm ... What threatens my PennsaCola property more ... crude oil or socialism?

Up Coming Chicago Islam Conference, Calls for World Domination Islam Conference

Goodbye to One Man, One Vote 1/6th vote?

Kerry-Lieberman Bill an Economy Killer The latest incarnation of "Crap and Trade"

Obama Confesses "Look, Let me be clear!! I came to D.C. to party!, Not to solve problems!!"

Left have declared war on the “tea party” & are trying to confuse public by making up Fake Tea Party Political Parties Grayson Thuggery

Pass Supplemental Spending Bill Or We Start Doing Stupid Things Gates Tell Obey to eat the $23B for teachers! NOvember is coming!

AFP "November is Coming" Tour Kicks Off in Nevada & California AFP Tour

The American Power Act: A Climate Dud Same ole,same olea la the house bill passed last year. Tell your Senator NO

Alvin Greene: The Most Qualified Democrat I Have Ever Seen Ann Coulter. We will remember in NOvember.

Can't help but laugh; The commission created to shrink the deficit wants a bigger budget: LMAO

Uptick in Violence Forces Closing of Parkland Along Mexico/AZ Border BO,where's the fence? We need more than signs

Muslims Exploiting NY Hotel to Gain Citizenship in USA No More Anchor Babies!

Obama taps former Ted Kennedy chief of staff as 'independent' Escrow Pay Czar to manage $20B BP fund.

A Muslim cleric to westerners at an "interfaith" meeting in Turkey: "Thanks to your democratic laws we will invade you; thanks to our Islamic laws we will conquer you."

A solitary Marine holds vigil at full attention during Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in tribute to fallen comrades. Rolling Thunder

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Quote of the Day:
"[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man.... It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous." --George Washington

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Tea Party Movement--What It Is--And Isn't From The Patriot Post

As the July 4th holiday approaches, let us stop and consider the origins of the American Revolution and the liberties we have enjoyed ever since. Then consider the Tea Party movement of today--what it is and what it is not.
See the whole story in the best way at: Patriot Post

Quote of the Day:

"There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come." --Peter Muhlenberg, from a Lutheran sermon read at Woodstock, Virginia, 1776

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June Sale At Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

Ending Soon!

For the entire month of June, get 10% off all Home & Garden items in our online catalogue.

See our newest listings:
1. Limoges France Sugar & Creamer
2. Tom Clancy's Teeth of the Tiger
3. Indiana Glass Co Ivy Bowls

Pictured here: Cherry wood wall-mounted knife holder, 50's vintage

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Quote of the Day:
"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people ... must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." --Federalist No. 33

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Armed Citizen As Reported by the NRA

West Palm Beach, FL:
Police believe an armed intruder may have used a sliding glass door to enter the home of the Miller family. Their dogs began barking, waking Miller and his wife. Miller retrieved his .38 caliber pistol and readied himself as the masked intruder approached the bedroom door. It is unclear who fired the first shot. When the exchange of gunfire ended, the intruder lay dead. The Millers were not injured.

Saginaw, MI:
Mr Creed had just finished helping a customer at his insurance agency when two men burst in wearing masks and carrying pistols. Police say the intruders forced Creed to an office in the rear of the store, which, unbeknownst to them, was where he stored a revolver. Creed kept his cool as they neared his gun. "It was none of the flashy lights," he explained. "It was, 'If you're gonna live, this is what you gotta do', and you think about it real fast. It was pretty clear-headed". Creed grabbed his revolver and shot one of the men several times, causing both assailants to run. Police apprehended the suspects and discovered that their pistols were realistic toys.

Columbia, S.C.:
According to police, a homeowner pulled into his driveway and watched in astonishment as a burglar carried items out of his back door. He confronted the burglar, who drew a knife and sliced the homowner's arm. During the ensuing wrestling match, the homeowner tossed the burglar into the pool for a February swim. He retrieved a rifle before the burglar could exit the water and ordered him to stand in the middle of the pool until police arrived.

There are many more stories like these. To be continued.


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Quote of the Day:
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." --Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Daddy's Hands

I remember daddy's hands folded silently in prayer
And reachin' out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story in the callous' and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind
I remember daddy's hands how they held my mama tight
And patted my back for something done right
There are things that I'd forgotten that I loved about the man
But I'll always remember the love in daddy's hands
Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin'
Daddy's hands were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy's hands weren't always gentle but I've come to understand
There was always love in daddy's hands.
I remember daddy's hands workin' 'til they bled
Sacrifised unselfishly just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over, I'd live my life again
And never take for granted the love in daddy's hands

By Holly Dunn



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Quote of the Day:
"A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine." --Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Whale Poop fights Global Warming

From the Sydney Herald

Southern Ocean sperm whales are an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming, removing the equivalent carbon emissions from 40,000 cars each year in their faeces, a study shows.

The cetaceans have been previously seen as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas.

But this is only a part of the picture, according to the paper, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

See entire article at: Whale Poop the Answer to Global Warming

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Quote of the Day:
Moshpit says:"In terms of net carbon flows it would appear that man is lower than whale..err stuff. Al Gore has announced an adopt-a-whale program whereby celebrities can gain carbon credits for adopting a whale. Rosie O’Donnell has been signed as the spokesmodel for the program and Bill Gates is funding a geo-engineering effort to seed the worlds oceans with psyllium seed husks to forestall any climate catastrophes that would result from irregular whales."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Does This Explain The Illegal Immigration Issue?

Written by a naturalized US Citizen,Globe, Arizona; and I think it's a great explanation of the illegal immigration issue.

Here is the quote:

"If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland , or for an airline flight, and when you got to your assigned seat you found someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would properly be asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, which they would not be able to produce. They would be called "gate crashers" and they would properly be removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In "section AZ", of "Stadium USA ", we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 "sections", and even many in our own "section" do not want tickets checked, or even to be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for, so I am proudly going to show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it, such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Gordon, US Rep. Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would do proudly, then you must be condoning those illegal activities."


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Quote of the Day:
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual -- or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." --Samuel Adams

Monday, June 14, 2010

June Sale At Penny's Antiques & Wedgwood Pantry

For the entire month of June, get 10% off all Home & Garden items in our online catalogue.

See our newest listings:
1. Limoges France Sugar & Creamer
2. Tom Clancy's Teeth of the Tiger
3. Indiana Glass Co Ivy Bowls

Pictured here: Libby Royal Stewart Hilander 50's Vintage Glassware Set

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Quote of the Day:
"If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people ... must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify." --Federalist No. 33