Art deco—the style of
the flapper, the luxury ocean liner, and the skyscraper—came to
epitomize the glamour, luxury, and hedonism of the Jazz Age. After
bursting onto the world stage, it quickly swept the globe,
influencing everything from architecture to interior design, fashion
jewelry, and radios. Above all, it became the style of the pleasure
palaces of the age—hotels, nightclubs, and movie theaters.
The Victorian Blackberry by Bob Brooke
Today, we have smart phones and tablets to help organize our lives. In Victorian
times, people used elastic slate books, a series of two or more slates
hinged together, folded up like a book. The New York Silicate Book Slate
Company first produced these in 1867.
Dr. Daniel R. Schaefer's Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing,
published in 1874, states, "Elastic slates have come to be almost a
necessity, on account of being light, and easily carried in the pocket
as a memorandum book... notes and writing can be easily effaced, leaving
the service clean and ready for further use."
Artificial book slates, made of fine sand, lamp black, and boiled
linseed oil, were painted with a mixture of turpentine and black oil
paint. After several thin coats, workers rubbed them smooth with a piece of
turpentine-saturated cotton cloth. The person using one drew on them
with a special slate pencil.
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How to Recognize and
Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit
you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and
needed some TLC? Bob's new book offers tips and step-by- step
instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.