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Milk Glass

Milk Glass

By Jeannie Miley
The Finer Stuff of Life

 Milk glass has been around since the 16th century, but the term itself was coined in the 20th century to describe the opaque white plates, goblets, serving items, and decorative objects that became popular in the late 1880s.

Majority of the public thinks of milk glass as the samples that were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Fenton’s line of Hobnail milk glass—from fan-shaped vases to toothpick holders to candlesticks—became the company’s flagship pattern in the 1950s and 1960s.

Another very popular milk glass pattern is the Harvest pattern by Indiana Glass and was trademarked Colony of the Lancaster Colony Corp.

Milk glass was originally hand made but it became so popular in the 1960s that Indiana Glass had to adapt the molds to machine use.

The Harvest line included a dinnerware set and accessories to canisters, pucnch sets, decorative items such as vases and candlesticks.


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The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was very popular back in the 1950s, and sold like hot-cakes for over a decade.  They were cheap, easy to use, and produced sharp 3½ x 3½ prints from about 10' to infinity with the non-focusing, internal meniscus lens.  Baby Boomers and even younger people are getting acquainted with the camera their parents or grandparents used.  There really isn't much to go wrong with them, and they're easily repaired by an amateur for common problems like slow or non functioning shutter, or cloudy lens etc.

The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera was made for 620 medium format film, which is no longer commercially available.  Don't be troubled by this, as 120 film is still available, and is exactly the same as 620 film, the only difference is in the size of the spools.  I'll explain how you can easily modify 120 film to work in your Hawke

Submitted by Jim Miley

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Barbie Doll

 The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel.
Barbie was named after Ruth’s daughter Barbara and the Ken doll, Barbie’s boyfriend was introduced in 1961, was named after her son, Kenneth.
The full name of the doll is Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin. The doll has over 125 careers.

Barbie was introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie’s job was a teenage fashion doll. Mrs. Handler designed Barbie’s clothing line and eventually over 70 fashion designers have made clothes for Mattel.
Barbie dolls and accessories inventory is constantly changing. 

Submitted by Jeannie Miley

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 "After Sandy Koufax finally turned in his blazing fastball he enjoyed a five year stretch as perhaps the most dominating pitcher in the games history.  He won 29 games in a season 3 times.  He captured five straight ERA titles and set a new standard 362 strikeouts in 1965.  His fast ball and devastating curve enabled him to pitch two no hitters in four consecutive seasons, culminating with a perfect game in 1965.  He posted a 0.85 ERA in four career world series leading the Dodger's to three championships."  Quoted from the National Baseball Hall of Fame

The thrill of watching Sandy Koufax pitch as a child at Chavez Ravine will remain as one of those great memories. To find his autographed biography Koufax in a stack of books I purchased over 20 years ago at a neighborhood book fair was an astonishing find.

Submitted by Jeannie Miley

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