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Larry and Morgan with UFW button collection

There are 466 pins in Larry’s collection. In 1971 he began working with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta who co founders of the United Farm Workers Association. Each pin chronicles part of the story of the Farm workers struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions and a reductions of toxic pesticides in the fields. Larry wants to preserve and enhance his precious collection in shadowboxes. Stay tuned for more images as we work on the presentation of this artifacts.

Tramp Art frame

On Saturday my brother Anthony and his wife took me to the Fox and Hound restaurant in Hubertus, Wisconsin. I was amazed by the amazing collection of Tramp Art frames from Germany. These intricate hand carved wooden frames were popular in the US in the 1860’s. The restaurant began as in 1845 as a one room cabin on the Moraine in the SE of the state. The frames were brought here from Bavaria by the second owner in 1930.

Framed Farmers Insurance Co. memorabilia

Ruth Stroup’s friend Steve Nicholls of Nicholls Construction gave her some treasures from his in- laws attic. Packets of needles from the 1930’s made in West Germany. They are for “home, farm and camping”. You darn your sox while camping, right? Ruth asked me to frame them. I recalled I had a hand painted 1920’s frame with tiny cast flowers adorned with bronze powder. It has the original convex glass. I had been saving it for 10 years and this was the perfect opportunity to pass it on to my pal Ruth. Since we had two packets of needles I could show the inside and outside of the folder side by side. These pristine examples of promo history are mounted on a blue silk backing. You can’t see but the back is sealed with hand made red paper.