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Spool Furniture Easy To Produce

Spool furniture was the first furniture to be mass produced in factories. It is one of the many types of Victorian country furniture and was first made in small shops at the beginning of the 19th century.

Spool furniture was turned on a lathe, and the turnings could be shaped like buttons, knobs, sausages, rings, vases and, of course, spools.

A variety of woods were used, including black walnut, maple, birch, poplar and cherry. Pieces made during the middle of the 19th century were more ornate than those in the later years. The late pieces were very simple in design and easily affordable.

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First Settler Heads To Texas

William Overton was the first man to settle on the site of Portland. He acquired a land claim on the west bank of the Willamette River. However, he decided he’d rather live in Texas, and sold half his claim to L.A. Lovejoy for $50. He then sold the second half to Francis Pettygrove, a merchant from Oregon City.

Lovejoy and Pettygrove built the first house in Portland in 1844, at what is now First and Washington. The following year, they platted sixteen blocks and four streets. Their optimism in this locale as the site of a city was proving well-founded by 1850, when it had grown to 700 persons.

The story behind the naming of Portland is well-known to many residents of the city. Lovejoy wanted to call it Boston after his hometown, Pettygrove favored naming the new town after Portland, Maine. The issue was decided by the flip of a coin.

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A Familiar Problem ‘Solved’ By Lifebuoy Soap

Anyone who spent time in a hospital as the 19th century ended, whether as a patient or a visitor, was assaulted with the smells of pine tar, Lysol and carbolic acid, which were used as disinfectants. The firm of Lever Brothers built on this recognition when it introduced its new product, Lifebuoy Soap, in 1894.

It contained a hearty dose of carbolic acid, and Lever appealed to the customer’s belief that he would be washing himself really clean if he used this product.

Marketing people in the organization kept alert for areas where there were epidemics, and immediately responded with local advertising wherever one broke out. The ads stressed “sanitary - antiseptic - cleanser - disinfectant.”

Moving with the times, by the 1920s, the company began to stress the effectiveness of Lifebuoy as a beauty soap. The shift was even more pronounced in the Depression of the 1930s, where it appealed to the theme of avoiding social disgrace.

Social disgrace to Lever Brothers in that case meant “B.O.” Using a comic-strip format for printed ads and a rolling fog horn booming “B.O.” on the radio, it made one feel that the only way to be really safe in public was to wash daily with Lifebuoy.

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