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Early Picture Frames Were Often Decorated

Picture frames have changed over the years, along with the type of picture they contain. In earlier years, most frames were made to order to fit a picture or portrait, and often decorated by the same artist.

From 1775 to 1850, painted frames were used, with false graining like that used for furniture. Mahogany and walnut, two of the expensive woods, were commonly imitated on a soft pine wood for ordinary households.

Also common were frames with painted or stenciled flower and leaf decorations. Geometric designs in different colors were also painted on.

Silhouettes took the place of opainted portraits for many less well-to-do people, and they were often mounted in a frame painted with bold stripes alternating with diamonds, circlews or stars.

A broad black molding with a narrow gilded inner molding which had been carved in a foliate design was likely to be used to frame an engraving, embroidery work, or pastel picture.

There were also frames covered with wallpaper.

By later in the 19th century, ornately carved wooden frames of mahogany, rosewood, maple and walnut were more commonly used, as America’s middle class increased. In addition, the potteries of Vermont and Ohio were making brown Rockingham-glazed pottery frames and foundries were producing frames of cast iron.

Frames wre also subject of the do-it-yurself craze aong women late in the 19th century. few really handy women used a jig saw to cut wooden frames. Others were making their frame of straw, string, silk, linen, plush and even cattail stems.

By the end of the Vitorian era, frames of natural color decorated with shallow caraving were commonly used, especially for family pictures. Many of these frames crisscrosed at the corners, where some kind of an ornament might be plaed, such as a china button. There were always those who were especially exuberant in their tastes and from one of these you might find a frame made of walnut with walnut shells glued all over it for emphasis.

If you’re buying an old picture, pay attention to the frame. It will sometimes be more interesting than the picture itself.

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Little Lulu Character Took Over As
Henry Replacement

The cartoon character Little Lulu was born at the Saturday Evening Post in 1934. The magazine was about to lose its popular weekly cartoon Henry to a rival publication and asked the help of cartoonist Marjorie Henderson Buell to come up with a replacement.

They requested a child like Henry but thought it should be a girl instead. According to an interview with Mrs. Buell many years later, the editors “noodled out the name.” Mrs. Buell, or Marge, decided how the “noodled out” personage of Little Lulu would look.

A skirt and corkscrew curls wee added to Henry’s shoe-button eyes and up-turned nose, and the mischievous child made her appearance in the Post of February 23, 1935. She continued in that publication until 1944.

By the time she parted, amicably, with the Post, she was already appearing in animated cartoons. She was also being used by the Kleenex company in their ads.

Little Lulu made her debut in comic books a few months later. The fist issue of the Little Lulu comic book was written and drawn by cartoonist John Stanley. He also did the second issue in its entirety; after that, he drew the covers only, but did all the writing for the next 14 years.

Little Lulu changed personality somewhat under Stanley’s hand, even though the strip continued to run as Marge’s Little Lulu. Little Lulu. Instead of being a mischievous child, she became more single-minded, concentrating on the things important to her. The ideas of adults were unimportant.

Lulu’s friend, Tubby, was also inherited form the magazine feature.

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Simple Battenberg Lace Used
In Fancy Patterns

Battenberg lace refers to a type of lace made with strips or tapes sewn into an intricate pattern. Its name comes from the German Battenberg family, into which Queen Victoria’s daughter and granddaughter both married.

These tapes were simple to make and became one of the first lace products of the Industrial Revolution. The machine-made tapes are basted onto a pattern, and then turned and twisted into curves or angles to follow the outlines. The strips are then joined together to form the lace.

Fine, early Battenberg lace was frequently elaborately ornamented with handwork.

Today, Battenberg has become almost a generic term for any tape lace. Many Battenberg-trimmed household linens are being imported from China and Europe today.

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