Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--Okay...we've got the vintage punch bowl and the cups--we have a year to find a vintage ladle--and now we have the authentic 1953 Christmas eggnog recipe! Click on the photo.

--Jess found a fabulous site called American Art Archives, dedicated to the memory of the great illustration artists. If conservative political and religious commentary offends you, don’t visit past the first page... http://www.americanartarchives.com/index.htm

 
--From Toy Connect: Marx was able to get double duty out of quite a few of its playset centerpiece tin-litho pieces and this gem of a streetfront is no exception appearing in 'Gunsmoke' and 'Tales of Wells Fargo'; read more here http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/02/gunsmoke-tales-of-wells-fargo.html

--And for fans of old department stores, silent films, the 20’s and more—a message from MIZBLUE: I am a great fan of the long-past five-and- ten-cent stores (as we called them in Philadelphia), and because of this, embarked upon a search to see again a "real" 5&10, not the recreated one that is in the Midwest (I do appreciate that one, but it is not "real"). I found a reference to a movie, it happens it's on DVD, and I bought it; here are the facts....."The silent film 'My Best Girl', starring Mary Pickford was made in 1927. Mary is a clerk in a 5&10, and in this movie, there are a number of 5&10 interior scenes. They are mostly in the beginning of the picture. You can see the wood floors, wood counter displays, some of the merchandise, etc. I understand the film was made in a real 5&10 of the time, and people who are curious about those stores in that pre-Depression era may appreciate the scenes. Of course the movie is in black and white, and the merchandise is mostly housewares, such as pots, but anyone wanting authenticity may wish to view the film. Since it's on DVD (and has been remastered) scenes can be 'frozen' for studying....I will add that this is a romantic comedy, a cute film with some laughs in its own right. I have yet to find a movie in full color of 5&10's from the 1950's and 1960's, but 'My Best Girl' footage may assist those interested in the “20's”.

Monday, February 27, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

--Now isn't this a clever way to display one's vintage and new putz houses. From the very clever Scotty, his 2011 Christmas putz tree; click on the photo.

--Alcohols and acrylics don’t mix—or do they? We’ve been experimenting with painting techniques on cardboard—to eventually be cut up and used for other projects—(like putz houses of course)—you may find this video of interest; unlike the instructor in the video, we would not go with another layer of paint—just a single layer of paint and then the alcohol drip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUgNm5VVQMU&feature=context&context=G2e59971RVAAAAAAAABA

--Here’s another of Scotty’s Christmas putz trees from another year http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/4215036835/

--The wonderful world of cellophane, back when it was new and exciting; wait till you see the Christmas applications; with thanks as always to Mark Podmore: The 1934 Dupont Cellophane brochure http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/sets/72157629445402129/with/6780206122/

CROTON HARMON SCHOOL DISTRICT AUDIT RELEASED

2/28/12 update: article from THE EXAMINER NEWS: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/examiner-c-h-school-district-has-excess.html

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AN AUDIT OF THE Croton-Harmon Union Free School District – Budgeting Practices (2011M-269) OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER has been released: February 24, 2012 -- [read complete report - pdf]

Key Findings - In 2008, the Office of the State Comptroller audited the District and found that the District had more than double the unassigned fund balance permitted by law. Although the report recommended keeping the unassigned fund balance within legal limits, the Board has failed to do so. Since then, the Board and District officials repeatedly overestimated expenditure items, which resulted in the continued accumulation of unassigned fund balance at year-end in excess of what is permitted by real property tax law.

ADDITIONAL COMMENT FROM REPORT: More accurate projections for the above expenditures could easily have been calculated by District offi cials and provided to the Board when developing the budget. By not using realistic estimates, the Board is creating annual operating surpluses, resulting in the accumulation of excessive fund balance. Although the District’s tax levy has remained fairly consistent, by overestimating budget expenditures the Board is placing a higher tax burden on District taxpayers than is necessary to provide educational services for District students, within the District.

Friday, February 24, 2012

ROBERT SCOTT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

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Croton's own Robert Scott deftly addresses the recent Gazette letter by Virpi Demarchis on the Harmon re-zoning for housing. Read it at Croton Local: http://crotonlocal.blogspot.com/2012/02/setting-record-straight.html

1952 "HAPPY CHRISTMAS LITTLE FRIEND"

Not long ago we were thrilled to find some vintage "December" Life and Look magazines from the 20's and 50's. 

The Christmas ads are wonderful and we've been sharing them but--we came across this interesting write-up for a Christmas song called "Little Friend"--also known as "Happy Christmas Little Friend", commissioned by Life back in 1952--though the write-up to the left is from '53. It was picked up by the National Tuberculosis Association as its Christmas Seal theme song that year. We absolutely have no memory of this song at all, though we have reference to it being first sung by Rosemary Clooney. 

We had hoped it would be on youtube but no. So if anyone knows more, please share.

Click on the photo. 

ROBERT ARMANINI LETTER TO THE GAZETTE, HARMON REZONING, 2/23/12

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The following letter appears in the 2/22/12-2/29/12 edition of THE GAZETTE from Rob Armanini, printed with permission:

To the Editor,
I’m writing in response to certain points made by citizen Virpi DeMarchis with regards to Harmon rezoning. I am a Croton resident and a Harmon business owner. I have also been, and remain, a vocal opponent of Harmon rezoning.
I’m actually pleased that Ms. DeMarchis has noticed the lot with the wrecked cars. The parcel in question is part of the original Harmon/S. Riverside Gateway Area dating back to 2004. The Village has used that particular property as a storage lot for vehicles that have either been involved in accidents or have been impounded. I find this inappropriate and disrespectful—to residents, the local businesses, and to outside visitors. Ironically, the Gateway Law prohibits automobile storage lots, yet the Village sets a poor example by using a Harmon Gateway lot for this unattractive purpose.
Also, while no buildings in Harmon are ‘abandoned’, some properties could use some ‘tidying up’. This has nothing to do with rezoning and quite a lot to do with code enforcement. Croton has an Advisory Board for the Visual Environment, which is empowered to bring these exact issues to the attention of the Village Board. Yet the only code enforcement going on in Harmon is the ticketing of cars parked for more than a half hour on the west side of S. Riverside or those who park at all on the north side of Croton Point Avenue.
I am 100% in favor of improving the Harmon Gateway area. I’ve chosen to make my livelihood in Harmon—with great pride and absolutely no regrets. Many of us have invested significant amounts of sweat and financial equity to make the area more viable and inviting. Umami CafĂ© is now a staple on S. Riverside. Anton Restaurant was well-received until their unfortunate fire.  I brought a retail use back to a building which hadn’t housed retail in a generation. Several other long-standing successful businesses also call Harmon home, among them are automotive-related ones which provide vital services to the entire village.
None of us are clamoring for rezoning, and I totally oppose it. What we really want is a Village that works with its businesses, not against them. The Harmon we want would be the Harmon you want when that starts happening.
Robert Armanini, Owner
Feed the Birds! Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Thursday, February 23, 2012

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #9: AN AFGHAN IN COLORFUL EFFECTS

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CALLING ALL CROTON KNITTERS: Continuing our new series here at EverythingCroton: THE VINTAGE KNITTER! We got the idea when Hallie Flanagan Wolfe of hallieflanaganwolfegardens.com, recently donated a small cache of dogeared but very interesting vintage knitting and crochet magazines (and an envelope of clippings we’ve just discovered!) from the 1940's through the 1960's. Some of these patterns are simply gorgeous and others quite strange!

In response to a request for another vintage afghan pattern, our 9th installment is a 1953 "Afghan in Colorful Effects". Click on the photo for instructions and print. Thanks again Hallie! Feel free to share!

AND DON’T FORGET: THE CROTON LIBRARY HAS A KNITTING CIRCLE ONCE A MONTH, USUALLY ON TUESDAYS; CALL THEM FOR MORE DETAILS: 271-6612

RELATED:

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #1, A MID-1950’S DATE SWEATER http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/vintage-knitter-1-mid-1950s-date.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #2, BABY TALK, 1944, a “1 year size” jacket and cap http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/11/vintage-knitter-2-baby-talk.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #3, CAREFREE & CASUAL http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/11/vintage-knitter-3-carefree-casual.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #4, A KNITTED AFGHAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/11/vintage-knitter-4-knitted-afghan.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #5, MID-CENTURY “BUTTON BEAUTY” BLOUSE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/vintage-knitter-5-mid-century-button.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #6, MID-CENTURY CROCHET PATTERN FOR A “TUCKED HAT” http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/vintage-knitter-6-mid-century-tucked.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #7, ALADDIN’S LAMPSHADE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/vintage-knitter-7-aladdins.html

THE VINTAGE KNITTER #8, A PETER PAN COLLAR http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/vintage-knitter-8-peter-pan-collar.html