Thursday, May 31, 2012

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

We couldn't resist posting this collection of 1960's tableware we discovered at  a Peekskill flea market. The covered orange and brown/green dishes were especially unique with solid brass "pulls"--but what really got our attention was this deviled egg plate in that queer sort of avocado green - complete with salt and pepper shakers. Alas, the prices were too rich for our blood but it did make for an interesting photo. No makers marks on any of the pieces. Click on the photo.

To download: paper model of the house in A CHRISTMAS STORY http://www.ss42.com/pt/achristmasstoryhouse/AChristmasStoryHouse.html

Check out set after set—catalog after catalog—courtesy of Jeff Carter--dedicated to GE Christmas lights http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/sets/
And a wonderful set of photos showing GE Lights in use http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/sets/72157623524611033/with/4445107440/

Rosen Santa on wheels candy container; this is one you don’t see too often http://www.coppertonlane.com/proddetail.php?prod=10415

Everything you ever wanted to know about Aurora Glass http://video.about.com/antiques/What-Is-an-Aurora-Glass-Pattern-.htm

AN INDEX TO THE 2012 VINTAGE KNITTER SERIES AT EVERYTHING CROTON

With Summer on the horizon, we're ending our VINTAGE KNITTER series until next year. Here's a handy dandy index to all the past patterns and photos!  See you in 2013!

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 #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 #10, FLUFFY RUFFLES—CURTAINS, FLOWER POT COVERS http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/vintage-knitter-10-fluffy-ruffles.html

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WISH YOU WERE HERE: A CROTON POSTCARD, HOLY NAME OF MARY

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton---our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools---in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

How wonderful to find the story of Croton-on-Hudson, told in picture postcards--beautifully archived--courtesy of the Croton Historical Society of course. 

CONTINUING OUR NEW SERIES, WISH YOU WERE HERE, A CROTON POSTCARD: To the right, a postcard illustrating Holy Name of Mary Church, circa 1930's, one of the most beautiful stone churches we have ever seen. Click on the photo. 

You may also have an interest in seeing a slideshow of only some of the beautiful stained glass windows here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157627221895503/with/4303803542/ 

See Part 1 of A Croton Postcard, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part.html
See Part 2 of A Croton Postcard, Asbury United Methodist Church, here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part_25.html

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. & HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEL BLANC

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc! Sorely missed - no one can ever match his talent. Voice of Bugs Bunny, Peppe LePew, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Woody Woodpecker, and countless other cartoon characters. Click on this great animation cell to the right from a past auction at SeriousToyz - then the link on Mel Blanc: http://www.biography.com/people/mel-blanc-9214759

For more on SeriousToyz, visit  http://www.serioustoyz.com

To fix those vintage glass birds who have lost their spun glass tails, Blumchen has German spun glass tails – not a bad price http://www.blumchen.com/craft_shop_spun_glass_pg3.html

TIME TO SAY AHHHHHH...AT THE DUCK POND

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

It's all happening at the Duck Pond ... time to say ahhhhhhhhh... and enjoy all the results of a lot of hard work by our citizen volunteers. One of the birdhouses installed by FEED THE BIRDS (326 S. Riverside Ave., 862-4700) already has an occupant, there are fish and turtles just about everywhere (click on the photo), and a night heron has been seen at pond almost every twilight for the past week! Thanks guys! 

You may also have an interest in  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_27.html

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CROTON'S POLICE MARINE UNIT RECEIVES 1ST PLACE HONORS

Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Four members of Croton’s Police Marine Unit received the First Place honors in the Journal News Police Honor Awards Program. Detective Sergeant John Nikitopoulos, Sergeant John Barirde, and Police Officers Douglas Garrido and Corey Velardo were recognized for their brave actions, despite personal danger to themselves, which resulted in the saving of lives. On August 28,2011 at 5:41 pm, the officers responded to multiple calls of a boat overturned in the Croton River. READ THE FRONT PAGE ARTICLE IN THE VILLAGE NEWSLETTER http://www.crotononhudson-ny.gov/Public_Documents/CrotonHudsonNY_WebDocs/newsletters/2012/newsletter-june-2012.pdf

Monday, May 28, 2012

PHOTOS, MEMORIAL DAY 2012

Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Well another Memorial Day has come and gone in the village. As always, our service was punctuated by all the charm, respect and sincerity of small-town life. Just the way we like it here in Croton-on-Hudson!

Father Brennan of Holy Name of Mary gave the benediction, while the Knights of Columbus provided free bottles of icy water to stave off the heat, and another Knight provided the accompaniment to Dorothy Ferguson, our resident Star-Spangled Songstress. Master of Ceremonies Patrick Calcutti kept everything running smoothly, Eugene Parrotta was a special guest (see http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/ball-announces-nys-veteran-nominee.html) and the high school band, under the direction of Ivelaw Carrington, did some of their best musical work. Christine Turturro also sang Amazing Grace.

To all who worked so hard, especially behind the scenes, to make this observance so special, thank you. Click on the link to see some photos, all rights reserved, M.D. Cudequest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157629941796088/

Sunday, May 27, 2012

CROTON MEMORIES 2012, THE DUCK POND THEN & NOW

Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Continuing our 2012 CROTON MEMORIES SERIES here at Everything Croton: CROTON’S DUCK POND—THEN & NOW

We couldn’t resist posting this charming entry on the Duck Pond from the 1973 edition of the Croton-Cortlandt News - detailing the construction of a “duck house” by local citizen volunteers Ed Braddick and Ray Calore to keep those feathered friends warm in the winter months. Click on the photo, guaranteed to make you smile. (And of course many thanks to the Croton Historical Society as always. Visit http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/on-sale-from-croton-historical-society.html for all the latest news.)

To see the excellent work our citizen volunteers have done with Duck Pond now--click on the link: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/spring-at-duck-pond.html

Stay tuned for more Croton Memories 2012. To see past editions: 

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PROCESSION, HOLY NAME OF MARY & THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, 1973 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/croton-memories-2012-holy-name-knights.html
A 1973 PINEWOOD DERBY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/more-croton-memories-pinewood-derby.html
CROTON MEMORIES: THE JUNE FESTIVAL A.K.A. JUNEFEST AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/more-croton-memories-june-festival-at.html
CROTON’S GOLDEN JUBILEE 1898-1948 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/more-croton-memories-2012-crotons.html
A CROTON EASTER, 1950’S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/croton-easter-season-1950s.html
THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, A FOLLOW UP http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/starlight-drive-in-follow-up.html
CROTON COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL, THEN AND NOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-croton.html
DEDICATION OF OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH 1939 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-dedication-of.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012: GIRL SCOUTS THEN AND NOW http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-girl-scouts.html
A 1958 PASSOVER AT TEMPLE ISRAEL http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-croton-memories-2012-1958-passover.html
THE 1929 CROTON GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-croton-memories-2012-1929-croton.html
THE 1916 AND 1928-29 CROTON BOYS BASKETBALL TEAMS - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-croton-memories-2012-1916-1928.html
THE 1932-1933 CROTON BASEBALL TEAM - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-croton-memories-2012-1932-1933.html
A CROTON WELCOME HOME, WWI - http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-croton-memories-2012-croton.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012 – WRESTLING – WHERE IT ALL BEGAN http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/1958-croton-wrestling-where-it-all.html
CROTON MEMORIES 2012 – A 1967 HAPPENING, DANCE AT HOLY NAME OF MARY http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/01/1967-happeningcroton-style.html

YOU CAN ALSO SEE AN INDEX OF THE 2011 CROTON MEMORIES SERIES HERE http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/10/index-of-2011-croton-memories-series.html 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

EVERYTHING CROTON's FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

So we're at this tag sale in nearby Montrose today, perusing boxes of old waterlogged Life and Look Magazines from the 1950's (most of them were sadly not salvageable even for scanning) when we spy two boys in their teens going through one of the boxes. Look at this, says one, holding a magazine that was in better shape than most, in the old days they had to listen to music on a "Victrola". Wow says the other, that's really primitive.  Wonder who this guy Vic was...

And that's a true story. Needless to say, we had to buy THAT magazine once they threw it back into the box! Click on the photo for a 1954 RCA Victor Christmas ad.

Great news—NOW ONLINE! Welcome to the New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery of over 870,000 images. Selected from the world-class historical collections of the Archives, most of these unique photographs, maps, motion picture and audio recordings are being made accessible for the first time. Visitors are invited to explore and search the collections individually, or across all collections by keyword or any of the advanced search criteria. The gallery includes many complete collections; for others, only representative samples are currently on display. Click on the link: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet

But to see all the photos for “Christmas”, at present over 75, click http://bit.ly/Ks7mE8 - we skipped the ones with the politicians of which there are far too many!

Check this place out—the PAPER MODEL KIOSK http://www.papermodelkiosk.com/shop/category.php?category_id=167

And check out this from Yamaha—paper deer and sled patterns http://www.yamaha-motor.co.jp/global/entertainment/papercraft/seasons/10/index.html

Presented here are scans of a modern reprint of a pre-war (1930s-era) Marx Timely Table promotional catalog. http://marxtinplatetrains.com/marx_timely_table1.htm 

Friday, May 25, 2012

WISH YOU WERE HERE: A CROTON POSTCARD , PART 2 - ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton---our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools---in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

How wonderful to find the story of Croton-on-Hudson, told in picture postcards--beautifully archived--courtesy of the Croton Historical Society of course. 


And so, because the launch of this series has been met with such an astonishing view count, here's Part 2: Wish You Were Here, A Croton Postcard--Asbury United Methodist Church, circa 1907 and 1917. "Having a fine time..." Click on the photo. 

You may also have an interest in: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/photos-from-great-asbury-methodist-tag.html

See Part 1 of A Croton Postcard, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/05/wish-you-were-here-croton-postcard-part.html

CROTON ARBORETUM RE-OPENS AFTER STORM DAMAGE

EDITOR’S NOTE: THE PHOTO TO THE RIGHT IS FROM THE HALLOWEEN 2011 STORM - also info on the upcoming Croton Arboretum Garden tour is here http://tiny.cc/o4iegw 

Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CROTON ARBORETUM - Croton Arboretum Reopens After Storm Damage

The Jane E. Lytle Arboretum has officially reopened, after being closed for seven months due to unsafe conditions created by last October's unusual Halloween snowstorm. Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc., the non-profit organization which manages the property on behalf of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, hired a forestry consultant to inspect more than 118 trees and then arranged for 90 trees to be removed or pruned.

"We're so pleased to finally reopen," said Arboretum President Karen Jescavage-Bernard. "It took a long time because all the arborists in the area have been swamped since the storm. Also, you can't get heavy equipment into the trail area so all the work had to be done by climbing damaged trees--a slow and potentially dangerous process."

"Now that we've dealt with the devastation the storm did to our trees," said Bernard, "we need to deal with the devastation it did to our finances. We've spent more than $14,000 to date--using funds that would otherwise have gone to improving our boardwalk and trails, much-needed planting projects and educational programs. We appeal to everyone who loves the Arboretum to make a donation and help us recover financially."

About the Arboretum
Founded in 1993, the Croton Arboretum and Sanctuary, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization that provides environmental stewardship of the Jane E. Lytle Arboretum. Working in partnership with local schools, businesses and other civic organizations, the Arboretum also promotes environmental recreation and education programs in wetland restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement and water quality monitoring. 

For additional information visit our website at www.crotonarboretum.org/

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CROTON HARMON HIGH SCHOOL RANKS HIGH IN NYS, US FOR AP

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

CHHS Ranks High in NYS, U.S. for AP- US NEWS & WORLD REPORT- Croton-Harmon High School (CHHS) did quite well, ranking 51st out of 1,165 schools reviewed in New York State and 372nd out of approximately 21,800 schools reviewed nationally, placing it in the top two percent of ranked schools in the country. As a result, the school has received Gold Medal status from the magazine. Only 68 schools in the state were awarded Gold Medal status this year, and just 500 nationally. READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/Kv1efl

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SUPERVISOR PUGLISI RECEIVES AWARD FROM PURPLE HEART VETERANS

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Supervisor Linda Puglisi has received an award from the Military Order of The Purple Heart Veterans for her stand on the Montrose VA.

"They have defended us, now we must do everything possible to defend them."

Congratulations to Supervisor Puglisi. Click on the letter to read more.

RELATED:  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/development-of-montrose-va-put-on-hold.html

Monday, May 21, 2012

WISH YOU WERE HERE: A CROTON POSTCARD PART 1, ST. AUGUSTINE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

How wonderful to find the story of Croton-on-Hudson, told in picture postcards--beautifully archived--courtesy of the Croton Historical Society of course. 

And so we're starting a new series here at EverythingCroton: Wish You Were Here, A Croton Postcard

Part 1 - click on the photo - two postcards of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, circa 1917 and the other dated 1955.

Stay tuned for more Croton postcards! And for a little St. A history:  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/st-augustines-episcopal-church-another.html

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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

This lovely image was from a postcard sent to us by the late SuzeeQue. German, circa 1910 or so, painstakingly restored. We love it!

A very charming story: Christmas 1942 http://voices.yahoo.com/christmas-1942-667432.html?cat=44


Bethany Lowe Christmas sale—supplies dwindling—prices dropping even more http://www.hometraditions.com/bethany-lowe-christmas-sale.shtml

Some very strange early Christmas trees http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/23940189


A slideshow of very early Christmas books http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/slideshow/23608586

Friday, May 18, 2012

THANK YOU FEED THE BIRDS, CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS & HILLTOP FARMS

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

More reasons to support your local business community. A letter from this week’s Gazette from Jan Johnsen, Chair of the CCAC:
The Croton Conservation Advisory Council (CCAC) would like to wholeheartedly thank three generous businesses in our area - FEED THE BIRDS, HILLTOP FARMS and CROTON COUNTRY GARDENS.  They worked with Richard Zumbach, one of our long standing members, on Earth Day and each of them donated prizes for one of our Earth Day activities.

How great it is to have such wonderful local businesses that donate prizes to our community events. I hope everyone reads this and visits Feed the Birds, Hilltop Farms and Croton Country Gardens. 

Jan Johnsen, Chair, CCAC

Thursday, May 17, 2012

EVERYTHING CROTON'S VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

We couldn't resist posting this photo - a blast from Antoinette Stockenberg Christmas Mantles Past - 2010 to exact. Vintage Cardboard Houses, made in Japan; metal flats (a.k.a. lead flats, tin flats and zinnfiguren) are German. (Photo all rights reserved A. Stockenberg) To see more of her amazing Mantle Putz from assorted years, click on the Christmas button at www.antoinettestockenberg.com

We've been getting ready to shop--and make repairs in July and August when we're dreaming of winter Christmas days...Check out some of what we've found:

A very interesting product line—JUST THE EDGE—Christmas cardstock strips—could be very useful in putz making. Click http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/415542

Need replacement bulbs for your ceramic Christmas trees? Two sizes available here http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/429649 and http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/429650


We’ve been playing around with polymer clay and push molds http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/341896

Visions of Christmas-adhesive paper borders with glitter http://www.cutratecrafts.com/product.php/sku/493747

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY, PART SEVEN

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

We’ve launched a new series here at Everything Croton—FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY…model trains, vintage, antique, toys, real-life trains, etc.

Our SEVENTH Installment of FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY comes courtesy of this series’ growing base of local (and some not so local!) fans. It’s another potpourri of various train ephemera we know you’ll enjoy:


--Check out the 1940 ad above for the 1940 Sears Scoop, the first battery operated O Guage freight! Click on the ad.
-- Here's a neat little B&W travel brochure from the Milwaukee Road, "Notes Along The Trail of The Olympian Hiawatha", courtesy of ToyConnect, mid to late 50’s; first half; make sure to click on each page when you get there: http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/05/notes-along-trail-of-olympian-hiawatha.html
To see PART ONE OF FOR TRAIN LOVERS ONLY, a collection of wonderful old railroad postcards courtesy of the Sol Gluck collection at the Croton Historical Society, click http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-one.html

To see PART TWO, the 1948 20th Century Limited brochure scan, also courtesy of the Society, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-two.html

To see PART THREE, a miscellaneous collection of stock certificates, ads, the Tanfield Railway out of Durham, UK, and more, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-train-lovers-only-part-three.html

To see PART FOUR,  the 1895 Travelers Official Guide of the Railway and Steam Navigation Lines in the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society, click: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-train-lovers-only-part-four.html

To see PART FIVE, a potpourri of items: the interior of the Harmon station 1953 at Christmas, Hudson River Railroad ephemera, a 1944 diesel, Pulmanettes, a toy train, Santa Fe RR postcards http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-train-lovers-only-part-five.html

To see PART SIX, a potpourri of items: NORMAN ROCKWELL’s A Night on a Troop Train with the Paratroopers; a pre WWII Lionel Train Layout video; lots of Lionel Train eye candy; A HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF TRAINS AT THE NIXON LIBRARY; an Alco Locomotive Works ad from the January 1937 issue of 'Railway Age' magazine featuring the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha locomotive; Model Trains and Schlitz, 1949

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

EVERYTHING CROTON'S CUTE DOG OF THE MONTH FOR MAY 2012--CHICO!

"Chico"
Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON. 

We have so many dog lovers in Croton—that we’re starting a new series—CUTE DOG OF THE MONTH! And the winner FOR MAY is CHICO! His people are Susan and Chris O’keefe of Baked by Susan! And here he is singing along with the fire engines across the street! Click on the photo! And for more info on Baked by Susan, visit http://bakedbysusan.com

EVERYTHING CROTON'S VINTAGE CATALOG, WEBSITE FINDS, ETC.

WHAT! A girl training men to fly for Uncle Sam? And of course, it's a Camel ad! From 1942, Peggy Lennox, click on the photo.

MARX BARN AND SILO---wouldn’t this make a great putz! Or Lakkie! New from…Well, Toys & Stuff has already featured the large and small tin-litho chicken coops that came with the Marx barn, so I s'pose it's time to feature the barn itself :-) The one featured today came out about 1967 and more than likely would have had a very nice tin-litho platform base, giving the barn extra height, and giving the kid's extra play value. http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/05/marx-barn-and-silo.html

FEELING ADVENTUROUS? Make your own feather tree kit—and of course, ouch, the price http://www.hometraditions.com/martha-stewart-easter-feather-tree-kit.shtml



More pages from the 1952 Marx Accessory Catalog  - great buildings-great trains http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/05/marx-1952-accessory-catalog-pgs-15-22.html