--First a little diversion... Oh when we think of the candy we ate with reckless abandon in our youth--like jaw breakers for example--oblivious to the years of impacted wisdom teeth that would follow--it just wobbles (yes wobbles) the mind!
To the right, a page from a 1949 Salesman's catalog for Gum Products, Inc. Salesman's catalogs are real time capsules.
Click on the link below to see more, including Mason Dots--courtesy of this very interesting site--with lots more links, catalogs, access to members only items etc.: http://forrestflanderscentral.typepad.com/
--Recently someone asked over at the CardboardChristmas.com about glass glitter versus the poly varieties. Well glass glitter, depending on the grit or shard size, does have superior sparkle in our opinion, but must be worked with carefully--it is ground glass after all. The best glass glitter supposedly comes from Germany, isn't cheap, and has amazing refractive qualities. A friend buys only from Meyer Imports, but you may have your own favorite supplier. You can read an FAQ from Meyer on their glass glitter here: http://www.meyer-imports.com/extra_info_pages.php?pages_id=15
Now there is a product called Diamond Dust by Sulyn--not glass but poly--there is also a Twinklets Diamond Dust that is glass--both have beautiful sparkle; you can get them at Michaels and other craft stores. Poly glitters tend to be cheaper.
All glitter, glass or poly, has its drawbacks; it seems to get everywhere but the poly varieties--being lighter--are especially prone to migration! It takes a full month to vaccum out the last bit of sparkle from the rugs after the Christmas putz villages have been put away!
And if you aren't into glass glitter--or using mica flakes--or poly, there's always what the Japanese used on the earlier Christmas houses: what we call Coconut! And Pete Oehmen has not only discovered what it is, but is making it in assorted colors, etc. For more info, visit Pete's site at http://www.cardboardputzhouses.com/
GERMAN GLASS GLITTER—IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GRITS—A VIDEO FROM MEYER IMPORTS—this is extremely useful! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGW12cpJ-Rc
HOWARD LAMEY’S PREFERRED GLITTER MIXTURE—the formula! http://www.cardboardchristmas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11
--And for those who can't get enough spun cotton vintage mushrooms...two pages of old store German stock at Blumchen http://www.blumchen.com/vintage_florals_mushrooms.html
--Updated: the vintage Flickr set of Cigarette, Tobacco ads, ephemera, accessories; we've added quite a bit and some are quite amusing http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/06/updated-vintage-tobacco-ads-accessories.html
--Vintage Linemar, cool delivery truck http://www.toyconnect.blogspot.com/2013/06/linemar-old-timer-collection-pt-7.html