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06 Nov: Made in Chicago at Eco Relics

The Cubs won the World Series! We’re celebrating the great American city of Chicago this week, sharing in the revelry built by over a hundred years of anticipation. Chicago has long loomed large on the American consciousness, sharing with Jacksonville the distinction of having been nearly burnt to the ground by fire at the turn of the century, only to…

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04 Aug: Shining a Light on Architectural Salvage

More than fifteen years ago, Robert and Mary purchased an old lamp base in a Williamsburg, Virginia antique store. To the untrained eye it might have looked like a candidate for the trash can. The electric components were shot, the shade was missing, and the metal base was tarnished and corroding. But Robert and Mary recognized something in lamp base’s…

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30 Jun: Scoop it Up for National Ice Cream Month

In 1897, Alfred L. Cralle secured a patent for his lever-action scoop. It allowed a single hand to operate the scoop, freeing the other hand to hold the cone. Dozens of companies began manufacturing the improved scoop, including Peerless, Gilchrist, Dover, New Gem, and others.   Nearly a century later, in July 1984, Congressman Walter Dee Huddleston’s joint resolution 298…