08 Dec: A Tribute to the Christmas Album

How deep are the roots of the ubiquitous Christmas album? Well, that depends on how deep you want to dig. Carols written in the vernacular date back to the 13th century in England but singing them was banned by an Act of Parliament in 1647. The act was rescinded by the royal restoration of the Stuarts in 1660, when King…


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…