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A8 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 HOME GARDEN THE SALINA JOURNAL V ANTIQUE DETECTIVE Advertising tins deceiving Collector interest, in old advertising tins began in the 1960s Plenty of authentic ones were still to be found in basements and at flea markets. The most colorful and unusual, such as figurals and trays, were early favorites and among the first to be reproduced. Those were the days when all you had to do was to search old drug and grocery stores going out of business or remodeling. Hard to believe, but old Coca-Cola tins and bread boxes were tossed out. These same items can be worth several hundred dollars today. In fact, some collections are serious investments that owners insure. The early collectors were city folk, such as young ad executives. They decorated their offices with nifty career-collectibles. Called advertiques By 1970 these items were named "advertiques." They also began appearing in decorator magazines as trendy accessories. Next the dealers picked up on the possibilities. In the mid-'70s, reproductions of the novelty tins, such as Roly Poly Tobacco, were spotted.. Dealers and collectors went on the prowl This is a partial set of authentic Roly Poly tobacco tins. Many reproductions of these appeared in the mld-'70s. for Coca-Cola trays, and these, too, were reproduced. Once you've decided a piece is authentic, check its condition. Since tin has a tendency to rust, get dented or discolored, a tin in mint condition is worth much more. If it has a lid, it should be the original. If it has been retouched or repainted, pass it up. If there is a recent scratch on the bottom, it could have been caused by removing the recent copyright date, in order to sell it as an old one. Colorful lithography was first used successfully on tin by Huntley, Boorne and Stevens of England in 1877. By the end of the century, companies were hiring artists to showcase their products on tin. Much of the appeal of old tins depends on the art. The early designs depicted popular fads and fashions from in id-Victorian through the Art Nouveau to Art Deco eras. As advertisers competed for consumer dollars, the artwork became more colorful and the quality improved. Nowadays, the better, more colorful or unusual the artwork, the more expensive the tin. Great for beginners This is a great field for beginning collectors, if they buy new tins. For instance, check out what's new in thegourmet food stores where foreign goodies come in colorful tin containers. At Christmas many new ones come to market. There are American possibilities, too. A couple of Christmases ago, Sutter wines introduced a new wine and a tin depicting an old house at the winery. Among the most highly prized British tins are the biscuit containers. Among the most expensive is the "Coronation Coach" made in 1936. Originally it held W. and R. Jacob biscuits and commemorated the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Look for tins from the '40s through '70s with a stylized motif, such as '50s modern designs. They still turn up at garage sales. V HOUSEPLANTS How to root your own African violets Blooming houseplants can be reproduced from a single leaf By LINDSAY BOND TOTTEN Scripps Howard News Service Of all the bloomin' plants in the world, African violets could well be the best adapted to growing indoors. Winter or summer, they bloom just the same. They come in so many variations — miniatures, variegated foliage, frilled picoteed edges — that an enthusiast need no longer grow "plain old African violets." Costs can be contained (and enjoyment increased considerably) if you're willing to do what collectors do: Make your own. Like other gesneriads (the family to which African violets belong), these plants have the remarkable ability to reproduce from a single leaf. A number of leaves can even be started at the same time in a single pot, all from the same parent or each one from a different cultivar. Propagation takes six to nine months. To start a new African violet, select a mature leaf from a vigorous blooming plant. With a clean sharp knife or razor blade, remove the whole leaf at the main plant. Trim the petiole (leaf stem) to one inch. Next, fill a pot with soilless medium. It must be very light to keep the fleshy leaves from rotting while roots develop. Dampen the mix and poke a small hole in it with a pencil. Insert the stem at an angle, burying the leaf just barely to its base. If starting two or more leaves in the same pot, make sure they have a little space between them. Firm the soil gently to make contact with the stem, and label each variety with the name and date. Drape a plastic bag loosely over the pot, making sure the plastic doesn't touch the fuzzy leaves. Place in bright indirect light. If moisture condenses on the inside of the bag, remove it for a day or two to dry out the soil. Keep the medium just barely moist. In several weeks, one or more tiny plantlets will appear at the base of the leaf, just at the point where the petiole touches the soil. You allow all of them to grow and separate them later, or select one crown and tease the others away. When the new plant has five or six leaves, it's time to transplant. Choose a small pot (2'/» to 3 inches) to start with. Violets prefer close quarters. This time, use a slightly heavier mix. Potting medium should drain well but hold a little more moisture than the rooting medium. Cut the original leaf off with a clean razor blade and gently pot the new plant in prepared soil. Water surface with lukewarm water to settle soil around the roots, but keep leaves dry. Begin feeding with a diluted soluble fertilizer. V HOME DECORATING Candles given new role in home decor More than 2,000 kinds sold in U.S. annually; most bought by women Taper tips By SUSAN PHINNEY Seattle Post-Intelligencer SEATTLE — Candlelight is a tradition that's moved beyond birthday cakes, holiday decorations or the occasional romantic dinner. Candles have become a home accessory used and enjoyed throughout the year, but especially during fall and winter. They're casting their glow on bubble baths, scenting rooms, hanging in chandeliers or being massed on dining tables for flattering low light. Seattle interior designer Michael McQuiston says he's noticed a huge increase in candle use. You can't go wrong with them unless they're too brightly colored or too heavily scented. Says McQuiston: "There's nothing prettier than a dining room lighted only with candles. That's as good as it gets." Kay Stewart, a Seattle art consultant and candle aficionado, ties candles to "this nesting thing that's going on with Americans. The fragrances available are breathtaking, literally and figuratively." Stewart says the heavily scented ones are especially popular with New Yorkers, often apartment dwellers who don't have the luxury of circulating air systems and air cleaners in their homes. "I tend to decorate with candles in every room. If it's heavily scented, however, maybe just one in a room," Stewart explains. She T FLEA MARKET FINDS Candles aren't complicated home accessories such as wall art or lamps. They're inexpensive, portable and easy to buy and use. Here are tips for making candles safe, fun and decorative: • Store candles flat in a cool, dark, dry place to prevent warping. • Refrigerate candles before use. They'll burn more slowly and evenly. • Group candles of different sizes and surround them with flowers, fruit or an assortment of brightly colored gourds and miniature pumpkins. • Fill small containers with marbles to hold tapers. • • Put a group of assorted candles on one end of a man- also likes luminarias — candles set in sand-filled paper bags. They're an enchanting way to light a walkway, but this Southwest tradition doesn't always work in the rainy Northwest. Candles have become such a lifestyle fixture that they can be purchased almost everywhere — from The Gap to a neighborhood drugstore. The National Candle Association reports more than 2,000 varieties are sold in the United States annually, and 96 percent are bought by women. Candles are tel for an asymmetrical look. • Scented candles in the kitchen can help chase away cooking odors. • Don't put candles in drafts or near an air-conditioning vent. They'll burn unevenly and drip like crazy. • Place candles at least three inches apart so they don't melt one another. • Never leave a burning candle unattended and burn only on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable materials. • To remove candle wax from a carpet, wait until it cools and peel off as much as possible. Residue can then be "ironed up" by covering the stain with paper towels or tissues and then pressing the paper with a hot iron. about a $500 million business, with prices starting at about 20 cents (less if you buy votives in bulk) and going up to $500 (mostly candles for the religious market). In "Candle Facts," provided by the Candle Association, the Romans are credited with developing the wick candle made of tallow extracted from animal suet. Beeswax candles were introduced in the Middle Ages. But it wasn't until the 19th century that candles were produced by machines, and a mixture of paraffin and stearic acid became basic ingredients — ingredients still used today. Candle basics remain the same, but they're being used in more creative ways. Putting a pair of matched tapers in matching candlesticks on each side of a floral centerpiece, for example, is as dated as pastel mints at weddings. It's more contemporary to use a grouping or two of tall tapers in, a mix of candleholders on the table, to scatter a dozen or more votives down the center of the table, or put a short candle at every place setting. About the only no-nos regarding candles on dining tables is the use of scented candles (they interfere with the taste of food and wine) or candles that are at face level (candles should be above or below eye level so as not to obscure faces across the table). Holiday Preview Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 We're giving you just one chance to own this lovable, 1990 Precious Moments, limited edition, dated ornament in time for the holidays, because quantities are very limited! It's our Holiday Preview celebration, and it's only on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2nd. While you're here, look over our Precious Moments gift ideas. We have some "bear-ie" special tilings in store for you! Register to Win 9" Porcelain Precious Moments Tree Topper $125.00 value Carroll's Hallmark Shop 200 S. Santa Fe "Wishing Ytiu A Bear-in tlfetvy Chrishnmt" O1906 Knesco Corporation. Illustration shown: O1096 Precious Moments, Inc.,Uc. Etteucu. Old trunk holds hidden treasures By Scripps Howard News Service Sometimes the most attractive decor comes from old basics. An old dresser, a faded chair, an old yet unframed photograph are some of the treasurers that can make a house a home. All of the treasures aren't always found at home, though. Some searching through flea markets, yard and garage sales might be needed. One item that brings charm and quaintness, and might even invite creative daydreaming, is an old trunk. Yes, an old trunk. Some might call it a treasure chest — see the daydreaming is starting already — while still others might call it a #1 CHOICE LAWN WINTERIZER "ULTIMATE FERTILIZER" AEELY TO ALL COOL SEASON (V GRASSES IN SEPT. & NOV, Farmer's Coop Water's True Value <• hope chest. Let's just say it is a great piece of furniture. It can be used as a cocktail table in a family room, it can be used at the foot of a bed for storage and it can be used in the foyer just inside the door as a conversation piece. Or put a cushion on it and it becomes a place to sit to put your shoes on or take off as needed. Old glass bowls are another great decorating item, often with beautiful carvings and etchings. These old treasures make for great centerpieces on cocktail tables, dining tables and sofa and end tables as well as the fireplace mantle. The bowl by itself might be great without any further ado. But for various holidays or special occasions, flowers with the stems cut off can be floated atop the water-filled bowl. At Christmas, it can be filled with round, shiny, red Christmas tree bulbs. For another occasion, it can be filled with potpourri. Baskets are another great decorating accessory. A great-looking large basket on top of a kitchen counter filled with shiny red or green apples makes for a welcoming kitchen. The Background & Experience to Put Families First! Send Tommye to Topeka Elect Tommye Sexton 71st District Representative *20 Year Salina Resident *BA & MA Degrees from KU A Vote for Tommye is A Vote to: *Put Families First in state government because that's the way Til approach my job as a legislator for you by asking "How ...-111 J-'U^n l,,-*i~1~i-: _£C i. 1* M« . rttl will this legislation affect families'?" * Maximize General Interests over special interests by asking "Is this legislation for the greater good or does it hurt most people at the expense of a few?" * Invest in Education at all levels as the best means of ensuring that our Kansas workforce has the skills necessary to attract economic growth. AS a COUnSelor She listens *^ ethin ^ Tax Policy to reduce the property tax burden ~ ,. . and provide for tax equity in funding necessary JOT a living. government services. Pol. Adv. paid for by Sexton For District Representative, Al and Mary Aiuie Schwartz, Treasurer. 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