Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 23, 1936 · 10
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · 10

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Saturday, May 23, 1936
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World Butterfly Farm Sells Rare Specimens To ill W J- M r- v. i "l ;n.' l v 11 v ... ' AWt1,!'' . r-"- ,,r-v2s. C J4 il-, . i' - V if tV. . 1' i y 1 - . . V T S ft v. ' if v. ;ijf; 1 Left: Mr i. Carter at the Door of the Hilltop Home Overlooking Butterfly Farm. Center: Showing Mrs. Carter Inspecting a Specimen to be Described in Detail and Mailed to Japan. Here ii the Rare Owl'i Head Butterfly From Colombia, South America. Right: With a Special Net, the Butterfly Expert Suns on a Big Game Expedition. . Customers In Japan, England and India Pay As High As $500 For Desired Insects Novel Club Boasts Over 1000 Members Whose Hobby Is to Collect Rare Types By Gerald B. Burtnctt THAT burlesque line, "there! told in them thar hllla," strikes the casual vliltor at Butterfly Park aa an aptummlng up of the possl-blliUci of going out Into the foothllla with an Idea and tome enthusiasm. For Albert Carter and hli wife found fold "In them thar hllla" near Roacoe, California. And butterflies brought It! Fragile creatures of the air, with scintillating, multi-colored wings, what connection have they with gold and the marts of commerce? Four yeara ago, the Carters decided that the call of the hllla must be answered. Securing aix acrea In the Verdugos, two and a half miles north of Roscoe, they built a hilltop home. Their backyard stretched down into a tiny canyon densely covered with shrubs and plants. . Carter bad been riding a hobby for many yeara, the collection of butterflies. From his windows he could aee hundreds of them perfectly at home on hla canyon hillside. He knew that acattered throughout every village and metropolis in this country and many others were fellow butterfly collectors who, like himself, longed for some central clearing house where they might buy, sell or exchange specimens and swap talk. Bo he reasoned, "I will be the clearing houae manager. And to meet the demand for specimens I'll raise my own." So he erected a six-foot-high board fence around a half acre and stretched fine mesh window screening over the top. Within the enclosure the native shrubs and plants remained undisturbed and were fortified with cultivated cousins. THEN began forays Into the hills and valleys for butterflies to stock the farm. Armed with net and trap the Carters roamed the Verdugos catching live butterflies and caterpillars, gathering chrysalises and eggs. These they transported to the enclosure and awaited developments. Fortunately, the life cycle of the butterfly la relatively abort. In a few weeks' time, chrysalises were turning into butterflies, butterflies were laying eggs, eggs were hatching Into caterpillars, caterpillars were turning into chrysalises and the circle, or cycle, went on its merry round. The manufacturing end of the business being well outlined, Carter gave thought to distribution. From his own extensive collection he had plenty of specimens to sell or exchange. From ing number, and it Increases constantly, go to artists, professional designers of textiles, manufacturers and jewelers. The latter make serving traya, wall plaques, bookends, lockets, mirror and picture frames and a host of decorative objects with the delicate butterfly wings as the central motif. The prices of the unmounted butterflies range from five cents to what have you. Those who have the collecting mania and the means will pay any price to secure the rarity they desire. Some specimens have brought aa much aa $500. MOUNTED, in a glass faced box, the prices range upwards from 73 cents. Complete facilities for processing the specimens are maintained at the farm. Shipments from abroad are thoroughly fumigated to destroy possible pesta before packages are opened. Then the individual specimens are gently lifted from their triangular paper envelopes and placed In a moistener, their wings spread and mounted. At first, the Carters handled the volume or business quite satisfactorily alone. Carter is an official of the California State Medical Board and could only give his attention on weekends.' Now two assistants are necessary to aid in caring for the culture of the living specimens and processing the others shipped in from distant' countries. his crop on the farm more would soon be ready. Now to get customers. He formed a Butterfly Park Nature club and prepared a monthly bulletin to go to members. This was mailed to every collector, Importer, student, teacher and others that he could find an address for. COLLECTORS are notoriously active In apreadlng the word among themselves of a new source of supply. The club grew. Today it numbers over a thousand members, living in all parts of the world. The postman at Roscoe carries envelopes postmarked In India, Japan, England, any country you can think of, to the butterfly farm and takes away letters and shipments with the same romantic addresses. Most of these shipments go to butterfly collectors, amateurs or professionals. But a surpris Club Sends Doll Diplomats To Foreign Lands Sandblasting Studio Creates New Art Of "Sketching In The Sand" Skilled Artisans Use Artificial Sandstorm For Decorative Effect In Intricate Designs In China and the Far East few children have ever seen a doll, which is a part of every American girl's life, but a luxury almost unheard of across the Pacific. Miss Covell's idea is to start an endless parade of dolls, gay, colorful and friendly to reach youngsters in homes too poor to afford one. , - Representativts of governments bate done little but cause misunderstanding and wars for many years but Mary Co-tell's traveling ambassadors of good-will will portray the costumes of different countries to girls and boys all over the world, and make them familiar with strange races of every land. A' -m v v v Important branch of the sandblasting business. Color Is occasionally used. It is added to the glass after blasting. Sometimes colored glass, such as dinnerware, is original. Sandblasting of bottles for doctors, hospitals and drug stores is a recent development. APPLICATION of sandblasted decorations to woods has opened new and Interesting fields. Sandblasted doors, wood moldings, beam ceilings and all trims, as weU as the antiquing of furniture has resulted In astonishingly artistic achievements. Other sidelines Include the decoration of advertising novelties and commercial A SCREAMING whirlwind of sand bombards a sheet of plate glass and before your eyes a portrait of Greta Garbo la bitten deep Into the shiny surface. The sandblast operator doffs his helmet, strips a rubbery cushion from the surface of the glass sheet and hands you the completed portrait.' Prom the smooth aide, beautiful gradationa of light and color are plainly discernible. The reverse side, where sand ate away the glass, re-veala different depths of processing. A Southern California sandblasting studio Is now creating processed glasses which rival in i ' V f -- '-. .... . f it -i'-v every respect the hitherto exclusive artistry of Parisian craftsmen. . Materials used for general building work, decorative or novelty purposes and thousands of gift objects are processed in these California studios. Although sandblasUng is principally done on glass, marble or wood, many other compositions are used with equal success. Artistic objects created by sandblast operators are used for many pur-poses, such as the borne, lighting fix- tures. bathroom walls and windows, table and dresser tops, mirrors, art windows, entrance and conservatory doors, in stores, office buildings, show windows, valances, counter screens, partitions, show cases, mirrors, clock dials, skylights, desk tops and wall lighting screens. In the gift line, ash trays, smoker sets, vases, dresser sets, bottles, desk sets and dinnerware. Including plates, glssses and serving dishes, are furnished in hundreds of intricate and lrfw r tr ri -' pleasing designs by sandblasting. After the design for a desired iect has been determined, skilled ar- f -w. 5 f of a L sN I U. tisans build up a resistant layer : - . . ' . - specially compounded elastic substance on the aide of the material to be processed. Against this substance the artificial sandstorm is directed from a gun operated by a skilled artisan. Only the portion to be cut away is touched. Sometimes as many as five cuttings are made in deep glass, the thicknesses ranging from a quarter children, all gaily garbed in costumes typical of their own land. One day Mary decided to "'play house" and collected around her a doll which had belonged to her great grandmother, another that was her mother's, and her own.. ' But thlf wasn't exactly satisfying, and thinking of other little girls in other lands, she persuaded her fsther to write letters to missionaries in 60 different countries and ask for dolls of their adopted lands. Back came dolls and letters describing the pitiful substitutes used by many native children, bits of bone and wood wrapped in rags - Mary s heart was touched, so she organized a doll club, with each member charged with the responsibility of furnishing and dressing a doll.- Two ahipments of good-will dolls have gone abroad, one to Korea and one to Zamboanga. while a third Is soon to go to South Africa. The movement Is growing and little Mary is about to be prime minister of ths Kingdom of Dolls. Opcraior Wears Helmet to Protect Eyes From Flying Sand. ' STARTING a trek of dolls amunl the world to serve aa bisque diplomats in foreign lands is little Mary' Ransoms Covell's Idea of something to do in spare time. It's an International Job of fantastic pattern this young 14-year-oUi girl of Pasadena has set herself, but she has found 20 other girls to help, and now little misses In 60 different foreign countries have Joined in the parade of dolls and are contributing and exchanging their sawdust PAGE TWO-B inch to one inch. The different depths for cutting give startling effects, especially when a finished object is lighted by an electric light bulb. This is usually done when making signs, which is another and sandblasting of castings and porcelains. A Hollywood vogue of the moment is the sandblasting of favorite bottles with the own-sr's initials or a special design left in relief.

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