Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 4, 1975 · Page 11
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 11

Lubbock, Texas
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Friday, April 4, 1975
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4-1—IUWOCK AVAUNCHt-JOURNAl— Friday Morning, April 4,1975 VERSATILE ART — The versatility of calligraphy impresses most people, according to Jerry Carper. Calligraphic styles can be used on wood, fabric, paper and decoupage, she said. Mrs. Carper displays several of the items she has used with calligraphy. She also has started her daughter's baby book in a calligraphic style. (Staff Photo) Carved Soapstone Collected Today By RALPH AND TERRY KOVEL Soapstone is the common name for steatitie. The greasy or soapy feel to the stone inspired the nickname. The Chinese and Japanese have carved jade, quartz and other minerals for centuries, so it was not unexpected that soapstone was popular for carvings. The material was softer than the other stones and easier to carve. Elaborate floral decorations, animals, and humans were often depicted in soapstone carvings since the 18th century. Most of the soapstone seen today was made in the early 20th century. The newer carvings have less detail and show less skill than the earlier pieces. Many of the small vase-like carvings made from 1880-1900 were toothpick holders. Soapstone is soft enough to be scratched with a pin. Some pieces were colored and many have been broken and glued. The most desirable piece:; were wel! carved, elaborate in design, natural color and un- mended. Blue China Q. If I start to collect the blue and white railroad dishes thai show scenes of America in the center and a border of trains, how can I tell if the dishes are old or new? A. The "Blue China" made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first railroad charier to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was first made in 1927. Each dish in the set had a special border and a special center scene picturing the historic places passed by the B & 0. The dishes were made by Scammell China Company of Trenton, N. J.' These pieces are marked with the Scammell name. When they were first issued, you could buy the dishes from the dining car steward. The dishes have been reissued. The newer pieces are marked Shenango China, New Castle USA," or with the B & 0 insignia and the dates 1827-1927. The new dishes are still available from the B & 0 Museum in Baltimore, Md. The original set came with dozens of pieces including platters of many sizes, gravy boats, serving dishes, dinner, desert, salad and butter plates, cups and saucers, plus most other types of table dishes, Q. Were all Tiffany stained glass windows signed? A. Mr. Tiffany considered signed stained glass windows a good advertisement. All of the windows made for churches and public buildings were signed. He believed that it was in poor taste to sign his name on windows used in private homes and they were never signed. When he died, the records of the firm were destroyed.. There is no accurate list of windows made for private homes and they were never signed. When he died, the records of the firm were destroyed. There is no accurate list of windows made for private use. Book Review "The Encyclopedia of Antique Restoration and Maintenance" by Dennis Young (Clarkson Potter, $12.50) is filled with hard to find information. How to clean a watercolor, set a barometer, polish marcasite and other bits of technical instruction are included. The English author uses some unfamiliar chemicals, but your local library can explain the United States equivalent. 'Here's The Answer' By ANDY LANG AP Newsfeatures Q. — I have several paintbrushes that I used with oil paint and which have hardened bristles. I know the cause — that I didn't clean the brushes thoroughly after using. The brushes are all of good quality. Do I have to throw them out or can they be redeemed and, if so, how? A. — Occasionally a paint brush that hasn't been used for a couple of years and is loaded with hardened paint can't be salvaged. Most of the time, success can be achieved by using a brush softener sold in hardware and paint stores. The brush must be suspended in the softener so that the bristles do not rest on the bottom of the container. The softening process takes several hours at the least, several days at the most. Read the directions on the softener can to determine how much time is recommended for that particular brand. After the paint on the brush has been softened, carefully remove it with a putty knife or something similar. Hold the blade almost parallel with the brush so that it doesn't slice off the bristles. If a lot of paint still remains, soak the bristles a second time in the softener. Then wash the bristles with turpentine, followed by a wash with soap and water. Don't use the brush again until it is thoroughly dry. • * » (For either of Andy Lang's helpful booklets, "Wood Finishing in the Home" or "Painting Your House Inside and Out," send 30 cents and a long, STAMPED,-self- addressed envelope to Know- How, P.O. Box 477, Hun- tington.N.Y. 11743). SLOW GAME The world's slowest chess game started 36 years age between Laurence Grant at Glasgow and Dr. Munro MacLertnan in Sydney, Australia. Played by mail, send* a move at Christmas time. The chess world awaits the outcome with the usual bated breath. 'Write On! 9 Says Lubbock Woman By MARY ALICE DIERS Avalanche-Journal Staff When Jerry Carper takes pen in hand, the result may be a recipe card painstakingly copied in Roman lettering or a short persona! note writen in a flowing Italic style. "It's also fun to leave a note in the Old English style for the milkman," the Lubbock homemaker commented. Calligraphy—the art of beautiful penmanship—has been a hobby with Mrs. Carper for a number of years. "My, father was a natural calligrapher, and I had always Spotlight on JJM wanted to write like that," she explained. Penmanship has become almost a lost art, according to Mrs. Carper. In this age of the ballpoint, she said, "youngsters are taught to write the quickest way we can leach them." A good natural handwriting is not necessary to become a calligrapher, Mrs. Carper said, noting that her own , natural handwriting "is just' awful." She has been a professional calligrapher about three years. "Becoming a calligrapher is almost a matter of practice," ^ Cra/rJ Stamps Recall Dutch History By SYD KRONISH AP Newsfeatures A trio of new postage stamps by the Netherlands not only commemorates significant highlights in the long history of that country but also offers something new for collectors in the way of perforated coil adhesives. A 30-cent stamp honors the 700th anniversary of Amsterdam and features a map of Uie city with a crowd in the "Dam" square in the foreground. Another 30-c stamp pays tribute to the 300th anniversary of the Portuguese-Israeli Synagogue of Amsterdam. The stamp depicts a view of the synagogue. The third in the set, and the highest value at 45 c, hails the 400th anniversary of the State University of Leyden and simultaneously commemorates 400 years of education in the Netherlands. The design shows a human brain with a window opening where one can see a blue sky and three birds symbolizing freedom of opinion. The Amsterdam stamp is printed on rolls perforated on two sides. Previously, coil stamps of the Netherlands had perforations on all four sides and could only be distinguished from sheet stamps in that they bore a number on the back of each fifth stamp on the roll. * * * The launching of Pegasus I, a meteoroid detection satellite, 10 years ago, is commemorated by the 24th Milestone of Flight cover sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The price of the Pegasus I cover is $1 and it can be ordered directly from: Milestones of Flight, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560. There is a limit of five per customer. « » » A new quarterly publication entitled "INTER- Handcrafts Featured NEW YORK — A 20-page "Nova, Scotia Handcraft Directory" has just been made available by the province of Nova Scotia, listing more than 150 craftsmen and craft shops selling locally made products. Included in the listings are the specific handcrafts made and sold by each of the artisans and shops, as well as dates and hours open to visitors. Summer vacationers are view the numerous Nova Scotia handcrafts featured at most summer events, with the largest exhibits at the Western Nova Scotia Handcraft Demonstration and Sale, July 24-2t> at Annapolis Royal and the Nova Scotia Festival of Arts, Aug. 18-24 in Halifax. The growing Nova Scotia handcraft industry includes crafts ranging from leather, jewelry, needlework, metal, glass and woodwork, to musical instruments, Indian crafts, knife-making and others. The "Nova Scotia Handcraft Directory" contains information on each. Nineteen Nova Scotian art and craft organizations located throughout the province to assist visitors are also listed in the directory. Write Dept. DCI- Handcrafts, Nova Scotia Information Office, Suite 3115, 530 Fifth Avenue, New York 10020 for the free "Nova Scotia Handcraft Directory." STAMPS," geared for beginning coilectors, is being published by the International Stamp Collectors Society. It also lists a Philatelic Press Guide of several leading stamp publications throughout the world and how to obtain them. The cost is ?1 and, as an introductory offer, the society is including a series of topical stamps. The address is International Stamp Collectors Society, P.O. Box 48806, Los Angeles, Calif. 90048. * * * The new 1975 edition of the Harris U.S. British North America catalog is now available. The comprehensive 216- page edition of this widely used price list and market guide for stamps of the U.S., U.S. Possessions, United Nations, Canada and its provinces, contains more than 5,500 price changes. This reflects an ever-growing demand for such stamps,, including first-day covers, mint sheets and plate number blocks. The catalog can be obtained at your local dealer or directly from: H. E. Harris & Co. Inc., Catalog Department, Boston, Mass. 02117. Send SI.50 for the book plus 50 cents for postage and handling. » • * FROM THE MAIL BAG: To Mrs. William H. Roberts of Grand Island, N.Y., the best way to get the stamps issued by the Isle of Man is from your local stamp dealer, even though your ancestors came from that quaint little island ... To fifth grade student Gregg Russell of Dunwoody, Ga., I suggest you watch this column for first-day cover information on U.S. stamps, but if you should miss an edition then your local stamp dealer can furnish you with Taylor J. Johnson of Houston, Tex., the address of STAMPS magazine is 153 Waverly PL, New York, N.Y. Mrs. M. J. Strohmeyer of Salem, Ore., the colors of new U.S. stamps are decided by the Stamp Advisory Committee, U.S. Postal Service and the Bureau of Engraving. The battles at Lexington and Concord were the first of the Revolutionary War, beginning the action which culminated in freedom for a new nation. To honor the 200th anniversary of that historic event, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new 10-cent commemorative stamp on April 19 with ceremonies in both Lexington and Concord, Mass. The design was based on a painting by Henry Sandham, a painter of the period, entitled "Birth of Liberty." The painting was also the subject of a 2- cent U.S. stamp issued in 1925 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the big battles. Il shows the Lexington Common where the first skirmish took place on April 19, 1775. Featured on the stamp design are American Minutemen in the Jeft foreground firing upon British troops. A British officer on horseback appears to the right. Underneath the vignette, in black letters, is the Inscription "Lexington & Concord 1775 by Sandham." Below that, in larger black letters, is "US Bicentennial 10 cents." Two separate first day of issue cancellations will be available, one for each city. Requests should be addressed to "Lexington & Concord Stamp," in care of the Postmaster of Lexington (02173) or Concord (01742). she said. "Anyone who makes half an effort can do beautifully." The versatility of the art form impresses many individuals, Mrs. Carper noted.. Calligraphy can be done on wood, fabric and paper and decoupage. Family registries and the presentation pages of family Bibles can be made more striking if done in calligraphy, according to the Lubbock woman. She started writing her daughter's baby book in calligraphy. A confirmed letter writer, Mrs. Carper carries on much of her correspondence in calligraphic styles. "People know that it takes time to do this work, and they usually appreciate it. They know you've put a little of yourself into the writing." The Carpers' Christmas greeting cards usually are done in copper plate. "I start them In September," Mrs. Carper quipped. According to the local calligrapher, "The style of writing we use today started with the Egyptian hieroglyphics, around 2500 B.C." The alphabet we use today was derived from the Roman alphabet, which was stylized around 200-300 A.D., Mrs. Carper explained. The Roman cursive also developed around that time. In the 12th or 13th century-, the Black Letter or Text style was developed. This style included the ornamental Old English, according to Mrs. Carper. "It Is very beautiful, but also illegible." She said the true Italic style was developed in 1501 by Aldus Manutius. This style came into being, Mrs. Carper said, because a quicker, smaller lettering was needed. Italic is always on a slant and is either cursive or semi- cursive. In 1522, Ludovico Arrighi developed Chancery Cursive, which became the official style for all Papal writings. This style, which Mrs. Carper said Is her favorite, can best be described as "a rapidly written Italic." Copper Plate developed in the 1700s or 1800s, Mrs. Carper said. Originally, this style was used with a graver on a copper plate. "It's easily done," she explained. "Almost every handwriting we do now basically is a form of copperplate." Chess Week Scheduled In Lubbock Lubbock Chess Association has announced plans for "Lubbock Chess Week" slated April 13-20. The Greater Lubbock Chess League's Open Team Tournament is scheduled at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Texas Tech University Center. Chess teams from local in. dustries as well as teams from the city's high schools will compete in the tournament. Trophies will be awarded to the top team in the match and the top high school team. Participants should provide their own chess sets. The team entry fee is ?5. Each participant also will pay ' $1 which will be donated to Lubbock Boys Ranch. Lubbock Chess Association will host an open house beginning at 7 p.m. April 15 in the cafeteria .at Lubbock Christian College. The event will be open to the public. A simultaneous exhibition is planned during the open house. Entry fee for this exhibition is $1, and participants should provi'de their own sets. The City of Lubbock.Chess Championship Tournament will be April 19-20 in the Ballroom of Pioneer Hotel. This will be a United States Chess Federation rated tournament and will be restricted to individuals who reside, work or attend school in Lubbock County. Registration begins at 8 a.m. April 19, and entry fee is $8. Participants should provide their own chess sets and clocks. Proceeds from the week's activities will be donated to Lubbock Boys Ranch. More information on the activities can be obtained from Phillip Childress at 744-6840. CHESS MADNESS In 1850, an old passion for chess awoke in Szechenyi (founder of the Magyar Academy) and took an insane character. It became necessary to pay a poor student to play with him for 10-12 hours at a time. The unfortunate student went mad, but Szechenyi slowly became sane. Mn. Carper teaches calligraphy classes at First Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church and in her home. In her classes she teaches five styles: Vertical Manuscript, Roman, Italic, Copper Plate and Old English. Calligraphy is "a very fulfilling art form," Mrs. Carper remarked. And, she added, it costs very little money—$10 will set the amateur callifrapher up for a longtime. PEN IN HAND — Jerry Carper of 4915-B 5th St. uses calligraphic styles often in her correspondence. "People appreciate the work," she commented. The Lubbock woman has been a professional calligrapher and has taught calligraphy for the past three years. (Staff Photo) Satfefaciion Guaranteed • Replacement or Money Refunded GARDEN SHOP OPEN SUNDAY 12:00 am to 5:00 pm. Easy-to-Grow PACKAGED ROSE BUSHES ROTARY TILLER $ 157 for $1: I 01 Healthy plants, ready lo growl .siottod varieties and (olors. VIGORO ROSE FOOD $] 19 5 Ib. BAG for beautiful healthy rosei- 3 H.P. wirti Brlggi and Stratton tnglrx, ORGANIC PEAT 17 . reg. 1.37 *40 Ib. bag \ CATTLE OR SHEEP- MANURE 27 BUY NOW 4 SAVE VIGORO WEED & FEED 35 POUND BAG , -| VIGOROl $T77 wxz}* • / WffrT MIT •FEED YOUR LAWN • KILLS WEEDS IN 10 DAYS. •TREAT 2300 SO. FEET 3 Ib. BERMUDA GRASS SEED 97 JUST SAY "charge it" A MTTEI WAY TO •NOf AND SAVE. 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