Hires Root Beer, Googly Eyed Man

Hires Root Beer

While traveling in 1875, Charles E. Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, first tasted root beer. Root beer, traditionally made with sassafras, was a popular “small beer” or low-alcoholic drink in the colonial era, and was becoming popular in an alcohol-free format. While root beer has a long history, it has a wide range of recipes that call for everything from birch bark to vanilla, molasses to juniper berries, so Hires set out [...] Click here to continue reading.

Marly Horse Sculpture

The Marly Horses

“Marly Horses,” paired sculptures also sometimes known as “horse tamers,” or just “horses restrained by grooms,” have their origins in France, probably by way of ancient Rome. Since the early days of Rome, a pair of sculptures, each of a man with a horse, have been on Quirinal Hill in the city. The spirited horses and the men seeking to control them are a discourse on power that has appealed to [...] Click here to continue reading.

J. Garland Warren Provenance Note – Garths 9-6-2013

J. Garland Warren

J. Garland Warren was the quintessential good ole boy, a quiet man who valued family, friends, faith and quite frankly was simply known as the man with the best burger in town. Warren is one of the most successful businessmen to ever put down roots in San Marcos, TX, but you’d never know it unless someone told you. Most days, you could find Warren in his Centerpoint Station store with his [...] Click here to continue reading.

Dr. Pepper Soft Drink & Soda

Dr. Pepper Soft Drink and Soda

Dr. Pepper soda was invented by Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas in 1885 at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store and soda fountain. Mr. Morrison, the store’s owner, is credited with naming the beverage ‘Dr. Pepper.’ It’s believed to be the oldest of all major brand soft drinks in America.

The drink caught on with Morrison’s patrons and to meet demands for the syrup Morrison and chemist Robert Lazenby [...] Click here to continue reading.

Machmer, Richard & Rosemarie — Provenance Pook 10-24-08

Richard & Rosemarie Machmer Provenance

The following remembrances were publishing the Pook and Pook auction catalogue for this sale, held on October 24 and 25, 2008. For coverage of this sale, please see the account in Maine Antique Digest, published in January of 2009, available at http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/stories/index.html?id=1014.

About thirty-five years ago, I traveled around two hours to an evening country auction in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania. As I walked into the auction house, facing me was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Union Oil Company

The Union Oil Company of California

The Union Oil Company of California was founded in 1890 in Santa Paula, California by Lyman Stewart. The distinctive 76 brand ball icon originated circa 1932 with the companies Spirit of 76 ad campaign promoting Union Oil’s 76 octane fuel. The orange globe first appeared shortly after WWII with the more familiar version being launched in 1962.

Osthaus, Edmund Henry – American artist

Edmund Henry Osthaus (American, 1858 to 1928)

Edmund Henry Osthaus, born in Hildesheim, Germany, began his studies at the Royal Academy in Dusseldorf in 1874, where he had the privilege of studying with Andreas Muller, Peter Janse, E.V. Gebhardt, E. Deger and Christian Kroner. By 1882, at the age of 22, Osthaus left the Academy and followed his parents to America in 1883.

He settled in Ohio, where he found work as the head [...] Click here to continue reading.

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