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ABOUT R. KANE

Founded in October 2009 by Richard Kane Ferguson and Renee Boucher Ferguson, R. Kane Productions is a development company specializing in producing unique, creator-owned licenses for comics, film, gaming and animation. The company’s mission is to syndicate its fully painted and pen-and-ink sequential art across media outlets. In a word, we develop beautifully rendered comics and graphic novels for digital and print distribution.

Comics Our Golden Age

Travel back through the mists of time to the original age of Gods and Heroes, back to the very beginning of myth and legend. It is the late cretaceous period.

Golden Age

This is the story of the demigod Xell. In time he will become Lord Protector of the tangled.

Pulp Heroes

Imagine the greatest heroes from the Pulp Era all together on one team fighting the darkest villains of their day

Twilight of the Gods

Back in the day – as in the first day – the Gods created Woman. The first Man came later, more of an afterthought.

Current and Upcoming titles by lead artist Richard Kane Ferguson include:

With a nod to our digital brethren, we hope to see Golden Age – and all our content – available across key digital platforms such as Comixology and Graphic.ly, as the handful of major digital platform providers out there take on more creator-owned materials...

Digital Comic Series

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Saratoga Springs

After some weeks of trying to find just the right digital reader format R Kane Productions is screamin’ thrilled to announce Issue #1 of its first digital comic series.

Twilight of the Gods

The 10-page Comic Serial, available at www.rkaneproductions.com, is created in pen & ink and written and illustrated by comic, gaming and fantasy veteran creator Richard Kane Ferguson.

In the spirit of Slaine:

The Horned God, Twilight of the Gods is a revisionist look at the Fall of the Gods and the apocalypse of the golden age of myth.

Great Empire

A good war is made to last forever. In Issue #1 of Twilight of the Gods discover the lost world of the first age of gods and heroes.

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Stanley Cup Finals Live Stream

Stanley Cup Finals Live Stream: Live Fans Return to the Arena

Without fans, sports events never feel complete. With each goal scored, fans will scream in joy, which is an amazing feeling. The Stanley Cup Finals live stream will be available on TV to watch. But watching the games live in the arena is a great feeling.

The good news is, even though we’re going through the pandemic, most NHL arenas are allowing fans. If you have been in the arena before, you know how exciting the environment is there.

Read the full articles to know more about watching the NHL play-off live in the arena.

Which American Arenas are Allowing Fans?

Which American Arenas are Allowing Fans

After the start of the vaccination program, all major US events started to allow fans. Earlier, we have seen live fans in the US Open and NBA. Now, the NHL is also allowing fans to the arena in the US.

However, due to some state restrictions, few of the arenas may not allow full capacity. But they’re letting at least 50 percent of the arena be filled with a live audience. The good thing is, the number is increasing every week. So, in the finals, based on which teams are going to the finals, NHL may allow 100% fans of their capacity.

If you’re looking forward to watching the game live, visit NHL’s official website for the tickets. There you will get all the information about the live fans in the arena. And also purchase the tickets if available. If you miss the ticket, you can watch the Stanley Cup Finals live stream on your local NBC TV.

Are Canadian Arenas Allowing Fans?

A few weeks ago, fans were really upset to hear that Canadian arenas will not allow fans. Even players were frustrated with the decision. But recently, they have started to let the fans enter the arena.

The decision came before the sixth game between Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Toronto lost the game and got eliminated. As Montreal advanced to the second round, you can watch more games in the arena.

Some of the players have said it was heartbreaking to see fans in the US arena when you have to compete in an empty arena. But now, as the fans are back, the stadium will again be filled with a crowd. It gives the players extra energy to play well. So, all the Canadian teams are excited to play the rest of the games in front of a live audience.

Should I Go to the Arena?

Well, watching ice hockey live in the arena is undoubtedly one of the best feelings ever. But the current situation isn’t very favorable. So, it’s really up to you whether you want to go or not. Remember, you can always watch the Stanley Cup Finals live stream from home.

However, if you have completed your vaccination, then you can get the tickets and enjoy the game live. Besides, if the situation is favorable in your area, then you may also want to visit the arena.

Final Thoughts

Without live fans, sports seem to be lousy. But the NHL is allowing fans so that ice hockey won’t be boring. Visit the arena with tickets if you can. Or else, you also can enjoy the Stanley Cup Finals live stream on your streaming devices.

How to Start a Furniture Refinishing Service

How to Start a Furniture Refinishing Service

In times of economic stress, people are always looking for ways to make old things last longer. This is especially true of furniture, some of the most expensive items to replace in anyone’s household. Furniture refinishing is not difficult work, but most people prefer not to do it themselves.

Refinishing is a matter of sanding down or removing old finish carefully and smoothly, then re-staining or re-painting the furniture. It does require some open space, preferably a garage or basement with plenty of ventilation. You will be using solvents frequently to strip furniture, as well as thin paint and stain, and you must have enough air coming in to avoid danger from the fumes.

Furniture Refinishing Service

There are dozens of commercial products available that have made furniture refinishing easier than ever before. One product can simply be brushed on a piece of furniture, left standing for a few hours and wiped off, taking all the old paint with it. If you have a shop or garage connected to your home which you can transform into a furniture refinishing room, you have all the space you need to carry on your business.

Prices for refinishing furniture depend, of course, on the piece of furniture itself, how many layers of paint have been applied to it, how decorative the furniture is and how much detail work is required to refinish it. You should figure your costs on the basis of $20 an hour. If you are not paying rent for a shop, you should be able to clear at least $18 of this $20 as profit.

This is a business in which elbow grease is the largest investment and materials the smallest. Advertise your service in the Yellow Pages and in classified ads. Also have a moderate quantity of business cards printed which you should leave with prospective cus¬tomers. Visit used furniture stores (they may want to refer cus¬tomers to you). You will be servicing both the furniture store and the furniture buyer at the same time. If your customers want special work done, such as furniture restoration or reupholstery, your charges will be extra.

It is not difficult to re-upholster a cushion; but it is quite difficult to re-upholster a complete piece of furniture. You should limit your reupholstery, at least at the beginning, to simple cushions. You will charge your customers extra for materials in this case, though you can invite them to provide their own material for reupholstering.

As your business increases in size, consider renting a larger work area. You do not need a location like that required by a re¬tail store. You might even consider using someone else’s abandoned garage.

You should have a station wagon to transport furniture to your workshop; if the piece of furniture is too large for a station wagon, a U-Haul trailer or a small truck. In this case you will charge your customer for pickup and delivery.

Furniture Refinishing

Most people willingly pay well to have their furniture refinished because no matter how much the cost, it is a mere fraction of what it would cost to replace the furniture. If you become well known for quality work, you might be asked to refinish valuable antiques, at which time your workmanship will command a higher rate of pay.

You will have to use your discretion as you get further into this business. If possible, start with furniture that is not of great antique value, until you have perfected your skills. Of course, one of the best ways to acquire these skills is to work with a furniture re-finisher as an employee. As we have repeated so often, there is no better way to learn than to do, browse around this site.

NBA Finals Live Stream

NBA Finals Live Stream: Tips to Watch From Home

As a basketball fan, it’s most likely you’ll watch the upcoming NBA Finals live stream from home. Due to the COVID-19 precautions, teams are allowing a limited number of fans in the arena. Even if you’ve tickets for a few games, you’ll have to watch most of the season on your streaming devices. Therefore, we have got a few tips for you to make your watching experience better.

Tips to Watch NBA Finals Live Stream from Home

Tips to Watch NBA Finals Live Stream from Home

Basketball is really an exciting game. Moreover, it’s the NBA postseason, so everyone can guess how thrilling it’s going to be. So, if you’re a die-hard fan of basketball, follow the tips below to have a great time watching the NBA games:

  • First, gather all the information regarding where you can watch the NBA Finals live stream from your location. In most places, multiple channels will cover the league. Find a way to access all the channels if you don’t want to miss any game. That’s because only one channel won’t be covering all the games.
  • Decide whether you want to watch the finals on TV or other devices. Also, determine whether you’ll watch with cable networks or online streaming. Then ensure you have access to the channels before the game starts.
  • Get a schedule of the play-off and the finals from the NBA’s official website. It will help you to keep track of the games better. You also can print the schedule if you want. Write down the results besides every game.
  • If TNT is streaming a game, watch the game particularly on that channel. That’s because TNT will announce the winners of the NBA Awards 2021.
  • A Basketball game is full of actions and drama. You can not afford to miss any moment of the game. Hence, we suggest you sit with some snacks. So, you don’t have to go anywhere else if you feel hungry.
  • If you’re watching NBA Games for the first time, research a little about the game rules. You’ll find everything on google. It will help you to understand better what’s going on in the game.
  • Watching exciting games with other people makes it more enjoyable. So, if your family or friends like basketball, sit together with them.
  • The NBA Finals live stream is also available through radio stations. So, if you find it’s tough to follow video streaming for any reason, you can tune into a radio station. The game schedule on the NBA’s website also includes the name of the radio stations that will stream the game.
  • Wearing the jersey of your favorite team during the finals is always a great feeling. So, order the jersey you want online and sit in front of the TV while wearing it.

These were some of the tips to make your experience better during the NBA games streaming. Don’t forget to share with your friends who love basketball.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

You can watch the NBA Finals live stream from anywhere you want. Follow these tips, and you’ll see how excellent you feel. Did we miss anything? If you have any more suggestions, feel free to share them with us.

US Open Golf 2021 Live Stream

US Open Golf 2021 Live Stream: Prize for the Champion

Golf is considered the game of rich people. So, what will the winner of one of the major golf tournaments, the US Open, receive? Fans have always been curious about that. The US Open Golf 2021 live stream will end with presenting the prizes to the winner. In this article, what the Champion will receive this year. Hence, read till the end to get all the info regarding the prizes. Who knows, maybe it’s your favorite golfer who will receive them?

What Prize the Champion Will Get

What Prize the Champion Will Get

The winner of the US Open Golf Championship will receive a handsome amount of money with a trophy and a gold medal. All the details about these prizes have been covered below:

Prize Money

Total Purse: $12.5 Million

Winner’s Share: $2.25 Million

The total prize money for the event is huge. Well, as we told at the beginning, it’s a rich man’s game. So, the winner will receive a whopping $2.5 million, which is the PGA tour standard 18% of the total purse of $12.5 million. The runners-up will receive $1.35 million.

Following is a list of prize money that the top ten performers will receive:

  • Champion : $2,250,000
  • 1st runner up: $1,350,00
  • 2nd runner up: $861,457
  • 4th Position: $603,903
  • 5th Position: $502,993
  • 6th Position: $445,997
  • 7th Position: $402,083
  • 8th Position: $360,113
  • 9th Position: $325,916
  • 10th Position: $299,360

The list goes on till every player gets his prize.

US Open Championship Trophy

The winner of the 121st edition of the US Open Golf will also receive a trophy. It is the only major golf trophy that isn’t named after any person. The formal name for the trophy is “United States Golf Association Open Championship.”

However, the trophy is a replica of the original trophy, which was presented to the winner of the first edition. The USGA Museum has the original trophy permanently. However, the Champion will hold the trophy for only one year. Before defending his title next year, he will have to return the trophy to USGA. In return, the Champion will get a smaller-sized replica trophy which he can hold forever.

The USGA Championship trophy is of silver color. It’s 18 inches in height and 6 inches in width. The trophy weighs approximately 18.5 pounds. It has two handles on the side of the jug on top. The name of the winner is engraved around the base. Watch the US Open Golf 2022 live stream to find out who holds the trophy.

Gold Medal

Gold Medal

Another prize that the Champion of this year’s tournament will receive is a gold medal. Primarily it didn’t have any name like the trophy. But in 2012, the medal was officially named “Jack Nicklaus Medal.” Unlike the trophy, the Champion gets it permanently.

Final Thoughts

So, who do you think will get all these prizes this year? Well, golf is an unpredictable game. Therefore, anyone can win. To find out who becomes the Champion, tune into the US Open Golf 2021 live stream from 17th to 20th June.

Art Fund Acquires Rare Prints for British Museum

Art Fund Acquires Rare Prints for British Museum: Mexican Revolutionary Posters to Appear in Exhibition in London

On 28th August 2009 The Art Fund announced the gift to the British Museum of seventeen rare posters originating in Mexico.

The collection includes one of the most famous of all Mexican lithographs, Emiliano Zapata and his Horse (1932), by Diego Rivera (1886-1957). The prints will join the museum’s already comprehensive holding of approximately 50,000 drawings and more than two million prints dating from the early fifteenth Century to the present day.

The gift also features items by revolutionary Mexican artists including José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Alfredo Zalce, Leopoldo Mendez, Isidoro Ocampo and others. The items were created in Mexico and highlight Mexico’s turbulent history in the early 20th Century.

Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints from 1910 – 1960

Revolution on Paper Mexican Prints

The collection will be on display as part of the British Museum’s forthcoming exhibition entitled Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints from 1910-1960. The show, supported by the Mexico Tourist Board and The Monument Trust, will be the first European show to examine Mexican printmaking in the twentieth century. The exhibition continues the BM’s tradition of outstanding displays which includes Babylon Myth and Reality, Gardens and Cosmos – Royal Paintings of Jodhpur and Terracotta Army.

Mexico’s first revolution took place between 1910 and 1920. The left-wing government that came to power favoured art as a means of promoting the aims of the revolution. The walls of public buildings were covered with huge murals, many by Diego Rivera, and workshops were set up to produce prints for mass consumption.

‘Los Tres Grandes’

Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros were known as ‘los tres grandes’. The trio produced some of Mexico’s finest revolutionary art and helped established the Mexican Mural Renaissance.

  • Diego Rivera – Rivera was one of Mexico’s most famous artists active during the first half of the 20th Century. Following his move to Europe in 1907 he embraced cubism but only created fourteen prints. Most of these were published by the Weyhe Gallery in New York. In 1921 Diego returned to Mexico where he painted several monumental outdoor murals for the new socialist government’s public buildings and between 1930 and 1933 he decorated the walls of the California Stock Exchange and Detroit Institute of Arts.
  • José Clemente Orozco – The exhibition will also feature posters by José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), a painter who initially trained as an architect. Orozco, who also painted large murals, favoured scenes of human suffering or machinery. Orozco’s murals appeared in Mexico City, Guadalajara, as well as Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire).
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros – The third member of the trio, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), is regarded as one of Mexico’s finest muralists. Siqueiros fought in the Mexican Revolutionary army and his work reflects the violence of the time.

Highlights of the Exhibition

Highlights of the Exhibition

The best-known lithograph from this period is Diego Rivera’s Emiliano Zapata and his Horse. The museum’s copy is one of a limited edition of 100. It was purchased, with an Art Fund grant of £25,061, from the publisher’s granddaughter and is in almost perfect condition, having never been framed. The print depicts the guerrilla leader Emiliano Zapata surrounded by peasant fighters.

Also on display will be Rivera’s Portrait of Frida Kahlo (to whom he was married), Siqueiros’ Dama Negra, and Orozco’s The Masses.

The exhibition will include prints, woodcut designs, lithographs and illustrated books by many other Mexican artists as well as earlier works, from before the turn of the century, by printmakers such as José Guadalupe Posada, whose dancing skeletons continue to enthral the public, look at more info.

The Art Fund the Aldama Foundation

The Aldama Foundation is a charitable organisation set up by two keen collectors. The Foundation has collected a wide range of illustrated books, prints and posters.

The Art Fund, an independent charity funded by public donations, is committed to saving art. The posters were presented by the Aldama Foundation via The Art Fund to the British Museum to guarantee their unity as a collection.

Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints from 1910 – 1960

The exhibition will be open from 22nd October 2009 to 5th April 2010. During 2010/11 the show will tour three additional UK venues, details to be announced. The British Museum will be publishing a fully illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

How Security alarm Cameras Systems tend to be Significant

How Security alarm Cameras Systems tend to be Significant

Securing a home is becoming important nowadays following more and more vandalisms everywhere. You might not be completely safe even when you’re at the house. Security cameras techniques provide with excellent utilities in securing one’s satisfaction. People have started while using home security systems because of this mainly. These home monitoring systems perform a few inevitable functions to supply safety to the household members. Basic functions a house security camera performs would be to offer video as well as audio evidences when the incidents, which happened inside a particular time. The advanced systems could be monitored from distance too.

You should know the primary benefits of the house surveillance systems before purchasing the same. Thanks towards the advancing technology, video security cameras are available along with newest features as well as facilities. Security cameras are actually independent of undesirable light conditions, heavy traffic movement inside the covered zone. You could have visual proofs associated with movements and activities on the given time. Apart from these function, close circuit digital cameras also serve another important functions. Let’s explore the features.

Security alarm Cameras

The primary advantage of having a security camera in your own home is making criminals hesitated in invading the house and targets your home. There have already been several events once the security cameras assisted to catch robbers by exposing their own identities. For those who have kids at house, security camera is actually of much make use of. You can keep track of from distance whether your children are safe as well as being taken treatment properly. A governess must always remain alert understanding that the masters path her activities.

The new e-mail alert facility developed in a few of the advanced security camera systems are actually advantageous for the actual users. You is going to be alerted of any kind of unwanted exposure occurred towards the secured object. Many users would rather opt for video security cameras with these facilities when they would like to protect any specific property, people, or home within their absence. No matter what lengths you are, you are able to always be be assured of the guaranteed objects or individuals. With help from the surveillance systems, you could have a check on a single as and whenever required.

Cameras Systems

Some from the new types of video security cameras are quite small fit. One cannot see them out easily unless of course they know their own actual positions. These types of cameras record reside movements and actions without letting understand anyone. If you’re doubtful of frequent theft in your own home, these hidden cameras would be the best options.

While discussing the merits from the Security Cameras Techniques, some comment these systems are simply other paper tigers. They’re like mute prevention to any unjust event, but can’t actually prevent any kind of mishap actively. It’s not completely untrue. Nevertheless, the knowledge itself how the cameras are installed may also be enough to help to make miscreants warned. However, the Security Camera Systems will also be adequately efficient with regard to recording any occasion or activity. Mentionened above previously above too, the cameras carried out well in subjecting the identity of criminals at times.

How to Save Money on Dog Food

How to Save Money on Dog Food

Without Sacrificing Quality

Dog food can quickly eat up a large chunk of your weekly budget. This is especially true if you’re feeding your dog healthy products. Many people feel this is just part of life and the only alternative is to buy lesser quality products. That isn’t so. Personally, I feed my pet Iams and Cesar. Still, I’m able to save money. In this article, I’ll teach you several tips on how to save money on dog food, while still keeping your pet healthy.

Without Sacrificing Quality

The first step you need to follow to save money on dog food is to simply compare prices. This step will come in very handy in the future. While shopping at different stores in your area, check over here what the price is on the dog food you normally buy. This step alone can save money. For example, Walmart is going to offer less expensive products than your grocery store. Even discount retail stores, like Dollar General, are now carrying higher quality brands of dog food. It really does pay to shop around if you want to save money.

The next step you need to follow to save money on dog food is to buy the Sunday paper. I usually find more dog food coupons than anything else in my Sunday paper. I have often found coupons for free dog food. Coupons are a wonderful way to save money on dog food. Each week there are coupons that range from $1.00 to $2.50 off bags of dry dog food. There are also great coupons for wet dog food as well. Combining this step with the first step can save you a lot of money.

The third step you need to follow is to keep an eye open for sales. Many grocery stores will often have name brand dog food on sale for great prices. If you combine coupons with these deals, you’ll save even more money.

Last, but not least, if you want to save money on dog food, you must stock up when you find a great deal. Dog food has an amazing shelf life. Many dry brands will last a couple years past the date you buy it.

If you follow these easy tips, you’ll never have to buy dog food at regular price. Not only will you save money, but you’ll never have to sacrifice the quality of your pet’s food. Remember to keep your eyes open. You never know when a great sale or coupon will come your way.

Wheelcare Scooters

Wheelcare Scooters

There comes a point when a person’s mobility will be limited and this can be caused by a number of reasons. The restrictions in mobility may not be the thing that a person may want to happen in life, but there are some things that cannot be changed. Events like this that can happen to one person should be accepted and should not be used as a source of self-pity. Pro-active approaches must be done in order to address this issue as soon as possible.

One good step in addressing this issue is by keeping a positive perspective on things and by undergoing therapy. Therapies are helpful as these procedures can slowly yet surely help the patient get back to the normal life that he is accustomed to.Therapy that can be applied on a person with disability may produce positive results after only after some time, and immediate improvement on the mobility of the person may not be seen. But if a person who has mobility problems may want to continue on enjoying his life and his work, then the use of mobility scooters like Wheelcare scooters should be planned. The Wheelcare scooters that are available in the market now are perfect examples of mobility scooters that can help persons with mobility problems move and go on with their usual life.

Mobility Scooters

Scooters like the ones offered by Wheelcare may look like the wheelchairs, but it should be remembered that these scooters are different from wheelchairs. To put the description of these equipments in proper perspective; the mobility scooters looks like fused wheelchairs and motorscooters, click here for more info. The Wheelcare scooters that can be used by persons with mobility problems may come in many models; these include the Breeze models, the Sportster models, the Caddy, the Superlight and the Porter Transporter model. The Breeze series starts with the Breeze 3; a mobility scooter that made use of the award-winning design by Mobius. The Breeze 3 fuses all the important features that every person will look in a mobility scooter. Things that are fused in the Breeze are superior comfort, ease of use and the presence of the most advanced safety system.

Scooters

The Breeze 3 that is part of the Wheelcare scooters line-up also featured an innovative and futuristic design that takes into consideration the convenience of the user. Another popular model of the mobility scooters offered by Wheelcare is the Sportster series. This series of scooters from the company are suggested for use when travelling on sidewalks and on the side of the road and along pathways. The Sport Personal scooter of the brand is also known for its safety and its simplicity of operation. The scooter can carry up to 100 lbs of load, so the user has nothing to worry. The Caddy, the Superlight and the Porter Transporter are the other reliable offerings of the company. The Wheelcare scooters are perfect for people who have mobility problems; as these transport aids are all designed to be easy to use, comfortable and transportable as well.

Antique and Vintage Apparel Research and Study for Collectors

Antique and Vintage Apparel Research and Study for Collectors

For the collector of antique and vintage apparel, most of what she learns comes with time and experience. But she still had to do a certain amount of research for appraisal and study. Collectors who aren’t formally schooled in fashion history teach themselves and learn more as they build their collections.

The internet has brought a wealth of information to vintage clothing lovers and it’s brought many collectors and sellers out of their wardrobes and into the vintage apparel milieu, making names for themselves online and in brick and mortar businesses. They’ve gained expert knowledge and a strong ability to date and appraise a well-made Victorian bodice or a 1930s bias-cut evening dress. A love for the clothing always makes the research an enjoyable learning experience.

Research Using Antique Periodicals for Women

Research Using Antique Periodicals for Women

Antique periodicals like Godey’s Lady’s Book, which was an American monthly magazine popular in the 19th century, or Ladies Home Journal first published in 1883, are very good research resources for collectors of vintage apparel.. They are filled with articles related to the fashion of the period illustrated with advertising from corsets to hair products and stockings. They also included a number of patterns for the seamstress to enlarge and redraft. Later issues were filled with fashion plates to inspire the reader.

Antique woman’s magazines can be found in all the usual places like flea markets, thrift shops, yard sales, antique shows, second hand book shops, antique malls, live auctions, and via online venues. Some can be found online for less than $10. A collection of antique periodicals alone is one worth pursuing for collectors with interests in fashion history.

Books and Written Materials on Vintage Clothing

There are numerous research books and price guides on the market on vintage apparel for collectors to peruse. A good basic guide like History of Costume, by Karl Kohler, or Vintage Clothing 1880-1960: Identification and Value Guide, by Maryanne Dolan, are both good general guides for a beginning collector and presently in print.

For further research, the University of Texas at Tyler offers a huge online bibliography compiled by Vicki Betts titled Books, Articles, and Dissertations on Clothing,1840-1865, which could be very useful for collectors who are researching early Victorian apparel and American Civil War era clothing.

Costume Museums

Costume museums are a great source of knowledge for the antique and vintage apparel collector. The collections on display in most costume museums are ever-changing due the textiles’ sensitivity to light and impurities in the air. Regular visits often show something new. And in most cases, a paid museum membership allows access to the museums’ library and archives for further research.

  • Columbia College in Chicago has the Women’s Costume Museum with items illustrated online. Most vintage apparel in the collection dates post Second World War.
  • The American Textile History Museum has recently added historical and vintage apparel to their collections. ATHM is in Lowel, Massachusetts, a state where there are many vintage clothing shops, and antique markets to peruse.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Costume Institute, in New York City has thousands of pieces in their collection and visitors can also research their data base in the museum or online at home. The Met has now added the collection from the Brooklyn Museum.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a world-renowned collection of historic costume. The costume gallery will be closed from November 2010 to the spring, 2012 as the museum is undergoing renovations, but the collection can be viewed online and researchers can make appointments with the Textile and Fashion Department to research further.
  • The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada has become world-famous with over 12,000 artifacts in ever-changing displays. Be awed by the 17th century mules or the 20th century designer shoes.

More Resources for Vintage Apparel Research

More Resources for Vintage Apparel Research

Visits to vintage clothing shows, shops that deal primarily in vintage apparel, as well as antique malls can be very enlightening. In these places, the collector can ask questions of the dealer and study the clothing by touch.

Search engine results will bring up hundreds of pages for sellers of vintage clothing. Most sites have a catalog that lists the item with an illustration, describes it and prices it. Online shops are a good source of information.

  1. Old photos and art from earlier periods assist greatly in dating vintage apparel. Roger Vaughan’s Picture Library will show collectors of fashion how to date the the clothing while dating the photos.
  2. Learn to identify textiles to discern silk from acetate, or wool from polyester. Visits to Fabric shops might help.
  3. Look for old Sears or other merchant catalogs. The earliest ones are expensive, but many have been reprinted. They are an excellent reference guide for everything from pantaloons to collars.
  4. Collectors should keep files and document every piece added to their collections. It serves it’s purpose in further research. Try to find provenance for each piece by asking questions of the sellers and digging further.
  5. Watch old films, like the Fred and Ginger musicals and just about anything featuring Katherine Hepburn. These offer great ’30s and ’40s fashion education.
  6. Collect vintage sewing books to learn construction methods and the language of vintage apparel.
  7. Collect vintage apparel from a niche era like the 1930s, for example, and specialize in it rather than try to learn it all at once.
  8. Add vintage sewing patterns to the collection to assist in dating apparel and leaning construction methods. They often suggest what materials were used to create the pieces.
  9. Search for clothing label patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s a huge site and researches will have to do a bit of digging, but it’s possible to find the label the collector is researching and be able to date the American garment. Other countries will have similar offices.

Why Collectors Love Vintage Apparel

There are many reasons why collectors love antique and vintage apparel. What people wore in the past is part of history. Earlier fabrics feel warm to the touch, but that warmth is more emotional than physical. The lace, still smelling of violets and lavender, was made finer in the past and reminds us of our grandmothers. The darned button holes on a wool coat tell the story of someone who wore it often and loved it. The Edwardian white tea gown shows visual signs of the hem being lengthened and lengthened again – evidence it was worn by a young girl growing into womanhood. Collectors appreciate that history and honor it with the same care and attention the original owners paid to the clothing.

How to Handle Stress Caused by Change

Change Management – How to Handle Stress Caused by Change

Nothing stays the same forever though sometimes it’s hard to admit this. If things are going well and something comes along to disturb our well-ordered lifestyles, naturally there may be some reluctance to accept these changes.

But it’s no use steadfastly clinging to the illusion that you can keep things as they were. When the time comes to move on and when life’s set to take another turn, there’s often nothing much you can do about it but bend with the wind.

Different Attitudes to Change

Different Attitudes to Change

Some people find it harder than others to accept changes. There are some who lead such restless, varied lifestyles that they don’t think twice about jumping at the next exciting opportunity that comes their way.

But others are more cautious and some actually like routine. Often a stable, ordered kind of lifestyle provides security and if this is under threat, then this type of person might feel as if their whole world is being torn apart.

If you’re nervous about changes to come, others may accuse you of panicking over nothing but you can’t help feeling the way that you do. What’s important now is that you try to change your outlook so that you can better accept what has to be.

Life Change: Stress caused by Change

If the changes that are occurring now seem as if they might change your life forever, you are justified in feeling nervous. But how can you make it easier for yourself?

First of all, you mustn’t look too far into the future. The other thing you shouldn’t do, is think of all the negative things that change might bring. Already you may be missing the things that have become so usual and familiar to you. But in their places, better things might come. Improvements can only be made through altering, modifying and revising what has been before. Remember that often, some changes are for the better.

How Change can be Accepted

How Change can be Accepted

To everything there is a season and the seasons are always changing. Spring turns into Summer, Summer into Autumn, Autumn into Winter and then returns the Spring.

We accept these changes as part of nature.- Just as our lives are subject to constant change. We grow older and more experienced. What caused nightmares when we were young hardly bother us in later years.

Without realising it, you’re changing all the time. It’s only when you bump into old friends you haven’t seen for years that this is brought home to you. – Change is a natural part of life so why should you be afraid of it?

How Change can be looked on Differently

Some questions to ask yourself when approaching change:

  • How are we to grow, if not by changing?
  • How do you mature if there are no experiences to help build your wisdom?
  • Are you to stand forever in the one spot without savouring any of life’s experience or do you embrace change?

If there are choices to be made and you’re being urged to welcome change rather than object to it, then know that this is an important stage of your life. Know that it is through tasting all the wonderful things that life has to offer – happiness, sorrow, excitement, uncertainty, joy and wonder – it is through these that we learn and grow.