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Nothing quenches your thirst in the summer like a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Electric and manual juicers make it easy to squeeze juice faster, and frozen juice concentrate makes providing juice to a busy family in today's society an easier task. But, if you take a look at the June display at the Amherst Town Library, your eyes will be opened to a different world of juicers.
Reamers, also known to many as orange juice squeezers or juicers, are one of the fastest growing collectibles in America today. Reamers were invented over 200 years ago out of necessity when it was discovered that citrus provided a cure for diseases like scurvy. The first reamers were all produced in Europe. Major china companies such as Bayreuth, Miessen, Royal Rudolstadt and Limoges produced reamers for some of the finer tables in Europe.
Reamers come in all type of materials -- woods, glass, metal ceramic, pottery, and most recently, plastic. Shapes vary from round, square, oblong, triangular to figurals, such as clowns, animals and people. There are one piece, two piece and three piece reamers. They come plain, fancy, engraved, embossed, frosted, hand-painted and trimmed in gold and silver. There are advertising reamers, souvenir reamers and regular utility pieces. The number of once available reamers ranges to the thousands.
The reamers in the display will give you a sampling of the various categories of reamers. The accompanying brochure, “What the Heck Is A Reamer?”, will explain the categories and provide a bit more on the history of reamers. They come from the collection of Mary Marsh, an Amherst resident and a past President of the National Reamer Collectors Association (NRCA). The NRCA is an international organization that provides its members with educational information on the collecting, buying and selling of reamers. For more information, visit their website at www.reamers.org
MID-AUGUST THROUGH SEPTEMBER
“ Every animal starts life as an egg, but only birds have evolved to enclose their eggs in a hard shell, to stock it with massive amounts of nutrients, and guard, incubate, and cradle it in a nest. Nests and eggs vary endlessly, and the innovations in their structure are a feast for the eyes and imagination.”
The egg and nest display belongs to Marti Warren. The eggs were presented to her at the age of ten. They were collected by a great uncle, in the early 1900’s when collecting eggs was a sport and legal! It is not legal to collect or bother bird eggs or nests now. There are laws in every state to protect birds. She has applied to the government for a permit to keep the collection. Over the past years she has taken it to schools and groups to see and lean about birds, and their eggs and nests.
The Friends of the Amherst Town Library were awarded the "Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding support by a FOL Group" by the NH Library Trustee Association in 2009.
A collection of insects from French Guiana (Devil’s Island), South America belonging to Brooke and Conor Murphy. The insects were acquired by their father on trips to French Guiana.
Whose woods these are I think I know.
My little horse must think it queer
woods are lovely, dark and deep.
The United States entered World War I (then known as The Great War) by declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917 and joining the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France and Italy. Forty four Amherst citizens served America in this war, while 17 served more than a year and 14 fought in combat in France. Two died in uniform, Pvt. Paul G. Blandin USMC was killed in action in France during the July 1918 Offensive. Percy N. Davis of the Regular Army died of pneumonia in Texas and was buried with military honors. Two soldiers from Amherst, Guy Kidder and Elmer Hodgman were honored and awarded the Coix de Guerre medal by the French government. At home citizens were asked to join the National effort to conserve food, fuel and all kinds of materials so that we might supply not only our wartime industry and fighting men, but also those of our allies. After much sacrifice, and millions of deaths this “Great War” ended on November 11th 1918 with an Armistice. Regretfully this terrible war was followed just over twenty years later by another world war, which came to be known as World War II.
This display was coordinated by Colonel Charles J. Pyle USMC (Ret) of Amherst. The military items from WW I were on loaned from Paul Levasseur, a collector and historical re-enactor.
When I was a litte girl I thought piggies were cute, perhaps because my mother did. I do not remember when I first started collecting, not do I remember which was my first- I just realized one day that I was collecting pigs. My goal was to do so without spending much money, so few in my collection are of real value, except to me! And they became a common gift for travel, birthdays and at Christmas time.
Liz Overholt, Amherst
Some are wood, semi-precious stone, porcelain, rubber, plastic, glass ceramic, fur, or unknown
Grandmothers seem to be the instigators of coin collecting. My start was no different. My grandmother would send or deliver a coin or two every year when I was very young. It would be a stretch to classify me as anything but a part time, amateur collector. However, I do find it fun and revisit the collection from time to time.
While no one coin here is particularly valuable, they are a great way to learn more about the history of our country.
Most collectors narrow their interest to a subset of coins. My daughter and I have focused on WWII silver nickels. There are 11 coins which comprise the set. Over the years we have gradually upgraded each of the 11 coins. My goal is to continue to upgrade them to better and better examples. We have a long way to go, but the chase is part of the fun.
Tom Levesque, an Amherst resident and proprietor of Gate City Coin in Nashua, has graciously contributed many of the coins displayed. He also contributed the “notes” that are in the front right side of the case.
Notice that the number of coins in the proof and uncirculated sets from 1979 to 2008 has increased significantly. The 2000 proof and uncirculated sets display the NH quarter.
I have created
a facebook page for coin collectors in the area. The page is “New Hampshire coin collectors” and
is a work in progress. If you have contributions that would be
to other collectors please feel free to add them onto the facebook
Costume jewelry came into being in the 1930s as a cheap, disposable accessory meant to be worn with a specific outfit, but not meant to be handed sown through generations.
Costume jewelry also existed prior to the 1930s. Paste or glass jewelry dated as far back as the 1700s. The rich had their fine jewelry duplicated for a variety of reasons, using paste or glass stones.
By the mid 1800s, with the growth of the middle class, there were now different levels of jewelry being manufactured using fine, semi-precious and base materials. Fine jewelry of gold, diamonds, fine gems such as emeralds and sapphires continued to be made.
Jewelry from rolled gold, which is a thin layer of gold attached to a base metal, entered the market for the middle class. This jewelry was often set with semi-precious gems such as amethyst, coral or pearls, and was much more affordable.
And there was jewelry that most anyone could afford, consisting of glass stones and base metals made to look like gold. All three types were intended to be passed down to future generations.
There are usually clues that can help one identify what era a piece of jewelry is from- style, material, and the type of piece. For example, dress clips came in during the 1930s and were out of style by the 1950s.
Jewelry reflects styles, designs, colors and stones of an era. For example, from 1910 to 1930 silver was the favorite color for metal, so jewelry was found in platinum, white gold, silver, or a base metal color to look like silver. By World War II, gold was popular again but in short supply, since it was vital to the war effort. The gold that was available was made into very thin sheets and usually bonded to silver (called vermeil) before being turned into jewelry.
By the mid 1930s rhinestone’s popularity was ever increasing in Europe. It was not available to the Americans until the 1940s.
Costume jewelry styles of past years are now become very fashionable, and many are being reproduced. Even among costume jewelry there is a difference in quality. Many of the new pieces do not have the vibrancy in the stones or the weight of the older pieces.
No longer is costume jewelry simply “collectible.” It is “in style,” and “fashionable,” and a terrific conversation starter.
Many similar pieces are available at local antique stores such as Mayfair Antiques and Salzburg Square.
Dickens Christmas Carol, Peter Pauper Press, w/ dust jacket & bookmark
Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore, pop-up engineered by Robert Sabuda, signed 1st edition, 2002
Night Before Christmas, by Clement Moore, illustrated by Tasha Tudor 1999, 1st edition
Visions of St. Nick in Action, panorama, 1950, illustrated by E. A. Bradford
Tasha Tudor A Book of Christmas, pop-up, 1978, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, 1st edition
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Maraja, circa 1952, 16 color plates
collection of "old people" that was started 25 years ago
by an Amherst resident. The pieces were acquired from yard sales,
pricey gift shops, antique shops, auctions and the transfer station.
lamps are the original night lights. These little candle lamps were
popular in the Victorian era for illuminating nurseries, hallways
and sick rooms. Their popularity grew in the 19th century as the
mass production of glass and candles made both commodities affordable
and attainable by common folk.
What implements of our daily life will remain intact thousands of years