Zhuang Embroidery Balls
In China’s southwest province of Guangxi, the Zhuang nationality comprises the largest ethnic minority with about 14 million people. I was fortunate to meet types of people from this ancient tribe – men and women and little babies – while touring the region. Wherever I found examples of Zhuang collectibles, the one that struck me as particularly unusual was the embroidered ball.
Symbols and Flags of Earth Day
To paraphrase a famous Clinton-era campaign slogan, “It’s the Environment, Stupid.”
That could have been the basis for Earth Day as conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1969. Originally created as a teach-in about environmental problems facing Earth, it grew into the basis for the worldwide environmental movement.
How to Find Information on Flags
I discovered that flags were an educational hobby in early 1980. Realizing that the study of flags was called vexillology and that I was a vexillologist was a personal breakthrough. Many aspects of my interest in flags, such as heraldry, art, history, culture, language, sociology, color and design, are encompassed within this discipline.
William Leigh – Confederate Buttons
A Tussie Mussie
It’s called a Tussie Mussie, a Posey Holder, Nose Gay, or a Porte-Bouque. The names are different, but they are the same thing – a small, cone-shaped flower holder that holds a very small bouquet.
Soiling of Old Glory
The Soiling of Old Glory
If you can’t use the American flag as a weapon, then what’s freedom of speech all about, anyway?
That could very well be the way some interpret the actions of the flag-wielding young man in the above photo. In reality, most everyone was horrified by the image.
Collectible Handbags and Purses
Nowadays, you might see a man with a purse or handbag, but in yesteryear, it was the genteel women who carried these small purses. And […]
How to Care for Old Flags
HOW TO CARE FOR OLD FLAGS
Flags manufactured before the age of synthetics were generally made whole or in part from wool, cotton and linen, all natural fibers.
Vice President Cufflinks Misrepresented
Recently on Ebay I noticed an unusual change to the official seal of the vice president, 50 gold stars surrounding the central eagle on a white background. Everything was correct except for the 50 gold stars.
The Seal and Flag of the Vice President of the United States
Much has been written about the seal of the president of the United States. It is a more powerful, more visible office, of course, but in many ways the influence of the vice president can be just as significant. Yet, recognizing the symbols of the office isn’t that high on a collector’s radar.