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Nemadji Pottery: A History Lesson

Learn the fascinating story (and canny marketing) behind the gorgeously swirled colors of these collectible pieces.

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History Lesson: The Aluminum Christmas Tree

These kitschy relics of mid-century cheer may have earned Charlie Brown’s disdain, but they are making a comeback with collectors.

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History Lesson: French Beaded Flowers

Stunning blooms crafted from glass beads and wire were popular in eras when fresh flowers were a scarce and seasonal luxury.

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History Lesson: Bjørn Wiinblad

A Danish designer rode a post-war design boom to enduring fame as a creator of strikingly whimsical ceramics.

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History Lesson: The Art of Pyrography

Transforming wooden objects with burned designs has been a popular craft for hundreds of years.

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History Lesson: Stirrup Cups

These hunting-themed drinking vessels experienced a popularity boom in the 18th and 19th centuries, but their heritage goes back to Roman times.

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History Lesson: Stanhope Viewers

There’s more than meets the eye to these appealing trinkets — they double as viewers for microscopic photographs showing famous scenes and sights.

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History Lesson: Libby Prison Bloodhound Hooked Rug

This striking rug marks a juncture between the rise of an uniquely American handcraft and a cultural interest in commemoration.

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