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Strawbridge and Clothier’s Game of Consumerism

The youth demographic—the golden ticket in marketing. Every retailer looks to target this market to ensure future business success. It’s never more apparent than during the holidays when shopping and consumerism crescendo to an all-time high. Before social media, online … Continue reading

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A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

The coconut:  it conjures up images of summer luaus and tropical sands, or perhaps it brings to mind the zany sound effects from a certain Monty Python production. There is another intriguing way to envision a lovely bunch of coconuts: … Continue reading

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Tasting Pennsylvania German History

Emmy Award-winning City Tavern chef and host of PBS’s A Taste of History Walter Staib, takes you to Germany, where his cooking roots began, in this video blog. Don’t miss him at Winterthur on Saturday, November 14, at 1 pm, … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Sword: A Celebration of Patriotism and Valor

On this Veterans Day, it seems fitting to highlight a new addition to our Metalwork Gallery that celebrates bravery, valor, and patriotism. A quick glance will tell you that this sword was not one intended for battle, but its grandeur … Continue reading

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A Debt to Inspiration: On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Jayne Design Studio

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as honorary chair and deliver the keynote lecture at the 2015 Delaware Antiques Show, benefiting one of this country’s most important  cultural institutions. It is especially gratifying to me, a graduate … Continue reading

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Playing with Fire

“Fire engines gave us the same thrill that children have felt in all times at the sight of running horses accompanied by the clanging of bells.” –Samuel Canby Rumford  Samuel Canby Rumford grew up in a house on the corner … Continue reading

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Point-to-Point’s Historic Landscape Part of Preservation Project at Winterthur

Every spring, on the first weekend of May, the fields of Winterthur along Kennett Pike are brought to life as people gather for the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase. The Point-to-Point fields on the Winterthur estate comprise rolling hills that tuck into … Continue reading

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From All Points of the Compass: Ceramics Travel the World

This year’s Ceramics Conference at Winterthur, April 23–24, focuses on ceramics that were marketed internationally—from China to the United States to Mexico and beyond. Four ceramic figures from the Winterthur collection—the Four Quarters of the Globe, made by the Derby … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Archibald Hamilton Rowan: Textile Manufacturer on the Banks of the Brandywine

In the summer of 1795, exiled Irishman Archibald Hamilton Rowan arrived in Philadelphia, his journey to America quite an extraordinary one. Born in 1751 into an Irish family of privilege, he was raised by his wealthy English grandfather and educated … Continue reading

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New York Furniture and Its Diverse Beginnings

Settled by the Dutch and claimed by the English, New York, from the start, was “a Babel of peoples—Norwegians, Germans, Italians, Jews, Africans . . . Walloons, Bohemians, Munsees, Montauks, Mohawks, and many others,” writes author Russell Shorto. This early … Continue reading

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