Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The orgins of the flag?

 I bet many people think  Betsy Ross was the original maker of the flag according to history the only proof we have are  her grandson's word and a daughter and niece of Betsy. Their are no receipts no flags are anything to show she really did this.

 Some important points are the time period are off from the Rosses memories 2  artists that were in Washington's army Colonel John Trumbull and Captain Charles Wilson Pearle show the flag in paintings two years before the Rosses date .

 A gentle man from New Jersey a Samuel Francis Hopkins Wetherill said he made the first flag and hade receipts from 1780 . He was also a signer of the declaration of Independence.

Betsy's grandson gave a speech in March  to a historical society about Betsy's involvement.  Betsy did mention this to a Quaker friend in the early 1800's and even gave him the pattern for the star.

 Yes friends this star is real and does prove the idea that Betsy made the flag . The history of this paper pattern does go all the way back to a friend of Betsy's and was locked in a safe over a century. It was found in 1922 by Abel P. Wetherill and relative of her friend.  A pistol was found and a paper pattern of the star.

 Samuel Wetherill was a member of the free fighting Quaker group along with Betsy and her husband.  The Quaker house had the paper star on display for many years till it was stolen out of a not locked box in 2004.

Our flag making gal had more than one husband and had seen a lot of heart-ache Her first husband was killed . John Ross who she started a upholstery business with was killed in a gun powder explosion in 1752.   He was outside the Quaker religion and they married at a tavern across the river in a Town now called Gloucester city.

 The historical society still has the fireplace mantel that was in the tavern.. More about the tavern another time.... Her next husband was Joseph Ashburn a sailor who died in England after being captured in a ship by the British.

 If you were British and living in the new world and fought again the British and they catch you they were put you in prison.

 Her last husband came and told her what happened Joseph and they were married.  He lived with her for over 34 years and died in 1817.

 She also had 5 daughters and two were lost in childhood. Betsy passed in the 1830's she was in her 80's she certainly lived a full life. I have noticed with history not everything is cut and dry  makes me wonder how many pieces of history was lost with time.

 Coming up.. artists of the day ,the story behind the star pattern and Betsy's grand-son ....

 Have a great day friends, Nora follow us on goggle+  LIKE OUR BLOG please feel free to tell us what you want to see more of.

Monday, June 26, 2017

What do the colors of the flag mean?

Today I thought I would talk about the meaning of the colors of the flag. This is the colonial flag from 1777.  When it was first made the colors had know meaning after the construction of the American seal then the colors gained meaning.

 They are as follows, Red- Valor Bravery, White - Purity and innocence, Blue -vigilance, perseverance and justice.

 Many vintage and antique collectable are not just flags everything from jewelry ,clothes and dishes  are in some form or color value of our fourth of colors. Below are some examples...

 Just a taste of items that are red white and blue.  Have a great day follow us on goggle + and like our blog.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Night was falling outside the little radio station somewhere in the Arizona desert.  Andy Green late night radio host was on the air where people can call in and talk about anything.  Tonight he decided to ask his listeners' about their UFO sightings.  It was Arizona and the desert so he wondered if anybody in this state had any experiences.

 Everybody has heard of  Roswell New Mexico but Arizona has had their share of sightings  just a few years ago thousands saw UFO'S over several nights even the governor. So the topic was a good one.

 Before he started the program he took a walk outside and looked up at the night's sky he could see the stars showing up in the  sky.  Out of the corner of his eye he thought he saw something strange .  What was the bright light that seemed to get larger in the night's sky.. "Probably a plane , " he thought.

  The little radio station was a lonely place his partner was going to be late and Andy knew he had to start the program out at the controls too and grumbled to his self I do not get paid enough. 'Good evening folks this is the Andy Green show and tonight we want to talk about Your UFO sightings give us a call".

The phone lines started to flash and he figured this will be a hot topic tonight . 'Hello you are the Andy Green show , No one  was on the other end  next call same thing  and another and another. Andy thought what the heck is going on here .Soon the phones stopped flashing and Andy decided to put some music on.

Andy felt a sense of loneliness as he went outside he really was all alone out here the lights of the town can be seen from his station but it seemed a million miles away.  When you are alone from all the modern elements of life even though they are 2 miles away you get to thinking about life ..

 He decided to go in and see if he had any calls the phones were lite up again and he decided to take the first call just to talk with someone.  " Hi Andy ," it's me. It was Andy's wife on the other end she had been worried that he had put music on and the phones lines have not been working.

 Well that explains no one on the other end of the earlier calls and just as he hung up with is wife his partner came in . He told him what happened and they had traced the problem to a crossed wire.

   Hope you enjoyed this little story  yes I watch too many UFO shows.. c follow us on goggle plus .. have a great day noreen

Saturday, June 24, 2017


 New items in the stores... Pillows, cards and re-useable bags .. Lots of great stuff and sales.

 Enjoy the day folks hope goggle works ok now ,, Nora

Pine cat -I was a hero this morning..

 Hi , friends

 Human is still having trouble with her blogger page.  I was a hero this morning.. I was up at 5;30 practicing by singing so humans get up. Well she got up to feed me I guess and then weird noises came over the phone. We were having  a tornedo alert which is odd for New Jersey.. We were ok of course sometimes the weather people get crazy over nothing..

 Humans got dressed and even got my cat carrier out.  We live in a mobile home so we were probably going to have to leave if the storm got worse.

 But now the sun is out and the skies are blue .. Have a great day , Love pine cat..

Friday, June 23, 2017

 Some new designs coming to the stores soon. I have no idea why my posts page is not loading I had to write another post that I have already done . Enjoy the art .. stay dry .. we will have left over storms from the hurricane.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

we will be back on Friday.. Human has some work to do...

 Sorry friends , we will be back on Friday have some work I have to do to websites..

   Have a great day, Nora

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 This is another jewel of history deep in the pines  we have traveled once again to the small town of Pleasant mills. If you read the blog yesterday we talked about the  mill that was right across the way from this home that was built in the 1700's.

It has a few myths and legends associated with the house now it is a beautiful remodeled home.  Privately own they have done a great job keeping up the house.  A book was  written about the house and the owner and the myth that is pine barrens folk lore.

 This book was written in 1855 by a gentleman who was from Philadelphia I have noticed in my many articles south jersey had many ties to Philadelphia in the early days not so much now. Philadelphia was a big place and they would try and beat the heat of the city and come here.

The story of the house that Elijah Clark   built the mill owned the home he started the mill mill and wanted to live near by . Through out the years and many re-models and a fire it doesn't look like the above picture but has survived.

 The myth behind the Kate Aylesford  book is that the real lady that was kidnaped was  a daughter in the Read family owner of Batsto.  I was a bit confused about who own this home but The Clark family does seem to disappear from the records around the time of Batsto so I am wondering if the Read family bought the home and the mill from them.

 The legend of Joe Mulliner is a tall one he loved the English and the neighbors  in the area wanted their independence and were looking to jail him for his thoughts. He was born in 1740 well educated and from a good family. According to history he loved to party and was overly friendly I take this to mean he loved the ladies.
He was a kind of a robin hood, rob the rich and give to the poor type. One night the daughter of the Read family gave a party and he kidnapped her.  He did hide out  on a island called the forks with 40 men so basically he had a gang.

 He was hiding about a half a mile from his home and did have a wife she was home working their farm. .

 This man was found and hung and his body was said to be brought home to his wife . I have seen the grave site myself . He was buried on his farm and in the 30's he received a headstone that had more than J.M.

 Thursday , yard sale at the house and how I got hold of a few paintings from the Brandywine school
 cheap.... have a great day , Nora

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pleasant mills New Jersey A small town's special links to history

Deep in the Pines where sleepy history awaits the keen observer there is a sleep beauty of historical worth waiting for that special non-profit to make it come alive again.  This place was built in 1822 by the partnership of Benjamin Richards, William Lippincott, Edward York, Benjamin Sooy. The place started out as a saw mill and then a cotton mill and in 1853 there was a fire and the mill was repaired and became a paper Mill.

 I have been inside the place yes I actually went to a yard sale there  they had some many things in there from the different time periods it was a time capsule  of the many people that came and went in the building.

 Through out time it was bought and sold by many companies and was even a art gallery in the 50's . I was a bit surprised to find out a Mrs. a. Fenno bought the building in 1953 and made a play house out of it . Several plays were performed there from 1953 to 1957 .  A young Tony Perkins was sais to have performed there.

 Finally the building  was left to the town of Hammonton they were not interested in the property because well it wasn't Hammonton it is in Mullica township. It has had many caretakers through out time and was listed on Zillow as of last year.

 It is not in good shape and needs serious work done hopefully a non-profit will come along and save this treasure before it fades into history.


 Hope you enjoyed this walk in time in southern New Jersey and I have more to show you Wednesday what I found at yard sale  in the area..

 have a great day friends, Nora

Monday, June 19, 2017

Coming soon...

 Coming up in the near future on the blog we will finish the whispering pines story..  More art from my  stores . More stories I want to write for your summer reading pleasure.  I am thinking of  having a appraisal day where you  send me pictures of items where I can find out what I can about it and we can chat.

 More pictures of Pine cat ,more historical inspired short articles. Collecting trends so you can know what to buy at the summer yard sales and flea markets..

 Thinking of a series of fun and interesting trips for families to go on.. They is a lot of great places in the world and we should talk about it. ..

And coming in fall I have several art shows scheduled if you are in the New Jersey area.. Please share our page we are adding new friends but would love a lot more . I do appreciate each and every one of you.

And of course their is this guy Benny aka; Pine cat...  little known pine cat facts he is a seal point Himalayan, he likes to talk a lot especially at 5:30 a.m. .. We think it is the Siamese in him... He can open doors, cabinets etc...  he loves the bathroom ( I have no idea why).. He has the worst fine hair that I have ever saw in my life. That is why Persians are shaved.  He loves to ran through the house as fast as his stubby legs can carry him.

 thanks for reading ,Nora , Benny  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Who is left standing in the round barn mystery?

 What we know so far the group that joseph belonged to was picked up for questioning in new York. Josh was closing in on his friend Mike who was out searching the grounds for Sarah. Sarah was hiding in a barn with a old friend .  The art-facts that everyone was hunting for were safe in a safe deposit box  at josh's bank.

The NYPD had quite the time getting the group to talk they were made up of history professors ,scholars, bankers, doctors and even a few lawyers.  They were quite shocked all of them had a lot of education. They could not figure out what was the reason behind all of this till they started digging around into other countries and found similar cases of murder etc. of archeologists  and important finds.

They also found several names of people in the group that were wanted on suspicious activities around said events.   The captain had several cops in the room questioning a lot of the group one on one.

 The captain decided he would take the leader one on one and tell him they better talk or he will start sending them to the other countries that they are wanted in and it will not be pretty.  The guy who had started lecturing Katherine about the bible and magic started talking. He told them they banded together to steal art-facts and sell them to a private collectors. They would only resort to killing when people did not give them what they wanted.

They knew they should not have killed Katherine but religion got the best of them they did not like her views on magic and the 18th dynasty.  They held their religion close and she was trying to prove that  magical figures  were not used in the 18th dynasty. "So you killed on a matter of view point ?", said the captain.

 What did Joseph and even Mike have to do with this ? " Were they your muscle ?"." Yes", he replied. The captain was so angry had all the group put in jail cells separate from each other. It will take along time to sort this out and he was concerned about what was happening in Hancock.

Josh was creeping up on Mike he could not believe he would probably have to harm a long time friend like this . Mike was still running down the dirt roads looking for Sarah lucky for everybody involved the village always keep the buildings locked ..

Josh decided he was going to call out to his friend and try and talk him into giving his self up.  They already knew he killed Joseph they had the proof. "Mike  you need to give yourself up". "I knew you would come Josh  I can't give myself up you know what they do to cops in prison".  " WHY did you do this ?" For money I needed money nothing more". Did you kill my wife"? "No Joseph did that and I killed him for it ".

 "No Mike I do not believe that "."Well I decided to kill him because he was stalking Sarah ". "well if you care about Sarah why threaten her ?"I was not going to kill  her I wanted to sell the art-fact and have her come with me to another country".  "Did she agree to this"?

Now Sarah was listening to this and decided she had to step in she did have feelings for Mike and did not want  him to be killed.  "Mike I am here ",Sarah came out of the barn and started walking toward him. "Please do not hurt Him", Josh. "Sarah get out of there", cried Josh.

As soon as Sarah was in range Mike shoot her in the heart and as Josh ran to her he heard another shoot and Mike was laying on the ground dead.

Josh  was sitting in a New York coffee shop reading the New York times he was back in New York again and on NYPD. He had to come into new York for the group's trails and his old captain offered him his old job back.

 The group's members had be found guilty in the us and many were wanted in other countries so they would not be seeing the light of day any time soon.

 He will always remember the two sisters he tried to protect . Hopefully they are together  again.

 well friends I hope you enjoyed this story,  it could use some work of course but it was fun posting for you all to enjoy may you have a great day, Nora

Friday, June 16, 2017

we will see you sunday for the ending of the round barn murder...

 Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.. My human will back with the ending to the round Barn murder....

 Some pictures of me...... for your enjoyment


                                                           I am looking very furry in the winter...  

                                          Good night all see ya on Sunday, love Pine cat

New items in the stores.. ...

 Hi , Friends

 It's me Pine cat again wanted to tell you about some new items in the stores.  Human is off doing god knows what so I am in-charge today.. Here I am at my last birthday party.. Human celebrates my birthday on 4th of July because I am a rescue kitty and she doesn't know my birthday.... Guess I better do a good job so I get lots of presents..

 Well friends this is just a taste of the things that are happening at my  Pine cat 15 stores ..'

 here is the webpage.. https://www.zazzle.com/mbr/238095697165180992.. for some reason goggle will not let her share her page .. check out our goggle page at the top  to direct link to pine cat 15 stores... .  They are always having sales so  you can get good deals... just think of all the presents I will get if you buy .. love, Pine cat.... I think I am going to take a nap my 5th of the day... Meow..

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 As Josh was trying to find Sarah the NYPD was raiding the monthly meeting of the Egyptian witches society that Joseph  had made Katherine go to. Everyone was arrested and going to be taken in for questioning. They were going to find out once and for all what this group knew and why they were willing to kill.

 Mean while Josh told Pete to stay out of sight and keep a eye out for anyone else .He ask Pete what was the best way to enter the property without being seen. Someone had a lap-top at Sarah's home and he was able to bring up the map of the museum. There was a few fire roads that behind the museum that not to many people knew about.

 This would be a good way to get in with out being seen . Other officers including swat teams would fall behind him and cover him ..

 Mike stood behind Sarah with a gun to her head  as she in-locked the museum store's door. She knew the alarm would go off and bring the police it was her only chance.  As she opened the door the alarm went off shocking Mike that he did not realize Sarah was no longer next to him and took off running.

 Sarah ran past the barn and out of the corner of her eye she thought she saw someone , could it be Pete? Pete silently motioned for her to follow him into the barn." Oh Pete am I glad to see you  ', She whispered. "It's ok Sarah help is on the way", But we  got to stay hidden".

Josh's phone rang again and Pete told him where he and Sarah were in the barn. "Be careful he said he has a gun and is yelling looking for Sarah .. "We are on the property and have him in our sights", replied Josh.

Have a great day and follow us on goggle plus, Nora

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Who is Mike and why is he involved ?

Josh got the report about the break in at the museum  the car license plates had been traced back to a rental company that was very near his friend's mike's apartment in the city. He remembered Mike had told him about the place when they were there if the needed to rent a car.

 He decided to try Mike's cell phone and it went to voice mail. Josh thought that was strange cops always answer their phones. He did decide to call the rental car company himself and see who rented the car.  The owner was very friendly and mentioned that he had a friend in the NYPD  and mentioned Mike he also said he was the one who  rented the car.

The owner was  mad because he went over the miles and when he came back he was in such a hurry   he didn't even paid for the overage.  Josh told him he would tell him when he saw him and hang up quickly. To say he was shocked was a under statement.

 He called his old station and asked for Mike they told him he had a few days off some personal business.  Josh knew he had to find out what was going on and is his old friend involved.

Sarah knew something was wrong when she saw Mike ignore the phone call from Josh. Something was wrong here and she could not figure out what?  Mike started to talk nervously about Josh and the investigation into Katherine's death. He wanted to know if he had a ideas what it was really all about?

 Josh got a call from the captain   , that the bullets found at the scene  were found were from a police revolver .  Josh decided it was time to tell his superior everything he knew about the case and that they needed to check into mike's background right away.

 Mike told Sarah he wanted to check out her work place once again to see if they could find anything  that could have been missed. " Lol Local cops he said don't have much experience with murders".  As they turned into the museum he turned and "said look this is how this is going to go you are going to call Josh and he will come here alone with the ambulant "  and wax figure". "If He doesn't I am going to kill you".

 Josh tried calling Sarah's phone she did not pick up. He was starting to get nervous . Pete was coming around the back of the barn when he saw the car pull up and Mike get out with a gun in his hand and holding it up to Sarah. Pete knew he had to call the police as swoon as possible but did not want to be seen.

Josh picked up the phone at the first ring Pete told him what he saw and Josh called his Captain an they made a plan how to get Pete to give up his hostage.

 Thanks for reading have a great Nora

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Giant advertsing figures from the 50's still can be seen in Southern New Jersey

 New jersey seems to have a love affair with giant advertising figures the Famous Lucy the elephant dates from the late Victorian age and at one time there were two advertising hotels in the shore area.

 We even have one near me in a local town that a man bought a large gorilla from a man who had a amusement park in wildwood. He bought it as a memorial for his son who was a bodybuilder it is quite huge and believe it or not near a gas station and small store. If you are driving on 206 it is a fun thing to take a picture in front of it and buys some snacks at the store. I remember seeing this in front of a amusement park growing up.

 The guy has been around for a while and has been re-painted he looks great and next time I will get better pictures for you.

 This guy is in front of a well-know ice cream shop..  I also remember  a giant lady in front of a tire store among other things. Since I was a kid in the sixties and seventies I am thinking they were left over advertising from the 50's.  Trying  to remember some of the other things that are different advertising from the fifties.

 I did find some other giant figures of advertising but not clear where they are located..

 I did forget to  mention the giant wine bottles that would advertise a local winery near egg harbor city.

 The bottles were in more than one place and through the years they were hand painted and even wrapped with paper advertising.. Interesting ways to advertise and make your products and business  known.

 Hope you enjoy this trip around New Jersey odd advertising ...

 we will be back on Wednesday with more of the round barn murder have a great day, Nora