Christmas Tree Ornaments

Collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments

Collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments and decorations, or anything Christmas, is a real serious passion for many group of people. These Christmas goods collectors take more than just a fancy to the little round objects they call Christmas Tree Ornaments. They look at anything Christmas through different eyes than most people. It’s a passion for many of these people. NO! . . . It’s an obsession.

You the collector have been hunting down and Collecting oldKugels Ornaments Christmas Tree Ornaments all year long and its finally time to show off your fine collection to the “VERLD” I mean world.

It’s Christmas Time in Canada at last Eh!

Hell, Collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments and the likes is an addiction of sorts.

We all know there’s not a proper way of decorating your Christmas tree. There’s no book of rules. As long as you make it pleasurable looking for you and your family, that’s all that counts. Your kids bring home ornaments they have made a school and you hang these personalized drawings on the tree. Christmas cards are strategically placed between the branches along with the lights, tinsel and the beautiful colored hanging decorations that come in every shape and size. This is a special time of year for a lot of folks.

People take this Special Day of the year quite seriously.

The tradition comes alive but sadly only once a year, except, for this one fella on U Tube video . . . .”Christmas is all year long.”

Please watch an excellent U Tube video on collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Did you know that the way we spend Christmas in the modern world,  wasn’t always like that? Some old documentations date decorating Christmas trees back to the 1600’s. But Christmas as we know it today didn’t really become popular until much later on, around the 1800’s. But I’m sure people celebrated Saint Nickolas Day in some form of celebration.

 A LITTLE HISTORY ON CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE

German Santa was called the Belsnickel and Wikipedia.org says Belsnickel means;

German for to wallop or to drub and Nickel being a hypocorism of the given name Nikolaus) is a crotchety, fur-clad Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of the Palatinate region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine, the Saarland, and the Odenwald area of Baden-Württemberg. The figure is also preserved in Pennsylvania Dutch communities in the USA.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Kovels Antiques and Collectable Guide says.       https://www.kovels.com

Christmas collectables include not only Christmas trees and ornaments, but they also include. Santa Claus figures, special dishes,, games, wrapping paper. Belsnickle is a 19th century figure of Father Christmas, made of paper mache

A popular Kugel is an early, heavy ornament made of thick blown glass, lined with zinc or lead and often covered with colored wax. Christmas cards, tin toys are also highly collectable. I was personally  collecting still banks. The Santa Clause cast iron bank were a hard find, but they were my favorite. So Christmas décor comes in many different shapes, sizes and themes.

Something to look for on Kugel tree ornaments.

1840s-1900s they were heavy, blown glass. (Kugel in Germany) means round ball but don’t let that fool you. They came in different shapes and styles like fruits, apples, berries and the like. The older additions had their name stamped on the steel collar of the ornament. (like many other makes) A very light chrome coating covered some, so look for flaking  or the worn tarnish after many years. The spring clips that attached the string to the ornament were attached inside the top of the bulb. Not like today’s push on attachment.  During the war years, the ornaments and decorations had a paper or cardboard collar (instead of steel), mainly because of the mass shortage in material, due to the war effort.

** Point to remember in collecting anything. The war years changed how many things were made or not made due to the war machine.  “Steel, paints and most or all material in general were cut back for public use. Etc”.

Christmas Snow Baby

Christmas Snow Baby

(1864) Early Snow babies are highly collectable. They were made of candy and used as Christmas decorations. In later years they were made from bisque and spattered with glitter sand. There are also Snow babies tableware  made by Royal Bayreuth. Copies of the small Snow Babies figurines are being made today in a line called “Snow-Babies” re- pro. But that’s not a bad thing.

The least you should know on Christmas Tree Ornaments. ∞

Imposed identifying marks on the ring or, some people call them caps.

The older caps were smaller than the newer versions.

Look for a paper /cardboard ring/ cap.  That will date it into the war years.

Look for a tarnished ring.

Check the lip under the ring. Is the glass flush or has it a lip. Older ones are flush.

Plastic is a dead giveaway of newer ornaments.

Countries to look for when collecting old Christmas Tree Ornaments

*Czechoslovakia *Poland *Germany

Shiny Brites Ornaments

Shiny Brites Ornaments

Shiny Brite Tree ORNAMENTS 1930-1960s seem to be the most popular for collectors. Before the war they were just plain decorative balls for the tree. After the war, they became a little more colorful. Some came with concave starburst (reflectors) with lots of glitter, different  shapes and styles .

ALSO LOOK FOR 

Advertising SIGNS- Example – “Coca Cola sign with Santa drinking a coke”

DISHES- glassware with a Christmas theme.

Decorative hand painted balls and shapes like animals and little, hand- carved people, etc.

Decorative bells

Hanging lanterns

Snowbabies are highly collectables        https://www.kovels.com/price-guide/snow-babies.html

Cardboard cutout of St. Nickolas figurine

Betty Boop hanging ornament.

Novelty hanging decorations.

“German Dresden ornaments are embossed cardboard with very fine detailing.”

Christmas post cards come in pages of 4 and you just cut out the one you want. They’re collectable!

There is no written rule on decorating your tree but there are some real neat old looking ornaments and decorations out there to be uncovered.

AS THE STORY GOES, THEY EVEN HUNG COOKIES FROM THE TREE BRANCHES AS PER STORY.

“When I grew up in Europe there were no artificial trees nor electric lights to brighten up the tree. The Christmas decorations were mostly passed down from generation to generation and were hand painted, small ornaments, about 3-4 inches in diameter.

There were also many bird- shaped ornaments with angel hair tails, fancy home made cookies, strings of various nuts, and of course with real candles about 3 inches high.

The candles were only lit for a half hour or so, because it was so dangerous and one of the adults would be on watch with a candle snuffer and water, in case the tree caught fire.”

  Author Unknown

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Rare Santa Bank

Very Rare Santa clause Bank

Do your research on Christmas Collectables. You will find a wealth of information on Christmas Tree Ornaments and oddities on the web.  So don’t be too surprised if you get hooked on this interesting hobby. Bonus, you can show off your fine Christmas collection the same time, every year.

”So let’s get started.” Eh!

Old Christmas postcard

Old Christmas Post Card

Lots of places to find treasures: the thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, and church bazaars. Nobody thinks of Christmas in the off season, (summer), but that is the best time to buy. Do your research now,  get armed with what to look for, get ready for the off season, and remember in any collecting,

 “Knowledge is power”.

Let’s get started! Oh, I already said that Eh.  Remember, they’re everywhere. You just have to look and find them.

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 INTERESTING WEBSITES FOR YOUR RESEARCH.

https://www.kovels.com/price-guide/snow-babies.html

https://oodlesandoodles.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/11/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-vintage-christmas-ornaments.html

https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Christmas-Kugels

https://www.marthastewart.com/1532933/history-antique-kugel-christmas-ornaments

Pictorial Guide To Christmas Ornaments & Collectibles, Identification and Values (BOOK)

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Match Box

 

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Vintage Match Stick Holder or collecting Match Boxes  is one of those upcoming fads for new collectors. As in a reference book, (address at the bottom)  there are something like 4000 different varieties of match holders of sorts.

two match holders

Two match Holders

Match Boxes, I like to call them have  been around for a long time. they’ve been sitting there,  all by themselves, lonely on some old shelf at your friendly antique shop or flea market.  Hell, you will even find them at any Good Will or used clothing outlet.

match safe

gas filled lighter and a match holder

We have all seen them, but paid little or no attention to them.  Then when you spot one, you say “WHAT IS THAT THING?” They are small, don’t take up a lot of room, and they’re different. Some look like an old fluid style Zippo lighter but without the lighter inside. “Someone stole the lighter” and left the case! No, now they call it a match box/holder. They would even make good conversation pieces!

Match Boxes are just fun to collect and could be a lucrative hobby.

What is a Match Holder you say?  WELL let me tell you. First you have to understand their purpose and their use. Here is a few pictures to get you acquainted with what they look like. Now you’re going to say,  “yeah”  I’ve seen hundreds” and yes, you have. They are overlooked by most of  the general public. These little match holders, which some just call match safes, were made to store friction matches. (ordinary match sticks)

The match revolutionized the way people started fires in the mid 18oos

We all have read stories of inventions that changed the world, but you will not find matches on that list.  You should have! Penicillin changed the lives “saved lives” as we knew it and I hate to say it, the silly old simple match stick/holders should be at least in the top 10, “Somewhere”.

In and around the year 1830 a chemist named John Walker from England mistakenly invented the match tip or matches. Hard to believe but in the earlier days before the match and match holders, you basically had to rub two sticks together, or just keep the fire burning.

The silliest part of the match stick story is the match holder was not debued until the 1850s, 20 years later.

But the invention of a silly friction match did change the way we lived. And having said all that,three figurine match holders people needed someplace to safely store their matches. Sure when you buy them they come in small cardboard boxes, and in most part that’s all you needed. Some people would just throw a couple of match sticks in their pocket and when needed, they just pulled them out, struck it on something abrasive and you’re in business.

The ingredient of the match stick was so flammable in their first stages of invention, they would just light up from the friction of movement in your pocket. They were very unpredictable at best and probably, burnt more houses down from premature combustion.

Which brings us up to the MATCH HOLDERS.

To clarify what the difference is, match box or a match safe, I would like to think of as a match box, just an open container that you put your matches in.

Maybe a match holder with a lid (simple right) I would also consider a match safe as being a closed container of sorts, as per pictures. And that would make more sense around an open flame, or wood stoves.

To throw another curve, England sometimes called match holders, match boxes and match safes, “Vesta Boxes”   Only the English language can have 4 completely different words, meaning the same thing.

“England uses proper English” so we’re all pronouncing match boxes, “WRONG”. . . Eh!

MATCH BOX . . . MATCH SAFE . . . VESTA BOX . . . MATCH HOLDERS

Now we know that the match box was made for the storage of flammable match sticks. Just to store your matches safely! A common place most people kept their match sticks was near the old wood stove,  for easy access to start the fire. So on its own, match boxes were a welcoming invention.

Match holders come in a variety of styles to choose from. There are ceramic ones, just ordinary stamped tin ones and there are fancy decorative ones for the rich and famous. My all time favorites are just the old rustic looking cast iron ones. They had a small pocket on the one side for your matches and would hold 10 or so matches.

NOT  a lot of information out there.

Sorry to say, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on match boxes, but these feverish, die hard collectors they know what they’re looking for.  You should be learning, research more and help these serious collectors out. Hunt them down, There out there or maybe just for save them for yourself. Eh

Hope I helped you out some.

I hope I helped you, armed you with a little information on, as the English would say. . . “Vesta Boxes” “MATCH BOXES to the  ORDINARY GUY” So next time you’re at one of these used antique shops, look down on the selves, look up, they’re there, just waiting for you.  Eh!

Just remember, this would be an excellent hobby to start and in most cases, like any collecting “IT’S THE FUN OF THE HUNT!”   Eh!

Note, People use –

Vintage Decorative Match Holders for, “Toothpicks”

Please check out more fascinating stories and history of Match Holders. I recommend this excellent reference book with hundreds of images,  “Match Holders by Denis B Alsford” 

Reference ∞ 

◊   https://www.schifferbooks.com/search/results.html?search_in_description=1&search-option=&keyword=DENIS+B+ALSFORD&x=0&y=0

  https://www.collectorsweekly.com/tobacciana/match-holders

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Cast Iron Collectables

 

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Comparing good and bad casting

Comparing Good and Bad Casting

BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT’s OLD?  

In order to understand the difference between an older piece of cast iron and a newer piece (reproduction), you have to somewhat understand what cast iron is and how it’s made. Especially cast iron Collectables and antiques.

Very general rules

In the olden, golden days talented wood craftsmen would have carved out the perfect shape of a item with fine detailing and then heated up molted metal to around 2000 decrease (give or take) and pour it into the mold. When cooled the two or more parts of the mold are separated and wa-la, the shape of whatever you designed is made. Most wood molds are generally only used once due to the heat.

Cast or casting is generally referring to a mold. People that do ceramics in most part use molds and they blow hot glass into it to get it’s shape and what it’s going to look like is determined by the shape of the mold.

Cast iron is the same

Now having said that, cost effective reusable molds would be made of sand and water Solutions, which are referred to as “SAND MOLDS” They’re more widely used especially on smaller items, such as toys, banks etc.

THE FINER THE SAND THE FINER, SMOOTHER AND DETAILED THE ITEM WILL BE. THE COARSER THE SAND,AND ROUGHER TO THE TOUCH, THE DETAIL AND QUALITY WOULD BE GONE,  “you get the idea”.

I never understood this part of today’s technology. By far our way of casting exceeds the casting from 50 or 200 years back. But the cast iron parts made today are coarser to the touch, crudely made, and in most part, in my thinking, not really attractive looking. In other words, they’re cheaply machine made, especially on reproduction antique and collectable Parts.

Cast Iron Collectables

So if we’re talking old cast iron money banks, cast iron door stops, door hammers, even cast iron toys, frying pans anything that has been molded, check the surface for fine or rough texture.

When I’m referring to casting, once you make that mold, you could theoretically pour molted aluminum instead of iron. That would make it cast aluminum. Many everyday items are cast aluminum.

If you look at any bottle, (pop bottle to beer bottle) look at the side from the bottom to the top, see and feel the 2 lines, one on each side of the bottle. That’s from where the two half’s of the mold met and separated to make the bottle.

That’s one way of telling how old the bottle is, but that’s a different subject all together.

There are many things that are made from molds. Fiberglass boats and cars parts, to name a few, are made from molds. So that technology is widely used today.

BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CAST IRON. Eh!

By the way, iron is a very cheap “metal” by-product of steel.

Seven fast ways I check the age of cast iron.

  • Check the smoothness of the piece.

    POOR CAST IRON REPRODUCTION bank

    REPRODUCTION ROUGH CAST IRON

  • Check how parts fit together, tight with very little to no gaps, that’s a  good thing. Remember craftsmanship, real people assembled these pieces not machines.
  • Check inside of the part. Sometimes the casting is reasonably smooth on the outside but very coarse on the inside. That would be a red flag.
  • Check the quality of paint. In most cases, depending on the manufacturer, they dip the items in paint, which makes the paint thicker. Today items are sprayed on with very low quality paint and thickness.
  • 100 year old paint would in most part still look like last week’s paint job.
  • Check the screw or screws holding the sections/parts together. Older items before and around the industrial evolution were slotted screw heads, and, don’t get me wrong
    Slotted Screw HEAD on old cast iron banks

    WHAT A SLOTTED SCREW LOOKS LIKE IN AN ANTIQUE

    (that’s not saying the screw was not changed), but it does devalue the piece no less and could just throw you off from thinking it’s not an original.

  • They say compare the size of the part to a known authentic WHAT EVER. The reproduction one would be a different size than the original. There are some reference books that will give you measurements and  that’s only if you’re really concerned or paying large dollars for the item.

Once you get used to a few simple tricks, you might have a better understanding what to look for. There are more good reproductions of cast iron parts out there than the old authentic ones.  But you will at least  be armed with a few general things to look for.

Note.

By the way, small cast iron items such as banks, toy figurine, kitchen ware, skillets, anything small are good sellers, or on the other hand, just good collector items. Just remember, collecting cast iron “anything”, doesn’t take up a lot of room.

I’m not an expert by any means, This is just a simple guide on how I check, “anything cast iron”. Do your research, and learn more

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Collecting Space Age Memorabellia.

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Are Antique Picture Frames Highly Collectable

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Are Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.

2 people in a old frameYears ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now  in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.

Look past the farmer and his wife.

But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife and just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.farmers in an old picture frame

If you collect any type of masterpiece, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor, or even oil painting and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.

Things to note on good old frames.

  • They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
  • The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
  • Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.

Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art, while others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.

Look at these frames through different eyes!

Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames.  While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.

But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which just looks hand carved.

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Trench Art Collectables and Why Should I BUY THEM

 

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little HISTORY on Trench Art

Trench Art Collectables are highly sot after and some people even think …  “Decorative” and that, would be a good enough reason to start stocking up on some of these treasures.

Trench art figurine

Trench art figurine

This war art was made from used and discarded war materials and mostly by imaginative soldiers in trenches, POWs camps or war casualties (hospitals) even the civilians  had access to mounds of leftover war material. War Trench Art comes in many different shapes, sizes, and forms as you can see from the photos.

tramp art lamp

TRAMP ART LAMP

Shell casings were widely used.  Bullets, Landmines, and mortars were easily made into some kind of brass art and for example, picture frames, ashtrays, paperweights, flower pots, candlestick holder, etc.

I would almost consider this a form of “Folk Art” being they were handmade from ordinary people.

Are Trench Art Collectables

Supposedly trench art started to be noticed as “future collectibles” during and after the 1st & 2nd world wars. The majority of Trench Art (as the story goes) were made because by pure BOREDOM.  Some even say, soldiers made them as a MEMENTO of their time served in the war, or maybe their personal art could be just traded for much needed usable goods, like Food.

This phenomena continued for many years after the war with civilians making their own form of trench art because like I said the abundant supply of leftover war material. “brass, copper and or steel”

This art is a little on the funky looking side and not for everybody’s taste, but most of these items do have a good, bad, or ugly story to tell by people that know firsthand what wars are really like.

Solders in trench

Solders in trench WW 1

This article was based on a lot of independent information and I am just passing it on, however-

Making them as War MEMENTOS, I’m not sure I agree.

Google.ca “Trench Art” images

Pinterest.ca   “trench art”   https://www.pinterest.ca/search/pins/q=trench%20art&rs=typed&term_meta[]=trench%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=art%7Ctyped

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TRAMP art has a lot of similarity to trench art, where people made items from boredom and lots of discarded material.

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Collecting Space Age Memorabilia.

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space toys

picture of rocket ship toy banks

What is Art Deco style space-age Memorabilia, collectible, furniture and decor

WELL, they classify the time period around making of the atomic bomb, 1944sh and after the war years, they called that the, Atomic Age.

Around 1947 it was the time period ROSWELL, New Mexico incident and then the race to the moon, all that in a short time after the war.

Collecting Futuristic Space age Toys / Everything

Which brings us up to the space age time period? Race to the moon, USSR vs. the United States

News networks from around the world were writing articles on all these events, race to the moon, flying saucer crashing in Roswell… There was no shortage of things to write about during those exciting times after the war.

Cashing in on the hype. 

Major manufacturing companies see all this free publicity on the space age era and they must have seen this as a good opportunity to cash in on the hype.

space age buildings

space age buildings

So they just started making anything and everything space age, futuristic oriented,

There was furniture that looked like flying saucers, their cars with fins, there where space/rocket ship toys.

Space Needle Restraint Settle

Space Needle Restraint Settle

Real, I mean really, space looking airport terminals were built, houses and buildings were built with a space theme

ufo stamp

Grenada UFO postage Stamp

Movies, electronics, lighting even some countries had commemorative postage stamps with pictures of spaceships on them. And the list goes on.

I myself like banks; you know the kind that you put your loose change into, normally called “piggy banks”

Rocket ship banks, flying saucer mechanical banks, they were all my favorite styles.

Flying Saucer Bank

Flying Saucer Mechanical Bank

But that would be another post on bank collecting…

So, they were interesting times and most like I said, these companies sure used their talent and imagination to the maximum.

Look on the WEB for these space age items of the late 1940s -1980s,  most are highly collectible today, and that’s, only if you can still find anything, Sorry I lied! …

because there are still lots of the original tin toys around, but they’re pricey.

Like anything, you can still find reproductions.

Some call those times the atomic era or Mid-century times, I call it the space age period.

If you owned a space-age home stereo system, GUARANTEED you would have the only one on your street.

If you’re still interested in that space-age time period, please check out these websites.

Google …Mechanical space ship banks, space-age furniture, vintage space toys

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What Is Tramp Art and Who Made Them

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Who Made Tramp Art,  dah … Tramps of coarse!

tramp art Jewelry box

tramp art Jewelry box

Depending on where you got your information on Collecting Tramp Art, some collectors say Tramps did not make these famous art pieces as believed. So, where did they come from?

At the ending of the civil war and at the major stock market crash of the 30s, there was an influx of a lot of talented, educated and just unemployed people riding the rails looking for work. Some say during their lonely hours and days, they produced this form of art. 

hobo under box carIn my thinking, Tramps would be considered a modern-day homeless person.

Wikipedia says… Tramp means “walk with Heavy Foot”

That would explain a lot about Tramps, they were known for rail hopping and, and did an awful lot of walking.

I tend to think  in America these people riding the rails to someplace, anyplace, did indeed, do some of these artistic carvings. And why would you think they didn’t? They had the means, certainly the time to make these pieces of art,  and especially during the thirties, there were a lot of talented and unemployed people roaming the country.

So during their travels from here to there, they kept busy by carving out their art form. Supposedly they made these pieces from discarded items such as empty cigar boxes, wood crates and I would assume anything they could use or find, just to pass the time, and they mostly carved these pieces out with a pocket/jackknife.

cigar box

Tops cigar box

This is not saying other people didn’t pick up the trade. Anyway, whoever whittled or carved these items such as jewelry boxes, tables, small and large home decorations, lamps etc. out of discarded wood, are highly collectible today, no matter who made them. Cigar boxes were very easily found in those days and they were the most widely used for Tramp Art.

A few years back I made up a draft on Tramp Art, I thought I’d blow the dust off and freshen up my article. I found myself having to rewrite the whole thing, only because the beliefs have now changed on the origin of Tramp Art or maybe, … I’ve just changed my thinking and or found more update information?

Even though the tide has changed a little on the origins of Tramp Art, one thing is for certain, they are still a unique form of expression from hard working individuals with a lot of time on their hands. (No two are alike).

But, if we assume tramps did play a part in Tramp Art, they certainly did have the time for such an endeavor. If you had no talent before you started making this art form, you would certainly learn how to do it.  Staying busy during their sometimes long in-between jobs and dark cold nights would totally make sense to me.

So through all reality, the word “Tramp” sounds like a negative, harsh word for an unfortunate group of people trying to stay active, busy, and alive through their hard times.

So whoever made these pieces of art got quite creative and talented enough to even sell their carved-goods/art for a little cash or food.  Of course, these pieces weren’t considered an art form until the 1950s, but still quite different looking, even in those days.

In my estimation, Tramps or whoever made Tramp Art in their day, were our first version of Recyclers, by using an old discarded material to make something new.

History of Tramps & Hobos

They both shared the same rail system, may be shared the same boxcar and I’m sure, they ran into each other everywhere.

tramp art symbols

tramp art symbols

They even shared the same code/language but they supposedly were two different types of people, workers, and …  none workers.

Tramp Art is part of our history and may be considered a dark period in North America and in Europe. There always were, and always will be, poor, unfortunate people just trying to make everything work in their lives, so whatever the origin of Tramp Art, these unusual pieces of art are highly collectible today.

The recorded time period for “Tramp Art” was from the year 1870-1940, but most say, that during the depression period in America, was the worst or the best time for these art pieces. Some also would put that period around the civil war.

Note … In 1940 the war was raging in Europe and every able body was needed elsewhere, that must have broken the trend and or that period in time for Tramps and Tramp Art. But it did bring in a new period of ART, “TRENCH ART”

(One of my next planned postings.) “TRENCH ART”

After saying all that about “Tramp Art”, and, we all know if there is money to be made, then a person might suggest that any and all groups of people would try their hand at making “Tramp Art”.

And why not? In those depression years, everybody tried to make a few extra dollars, but, none the less, these pieces of art would definitely fall under the category of “Folk Art”. Remember, Tramp Art was not recognized until after the Tramp Era, that was basically over around (the 1940s) and most collectors agree that the art form was handmade by hard working people.

Look for my links on Tramp Art.

NOTE

I’m neither a collector of Tramp Art nor a Professor of fine arts and Crafts, but I am interested in our past history and maybe, sell a few oddities along the way.

Google tramp art for an interesting read.

“HOBO Art”…NA

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