Like so many events touched by the pandemic this year, the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s Ever Gleaming: Celebrating America’s Aluminum Christmas Tree is currently living in the digital world. The trees were produced from the 1960s until the late ‘70s by the Aluminum Speciality Company in Manitowoc. During that time, thousands of “Evergleam Trees” found their […]
Gianofer Fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
Since the lockdown, many of us are in a holding pattern when it comes to tending to our locks. With hair cuts on hold, we find ourselves harassed by the overgrowth of tresses sprouting from our heads. Let’s say that in a fit of pique, you grab the scissors. Rather than tossing the severed hair […]
According to MarketWatch, foundation wear is a $12.4 billion industry (and growing). Folks can spend over 40% of their garment budget on something that begs to be thrown across the room after hours of wear. Yep. I’m talking about bras. Something that many of us who have to endure call a necessary evil. Trillian Bergmann […]
In the early formation of our nation’s political party system, if you wanted a souvenir from a public event you pretty much had to be there. Long before red baseball hats, bumper stickers, and small round buttons for your lapel could be ordered online, political ephemera was often made from textiles. One of the earliest […]
Local musician, master brewer, and all-around dandy dude Don Vasa is making peace with the fact that he has to give up his two remaining vintage Hammond Organs. The organs are electric and one lives on his front porch. So of course contributor gianofer fields asked Vasa to plug it in for one last tune […]
As the nation waits to see who will be Commander in Chief for the next four years, Wisconsin shocked the current administration by returning to Blue. This turn could put the country on track to see the election of our first Woman of Color Vice-President. A far cry from a time in our state when […]