We give up!

(This bit of sarcasm brought to you in honor of the Day of Fool’s the 1st of April…)

That’s right, the manufacturing of all NW Limited…History in VogueTM products will soon take place in CHINA, and the finished products shipped right back for sale in your favorite enormous box store.
We’d like to take this time to assure our loyal customers that every batch of handsome, historic, handmade units, designed by (but made in !!!) NW Limited (ooohhh look at the label!) will be tested stringently to ensure that toxicity levels are at an acceptable level. 
So safe, you can eat off ’em!
Don’t be fooled, just Wal(k s)mart(ly) away!
Happy April Fool’s Day (Cuz Made in China stinks!):

If the rain comes…

I can show you, I can show you…

Rain.  I don’t mind.

Shine, the weather’s fine.

Can you hear me, that when it rains, and shines.

(When it rains and shines.)
It’s just a state of mind.

“Rain” was released in 1966 as the B-side to “Paperback Writer” and has been called The Beatles’ finest B-Side.
Could it also have been the very first music video?
“The inspiration for “Rain” is agreed on by Neil Aspinall, the Beatles’ roadie, and John Lennon. They both described the band’s arrival in Australia, marked by rain and poor weather.[6] Lennon said, “I’ve never seen rain as hard as that, except in Tahiti”, and later explained that “Rain” was “about people moaning about the weather all the time”.[7] ”  (from Wikipedia)
Backward, or forward, the historic Beatles song “Rain” as presented by NW Limited…History in VogueTM can be yours for $500.  Available now.
bill@nwlimited or 503-338-6056

A (Super)man divided

Time-Warner has been ordered to share control of the Superman copyright with the surviving heirs of Superman’s creator Jerome Siegel.
Siegel and his partner Joseph Shuster sold the rights to Superman (for $130, thank you!) in 1938 to DC Comics.  That contract expired in 1999. 
As of Wednesday, March 27, justice has been served, and Siegel’s wife and daughter will now receive an undetermined share of the profit from the man of steel’s copyright.
Superman would be proud.

Superman as portrayed by Brandon Routh in “Superman Returns” which grossed $200 million dollars domestically. 
“Superman Returns” is one of the movies which may be affected by the judgment. 
Future films are also subject to sharing.  
Those that star Superman include another sequel and a “Justice League of America” movie.

Time-Warner ordered to share Superman rights (L.A. Times)
Judge’s ruling affects future “Superman” films (Fanhost Network)
Ruling gives heirs a share of copyright (NY Times)

Dogs for dinner

This weekend, March 29, 2008, the Cathlapotle Plank House within Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, Washington, will open for the season.
202 years ago that day, along their journey home, the Lewis & Clark expedition stopped there for the night. Their goal was a break from the rough paddling against the current, and to stock up on dogs; not the “hot” kind, but certainly for eating. Ten of them were procured, and the Corps was on its way East once more.
To mark the occasion, living history actor Tom Laidlaw, will lead a walk and answer questions as Meriwether Lewis.
Admission is free, and the plankhouse is open from noon to four p.m. which will continue through October 26.
Lewis tells it like it was
Plankhouse website

Trash or treasure?

The New Carissa is getting another set of walking papers.
Removal is slated to begin this week.
The goal is to have her gone, but she won’t soon be forgotten.
Nine years have passed since the 1500-ton ship hit the beach north of Coos Bay, during a February storm.  Her carcass remains a grim reminder that shipwrecks are not just history, they are a fact of life in the maritime industry.
Lacking the charm of some of the more recent, historic wrecks that have surfaced, the New Carissa is considered to be more of an eyesore to some. There is argument to the contrary…
The ship’s wreckage should be completely removed by October, along with the expenditure of $16.4 million more dollars.
Whether you’re going to get a last look at the New Carissa, or a peek at the newly revealed George L. Olson, the Bella, Acme, possibly to search for something new from the USS Shark,  be cautious, and mind the dangerous surf at the Oregon coast.
The same holds true for Washington’s beaches, of course.
Lost treasure, history and sightseeing may be the lure, but danger lurks for more than just boats and ships.

Still, it begs the question: What might the M/V New Carissa look like in 100 years or so?

The shipwreck Peter Iredale (photo ca. 1/2008), grounded in 1906,
is considered a local treasure for its tourist
attraction and aesthetic interest.

102 years ago…

The New Carissa today…(taken from the KCBY website)

Shipwreck set for wrecking (Eugene Register-Guard)
Beach explorers urged to keep eye on ocean(Newport News-Times)
Hoping to save the New Carissa shipwreck (KCBY)

Come together

A visit to the world headquarters of NW Limited…History in VogueTM reveals a large stock of raw material.
Things. Waiting to come together and become more than the sum of their parts, their chance at greatness. 
Celebrity photos, shipwreck pictures, movie memorabilia, the frames, mats, vintage pins, comics, maps.
All of these things end up as History in Vogue!
Every single item is fine and dandy in its own right, but when it gets the “treatment” it will seem as if it was meant to be exactly that; as if its destiny was finally fulfilled.  Waiting for you?
A recently-finished unique item is the John F. Kennedy piece (click for larger):

1 of 1 – (SOLD)

Assembled initially with a publicity photo combined with first-day-of-issue postmark and stamps, it also boasts an official John Fitzgerald Kennedy signature card via JFK’s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln.
Worthy tribute to our 35th president. 
This would make a perfect gift!  It is a one-of-a-kind, for obvious reasons. 
Don’t miss out.  And stay tuned for what’s next.
You could always call to find out (and ask about the special):
503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com 

Lewis and Clark – the journey home

began two hundred and two years ago today on March 23, 1806.
Fort Clatsop was presented to the Indians for which it was named, and the expedition turned homeward.
Excerpts from Lewis and Clark’s respective journals read as follows:

March 23, 1806
Meriwether Lewis
at 1 P.M. we bid a final adieu to Fort Clatsop. we had not proceeded more than a mile before we met Delashelwilt and a party of 20 Chinnooks men and women. this Cheif lea[r]ning that we were in want of a canoe some days past, had brought us one for sale, but being already supplyed, we did not purchase it.

March 23, 1806
William Clark
at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can say that we were never one day without 3 meals of some kind a day either pore Elk meat or roots, notwithstanding the repeated fall of rain which has fallen almost constantly since we passed the long narrows … indeed w[e] have had only [blank space in MS.] days fair weather since that time.”

Their journey had begun on May 14, 1804, and would end September 23, 1806 in St. Louis.
The Corps of Discovery was successful and history forever changed when the information they gathered, the territories they explored and mapped were reported upon their return.
Two hundred years later, the USPS would issue commemorative stamps to celebrate the bicentennial, as well as multiple first-day-of-issue postmarks.
These are featured here on the matting around a map of the expedition overlaid with the outline of present-day states, giving you a unique perspective at the magnitude of this heroic feat:

Lewis and Clark States Map by NW Limited…History in VogueTM $ $25000

Today, when you set out to scurry about the backyard looking for what the Easter bunny left behind…don’t forget those who forged a path in a new frontier, for the greater good.

All three Lewis & Clark maps by NW Limited.
(States, Black Map and Indian Nations)  Sweet dreams are made of this.

The Lewis & Clark Maps (you can purchase these directly from Bill by calling 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com)
Lewis & Clark at PBS

Cannons from USS Shark topic of event at Columbia River Maritime Museum

At 2:30 pm Saturday, March 22, historian Greg Shine of the Fort Vancouver National Site, gave a free, public speech about the cannons, or carronades, that were recently found at the Arch Cape, Oregon beach.  David Pearson, curator for the Columbia River Maritime Museum, spoke afterward about conservation and restoration efforts.
They are believed to have come from the 1846 wreck of the USS Shark, a Navy research schooner.
Below are a few photographs (click for larger images) we took while visiting the Nehalem Bay park at the State Park-hosted viewing of the carronades (they are being kept constantly immersed in water, to prevent further damage before restoration begins):

The surface feels much like concrete encasing the carronade due to pressure and reaction of the elements surrounding the carronades for 162 years.
They were buried in approximately 20′ of sand prior to the Winter of 2007-2008 storms’ erosion.

You can see the mounting apparatus on the bottom of the cannon in this picture on the right.

The pieces in the bottom are a chain and possibly other bits of the USS Shark Navy schooner, which was wrecked on the Columbia River Bar.

The event took place at the Columbia River Maritime Museum at 792 Marine Dr. in Astoria, Oregon.
If you’re at the coast on vacation, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is a terrific place to start your adventure, and get an inside look at shipwrecks, shipwreck history, sailing and fishing historic memorabilia, and the story of this region’s maritime history in general. The gift shop has a terrific (and the newest, best and probably biggest!) shipwreck chart you can take home with you…Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
For more about the chart, visit Dead Reckoning for images, but you really have to experience it in person to get the full experience.
For that privilege, you can call Bill, email, or catch us at one of the events where we are in attendance.

Links to news articles:
Fort Vancouver expert to shed light on recently found cannons
Navy still owns cannons found from 1846 shipwreck
Links to the co-sponsors of this event:
Fort Vancouver National Site
Northwest Cultural Resources Institute
Hosting the event:
Columbia River Maritime Museum

Were you on the list?

Today was a day of gathering. 
Each piece by NW Limited…History in VogueTM is comprised of multiple elements that require careful selection, discrimination of quality, and considerate handling to arrive at the shop in order to become the elite collectible and beautiful display you experience when you purchase History in VogueTM.
That adds up to a road trip!
The big, blue van was pointed East along the shores of the mighty Columbia River destined for Portland, for pieces and parts.

Frame molding, ship pictures, bubble wrap and bags were on the list.  Beatles 45’s were found, also, to finish a current (and very exciting) vision Bill’s bringing to life as well as one for a future piece.

A little recreation in the form of visiting the Portland Music Company to pick up a new item.  So new it is not in stock, but will be shipped once it’s manufactured! 
Rob (our guide for this magical mystery tour) was great help; friendly and informative.
We couldn’t cajole him into climbing up on the stage and demonstrating his percussive skills, though.
It’s ok; we still love ya, Rob.

Thanks, Rob!

If you’re curious, call…or drop by! 503-338-6056 or bill@nwlimited.com

Cannon found on beach to go on display

The carronades found last month, which are potentially from the USS Shark went on display to the public at Nehalem Bay State Park on March 18 from 11 a.m. until Noon, and NW Limited was there!

The USS Shark, a Navy survey schooner, sank in 1846, as listed on “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard,” NW Limited‘s new shipwreck chart
One of the carronades,  found on the beach in 1898 was what inspired founders to name “Cannon Beach” exactly that.
Come see…all aboard for a road trip!

More information at these links:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. information page for the cannon
Oregon Coast: Cannon Artifacts Open for Public Viewing March 18