The History (and future of) Labor Day

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

We wish you a Happy Labor Day and urge you to ensure that we have a holiday to celebrate: Buy American!
Coming soon: An American Footprint!
Made in USA blog
US Dept. of Labor website
Understand the Power of Patriotic Spending

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Independence Day

232 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. Although it was not completed until August, the date of July 4, 1776 is the celebrated anniversary of our split from Britain’s rule.
Parades, fireworks, patriotic speeches, cannon and gunfire celebrations as well as family picnics and outings are traditional ways that Americans remember their freedom.

History in Vogue wishes you a safe, happy 4th of July

History in Vogue wishes you a safe, happy 4th of July

Our founding principle s Made in the USA, so we happily share our patriotic stripes.
Links to our American history events:
Jamestown, VA
Lewis & Clark Maps
American Motorcycle

Respectfully remembered…

To many, the true meaning of this holiday is forgotten as we worry about kicking off the Summer season with a barbecue, or who will win the Indy 500.
Lost in the overwhelming flood of sales ads, what to wear, where to go, and concern over the cost of fuel to get there as we drive to see the in-laws.
Our founding principle is Made in the USA, and as such, we must give sacred respect for the real reason that we have a day set aside to remember those who gave it all, and the families left behind.
From Wikipedia:
“Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day; and for many years observed on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.”

NW Limited…History in VogueTM would like to join you in honoring these men and women who died protecting our freedom.
No matter who you want to vote for, how you want to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend, the ones we honor in remembrance will always be the true heroes.
Our Armed Forces, The United States Navy, The United States Army, The United States Marine Corps, The United States Coast Guard are all given our sincere respect, deepest honor, and continuing support.
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials.
A national moment of remembrance takes place at 9 p.m. US Eastern time.
Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.
Every other day we exist in this country that we call home is a true holiday because of the lives given in the line of duty.
Thank you!

US Memorial Day


and History in VogueTM (click for NW Limited’s website…thank you, James Andrew of Blank Zebra!) is now current, ready for your visits and open for business!
If you’re cruising to the coast on this balmy weekend, you’re still more than welcome to drop on by the office and have a look.
Call 503-338-6056 or email to arrange your appointment.

Everybody’s working for the weekend (to stay dry!)

The Astoria Sunday Market begins today, Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day)! It’s been hit-or-miss weather. If you went to see, hopefully you had an umbrella.
NW Limited…History in VogueTM was there (and will be there every Sunday), as in years past.
There’s even more new, great stuff to see and the ultimate answer in “what to get” for the (mom, dad, brother, sister, friend) that has everything!
We guarantee they don’t have anything like this!
For example:

14″ X 11″ this is number 18 in an exclusive American Motorcycle edition of 119 pieces, EVER.

If you can’t make it to the market, we are always available by calling 503-338-6056 or email Bill at
We ship, and we take plastic.

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Star Wars autographed

finished, and ready to get crabby:

Star Wars gift for sale
Star Wars #20 original autograph by James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader (SOLD)
Autographed complete with stamps and postmarks issued by the USPS
Star Wars #31 of autographed by Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies.

You know how to get ’em: 503-338-6056
Not only do we take plastic, we also ship!

Boxing Ronnie Reagan

The box is built, and this beautiful tribute to the USS Ronald Reagan is ready to hit the Astoria-Warrenton Crab Fest (unless someone claims this Ronnie, first!):

33″ X 14″ features the Feb. 9, 2005 postmark and stamp honoring our 40th president, Ronald Reagan.  $200 complete with custom box!
To have this, call 503-338-6056 or email

Lower left corner, showing stamp and postmark detail and the United States
Navy emblem (used with permission)

To see even more, visit:
Video Horizons in Astoria has a few amazing autographed comic/movie pieces displayed for purchase, if you just can’t wait!
NW Limited…History in VogueTM‘s webpage for the Reagan (updates soon!)

Closing shop after 50 years

…and not because its owners were ready to retire.
The Stinehour Press of Vermont opted to close since they are unable to afford the costs of upgrading their equipment to stay competitive in the industry.
Competing with overseas printers is difficult, and without the income from new business, over fifty years of dedication to an exceptional product is now lost, as well as the jobs.
It may seem a small loss to some, but these are adding up, amounting to a gargantuan loss nationwide.
Stinehour had a reputation for the highest quality, a commitment to their company and its employees.
The current owners purchased the business back from an Irish corporation (who purchased it from the original family-owned operation that it was, in 1998).
Managing director and CEO Warren Bingham had this to say in the company’s press release, and it applies to almost every business struggling to keep afloat in these tough times:
“The lines separating author, publisher, printer and distributor are blurring, and digital technology can make China or Reykjavik seem as close as Lunenburg,” Bingham said.
“A new kind of book printing industry is evolving that is based on printing shorter runs of more titles including digital print-on-demand.
This should bode well for Stinehour Press and our unique blend of art, craft and technology; but it arrives at the same time as we often see books projects from China for less than we can buy the paper.
These are not good times for American manufacturers. I hope we know the full cost of what we’re buying as a society. When lowest cost is always the determining factor, it might be higher than we think.”

True that! We at NW Limited are sorry to see them succumb.

Link to the article in the Burlington Free Press

Published in: on April 15, 2008 at 8:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Made in the USA

If April Fool’s day was a day to facetiously suggest that our very exclusive, limited, custom and handmade products were to be mass-produced in China (for those that know, this is the ultimate in sarcasm), then today, April 4th, we will declare our red, white, and blue roots, our undying devotion to maintaining a business and product which has its roots firmly here in American soil.

Every component of our History in VogueTM product line (with rare exception), is produced here in America, is American-made (by just one American person), and those carefully-selected items are most usually the product of another small, often very local business. 
One of the founding concepts of NW Limited (formerly NW Columbia Map Company), is in fact, “American-made”, and we have never forgotten that. 
Every box bears its Made in USA stamp; each framed, matted and handmade bit of history has a sticker proclaiming the same, and they are placed there with pride.
Much of our original line is a celebration and in honor of this great nation’s history, beginning with the Lewis & Clark Maps, continuing through the 2007 quadirecentennial Jamestown, Virginia Map, and our newest, Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard, which pays tribute to those that lost their lives exploring, supplying and surviving the maritime industry from the earliest years of this nation to the most recent.
The maps and charts form the core of our company, and it is what it means to be “History in Vogue” to celebrate these historic events and pay tribute to them in a way that gives them new and current life.
We are Still Proud to Be An American
Think of the footprints you leave behind, and know that every step you take in this fragile economy has a ripple effect. 
Buy American, buy locally, and buy handmade, where ever possible.

We do enjoy our sense of humor, and if we caught any of you off-guard, well….get used to it!

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