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Cloth Nail Aprons #8: It's been a while

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Blog entry by artsyfartsy posted 12-17-2015 03:48 PM 838 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: The one that got away! Part 8 of Cloth Nail Aprons series Part 9: New Estate Sale Season, More Aprons! »

Well folks, it’s been a while since we visited. It’s that time of year when there’s not many estate sales to enjoy. This is the season that dictates more Christmas shopping than nail apron shopping. But, that’s okay for now.

My last apron that I was able to acquire was one from a friend who lives in a near-by town. I actually mentioned him in the newspaper article in my first blog entry. His name is Randy Mason. As the story goes, I ran into him when I stopped at his hardware store to get some information about some rough cut lumber. While he wasn’t at the store, he was close-by across the street working on his grandparents home. I was encouraged to talk to him only about the prices so I did. When I walked up to him, I noticed he had a nail apron on. It was different than any I’d seen. Well, to make a long story short, I ended up trading him one of my extra aprons that I had in my truck reserved just for that purpose.

When the article came out, I dropped off a copy of the article for him to read. Of course, as a business man, you take any type of advertisement you can get especially when it’s free. Needless to say, he liked the article. So, when I showed up at his hardware store recently, he met me at the counter with another nail apron. One from his hardware store from the 90’s. I was extremely happy to say the least.

It’s always interesting researching these items. First of all, he told me he thought it was from the mid 90’s which that information always helps. But I also wanted to let you people know that the phone numbers also can tell you it’s age. In this case, the area code 517 was put into service in 1947 and that particular area was split and became 989 in 2001. So, obviously it tells you that the apron was before 2000.

Sure, the apron isn’t that old, but there are no more of them around unless you stumble across one at an estate sale. Keep your eyes open for that old carpenter’s friend, the nail apron.

As a side note, I found the area code information on areacodehelp.com. So, if you are researching the age of your apron by means of a telephone number, that would be one source. Old phone books help as well, but they are scarce except in libraries.

I do have a serious question though. How can I make my pictures come out smaller on this site? As you can see, they are too large and I loose part of the picture. Help!

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 12-17-2015 04:49 PM

For pictures to not be cut off & to fit….
I resize all my images to 700 pixels wide (horizontal).
That and check the box: Maintain Aspect Ratio.
Then “save as” a renamed, newly sized image.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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artsyfartsy

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#2 posted 12-17-2015 07:00 PM

Thanks Randy, but where do I find this application?

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 12-17-2015 10:33 PM

You should be able to use any photo editing application.
I use whatever “Windows” has preinstalled, on my laptop.
I just go to “file manager”....
Right Click the image file….
Then select “Edit”....
That opens the image, ready to edit….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 12-18-2015 12:43 AM

Don,

Looks like another good addition to your apron collection….Somehow you just keep coming up with new ones, bud…..You keep adding to them, and you’ll have to add onto your shop to make room for all of them….I’m like you….I think the history of anything is worth the information that goes along with things like aprons, artifacts, tools, etc….Where something comes from, or when and where it was made is a big plus to the history of the item….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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