Collecting Guide: Holiday Paper Honeycomb : Cards, Garlands, Centerpieces and Other Tissue-Paper Fantasies of the 20th Century

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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, patriotic and other events were celebrated in the United States with a profusion of honey-combed tissue-paper products starting in the early twentieth century. The largest American manufacturer of these paper fantasies was - and still is - The Beistle company in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. The guide to their paper products is arranged for easy reference by season and then by theme. It includes Beistle catalog images of the period as well as exact dates of manufacture for each of hundreds of these paper items through 1960. Descriptive copy includes original prices. The author's text includes a history of the Beistle Company and an overview of their production - season by season. Collecting Guide is the first in a two-part series. The second book, The History and Magic of Honeycomb, co-authored by Virginia Gunn and Jeannette Lasansky, focuses on the development and use of honeycomb paper goods in the Far East, Europe and the United States as well as related phenomena in textiles, patterned glass, aerospace, clothing and more.

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Jeannette Lasansky has specialized in researching and writing about different aspects of Pennsylvania's material culture: its pottery, basketry, quilt, tin, iron, and dowry traditions, since the mid-1970s. She has written or edited fifteen books on these subjects with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, among others. Her work has been published numerous times in the Magazine Antiques, An Ethnographic Journal: Folk Life (Great Britain), Volkskunst (Germany), and Uncoverings: The Journal of the American Quilt Study Group.

As director of the Oral Traditions Project of the Union County Historical Society, Lasansky has organized major exhibitions on Pennsylvania's material culture as well as five national symposia, and produced multi-media presentations and record albums. She has also chaired Pennsylvania's Folklife Advisory Council, served on numerous grant review panels including the craft and folklife panels of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, lectured at museums and universities, and acted as consultant to many regional and state quilt documentation projects.

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Paper honeycombs have been lovingly cataloged Jeannette Lasansky's Collecting Guide to Holiday Paper Honeycomb. -- Ephemera News, Volume II No.3 Spring, 1993

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