Lee Valley Tools Gardening Newsletter
Vol. 3, Issue 5
October 2008
Interesting Reads

Excerpt from The American Girl's Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others, 1898.

  Nature's Fall Decorations  
As an ornament for the dining-room, a panel of field-corn is very decorative and easy to make. When the corn ripens, select some nice, firm, golden ears, with husks and without; then break off pieces of cornstalk and group them together, as in the illustration; cover a board of requisite size with a piece of old black velvet; if you have no velvet, paint the board black, and after tying the corn firmly together, tack it securely on the board, and the dark background will bring out the many yellow tints of the decoration beautifully; fasten two screw-eyes in the back of the board, by which to attach the wire, and the panel will be ready to hang on the wall.

The corn can also be fastened to a rough board of the desired size and the panel and decoration bronzed, using green bronze for the background and portions of the group, while all the edges and prominent points should be of copper-colored bronze.
  A panel of field-corn
  Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1898. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.  
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