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  • A Story and an Experience: Jacob Bromwell in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

    Posted on November 13, 2014

     

    Look who made the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine! Jacob Bromwell is the American Made featured company, with a nice spotlight on our Made in USA Signature Chestnut Roaster, just in time for the holidays. We're popping with excitement!

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  • Ghost Town USA

    Posted on October 31, 2014

     

    Deep in the Sierra Mountains, about 75 miles from Lake Tahoe, sits the eerie remains of Bodie, California, a ghost town that once thrived on gold mining.

     

    Back in the day, Bodie was a hustling, bustling town that attracted rabble rousers and ruffians from all walks of life. It was home to brothels, "houses of ill repute", gambling halls, opium dens in the Chinatown neighborhood, and over 65 saloons! By 1879, nearly 7,000 folks populated Bodie. Miners searching for gold would end their day in Bodie's red light district and if no one died by the following morning, that was considered a miracle. Murders, shootouts, and stagecoach hold ups were everyday occurrences.

     

    So it's probably just as well that when the gold dried up and the U.S. government started shutting down non-essential mines during WWII that many troublemakers left Bodie. What they left behind are the ramshackle remains of old buildings and vehicles that apparently have quite a tale to tell!

     

    The California State Parks System took over Bodie in 1962 and turned it into a State Historical Park. That means it's open to the public...if you dare the risk of encountering an old West ghost! It's been said that Bodie is extremely haunted and that the spirits of the residents who lived there don't take kindly to any visitor who tries to swipe a souvenir from the town. I think I'll stay close to home this Halloween; thank you very much.

     

    But if you want to capture that spirit of the rootin' tootin' American frontier, look no further than Jacob Bromwell. I've plenty of items that would have felt right at home in Bodie...especially my Great American Flask. Made in the USA of copper, I'm pretty sure this would've been a big hit back in the Bodie day.

     

    We here at Jacob Bromwell wish all of our customers and followers a safe and happy Halloween, with plenty of treats and not a lot of tricks!

     

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  • The White House Ghost: Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Abraham?

    Posted on October 22, 2014

     

    America is full of many supposedly haunted...well, haunts...and perhaps the most famous address to attract paranormal activity is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the most well known spirit that many claim to have seen in the White House is our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

     

    Lincoln seems to have a knack for showing up in the White House during times of crisis. Whilst his ghost was reportedly first spotted in the 1920s by Calvin Coolidge's wife, Grace (who witnessed him looking out of a window towards the Potomac and a Civil War battleground) it was during WWII when Franklin Roosevelt was president that many had encounters with old Abe. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands her a knock on her bedroom door one night during a stay at the White House. When she opened it, she saw Lincoln standing before her, complete with his trademark top hat, and it startled her so much she fainted!

     

    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill also used to recount about how he had just taken a bath in his White House guest room, with his customary stogie and Scotch, and encountered Lincoln standing in his bedroom leaning against the fireplace mantle. Churchill, without missing a beat, said to Lincoln's apparition, "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Lincoln then smiled softly and disappeared.

     

    First ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Lady Bird Johnson both claimed to have strongly felt Lincoln's presence in the White House, as well as several staff members through the years. Roosevelt's secretary, Mary Eben, saw Lincoln pulling on his boots one day in the Lincoln bedroom. His pacing the floor has also been heard from time to time.

     

    The last reported sighting of Lincoln's ghost was during the early 1980s, when Tony Savory, White House operations foreman, saw him sitting in a chair near the top of a staircase.

     

    Hey Abe old pal, next time bring us a message from the great beyond, will you?

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