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Many common Anglo-Saxon surnames are actually professions, which is how common people were often identified during the Middle Ages. For example, a cooper was a barrel maker, a fletcher was an arrow maker, a tanner worked with leather, and a miller ground wheat into flour. We’ll let you guess what Mr. Baker, Mr. Carver, Mr. Weaver and Mr. TIDBITS NAMES NAMES (continued): Fisher used to do for a living. • Many common Anglo-Saxon surnames are • From medieval times onward, one of the actually professions, which is how common most common ways to coin a nickname was people were often identified during the Midto drop the first syllable of a person’s formal dle Ages. For example, a cooper was a barrel first name. Thus, Andrew became Drew, maker, a fletcher was an arrow maker, a tanElizabeth became Beth, Alfred became Fred, ner worked with leather, and a miller ground and Rebecca became Becca. wheat into flour. We’ll let you guess what • Mr. Per the 2000Mr. Census, theMr. three most common Baker, Carver, Weaver and Mr. U.S. surnames were Fisher used to do for aidentical living. to those found in 1990: Smith is #1, followed by Johnson • From medieval times onward, one of the and Williams. The changing face of the most common ways to coin a nickname was American population is readily apparent furto drop the first syllable of a person’s formal ther down the list, however. In 1990, #8 was first name. Thus, Andrew became Drew, Wilson, followed by Moore at #9. Ten years Elizabeth became Beth, Alfred became Fred, Cabbage always a knocked heart; out of their later, those nameshas were and Rebecca became Becca. slots bybeans Garciastring and Rodriguez. Green along. • Per the 2000 Census, the three most common • You're In England as aa whole, the three most comsuch Tomato, U.S. surnames were identical to those found Many parents experience “baby name remon last names are belong? Jones, Williams, and Will you Peas to me inmorse” 1990: after Smith is #1, afollowed by on Johnson choosing name to the Taylor. But limit the search to put the Greater birthWilliams. certificate. The Once changing the baby gets littlethe and facea of London area, and the theoriginal topmy three slots are ocYou’ve been the Apple of eye, older, they decide name no longer American population is readily apparent furcupied by how Brown, Smith, and The “fits” the child. much Luckily, longPatel. as both par-latYou know Iascare; ther down the list, however. In 1990, #8 was ents give their legal consent, U.S. laws make ter name reflects the large number of Indian So get Wilson, followed byto Moore #9. Tenofyears it Lettuce reasonably easytogether, change at families who have relocated tothe thename capital.a minor. later, those names were knocked out of their We'd make a perfect Pear. • Until 2008, parents in Sweden had to receive slots by Garcia and Rodriguez. approval from the national government when Now, something’s tothe Turnip, • In England as LAUGHS! asure whole, three most coma legal name for their new baby. Toselecting prove you can’t be Beet; mon last names are Jones, Williams, and Offensive words, culturally inappropriate Taylor. But limit the search to the Greater So,terms, if you all for meto... What name do you give andCarrot some product names were consiLondon area, and the top three slots are ocLet’s our AWhen Tulips meet. girl who babbles? deredlet taboo. the law was finally recupied by Brown, Brooke. Smith, and Patel. The latpealed last year, two different families celeter name reflects the number of Indian A man lying on large your I’ll brated Cauliflower shop anddoorstep? say their the decisionMatt. by naming new families whoare have relocated to the capital. Yourbundles dreams Parsley mine. ofA joy Budweiser and Metallica, reman on your barbecue grill? • Until 2008, parents in Sweden had to receive spectively. Frank. I’ll work and(Yes, sharereally.) my Celery, approval from the government when A girl on national the tennis court? So be my valentine! Annette.for their new baby. selecting a legal name floating around in a pond? OffensiveA girl words, culturally inappropriate Lily. terms, and some product names were consiA man who works at the cemetery? dered taboo. WhenBarry. the law was finally repealed last year, two different families celeA man who can breathe underwater? Gil. brated the decision by naming their new A woman involved in a and lawsuit? bundles of joy Budweiser Metallica, re1Q2009 :: Wk 09 really.) :: Feb Sue. 22 - Feb 28 :: Pg. 2 spectively. (Yes, TIDBITS NAMES NAMES (continued):

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Constructed of cantilevered shiny tubular steel with a leather back and seat, they do not have leather laces on the backs nor any indication that any were ever there. The chairs are in excellent condition. What can you tell me about my chairs?

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Mies Van Der Rohe designed a series of cantilevered chairs in 1931. Inspired by 19thcentury curved Bentwood rockers, the chairs were given a fresh modern design. Leather was used for the seats and backs and the frames were tubular steel plated with shiny chrome. They were produced by Knoll Products. The series included chairs with and without arms as well as chaise lounges. Mies Van Der Rohe was born in Germany. He began his career working for his father’s masonry business, served as an apprentice with a Berlin architect, associated with the Deutscher Werkbund and became the Director of the Bauhaus. In 1938, Van Der Rohe immigrated to the United States where he established his business in Chicago and became a citizen. Knoll Products also made his famous “Barcelona Chair.” Your pair of chairs would probably be worth

Enjoy Drinking Water from a Valuable Set Q:

The antique pitcher and matching tumblers have been in my family since around 1900. The glass is a dark purple and the scrolled pattern is embellished with gold. My mother told me the set was given to her grandmother for her wedding; it is in perfect condition. Anything you can tell me about my set will be greatly appreciated.

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You have a pressed-glass water set with the “Croesus” pattern. McKee and Brothers, located in Pittsburgh, made it around 1900. Croesus was available as a complete dinner table line in amethyst and green. Spoon holders, bowls, butter dishes, cake stands, cream pitchers, sugar bowls, water pitchers and tumblers are just some of the pieces. “Croesus” was also made by Riverside Glass Works in Wellsburg, W.Va., only in clear glass. Your water set would probably be worth $800 to $900.

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I have inherited a complete service for 12 dinnerware that my mother bought 58 years ago. Each dish is decorated with blue and white Currier and Ives winter scenes. Made by Homer Laughlin China Co., the pattern is “Homesteader.” Included with the mark are the letters and numbers: “A55N5.” The set has sentimental value to me and I would never part with it, but I would like to know its history.

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located in East Liverpool, Ohio, since 1877. The number shows your dishes were made in January 1955 at plant 5. The value of your set is in the range of $300 to $400. Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2009 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.

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