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Dancing Lady VegetablesI had a conversation with a granddaughter of Karnig Simonian when she bought some Petite Journals and she passed on some family history, about the label used on the cover,  that was given to her by her father.

First a brief look at K. H. Simonian based upon my recollection, his youngest offspring.

Karnig immigrated to the United States with his family as a very young boy.  The family was escaping from their home in Armenia during the time of the Turkish genocide of the Armenian people.   The family ultimately settled in Fresno, California with other relatives and acquaintances that preceded them. Many of the Armenian became involved with raising fruits and vegetables.  (For example one of our cousins founded the Sunmade Raisin Company).

Hard work was part of the fabric of my father.  At a young age his father Hagop, was killed in a hunting accident forcing Karnig to become a breadwinner at a very young age.  At the ripe old age of 11, Karnig worked the 1915 world’s fair known as the San Francisco -Panama Exposition selling a new ice cream treat, the Eskimo Pie, first introduced during the Fair.  This hard work ethic and entrepreneur spirit served him well in later years.  His advice to me growing up was to always take care of your; (i) credit and (ii) reputation, and good things will follow. He was living proof that action

K. H. Simonian & Company. 

 The company was involved with the buying and selling of produce.  The firm had operations in San Francisco, Oakland, South San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The K. H. Simonian & Co. was not a brokerage company whereby product was purchased on behalf of another entity, but rather a dealer who purchased produce in its own name from the various growers throughout the state and then resold the merchandise to the jobbers (hopefully for a markup) who in turn sold the merchandise to restaurants, markets, and other facilities.  During World War II, my father was instrumental in procuring vast amounts of produce for export to our troops in the Pacific, so much so that one of his monocles was the “Celery King”.  During the 1950s and into the early 1960s, the company was located at 422 Front Street, San Francisco.  Dad rented space from Globe Produce in the old Produce Market which today is the footprint for  numbers; One, Two, Three and Four Embarcadero Center comprising part of San Francisco’s financial district.  In the mid-1960s, San Francisco moved the produce market to its current location where the Company continued to prosper.

Dancing Lady Label

I do not know the history behind the creation of the Dancing Lady label, but that is the label of the company as far back as I can recall.  I was told that the lady in the picture is loosely based upon the likeness of skating star Sonja Henie, a Norwegian skating multiple Olympic champion of the 1920s and 1930s.  (The bronze statue of Sonja Henie in Oslo could have been the model for the label art work) This label and the company represent an integral fabric of the history of the Bay Area produce business from the 1940s through my dad’s passing in 1989.  And now with the label in hand, it too will become part of my family history and will be handed down for generations to come.

Dreaming Bears - Michael HollwayPixel Point is hosting an open house for Michael Holloway’s Memoir, Dreaming Bears.

Please join us and meet the author and learn more about his Alaskan adventure and the Gwich’in People.

Friday, May 2, 2014 at Pixel Point in Downtown Anderson, SC
109 Sharpe Street
6-8 PM

Dreaming Bears is the true story of the rare friendship that develops between a young medical student with deep roots in the South and an elderly Indian couple in the wilds of northeast Alaska. In 1961, Mike Holloway, his brother Ted, and a college friend set out from South Carolina to spend the summer hiking in Arctic Alaska, intending to live off the land. They end up in the homeland of the Gwich’in – the northernmost Indians in North America.

The young men charter a small plane into the isolated village of Venetie, where the tribal chief directs them to the remote cabins of Johnny and Sarah Frank. The elderly Gwich’in couple lived a thirty-five-mile walk from the village and more than a hundred air miles from the closest road. Johnny was a well-known storyteller and former medicine man. Sarah made their home welcoming with warm, calm kindness – her well-worn hands seldom idle.

His rich encounters in Gwich’in country deepen Mike’s love of wild land and his respect for those who depend upon it for their survival. The experience alters his life. He becomes the adopted grandson of Johnny and Sarah, returning to Alaska as a doctor and an advocate for the land and its people.

“We won’t be seeing stories like this anymore, this remarkable real-deal first-person account of two generous and wry Indian elders who were still living out in the Brooks Range wilderness in the 1960s. Johnny and Sarah Frank’s memories reach back to the time before settled villages, to years of near-starvation and animal dreaming, while their grandchildren would become Native leaders in the modern era. Their story is told by a wide-eyed Southern doctor who stumbles into the Chandalar River country and is transformed into an advocate for the protection of wild Alaska and Native subsistence rights.  “Dreaming Bears” is Alaska’s “Dersu Uzala.””

- Tom Kizzia, author of “Pilgrim’s Wilderness” and “The Wake of the Unseen Object.”

Four covers from the Black Triangle Series of Seed Packets.Fresh picked veggies for Pixel Point’s Garden Journal series. These Petite Journal covers have been stylized from the famous missing Black Triangle Card Seed Company seed packets – circa 1920. We have 16 in the series.

Pick them while they are fresh.

You may come by Pixel Points Gallery or shop online at our Etsy Store.
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Tree of Life JournalThis is a custom journal made for the 2013 Fur Ball in Anderson South Carolina.  The journal is donated to help the fund raising efforts for the Anderson Humane Society.

This journal is a 144 page, 5 X 7 inch journal.

The cover spine is Sand Bookcloth from Italy.  The cover and back are Eggplant Lokta Fiber from Nepal.

The Endpapers are Mixed Kozo with Raintree Leaf Inclusions from Thailand.

The Book Block is made with Neenah Environmental Paper – Alternative Fiber Sugar Cane Bagasse and Post Consumer Recycled Paper.

Embedded in the cover is a Tree of Life design etched into a copper plate.

The book binding and copper etching is all done by Dan McKinney at Pixel Point in Downtown Anderson, South Carolina.

The Furball is coming November 7th, 5:30-10PM at the Bleckley Inn, 151 E Church St. Food, Entertainment, silent and live auctions, and lots of fun!

Anderson County Humane Society

 

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