"The Little Chapel by the Lake" When I was little, I would sit
in the little booth with Florence and help her take tickets and sell
the transfiguration picture of Jesus that was shown in the chapel.
She's the lady in the photo, dressed in period clothing.
My Little Jam Jar, come home to roost....
Most of you know of my connections to Knott's Berry Farm. I started the saga with my parents meeting way back in the last 30's and marrying in 1941. After the war, my dad, mother and my mother's sister started a business. It was called Art Glow Studio. They had the shop where they created items on our home property, and they employed maybe 5-6 women. (Why can I remember most of their names but I can't remember the name of the book I'm reading????) They had two concepts: One was the "Art Glow Studio," which my aunt operated. It was at Knott's, across from the Little Chapel on the Lake, where the Inspiration House would be in later years. They made plaster figurines and painted them with phosphorescent paint. You held the item up under direct lamp light, turned off the light and the object would "glow in the dark!"
The second aspect of the Art Glow Studio was jam jars and creamers. You know that the "berry" in the farm was the boysenberry, which was developed locally by Luther Burbank. Walter Knott grew boysenberries and they sold pies at the original berry market (where my mom, aunt and dad all worked)As Knott's became more popular, along with the restaurant (Chicken Dinner Restaurant), they started selling souvenir items, one of which was the jam jars.
My folks had three or four huge commercial kilns at the shop and they made a lot of different ceramic decorative pieces. I remember plates, figurines, lamp bases, vases, things of that sort. And the jam jars. The jars were baked in the kilns, then they were painted, baked again, then the decals were baked on. I can see my mom using a sponge dipped in (I think) gold leaf in liquid form and dabbing the gold around the edge of the lid and the bottom of the jar. The leaves and berry were hand-painted. (After my folks started the Inspiration House, Knott's bought the jam jars and "outsourced" them and they all carry the stamp "Knott's Berry Farm." I have seen a couple of those...)
It's a shame that we aren't blessed with foresight because I had no idea that one day I would wish that I had kept one of those little jars. I started looking for one years ago when I would find myself in an antique shop or second hand store. I have found a lot of our everyday dishes that came from Kresses Department store, and some of them are actually stamped "Made in Occupied Japan." But I never found a jam jar. One night a couple of weeks ago I checked out ebay. Guess what? I found three of them! All with the "Art Glow Studio" stamp! I can't tell you how I felt! One for me and two left over for my girls! I love looking at the gold lettering and realize that my mother wrote that... Little joys in life and heartfelt pleasures mean all the world to me.