We tend to think that carriage brands that might have been around during, say, the time of Little House on the Prairie would be gone. Perhaps most are, but one wagon brand is still around. It’s the company Swab Wagon Co., makers of fire and rescue trucks, pumpers and animalMORE HERE

Today’s New York Times talks glass, namely the glass that is going into the World Trade Center. It’s Chinese. We don’t need to get into the debate over free trade vs. protectionism, but we did notice something. And from two factories in the Ohio Valley, operating 24/7, the Anchor HockingMORE HERE

For those who like old brands, having ones around the kitchen always satisfies, as they are reminders of when American companies made enduring products that were useful, practical and handsome. Such is the case with Tru-Edge, a brand of knife steel or sharpener. I have one; I think it cameMORE HERE

That there can be small companies that make just a few products and stay independent is evidenced by Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing. The company was born in the 1880s, when a traveling salesman name Al Stewart carried around a family concoction.  He sold the rights to a fellow named Luther FordMORE HERE

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – There are few toys more American than a balsa wood plane. And the great manufacturer of those model planes is the Paul K. Guillow Company. Guillow’s started as Nu Craft Toys in 1926, and with the ownership of Paul Guillow, grew into an iconic American toy brand,MORE HERE

BROOKLYN – It’s the perfect moment for the craft-selling site Etsy.com, though calling it a “craft” site is kind of an understatement, as it has very little to do with the junk you might find at a typical non-juried craft fair. There is much fascinating stuff on there; what isMORE HERE

CLEVELAND – We are indebted to the website A Treasury Of for telling us about the sweaters of Ohio Knitting Mills. The mill has closed, but some of their product samples survived. While not all are being sold, some are. It’s like a vintage store, but its all new! AtMORE HERE