The Certificate of Authenticity
Each print is stamped on the back with Curio & Co.’s own verification
stamp. That stamp – which is kept under lock and key at the Curio &
Co. headquarters – lets you know that your piece has gone through Curio
& Co.’s rigorous verification process. Only one person in the world
has access to that stamp, so when you see it, you know you’ve got the real
deal right there.
Keeping A Catalog
We carefully catalog each piece in our archives, and once released, it will come with its own Certificate of Authenticity. This certificate provides all of the information a collector needs to do their own registration, and includes details about the rarity of the piece and information we’ve unearthed that the uninitiated won’t know. (Feel free to show off your extensive knowledge in front of your friends.) Finally, the certificate is embossed with the company’s seal, featuring our motto, “Ludus, Sinceritas, Novitas”.
Louis Smeedley, our Head of Archives, recommends you keep your certificate in a secure place such as a document safe, safety deposit box or combination-secured card catalog cabinet. (He’s fussy about protecting investments.)
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Monday, Aug 25, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Nostalgia at its stickiest.
Cotton Candy is a delightful summertime treat, and one that seems to sum up a lot of summer experiences. From a distance, it’s big and bold and commands a lot of attention – the same way summer vacations loom large in our anticipation and are the subjects of so many of our daydreams. It is available at so many summer destinations and it’s perfect for sharing. But alas, just like summer trips to the beach or summer tans or even a summer fling, the cotton candy melts away too soon and you’re left with air where your summer dreams once were.
Spun sugar, the precursor to cotton candy, was high class when it first appeared in Europe in the 18th century. It was spun by hand back then and was so labor intensive that it wasn’t available to us common folks. However, once machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 – by a dentist no less – wider audiences got a taste of the sweet stuff.
At the St. Louis World’s Fair where cotton candy was first introduced in 1904, a box of the stuff (then called fairy floss) cost nearly half the price of admission to the fair itself. Today you can find cotton candy at county fairs, circus tents, amusement parks and vendors along the boardwalk in a variety of colors. And sure, you’re just eating pure sugar, but it’s far less sugar than a soft drink, so as summertime treats go, it’s not that bad.
Cotton candy contains summer magic. How else can you explain that it looks like cotton wool but melts on your tongue like a snowflake?
Image:Heinz Family Fund/Carnegie Museum of Art
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