Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Evening Girls Paul Revere Art Pottery Vase

Available for purchase at is this beautiful Saturday Evening Girls Paul Revere Pottery vase. This is a good-sized vase, standing approx. 10-1/2" tall, and it is a rich, mustard or golden yellow color. This is not a decorated piece of SEG Pottery, but it is elegant in its simplicity. It is so smooth to the touch, and the color is so warm! It is a wonderful piece of American Art Pottery!

Looking at this vase, one might think, "What's so special about it?" What makes it special is the story behind Paul Revere Pottery and the Saturday Evening Girls. A woman named Edith Guerrier started a club, in the North End of Boston, to try to provide educational and artistic activities for young girls, to keep them off the streets. These girls were mainly Jewish and Italian immigrants. The club met in a library, usually on Saturday nights, hence the name. Around 1908, Guerrier, along with a friend, Edith Brown, and philanthropist Helen Osborne Storrow, started a pottery to provide the girls with safe and reliable work. The pottery was located not too far from the Old North Church, where Paul Revere hung the lanterns to warn the colonists about the British, as the story goes, so that is where the name Paul Revere Pottery came from. This pottery was so successful, room was needed for expansion, so a new facility was set up in the Brighton section of Boston, and production continued there from 1915-1942. The girls had much better work conditions than other places-they worked shorter hours, in a clean environment, and they were even read the classics as they worked.

This vase is marked on the bottom, "SEG", with the initials "T.M.", and a date of "6-17". "SEG" stands for Saturday Evening Girls, of course. I found some research that one of the girls who worked for the Paul Revere Pottery was named Teresa Molinari, and I am pretty certain that is who "T.M." is. "6-17" stands for the date of June, 1917.
So, knowing that this vase was crafted 92 years ago, in historic Boston, by an immigrant girl, possibly as she listened to Shakespeare or Dickens being read aloud as she worked, makes this a very special vase, indeed!

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Making Use of the New Canonical Tag Within eCommerce SEO by Craig Smith

Making Use Of The New Canonical Tag Within eCommerce SEO

By Craig Smith

Earlier this year, search engine representatives across all three main search engines, released a statement to announce a uniform method for reducing duplicate content. All three (Google, Bing, Yahoo) announced that they would embrace a "canonical" tag that would assist search engines in understanding primary URL's within a domain.

In ecommerce environments, where navigation paths can lead to as many as 15 URL's for a given product page, this development is a major step to better structure your site for optimal search engine optimization.

Essentially, this “canonical” tag, is included inside the HEAD of any HTML document. When properly leveraged, the tag is now the most effective way to reduce the negative impact that can happen when the same page is indexed multiple times under a variety of URL’s.

This tag is basically conveying to a search crawler, “Googlebot, this URL you are on isn’t the preferred page for this content, href= is.”

In talking to representatives within the engines as well as retailers alike, duplicate content is a paramount issue and this tag will definitely kickstart actions on both sides to improve website indexing.

Here's a real life example. You can have the following example variations for a fictional website:

So which is the primary page? All of these pages can be indexed, but which version should an engine render?

You can try using 301 redirects to fix, but sometimes these are tough to generate depending on the sophistication of your CMS or eCommerce platform.

You could eliminate URL parameters such as session ID’s and tracking codes, but then you are losing data to help you gauge the impact of your marketing and do not really leverage your analytics optimally. In this situation, use the canonical tag!

How does this impact your SEO efforts? Unlike a 301 which redirects all web traffic, the canonical tag is an indicator for only engines which allows you to keep your existing url.

It will help engines in concentrating link equity into one primary URL, for a specific piece of content, as well as essentially tell them which page you want to have as the “authority” page...while at the same time, not affecting your visitors and their experience in any way.

Want some facts right from Google? Here are answers that they published in their webmaster central blog:

From: Practical eCommerce:

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I found this video today and just had to share it with you! It consists of three very short clips -- but the last one is my favorite and is well, just so cute, I had to drop everything and post it for you! I hope you enjoy it!

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