The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cleveland, Ohio - On this date in 1924 Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland. Mancini was one of the most successful film composers of his time. In the 1950s and 1960s we constantly saw his name in the credits of television programs and theater movies. He simply wrote catchy tunes. His hits like television's Peter Gunn and the theater's Moon River will never be forgotten. Mancini worked on over 100 films including The Glenn Miller Story and The Benny Goodman Story.
In 1961 he was hired by Blake Edwards to do the music for his 1961 film. The film was one of the most revered of all time. That movie was Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn in the role of Holly Golightly. And for that movie Mancini teamed up with lyricist Johnny Mercer to make Moon River an everlasting memory.
A Tiffany Roundlet
A Tiffany Picnic
Tiffany and Company at 5th Avenue and 57th St. in New York City was around long before Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was founded in 1836 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young as "Tiffany and Young" at 259 Broadway. In 1837 it became Tiffany & Co. and, in that year, the light blue color became their trademark color for packaging (see corkscrew picture). During Tiffany's 160+ year history, a wide variety of barware including silver corkscrews have been offered.
For those who had never visited New York and never heard of Tiffany's, Breakfast at Tiffany's made it a household word. Millions now wanted to shop at Tiffany's for fine jewelry.
Breakfast at Tiffany's composer Henry Mancini died June 14, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California.
Letter to the Editor
"Bone" Corkscrew Source
Castle Antiques and Reproductions of Hawley, Pennsylvania currently offers several of the "bone" carved corkscrews shown in recent issues of The Daily Screw. The Chef and Top Hat man are $50.00 each. Two Barrel Type corkscrews - one picturing a group of men and the other a horse and buggy are $75.00 each.
The company has a wide range of "scrimshaw" products including canes, letter openers, and pie cutters crimpers. Castle also offers cast iron doorstops, black memorabilia including a wall mount bottle opener, bronzes, tin signs, ceramics, and other reproduction / new items.
They do state that their items are "manufactured originals or reproductions and are sold as such" and that "They are not old or antiques."
Bob Sieminski, Wayne, New Jersey
Answers to Yesterday's "What are these?"
©2003 Don Bull, Editor