The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Friday, December 12, 2003
Christmas Shopping in Italy
Wirtz, Virginia - Remember back in 1959 when a doll named Barbie was introduced? It took only two years before she got a steady boyfriend. Ken was introduced in 1961.
Ten years ago the Alessi firm in Italy introduced the "Anna G" double lever corkscrew. Anna G was designed by Alessandro Mendini and was produced in a variety of colors. Now Mendini has dressed up Anna G in a all chrome plated zamak material. Why? Because she's all spruced up to meet Mendini's latest corkscrew creation "Sandro M."
One Internet source for the new all metal Anna G and her metal / polymide partner Sandro M is the DesignStore.com. In the design store, you'll also find Anna G's many colors: Burgundy, Seafoam Green, Yellow, Black, Azure, Fluorescent Green and Fluorescent Red.
Letter to the Editor
Bury the Corkscrew
After reading about the interesting "Death of the Cork" from Kenn Cameron in the December 1st issue, I thought the "Bury the Corkscrew" may be of interest.
I have attached enclosed photos of enamel steel water jugs with ice catching spouts advertising Teachers Highland Cream Scotch Whisky. Both show a capped or flanged cork in use that eliminate the need of a corkscrew. I think this was first introduced in the 1920's.
In 1913, William Manera Bergius, a nephew of Adam Teacher, devised and patented the now familiar replaceable cork (i.e. a cork with a wooden cap, which did not require a corkscrew): Highland Cream was described as 'the self-opening bottle', and it was advertised with the slogan "Bury the Corkscrew".
Ron MacLean, Canada
This marvellous engraving has been made recently by our Italian colleague Emilio Calcio Caudano, who was selling it at the meeting of the AICC - the Italian corkscrew collectors club last weekend in Venice.
Hans Turler, France
Wirtz, Virginia - A special thank you goes to Ron MacLean for submitting a photo of his "Screwed Again" pottery statue which we have now adopted in The Daily Screw masthead.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor