AUTOGRAPHED by author . . . The first “souvenir” jewelry was made of coin silver and genuine turquoise. It was hand assembled by Native Americans from parts supplied by traders and manufacturers. Some were, of course, entirely made outside the American Indian communities so were, in fact, machine made. This book unravels the many overlapping facts and legends of “railroad” jewelry, now known as Fred Harvey Jewelry. Precious metal. Genuine turquoise. Collectible . . .
Fred Harvey was among America’s first magnates. His company built an empire based upon a simple handshake. He teamed up with the Santa Fe railroad builders to create America’s first tourist experience. He changed perception of the American Indian from fearful savage to peaceful farmer and a national curiosity.
He told unbelievable, but true stories of Hopi SNAKE DANCERS and build an inviting side trips for gentile tourists and Wild West explorers. Popular was his brand new palace hanging on the edge of the raging Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
In the process, Fred Harvey championed Native art by inviting Pueblo potters to sell their authentic jars to tourists right through train windows. Navajo rugs filled Harvey’s galleries, eateries and wall spaces. And basketry flourished.
Interestingly, powerful turquoise jewelry preferred by Native Americans offended the VICTORIAN tastes of the day. So Fred Harvey Company helped design the “Pretty Girl” jewelry which became the subject of this book. Sold by the millions, this semi-manufactured “Indian” jewelry was laden with SYMBOLS developed to created mystery and intrigue among America’s first TOURIST community . . . THE BOOK tells this intriguing story.
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