August 2014

The glass bead

I'm always amazed by the diversity and complexity of the human condition. Something as innocuous as a glass bead reveals an industry with sophisticated multi-million dollar manufacturing facilities, trade shows, magazines, websites, fan clubs, and swap meets,  When you think about it, trade beads during the early American settlers bartering with the native Americans.  The highly collectable African trade beads..there are books available with the only subject matter being the glass bead..worldwide.