Once in childhood, I looked at the film «Cross Father.» How long after that I made a mafia! I dreamed of brutal macho in beautiful costumes, with lacquered shoes, smoking cigars and Thompson machines, smeared, shootouts and sultry beauties.
In real life, holes were relied in different parts of the body from the same Tompson machine, the term in prison, legs in concrete and, from time to time, travel to the bottom of the river. True, there were no such unfortunate ends in my dreams.
And, do you know what else was an integral detail of that time?
They had to have to be made of glass, with a cordial painting and a layer of gravity gold. The first gold glass signs appeared in England in the middle of the XIX century. As a rule, they decorated the entrance to restaurants and hotels and emphasized the status and degree of nutity of the public attending them.
Everyone who was behind the glass is elite.
Gradually, the fashion for screaming by the wealth of the sign was swinging in the United States, where he reached his heyday in the 30s-40s. Every self-respecting mafiosophone, whose ChSV went to the stratosphere, considered his duty to decorate his restaurant or, at worst, brothel was such a sign.
Artists on the glass at the time were many. Cover from rich mafia three skins for a cool sign was the case of honor for them. There were even special manufactories, where 20-30 artists «Rogged» profits. Well, how not to harvest if the Golden Sign is then, it’s like in our 90s raspberry jacket and a gold chain weighing in a shelter, lying horizontally land on an immense bouquency.
However, the fashion of the lady changed, and Mafii ended with time. So the signboards from use came out, as well as raspberry jackets. The artists retrained to other specialties, the workshops were disappeared, and the art of the golden glass sign was almost lost.
In the United States, there was one single master who was still engaged in such signs, interrupting one-time orders. Everything has changed several years ago, when one orphan boy from Japan saw such a sign on the old photo and caught fire to repeat it. His chirographs of Catoka called him.
We must pay tribute to the perseverance of the boy — he found that very last masters somewhere in the deaf province of the United States, and asked him to him in the disciples. At first they were denied him. And for the second time they also refused, only sent a little away.
But when Hiroki specially arrived from Japan in the United States, and knocked on the master door, he could not refuse. So teenager-Japanese became a student at the grandfather-American. Time flies quickly and after a few years a young man returned back to his homeland, where he opened the studio for the production of gold signs.
The process of manufacturing the signboard itself is very complex. First, a piece of glass of the desired size is cut and on all sides, it is bodied by hand bodies. Skoli grind.
Then the glass is covered with varnish stencil, on which several layers of graval gold or silver are applied. Sometimes both immediately. Then the gold layer is made by the gold layer, stamping and all this is covered with several layers of varnish.
To say that the work is labor-intensive — say nothing. You have to sit in the morning until late night. On each sign can leave a few days to a month. Plus, the materials themselves are very not cheap. Accordingly, the price tag for a sign can calmly exceed the cost of the Golden Cross shot from the neck of the owner of the raspberry jacket.
When Hiroki organized the exhibition and showed his signs to representatives of the Japanese business — those demolished the roof in the literal sense. Immediately at the exhibition, he ordered so much that he just stopped taking orders.
The turn stretched out for several decades.
Customers did not scare even the transcendant price. For a simple person, such a thing has a freofling price tag. Many, on the contrary, considered steeply such prices — the same symbol of high costs and fashionableness. A young man and his teacher is so littered with orders that they simply do not take a single order for the next 5 years.
So, thanks to the persistence of a young man, an unusual and almost completely lost art of gilded glass sign was revived.