This episode I sit down Travis Owens out of the Syracuse, New York area. Travis is the man behind the camera for a Youtube channel that he and his wife, Jamie have, called The Society Gurl. Along with his love for videography, Travis has made a name for himself in the programming world. He got his start working for first in the Tribal sector and has since work for such companies as Unity Health System, CBORD and Bausch and Lomb. Travis also oversaw an entire platform rewrite for the start-up BitePal so that it could easily scale with the least amount of developmental friction. For the past two years he has been working as a developer focused in such areas as C# ASP.net, WinForms, Console apps and in Oracle.
We discuss how we met through Hanna Silver. For more information on Hanna Silver:
- View the show: http://collectorshangout.tv/episode3
- Listen to the podcast: http://collectorshangout.tv/collectors-hangout-podcast-episode-003-with-hanna-silver/
We discuss mason jars, the history of mason jars and how Travis got into collecting glassware has a whole. If you’d like to see stills of many of the mason jars Travis showcased you can view those at: Mason Jars and Uraniumware with Travis Owens|Collectors Hangout Podcast Episode 036
Interesting facts about the history of mason jars:
- The genius behind the mason jar was integration of 3 items: 1, a jar that had threads to screw a metal band down; 2, a lid (flat circular metal piece); and 3, a rubber rubber seal. The rubber seal would be put on first resting on the rim of the jar, the lid would be placed on top of the rubber seal and finally the metal band would be tightened down.
- The main collecting period of mason jars runs from 1840-1920
- More information about the dollar range that mason jars can fetch can be found here: http://www.countryliving.com/shopping/antiques/a36246/canning-jars-collectors-guide
We then discussed uranium glass otherwise known as vaselineware, the history of it and why Travis has uranium glass in his collection.
Interesting facts about vaselineware:
- It does glow under a blacklight, not because of it being radioactive, but based on the chemical make up – “It’s the chemistry of uranium that makes Vaseline glass glow, not radioactivity,” Skelcher says by phone from England, where he lives with his wife, Shirley, and 500 or so pieces of Vaseline glass in a collection that once numbered more than 1,000. “It wouldn’t make any difference whether the glass contained depleted uranium with the 235 isotope removed or natural uranium; the chemistry is identical. Uranium fluoresces under UV light.”
- Not all glass that glows green is vaselineware or have uranium. That can also be caused by high amounts of magnesium
If you’d like to see stills of many of the uranium glassware Travis showcased you can view those at: Mason Jars and Uraniumware with Travis Owens|Collectors Hangout Podcast Episode 036
Travis closes the show with his favorite meals, drinks, music he couldn’t live without and a cool story about a person that left an indelible imprint on his life.
If you’d like to connect with Travis and his wife go to the links below:
- Website – http://www.thesocietygurl.com/
- The Society Gurl’s twitter – https://twitter.com/thesocietygurl
- Travis’ twitter – https://twitter.com/TravisOwens
- Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TravisOwens/posts
- Instagram – http://instagram.com/thesocietygurl
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thesocietygurl