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Trollbeads: United States World Tour Collection

Updated on August 8, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Welcome to the United States...

Welcome to todays Trollbeads' World Tour installment, when we will be visiting the last country on our tour, the United States, also known as the Land of the Free!

Anyone who knows the United States knows this country for its flag, which is in the colors of red, white and blue. Between the flag and good old Lady Liberty (The Statue of Liberty), these were always pure symbols of freedom at its very best for all people from all walks of life from years past when entering New York through Ellis Island. Anyone looking for a shot at a better life looked to this country for a new beginning of sorts. Many of my ancestors did just that and thanks to them I am able to call this great country and New York specifically my home!

Please now watch and enjoy the following Trollbeads video and answer the following question: What is the saying on the postcard which accompanied the Old West Bead?


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The White House

As I stated, I grew up in the United States, specifically in New York and of course took US History in school. I remember learning that the first White House was in New York back in colonial times, but eventually as the years passed, the US grew in size, and the number of states also grew was moved to Washington DC (which thus became the country's capital). This has been the residence of American Presidents and their families throughout the years. But for some reason, when I picture the White House, I picture only a few select presidents instead of the many that did reside there. Specifically I can see Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) during the Great Depression and WWII giving his Fireside Chats. And yet, I can also clearly see John F Kennedy (JFK) and his young family during the Camelot years. This building therefore holds so much history in its structure that it really does fascinate me.

This silver charm captures the grandeur and history of this building quite nicely. It also proves very nicely how The White House symbolizes strength and perseverance by mimicking the pillars and unique architecture that has made it recognized as a symbol of the United States worldwide.

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Old West

Yet again, I remember my US History pretty well (I aced this subject in school, because it really did fascinate me). When I think of the Old West, I think of the covered wagons and the Oregon Trail during the time of Lewis and Clark that so many back then took to get yet another a chance for a better life by venturing out westward.

These people years back must have raced through the desert, gazed upon purple mountains under spacious skies, and let the wild spirit of the land of opportunity fill their souls. If you are lucky enough to visit this part of the country, you too can do all this and more.

This silver charm is the image of a cactus and is a plant that can only be found in the deserts in the west. When seeing this charm, I conjure up images of those people that did take to the Oregon Trail in pursuit of the American Dream upon seeing this type of plant for the first time. It must have been truly a sight, just as this charm really is. Still as the American Old West has passed into history, legends of this region have still taken a firm hold in the imaginations of Americans and people the world over.

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Pursuit of Happiness

In the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America back in 1776, it was written that, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These rights were and are still to this day considered to be unalienable rights. So from as far back as one can go to the beginning of this country, the pursuit of happiness was a major point to the founding fathers. So it is extremely important to Trollbeads that this be the name of this charm, because it is yet another huge symbol of the US and is as American as apple pie and baseball games.

The actual 18-carat gold image of the smiley face is also a wonderful design on Trollbeads part, because the smiley face has been a pop culture symbol of the pursuit of happiness since the 1950s and in the 1970s Philadelphia was further made popular by the graphic image by two brothers (Bernard and Murray Spain). For some reason, I keep thinking of the movie Forrest Gump, with Tom Hanks where he wiped his face only to have the mud print be the smiley face that gave these brothers that ingenious idea. But anyways, have a happy day!

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Star Spangled Banner

As far back as I can remember, I knew the song the Star Spangled Banner (the poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key) and became America's national anthem. If you grew up in the United States in the 20th century, you were told in school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner every morning before the start of school in your classroom during morning announcements facing the United States Flag. Even now if you attend any sporting event in the US, such as a Major League Baseball game, both are recited before the game even begins as well. This yet again is as American as the three other charm symbols before it and has been for many years.

This being the only glass charm in the United States collection is absolutely perfect with the featured red,white and blue colors. Seriously, nothing does say United States of America better than the US Flag and these three colors. So it is completely understandable and makes perfect sense why this would be the glass charm for this country. Trollbeads really couldn't have done better here.

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Concluding the United States, as well as the World Tour Trollbeads' Collection...

It has been my absolute pleasure to tour the United States today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. This truly has been such an exciting journey for me and the United States concludes this series, but please stay tuned for the next article that I will be writing on some specific beads from Pandora and Trollbeads that I own and have their own specific meanings to me. But for now, as they say in the heart of the southern US, "You all come back now you here, real soon!!"

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    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      So happy to share a bit about my won home country here with the United States Collection. I love that you are adventurous and if you ever happen to find your way to NY would love to meet up with you :) Thank you though for stopping by this Trollbeads collection hub and for the share, votes, pin and share on Facebook too :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is one of the hubs among your fascinating Trollbeads hubs that I gained plenty of knowledge thanks to you! I am adventurous by nature and wanted to visit many countries across the globe, including U.S.A! My dream destinations in U.S.A included Hollywood, Las Vegas and New York. A wonderful hub with intricate trollbeads symbolizing America! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, I am glad you love the beads, because I do agree the beads are gorgeous and I loved telling the back story of each one. Thank you for commenting and voting up too!!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the beads. Your story behind each bead is terrific. Your video was awesome. Up and awesome.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Terrye, thank you yet again for stopping by and reading this. Thank you also for the votes and more too.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Another great hub on such cool beads! I love the cactus! Voted up and more. :)

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Carol for stopping by here and for your kind words. I did write ups on all the world tour countries, but this one being my country too had a special place in my heart.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Loved this Hub and A reminder of where we live.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you shiningirisheyes for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your thoughtful comments and glad you enjoyed this one.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Yeah- The good ol USA!!

      Fine addition to an outstanding series.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      You are so welcome Rebecca and so happy to be able to introduce you to Trollbeads. Thank you again for stopping by and commenting too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These troll beads are an interesting collectible. You are correct, the old red, white and blue is definitely all American. Thanks for introducing me to troll beads.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Lovedoctor926, yet again thank you for your support and stopping by. I really appreciate your kind comments about this series and about me sharing a bit of my life in these collections too. Thank you again!!

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Janine,

      I loved the video. I also enjoyed reading this hub and learning more about you. These troll beads are gorgeous! I am also enjoying these series. I have to catch up with the other ones. Voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you too Josh. Your continued support has meant so much to me and so glad you loved the White House one. Again, thanks for everything!!!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Bill, thank you, thank you. You are the first one here and so glad you are and enjoying this series too. I so enjoyed writing these and putting my own spin and take on the World Tour collections

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Yay! The US tour has arrived! :) I love the White House one, looks so cool! Keep 'em coming Janine! Enjoyable series. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Look at that....I'm first one here for your new hub! I'm getting into this series; love the different beads and your explanations. Thanks for the tour of the U.S., Janine!

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