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18th century comes to life

Tinsmith Olaf Jansson to re-create Colonial-style items at Mabee Farm event

Olaf Jansson shows off the historically accurate 18th century automatic candle extinguisher he built recently.
Photographer: Bill Buell
Olaf Jansson shows off the historically accurate 18th century automatic candle extinguisher he built recently.
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Growing up in New Jersey not too far from historic Philadelphia, Olaf Jansson had a passion for the past and an affinity for art. What he didn’t fully appreciate, however, was the connection between the two. “I can remember going to France when I was in high school, and I probably spent about 45 minutes in the Louvre and that was it,” said Jansson. “I remember the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Winged Victory’ and I couldn’t ...

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