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Tax Day

Tax Day

Today, Tuesday April 18th is known as Tax Day. This is the deadline where individual income tax returns are due to the government.

The idea of income tax began with the Revenue Act of 1861. This Act suggested that a tax should be placed on every US citizen due to the need to fund the Civil War. The Revenue Act of 1861 was signed and made a law by President Abraham Lincoln.

Tax Day usually occurs on April 15th but there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, in Washington DC they celebrate Emancipation Day the weekday closets to April 16th, so when the 15th occurs on a Friday, Tax Day takes place the approaching Monday. Now if the 15th happens on the weekend, Tax Day then exist on Tuesday, like it is this year.

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Frame USA April News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

April News

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Barnwood Frame Serving Trays are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizers, these trays give more functionality to your everyday picture frame.

For the month of April enjoy 10% off all Barnwood Frame Serving Trays with Coupon Code: BarnTray10

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

Baseball Is Back — Opening Day 2017

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MLB Opening Day

Opening Day, typically occurring the first week of April, marks the beginning of baseball season for The MLB (Major League Baseball). This day is especially important for us in the city of Cincinnati seeing how The Cincinnati Reds were the Major Leagues first professional baseball team.

Originally the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, they were formed in 1866 and three years later became the first pro team by having ten players and all of them paid on salary.  The then Cincinnati Red Stockings had their first game on May 4th, 1869 which they went on to win 45-9! They continued on that season to 65 wins and zero losses, posting the first and only perfect season in the history of professional baseball.

Opening Day in Cincinnati is celebrated with the annual Findlay Market Parade. For multiple decades the first pitch of every MLB season happened in Cincinnati and the Reds are the only team to always play their first game at home.

Does your city glorify Opening Day in grand fashion? Let us know how you plan on honoring this unofficial holiday and what team you plan on watching the most of this season. Additionally, we’re offering 12% off all of our Wood Picture Frames in honor of the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

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April Fools’ Day

April 1st marks a favorite day for many jokers, April Fools’ Day! While not a public holiday, this April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide with many people playing jokes or pranks on their friends.

While April Fools’ Day is celebrated worldwide, there is no exact commencement date telling us when it began and why. But, there are two popular theories:

  1. Some people believe the day began due to The Nun’s Priest’s Tale which is a story from The Canterbury Tales written by poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the 1392. In this story the hero is tricked by a fox on “syn March bigan thritty dayes and two.” It is believed that the translation of this was supposed to mean 32 days after March, but somehow this line was misunderstood and people took it to mean 32nd of March, which would be April 1st.
  2. Others believe this celebration began in 1582 when France changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This in turn moved the celebration of the New Year from the end of March to the beginning of January and anybody still celebrating the New Year at the end of March were considered fools.

Regardless how it started, April Fools’ Day is not going away. Do you participate in jokes and pranks on April Fools? Comment below and tell us the best prank you’ve pulled.

What Does Made In America Mean To You?

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These days, we hear so much in the news and media about being Made in America or Made in the USA.  While this “phenomenon” is new for many businesses, it is not a new initiative for this picture frame manufacturer.

At Frame USA, we have been focusing on being Made in America since we started over 30 years ago.  We manufacture on average 2,750 picture frames a day, in all categories:

In 2010, we were even featured on a Diane Sawyer special that focused on American-made businesses: http://www.frameusa.com/pages/worldnews.

So what does Made in America mean to me?  Made in America means working hard to keep American jobs here in the United States, and offering great opportunities to so many throughout this great country of ours.  While politics may be a focus on your opinion of Made in America, it is not a focus of mine.

We produce great American made picture frames, at low wholesale prices every day here at Frame USA.  As our economy changes, our small American made business notices it quickly.  Do we lose business to China?  Yes.  Do we care?  Yes and no.  In our experience, many people come forward and are looking for the cheapest option all the time.  Then when they find out it will take them 6-12 weeks to get their picture frames from China, they appreciate our 4-5 business day turnaround a lot more.

We care because no one wants to lose business, however, do we waiver on making great American made products, no way!

Kelly Ackerman
Kelly Ackerman

This Guest Blog was written by Kelly Ackerman, Sales Operations Director of Frame USA.

 

 

The First Day Of Spring Is Here!

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Monday, March 20, 2017 marks the 2017 spring equinox. The equinox occurs every year on the 19th or 20th of March and this days marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and happens at the same moment across the entire world.

The word equinox is derived from two Latin words and means equal night. This is important because on the equinox, day and night are equal duration on the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. During this time the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards that sun and that’s what’s causes longer days and warmer weather as more light hits the hemisphere.

To celebrate the first day of spring Frame USA is offering 10% off all Colori Picture Frames all month long. Use Coupon Code: Colori10 & enjoy these wonderful savings.

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Spring is upon us so get ready for the longer days and warmer weather!

March Madness 2017

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It’s that time of year that a most sports fans and a lot of casual viewers love, MARCH MADNESS! March Madness or The Big Dance are nicknames that refer to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Created in 1939, this tournament is single-elimination and takes place every year in March. 68 college basketball teams from the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) are divided into four regions and play this “one and done” tournament to decide the national champions.

Televised since 1969, March Madness has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. Fans love cheering for the Universities they attended and have such a yearning to boo and shame their most heated rivals. It’s the time of year that can be inspiring seeing a low seeded Cinderella team going the distance and making it deep into the tournament. Mid-March is a time when televisions are filled with basketball because there is an astounding 67 games that will be played in the short span of 3 weeks.

Regardless if you’re a casual viewer like a lot of us out here or you’re a die-hard college basketball fan, March Madness has something for us all to enjoy.  Comment below and tell us who you think will win this year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament. Additionally at Frame USA we have our own annual tradition called Margin Madness taking place, so swing by our site and check out all the fantastic products and savings we have for you!

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Frame USA March News

We have some exciting new things taking place around Frame USA and we want to share them with you.

March-News

 

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life! Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

Continue to check back in for new products and events we have going on around Frame USA.

Mardi Gras!

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Tuesday February 28th marks the celebration of Mardi Gras! Commonly referred to as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is marked by Carnival celebrations and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras began thousands of years ago as a pagan celebration of spring approaching and fertility. Later once Christianity became the dominate religion in Rome, they added these Mardi Gras tradition as a popular prelude to Lent. This was done so people could binge eat food and partake in debauchery right before the upcoming weeks of fasting.

Louisiana, and more specifically New Orleans, holds the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. 1837 is the year that the first Mardi Gras parade took place in New Orleans. Since then Mardi Gras in New Orleans has gotten so big that it’s became synonymous with the city, embraced by residents and remains New Orleans biggest attraction. On Fat Tuesday the last parades of the season take place and the celebrations wind down come to a close with the Meeting of the Courts (the Rex Ball Bar). Louisiana is still the only state in the USA where Mardi Gras is an actual legal holiday.

Revelers pack Bourbon Street beneath the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

This Mardi Gras enjoy 12% off all Design a Frame orders with Coupon Code: LoveIt12

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