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The Ultimate White House Collectible (1/28/08)
The South Portico of the White House , c. 1836.  The southwest cornerstone would be at the bottom right.After all of that pomp and ceremony, you would think that at least one of the people who attended the laying of the cornerstone of the President’s House would remember where they put it. If you weren’t one of the Freemasons who attended the ceremony on October 13, 1792 to lay the cornerstone at the President’s House, then let me tell you what happened. More >>


Are you wearing the real George W. Bush? (1/28/08)
The You look good. Very good. Crisp, white shirt with cobalt blue studs and cobalt blue, official presidential George W. Bush cuff links to match. Black tie and tux. Wonderful overcoat and cashmere scarf. Your new shoes shined to perfection. Limousine waiting. Your date is matching perfection. Ready to attend the President’s State of the Union speech? More >>


Flag of Iraq to Change (1/24/08)
Proposed new flag of IraqThe Associated Press today announced that Iraq’s parliament voted to change the national flag of Iraq. The current national flag (on the top far left) consists of three horizontal stripes of red, white, and black with three green stars in the white stripe with the Takbir, the words ‘Allahu Akbar’ or ‘God is Great’, in green stylized Arabic calligraphy in between the stars. More >>


Secret Service Collectibles Part II (1/20/08)
Secret Service guest pin - 1980sThis is an expanded list of Secret Service collectibles, particularly as it relates to the declassified security pins worn by VIPs within the White House compound. They are occasionally numbered. More >>


Secret Service Collectibles (1/20/08)
US Secret Service lapel pin, Reagan eraWhat began as a special governmental protection unit responsible for the safety of US currency in 1865, the US Secret Service has expanded its role to include protection of the president, vice president, presidential candidates, and foreign leaders while visiting US soil. More >>


Presidential Glassware (1/19/08)
U.S. Secret Service cobalt coffee mugSome of my favorite presidential items to collect are the glassware to include the mugs, tumblers, plates, dishes, wine glasses, and tumblers. More >>


13 Star Flags: How to Identify an Authentic 18c One (1/18/08)
The familiar 13 star pattern of an 18th century U.S. national flagThe Flag Act of June 14, 1777 states “…that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field…” Nowhere does it say how the stars were to be arranged. That is why there are so many different ‘national’ standards of this period simply because the star pattern wasn’t regulated until about 1912 or so. More >>


Charms of the President (1/18/08)
Ronald Reagan issued a pewter charm for his second Inauguration in 1985When speaking of the charms of the president of the United States, it is usually more of a warm feeling than a physical item. But, no, I am referring to the small commemorative item worn on a bracelet. For a while, presidents gave these out as well as cuff links and tie bars. The examples of charms I have go back to the Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan eras. More >>


Flags of Oz (1/18/08)
The royal flag of OzMany generations have read the children’s book series “The Wizard of Oz” ever since L. Frank Baum published his first book in 1900. He wrote a total of 14 books for the series until his death in 1919 (his last book was published pothumously in 1920). More >>




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