• 18 Mar
    2014

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 15 May
    2013

Cigar Store Indians: The Original Tobacco Advertising Pitchmen

In the 1600s, ships traversed the Atlantic Ocean as businessmen in England looked to expand commerce and consumption of tobacco from America to Europe. The tobacco trade connected settlers who grew the crops in Virginia near the Jamestown colony, sailors who transported the dried leaves and the brokers who sold tobacco to merchants and shopkeepers […]

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  • 4 Apr
    2013

Up in Smoke: From the Calabash to the Hookah, Collectible Tobacco Pipes Abound

Tobacco use has taken many forms over the last five hundred-plus years, from cigars to cigarettes, plugs and snuff. But none offer up as many collecting possibilities as the tobacco pipe. Use of the tobacco pipe has been in and out of fashion since first gaining stature in the 17th century. It fell out of […]

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  • 1 Apr
    2013

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 1 Oct
    2008

Collectible Automobilia Ashtray

“Automobilia” comes in many forms. Often, these objects are cross collectibles (i.e. ashtrays). One of the most interesting early ashtrays is the one pictured.

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  • 18 Jul
    2008

Antiques And Collectibles: July Auctions

July may be winding down, but there are fine antiques and collectibles auctions still on the calendar.

Saturday, July 19: Silver Flatware
Harlowe-Powell — Gallery Auction

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  • 7 Dec
    2007

Don’t Smoke!…Collect!

Don’t Smoke!…Collect Tobacciana

What a great area to collect in and it is hot! Whether it is pipes, tins, silks, baseball cards, signs or porcelain, there is something for everyone.

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