• 2
    Sep

Have a Yen for Goofies, Ringers and Igloos? — You’ve Been Bitten by the Button Bug

In a St. Louis hotel elevator during a convention, several women were talking about the judging of their trays of heads when a man asked if they were a group of morticians. The women were in fact button collectors attending a button convention, and “heads” referred to buttons showing heads of people. The man could […]

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  • 1
    Sep

Even if you Can’t Hit ’Em Straight, You Can Still Find ’Em and Collect ’Em

Creating a logo golf ball collection is easy. Adding to it takes a little ingenuity. Ask me. I know from where I speak. Starting out, almost every public or private golf club sells golf balls with the club imprint on it. Many golf outings and charity tournaments give them out to participants. So, you are […]

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  • 1
    Sep

Getting Down to the ABCs of Learning and Collecting

While many kids across the country have already gone back to school, and others are joyously trying to use up the last few days of summer before they head back to pencils and books, collectors may recall the basic pre-reading process of learning the ABCs. Such learning took place in many ways over the years, […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Uncommon Railroad Watches: Challenging Collections to Complete

Railroad watches were produced in prodigious quantities by nearly all the American watch companies, starting in 1870 and running right up to 1969, with the first being the National Watch Company’s (Elgin) Key Wind B.W. Raymond for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the last being Hamilton’s 992B. While these “common” railroad watches are of interest to […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Taking a Peek at Antique Furniture Keyhole Accessories

When you examine almost any older or antique piece of furniture which has doors, drawers, a drop front, a tambour or a lid you almost certainly, sooner or later, will find a lock. To operate the lock, naturally, there is a keyhole. And, except in some of the more primitive cases, the keyhole is almost […]

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  • 25
    Aug

Duck, Duck, Goose II: A. Elmer Crowell Decoys Realize High Prices at Auction

On July 15 and 16 of this year, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its sporting sale in Plymouth, Ma. Among the many items to be sold were seven wonderful A. Elmer Crowell decoys. (Please see Duck, Duck, Goose: Superb and Valuable A. Elmer Crowell Decoys) I knew I couldn’t go to the auction to see […]

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  • 19
    Aug

What Did You Read As a Child? Collecting Memories

Avid readers and book collectors all have one thing in common—they were inspired by their childhood favorites. We learned to value books because of the ones we read when we were young. These are the books we will always remember—the ones that stimulated our imaginations, took us away to fabulous places and created in us […]

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  • 18
    Aug

Advertising History: The Origin of ‘Nipper,’ the RCA Victor Dog

“Nipper,” the RCA Victor advertising dog, was one of the most familiar advertising icons of the early 20th century. The image was used extensively on products by RCA, the figures used in stores and outlets that sold the RCA product line or serviced them. But for the decision of one man more than 100 years […]

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  • 17
    Aug

‘The Circus Is Coming!’ Circus Couriers Whet Communities’ Appetites

“The circus is coming!” It was the cry of every kid who heard the news that the circus was coming to their town. And how did they learn this news? They saw the colorful posters that covered the buildings in town and could pick up a circus courier to take home and spend hours studying […]

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  • 11
    Aug

Card Tables You Don’t Fold Up and Hide in the Closet

When you think of a card table, does your mind take you back to those cheaply made vinyl-covered wood metal contraptions with the folding legs that our mothers and grandmothers played bridge and pinochle on. It wasn’t always like that. Card tables of the 18th and 19th centuries were elegant pieces of fine cabinetry. Like […]

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