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The History of Recorded Fairy Tales (9/4/08)
Illustration by H. M. Brock for “The Frog Prince” in an 1889 edition of Kinder-und Hausmärchen by the Grimm Brothers. “The Frog Prince” was the first story in the Grimm collection.Folk and fantasy stories have been passed down through the ages for thousands of years and have an ancient oral tradition in almost every country. The early fantasy tales were quite a bit different from the sanitized versions produced today. More >>


Dating Nancy Drew Book Formats (9/4/08)
Edward Stratemeyer (1862 – 1930) created a literary syndicate in the early 1900s which was responsible for the publication of thousands of juvenile series books. These included the Rover Boys, Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Dana Girls, Honey Bunch, Bomba the Jungle Boy, X Bar X Boys, Campfire Girls, Happy Hollisters and scores of others. More >>


P.T. Barnum: An Accidental Collectible (9/4/08)
Original Barnum BustA most unusual addition to my circus collection came from an unplanned series of events. More than 30 years ago I became acquainted with a local artist who was beginning to work with sculpture. My nephew introduced us. I always thought I’d like to have a bust of P.T. Barnum, which I thought would fit well on the bookshelves with my collection of Barnum and other circus books. More >>


A FORTUNE FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE (9/4/08)
This Colt No. 3 Belt Paterson made between 1837 and 1840 set a new world’s record at $414,000.“KITCHEN TABLE” ANTIQUE PISTOLS SET RECORDS AT ROCK ISLAND AUCTION Three world records result from sale of a collection by man trying to buy a car for his elderly mother. More >>


The Quintessential Union Firearm (9/4/08)
Full-Length View of Springfield US Model 1861 Rifle Musket.Over the last twenty years I keep getting one question asked over and over again. What was THE CIVIL WAR FIREARM? In a war right at the cusp of the industrial revolution that is a more difficult question then it may seem. With the use of every arm ever made in American Arsenals and Imports from almost every country in Europe, the total of Arms used in our Civil War is over 600 distinct types! More >>


Pam Grier Collectibles Attract Varied Interest (9/4/08)
Pam Brief tells a story (Photo by Renee Wright)Pam Grier told an audience at Winston Salem’s 2008 Riverrun International Film Festival that when she went to meet director Quentin Tarantino, he told her he had written a movie with her in mind. More >>


Lon Chaney Collectible Poster Turns Up In Sub Shop (9/4/08)
Another view of the Phantom posterIt’s not unusual to discover movie poster collectibles in unlikely locations. This time, the Phantom was hanging out in a sub shop. More >>


The Rocket Man and Me (9/4/08)
The Rocketman insert posterYears ago, in 1954, when I was 7 or 8, I saw a little film called “The Rocket Man,” at the Columbia Theatre in the small town where I grew up. I was about the same age as the young boy, played by George “Foghorn” Winslow, known for his gravelly voice. More >>


Incredible Leonard Schrader Lobby Card Collection Sells (9/4/08)
Buster Keaton item from SchraderOne of the most amazing American collections of movie memorabilia known has sold to an as-yet unnamed foreign buyer. More >>


The condition of movie paper–and how it affects prices (9/4/08)
Let’s start with the absolute basics: all serious collectors desire items that are as near perfect as possible, and the closer to perfect an item is, the higher the price it can command. More >>


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