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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 >>


Unprecedented movie memorbilia collection to be auctioned in December (9/4/08)
PhotoplayThe Los Angeles Times is reporting that a movie memorbilia collection some say is second only to that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be auctioned off in mid-December of this year. More >>


Invasion of the Body Snatchers Times Four (9/4/08)
Quite a few movies about invading aliens scared us during the collision of the Atomic Era with the Space Age in the 1950s. Only one, however, transforms like some space creature to fit the zeitgeist of each new generation. Several of those original 50s films about aliens have been remade once. More >>


Popular movie poster sizes (9/4/08)
Movie paper refers to cinema promotional material printed on paper. Movie display art also appeared on more durable card stock (LobX cards, half sheets, and insert cards, for instance). Common popular sizes (in inches) include the following: One sheet: 27” X 41” before the 1980s, thereafter, 27” X 40” More >>


Star disses “My Best Friend’s Girl” poster (9/4/08)
Dane Cook is not happy with the new poster for his upcoming film, “My Best Friend’s Girl,” and posted a rant about its design and bad Photoshopping on his MySpace page. He says “the left side of my face seems to be melting off my skull.” He adds, “It looks like I’m wearing Maybelline Water Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipstick.” More >>


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