• 22
    Feb

Presidential Portraits

My son’s school is celebrating President’s Month and before the month has ended I would celebrate by showing some presidential engravings or photos in my collection.

An early George Washington, our first president, steel engraving by G. R. Hall with his signature and official items, including a nice thirteen star flag in the background, dated 1856.

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  • 22
    Feb

Collecting

A question I get from novice arms collectors is “What should I collect?”. My constant answer is “Collect What You Like”.

If you have an abiding interest in The Civil War, collect Civil War Arms. The diversity is amazing! There were over 600 types of firearms used by both sides during that War and you will never collect them all! But it’s fun to try!

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  • 20
    Feb

This Week in Geek 2/20 Zorro returns!

If you’re a nerd in your late 20’s to early 30’s like me then you probably spent last Sunday night watching the American Gladiator finals (hosted by Hulk Hogan) and the premiere of Knight Rider. Now when I first heard that NBC was bringing back American Gladiators I thought to myself “dear god, what new horrors will the writer strike unleash next?”.

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  • 19
    Feb

Bush Antiques: A Big New Orleans Find

Bush Antiques
2109 Magazine
New Orleans, LA

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  • 19
    Feb

Barbie’s™ First Pet

1964 was a good year for Barbie™. There were many exciting changes and there were a few new faces added. Among these was a set called “Dog ‘n Duds” (stock #1613)

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  • 19
    Feb

The Mace of the House of Representatives

One of the oldest symbols of the United States, the Mace is the symbol of one of the first officers of the United States House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms, the chief enforcement officer of the House.

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  • 17
    Feb

Civil War and Patriotic Tradesmen’s Tokens

At the onset of the Civil War, US pennies were scarce and hoarded as well as metal shortages. People did not like the fractional paper currency, consequently copper tokens were made by private individuals and companies. This not only served as change for the company but also as an advertisement. I have demonstrated a few types of these tokens. Below is the rarity scale and metals scale:

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  • 15
    Feb

The Comic Speculator

No you’re not confused or in the wrong place, I just changed the name. The Nerdy Speculator is now “The Comic Speculator”! I mean that’s what I do here, speculate on back issue comics right? So here we go…

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  • 15
    Feb

‘Tis A Blessing To Count Your Valentine’s On One Hand

As I thumb through books and sift through information resources, I am coming to the resounding conclusion that the history of Valentines is unclear. What is clear however, is that this tradition of “A Day for Lovers” dates back to the Roman Empire. Pope Galesius appointed St. Valentine as the patron Saint of Valentines Day in 496 A.D.

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  • 14
    Feb

Presidential Commemoratives Once a Month

Presidential spoons. That is what the advertisement was trying to sell me, 42 presidents with a color photo on the stem and an engraving on the bowl. Silver plated, of course.

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