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Movie and Television Merchandise as Collectibles
The box office tally isn’t the whole story of a film’s profit margin – “It’s the merchandise, silly.” So says Mel Brooks in his 1987 science fiction parody Spaceballs, as his character displays merchandise from the film – within the film – including bed sheets and a cereal box.
Autumn Leaf dinnerware was manufactured by Hall China Company and issued as a premium by the Jewel Tea Company. The pattern was originally produced between 1933 and 1978. Many other companies produced matching kitchen accessories. References: C. L. Miller, “The Jewel Tea Company: Its History and Products,” Schiffer Publishing, 1994; Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer, “The Collector’s […]
Most collections relating to the field of aviation focus on one of four categories—commercial airlines, dirigibles, famous aviators, or generic images of aircraft. Early American airlines depended on government subsidies for carrying mail. By 1930, five international and 38 domestic airlines were operating in the United States. A typical passenger load was 10 people. After World […]
The earliest still banks were made from wood, pottery, gourds, and later, cast iron. Lithographed tin banks advertising various products and services reached their height in popularity between 1930 and 1955. The majority of these banks were miniature replicas of the products’ packaging. Ceramic figural banks were popular novelties during the 1960s and 1970s. The most […]
Barber Shop, Beauty Shop & Shaving Colectibles
The neighborhood barber shop was an important social and cultural institution in the first half of the 20th century. Men and boys gathered to gossip, exchange business news, and check current fashions. With the emergence of unisex shops in the 1960s, the number of barber shops dropped by half in the United States. References: Ronald S. […]
The first Barbie fashion dolls, patented by Mattel in 1958, arrived on toy store shelves in 1959. By 1960, Barbie was a marketing success. The development of Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, began in 1960. Many other friends followed. Clothing, vehicles, doll houses, and other accessories became an integral part of the line. From September 1961 through July […]
During the late 1960s and early 1970s it became fashionable for homeowners to convert basements into family rec rooms, often equipped with bars. Most were well stocked with both utilitarian items (shot glasses and ice crushers) and decorative accessories. Objects with advertising are usually more valuable than their generic counterparts. References: Mark Pickvet, “The Encyclopedia […]
Baseball cards were originally issued by tobacco companies in the late 19th century. The first big producers of gum cards were Goudey Gum Company of Boston (1933–41) and Gum, Inc. (1939). After World War II, Gum, Inc.’s successor, Bowman, was the leading manufacturer. Topps, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York, followed. Topps bought Bowman in 1956 and […]
Baseball traces its beginnings to the mid-19th century. By the turn of the century it had become America’s national pastime. The superstar has always been the key element in the game. Baseball greats were popular visitors at banquets, parades, and more recently at baseball autograph shows. Autographed items, especially those used in an actual game, command […]