Patches of the Office of Vice President of the United States
The seal of the vice president was created by Executive Order 10016 on November 10, 1948 and signed by President Harry S Truman. The Executive Order specifies the design and restrictive use of the seal of the president. That design lasted until it was changed in 1975 by Executive Order 11884 signed by President Gerald Ford.
Republic of Kosovo
“Kosovo is a republic — an independent, democratic and sovereign state,” Kosovo’s parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi declared on February 17, 2008.
The new flag of Independent Kosovo is a dark blue field with a map of Kosovo in yellow centered on the field with an arc of six five-pointed white stars in an arc above the map each star representing one ethnic group within Kosovo.
The Comic Speculator
This week in the Comic Speculator I’m taking a look at the legendary work of Alex Toth in the classic Zorro Dell Four Color comics. For more on Zorro’s latest comic series check out my other blog, This Week in Geek, where I discuss new comics that are destined to be tomorrow collectible back issues.
Presenting to 1st Graders
I own an overly large naval standard for the president of the United States. At 10 by 16 feet it takes up the entire living room at home. My 8 x 12 U.S. flag with 45 stars from about 1900 is big enough for anywhere, too. But, they are hard to appreciate all folded up. They both, though, have one other thing in common besides being oversized. First graders love ’em.
Victorians Mourning Their Dead Monumental To Mundane
Although paying hommage to the dead goes back as far as recorded time, we are probably most familiar with the widow in mourning, all dressed in black, of the mid 19th century, who was destined to wear black for the rest of her life, or at least a significant part of it.
Diminutive Audio Equipment as Collectible
Musical toys are some of the most sought-after audio equipment in avant garde music genres. This phenomenon has made primitive, electronic instruments into collectibles. In addition to the sheer novelty of collecting poor quality, low-fi objects, the idea of toy keyboards from the eighties as collectibles speaks to the high-speed rate of progress in audio.
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.
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!
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?”.