The beginning of collections.
Marilyn vos Savant, in her regular column, was asked "where was the earliest known museum and what was displayed?"
Ms. vos Savant answers that the first museums as we understand them were located in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. However, only scholars got to view anything kept inside and then only used as teaching tools, not viewed by the general public.
The Eisenhower Birthday Plate
Sometimes in the world of collectibles there is an event item that is made specifically and only for that special time and then there is a commemorative item that was not made officially for the event, but instead honors the event itself. For example, the official inaugural medal for a president’s swearing in recognizes the event officially. Another company produces its own inaugural medal
The Inaugural Medal of Warren G. Harding
President-elect Warren G. Harding wanted "…the most dazzling celebration in the memory of the present generation." Fireworks, concerts, balls, parades, and the return of the inaugural medal. However, with the economy approaching deep depression, the political climate did not warrant an extravagent celebration.
The Inaugural Clothing Buttons of George Washington
In the first inauguration of a freely chosen president of the United States in 1789, President-elect George Washington appeared in New York "…dressed in deep brown, with metal buttons, with an eagle on them…", according to William Maclay, a Pennsylvania Senator. As would happen in decades to come, merchants saw a chance to sell souvenirs of the occasion and they would be clothi
What flag is that?
The Chesapeake Bay Flag Association held a meeting at the Flag House in Baltimore, Maryland on November 10, 2007 as they do periodically. The Flag House is the site where Mary Pickersgill had sewn what is now known as the Star Spangled Banner flag, the one that flew over Fort McHenry during the bombardment of Baltimore by the British in 1814. This flag, now in the Smithsonian Institution, i
Not all Visor Caps are “Crushers”
There is rampant misuse of the term “crusher cap” in reference to US visor caps in the WWII militaria collecting market. A crusher cap is a type of visor cap that is intended to be soft and pliable. Germans also had a crusher cap designed for field use, but that is another topic. US crusher caps were designed for pilots and air personnel to comfortably wear under their headset.
Are Shows Still Worth the Effort?
Just returned from the "D.C. Big Flea Market" at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. This is a relatively big show held 5 weekends a year. With about 600 dealers, it really makes for a fun afternoon. Despite its name, this is anything but a flea market of tables piled with old clothes, books, and children’s toys.
2007 Great Falls Studio Tour
Last Sunday I was tooling around the back roads in Great Falls, Virginia in my husband’s aging Corvette when I spotted a sign, "Great Falls Studio Tour." The local area newspaper elaborated that Great Falls Studios was having their 4th annual studio tour Oct. 19 – 21, 2007.