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Early Americana, Hand-Painted Furniture and Fabulous Fantasies (2/26/08)
Early Americana Hand Painted ScreenI recently visited one of my favorite New England towns, Salem, Massachusetts, and stumbled upon this fabulous, early American, hand-painted, dressing screen. It is a decorative item now on display at “Sophia’s Gifts of Artistry & Elegance,” www.sophiasofsalem.com. I spoke with the shop proprietor, Marie Cardillo, and we both learned something new. More >>


Vice President Cufflinks Misrepresented (2/25/08)
Seal of the Vice President of the United StatesRecently on Ebay I noticed an unusual change to the official seal of the vice president, 50 gold stars surrounding the central eagle on a white background. Everything was correct except for the 50 gold stars. More >>


The Seal and Flag of the Vice President of the United States (2/25/08)
Coat-of-arms of the vice president, patch, 1948 to 1975Much has been written about the seal of the president of the United States. It is a more powerful, more visible office, of course, but in many ways the influence of the vice president can be just as significant. Yet, recognizing the symbols of the office isn’t that high on a collector’s radar. More >>


Patches of the Office of Vice President of the United States (2/25/08)
Security staff at the St. ElizabethThe 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. More >>


Republic of Kosovo (2/25/08)
Flag of United Nations as used as part of the UN protectorate since 1999“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. More >>


The Comic Speculator (2/25/08)
Alex Toth Zorro artThis 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. More >>


The Terrell House: A Collector’s Dream Guest House (2/25/08)
Russian BoxesTerrell House 1441 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 866-261-9687 More >>


Presenting to 1st Graders (2/24/08)
My sonI 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. More >>


Victorians Mourning Their Dead Monumental To Mundane (2/24/08)
Large Gold Victorian Hair Mourning Brooch , Ring & ArticleAlthough 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. More >>


Diminutive Audio Equipment as Collectible (2/23/08)
Toy Casio 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. More >>


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