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Inaugural Medals (1/23/08)
Wm. Howard Taft official Inaugural Medal, 1909It is well known that the United States Mint manufacturers the currency and coinage of the United States. What isn’t well known is that there are skilled craftsman who also shape American history in bronze medals and medallions for everyone to own and share. Created in 1792, the U.S. Mint has been the primary source of coinage in the United States, but in their own words: More >>


The National WWII Museum: A Modern Experience of the Historical Part 2 (1/22/08)
American WWII PropagandaWWII Museum: Pacific Front Exhibit 945 Magazine, New Orleans LA Adult Admission $14 Student Admission $8 Child $6 More >>


Something Old, Something New: The French Market (1/22/08)
The French Market New Orleans, LA More >>


Making Paper from Paper (1/21/08)
Life Magazine cover from 1922Magazines can be one of those collections that just happened – you weren’t planning on collecting but you just couldn’t get rid of those great issues. There were articles you still planned to read or great writing you might need to reference in the future – recipes, an editorial, beautiful pictures. Next thing you know, you’ve become a collector! More >>


Geek Speak New Comic Day Edition 1/16/08 (1/21/08)
robin issue 170It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for the first “New Comic Book Day” edition of Geek Speak! Every Wednesday I’ll be ranting and raving about the new books and giving you an idea on what us geeks are reading/collecting. So, enough talk, lets get down to the meat of the matter! It’s new comic day! More >>


Secret Service Collectibles Part II (1/20/08)
Secret Service guest pin - 1980sThis is an expanded list of Secret Service collectibles, particularly as it relates to the declassified security pins worn by VIPs within the White House compound. They are occasionally numbered. More >>


Secret Service Collectibles (1/20/08)
US Secret Service lapel pin, Reagan eraWhat began as a special governmental protection unit responsible for the safety of US currency in 1865, the US Secret Service has expanded its role to include protection of the president, vice president, presidential candidates, and foreign leaders while visiting US soil. More >>


Presidential Glassware (1/19/08)
U.S. Secret Service cobalt coffee mugSome of my favorite presidential items to collect are the glassware to include the mugs, tumblers, plates, dishes, wine glasses, and tumblers. More >>


13 Star Flags: How to Identify an Authentic 18c One (1/18/08)
The familiar 13 star pattern of an 18th century U.S. national flagThe Flag Act of June 14, 1777 states “…that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field…” Nowhere does it say how the stars were to be arranged. That is why there are so many different ‘national’ standards of this period simply because the star pattern wasn’t regulated until about 1912 or so. More >>


Charms of the President (1/18/08)
Ronald Reagan issued a pewter charm for his second Inauguration in 1985When speaking of the charms of the president of the United States, it is usually more of a warm feeling than a physical item. But, no, I am referring to the small commemorative item worn on a bracelet. For a while, presidents gave these out as well as cuff links and tie bars. The examples of charms I have go back to the Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan eras. More >>


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