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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 >>


Flags of Oz (1/18/08)
The royal flag of OzMany generations have read the children’s book series “The Wizard of Oz” ever since L. Frank Baum published his first book in 1900. He wrote a total of 14 books for the series until his death in 1919 (his last book was published pothumously in 1920). More >>


The National WWII Museum: A Modern Experience of the Historical (1/18/08)
Photographs from the WWII European Front ExhibitWWII Museum: European Front Exhibit 945 Magazine, New Orleans LA Adult Admission $14 Student Admission $8 Child $6 More >>


How Much Per Fume? (1/18/08)
The WorldA tasteful perfume bottle can be a work of art and has long been a popular collectible. Here’s a quick run through of the scent bottle lexicon to help you make sense of it all! • A Commercial bottle is a perfume bottle available at the perfume counter, as opposed to a handmade, one of a kind. • A Signed bottle is a commercial bottle signed by the designer. More >>


Birds of a Feather: Local Louisiana Folk Art (1/17/08)
Brown Pelican, cypress rootBirds of a Feather Part 2 Historic New Orleans Collection 410 Chartres St. New Orleans, La $6 Admission $10 Admission + Booklet More >>


Goodbye to the Mess Kit (1/16/08)
Vietnam War - era Mess KitIf it is true that an Army marches on its stomach, then the mess kit was the way the Army marches. The examples of mess kits I have belong to World War I and the Vietnam Era. The first is heavy gauge steel and has some heft to it. Its design survived through the Second World War. The ‘chow’ was added unceremoniously into uncompartmented sections where everything eventually ran together. More >>


Buckle Up, Soldier (1/16/08)
Confederate belt buckleConfederate belt buckles can be valued at thousands of dollars – a fact which has spurred an interesting pastime – digging for buckles. While record collectors refer to searching for valuable vinyl at stores or sales as “digging in the crates,” “digging for buckles” in the southern United States literally means grabbing a shovel and unearthing a specific part of, say Tennessee, for example. More >>


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