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Worthpoint is for you (11/15/07)
Worthpoint is for you. Whether you know it or not, everyone is a collector of something. With the aging of the American populous, every individual tends to become an afficionado of something; what follows from that is your propensity to collect that of which you have a liking. What you collect says something about your personality, your goals, your passions. More >>


What Do you Find While Going to Garage Sales? (11/14/07)
82 Airborne MedallionI am a profound shopper at garage and estate sales. I suspect that many of us end up buying and selling collectibles and antiques because we can not pass up the bargains. More >>


The beginning of collections. (11/12/07)
To Have and To Hold:  The History of Collectors and CollectingMarilyn 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. More >>


The Eisenhower Birthday Plate (11/12/07)
Eisenhower Birthday Plate, official reverseSometimes 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 More >>


The Inaugural Medal of Warren G. Harding (11/12/07)
Woodrow Wilson 2d Inaugural Medal, 1917President-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. More >>


The Inaugural Clothing Buttons of George Washington (11/12/07)
George Washington Inaugural clothing buttonsIn 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 More >>


What flag is that? (11/11/07)
A very large, outdated national flag of Sierra LeoneThe 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 More >>


What A Great Looking Site!!!! Put Those Collections Up Folks!!!! (11/11/07)
With this beautiful new website we are blessed with we all should be posting our treasures on it.  Everyone has something they have bought because it is or will be "worth" something. More >>


Not all Visor Caps are “Crushers” (11/8/07)
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. More >>


Are Shows Still Worth the Effort? (11/3/07)
A dealer setup for the DC Big FleaJust 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. More >>


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