• 15 Dec
    2015

Rinker on Collectibles: Harry’s Holiday Reads 2015

Now that we are deep into the 2015 holiday season, it is time to consider how to spend the downtime during the final week of the year. Traditionally, men overdose not on turkey but the myriad of football bowl games, many of which verge on the point of mediocrity (a team needs only six wins […]

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  • 15 Dec
    2015

In Christmases Past, Wicker Made the List

In the past, Christmas was a much simpler time, and the emphasis was more on family, church and 
community rather than the monumental gift extravaganza it is today. Then, money was often
 tight and credit cards were a thing of the future, so when gifts were given, they were generally functional items
 rather than throwaway […]

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  • 14 Dec
    2015

Winter-Themed Animals are Favorite Christmas-Time Steiff Collectibles

Christmas and Steiff really do go hand in hand and for many families all over the world, it simply would not be the holidays without a little something “Steiff-y” under the Christmas tree and a happy display of Steiff holiday themed treasures as a dining table centerpiece or focal point on the fireplace mantle. The […]

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  • 10 Dec
    2015

Postcard Time Machine: Christmas—The Way it Never Was

These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale. But in the wonderful world of postcards, there are never any arguments or disagreements, worries about money […]

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  • 9 Dec
    2015

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes, those Favorite Nordic Christmas Treats (with Recipe)

In the 1840s and 1850s, northern Europe experienced a wave of crop failures and food shortages that resulted in a flood of immigration to the United States. Scandinavian settlers brought with them the tradition of making an assortment of delicious Christmas cookies using open fireplaces and cast iron implements. Over time, cultures blended into America’s […]

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  • 8 Dec
    2015

Christmas Movie Posters: A Yuletide Collectible Category

Some of our strongest memories of Christmas involve movies, either those that evoke the very ethos of Christmas or others which have a Christmas like theme. Often, the movies we associate with Christmas can be very personal. Posters for Christmas movies vary in collectability and in the genre in which they are based. With the […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2015

Victorian Trash for Christmas: A Fine Pin Cushion Doll

For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed my sister and me out in the trailer of our old […]

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  • 3 Dec
    2015

Rinker on Collectibles: eBay at Twenty

Unlike John Van Drufen’s play “I Remember Mama” (1944 / film of the same name in 1948), instead of “I remember (fill in the blank),” I think in terms of time and memories: “I remember life before (fill in the blank).” I suspect many readers do as well. Life’s hectic pace prevents daily reflection on […]

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  • 3 Dec
    2015

Christmas Music Albums, Sheet Music Offer Great Holiday Collectibles

By Barbara Sutton-Smith Bah Humbug! That was Ebenezer Scrooge’s iconic attitude to Christmas, and Christmas carols were definitely not music to his ears. But if Scrooge would have known what kinds of profits were to be found in holiday music, he’d be sound asleep on Christmas Eve with visions of dollar signs dancing in his […]

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  • 3 Dec
    2015

The 12 Days of Christmas as Represented by Steiff Stuffed Animals

So what is your favorite Christmas carol? For many people, that just might be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the cumulative-style song first published in England in 1780. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last through Jan. 5? This special time is also known as Christmastide, […]

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