• 22 Dec
    2009

The Christmas Card Tale – The Origin of the Ubiquitous Holiday Missive

How do tell somebody you care? Go to the store, buy a card and let somebody else do the telling for you. The oldest Christmas card created for general distribution probably was created by William Egley Jr.; a 16 year-old British youth. His 3 1/2-inch-by-5 1/2-inch, 1842 printed impression, preserved in the British Museum, depicts […]

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  • 8 Jun
    2009

Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 2: Women’s Clothing Styles

Many people inherit photographs of ancestors from generations past and often struggle with the frustrations of identifying the age of each picture. An earlier article focused on dating image formats (Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats). This article will help identify the probable time frame by the clothing and hairstyles. […]

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  • 2 Jun
    2009

Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats

Many people inherit photographs of generations of ancestors and struggle with frustrations of identifying exactly who is in each photo. Understanding the time periods for certain image formats can help tremendously, though. It narrows the probable window for a portrait and thus helps determine how many “greats” to add to that unknown uncle! History: Optical […]

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  • 29 May
    2009

A Moment In Time: Collecting Antique Photographs

As I was busily dusting photos of various family members whose faces line the stairway of our home I was suddenly struck with the thought “What if photography had never been invented?” What impact would this have had not only on our culture but to humanity as a whole? I immediately thought of my photograph […]

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  • 20 Jan
    2009

The Addictive Art of Collecting Books

When it comes to the rare, antique or collectible book, for a serious collector, there is more in play than just the book. “A book collection is not like assembling a coin collection,” advised Michael Slicker, Worthpoint’s expert on antique and collectible books, prints and ephemera. “It really is an act of creation.” “It isn’t […]

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  • 13 Jan
    2009

Interest in, Value of King Memorabilia Rise

This month’s significance will be indelibly etched in American history with Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20 as the nation’s first African-American president. And only the day before, we observe Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s an extraordinary moment that stamps an exclamation point on hundreds of years of shameful history. Slavery. Jim Crow laws that […]

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  • 1 Oct
    2008

Mystery of the 1883 Ringling Bros. Handbill

The five Ringling brothers first entered the tented-circus business in 1884 with a show they called Yankee Robinson and Ringling Brothers Great Double Shows and Caravan. The boys had been working toward this day for some time. [Note: For a more detailed look at the evolution of Ringling Bros.

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  • 25 Sep
    2008

Collecting Historical Autographs – Basic info

When collecting autographs, it is better to collect letters and documents and avoid clipped signatures (signatures that were cut from letters or documents). First, there is nothing historical about a clip, and Secondly, it is very hard to properly authenticate a clipped signature. Go for letters and documents and other “larger” items.

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  • 13 Sep
    2008

Postmortem Photos

I grew up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and the practice of taking postmortem photographs was a normal occurrence. After moving and marrying someone who was raised in a large city I became aware that what I had been taught as a life-affirming practice was viewed as macabre and just plain creepy by many.

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  • 8 Sep
    2008

Collecting The Coneheads

I collect in a number of specific areas. Rather than randomly collecting movie art, I enjoy building wider collections that include toys, trading cards, ties, comix, magazines and books and so on.

I’ll collect anything from a movie or TV show in which aliens play a prominent role.

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