Unusual Family Mementos: Granddad’s FBI Wanted Posters
Years ago, I came across a bunch of FBI wanted poster cards from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. I thought that these were the most […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.