• 12 May
    2009

Circus Blogs: Inside Stories from Men with Sawdust in their Veins

Circus blogs are an open window to the circus worlds of today and yesterday. The best of these blogs is Buckles Blog, which is updated every day. When searching for the latest and most exciting circus news, those in the know go to Buckles Blog first. William “Buckles” Woodcock, a legendary elephant trainer whose circus […]

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  • 20 Mar
    2009

Lakeside Merry-Go-Round Features Folk-Art Carvings

Adjacent to Lake Rhode in Lakeside, Colo., gleams the Tower of Jewels, a 150-foot-tall wooden tower built in 1907 originally fitted with 5,000 lights. It is the centerpiece for the Lakeside Amusement Park, a family fun place that opened in 1908 and is still going strong more than 100 years later. Today, the Lakeside Amusement […]

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  • 17 Mar
    2009

Carousel Goes Around and Around for 80 Years

It was one of the most popular rides at the original Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colo. It goes up and down and round and round, but it isn’t the Boomerang, the Half Pipe or the Twister roller coaster. It is simply known as the Carousel. For more than 80 years, the Elitch Gardens carousel, with […]

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  • 20 Feb
    2009

The Ten Most Valuable Oscar Best Picture Posters

Winning an Oscar may or may not catapult stars or director to greater things, but it most certainly tends to increase the value of movie posters connected to Oscar-winning films. Here are 10 of the most valuable Oscar best picture winner posters. “Wings” The 1927 Paramount release starring Clara Bow—the “It” girl—received the award for […]

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  • 30 Jan
    2009

Finding an Example from Great-Granddad’s Phonograph Company

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in 1706, it shows its traditional New England quaintness rather well. It has its large, steepled church, and with the leaves of autumn or the snow of winter, looks the part […]

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  • 30 Jan
    2009

Out-of-This-World Poster Artist Bob McCall

By Allan Maurer WorthPoint Worthologist Science fiction superstar Isaac Asimov once called Bob McCall “the nearest thing we have to an artist-in-residence in outer space.” Starting off with a love of aviation and a desire to draw, McCall has become one of the foremost illustrators of the history of aviation, documenting space missions, designing commemorative […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2009

‘Mothballs’: The World of Antique and Collectibles on the Silver Screen

Talk about life imitating art, or art imitating work, Dan Borsey was able to talk with film director and screenwriter Chris McCallion about his newest feature film, ‘Mothballs,’ depicting the glamorous and wondrous dealings of antique and collectibles dealers at Brimfield, Mass. “I wanted to make an independent film, so I thought a great way […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2009

Kit Carson County’s Historic Carousel

Kit Carson County residents thought it to be quite the mistake. Buying a carousel? The very idea. But, the county commissioners thought otherwise and in 1928, bought the Ellich’s Zoological Garden’s carousel for $1,200. A good decision in hindsight, as the carousel is now a National Historic Landmark, called the “Jewel of American Carousels” and […]

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  • 19 Jan
    2009

Sell Abroad or Stay Home?

Are foreign markets better for selling antiques than American markets? Collecting has gone global, thanks to the Internet. As a result, antiques and collectibles divide into two groups: (1) those that have a global market and (2) those with only a national or regional market. Beatles memorabilia and Royal Doulton are two examples of collecting […]

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  • 26 Dec
    2008

Tossing a Retro New Year’s Eve Bash

Babylonians started cheering the New Year’s arrival more than 4,000 years—and no, Dick Clark wasn’t the host. The party tradition spread to Ancient Rome and nearly every civilization since. Those early celebrations followed different calendars and were oriented toward spring-planting rituals. In the United States, public traditions of parties celebrating midnight on January 1 and […]

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