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 […]
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 […]
‘Mothballs’: The World of Antique and Collectibles on the Silver Screen
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist 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 […]
Kit Carson County’s Historic Carousel
By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Circus Museums and Collections
The circus is alive and well today, and the rich heritage of the past can be found in many museums and collections across the country. Whether you enjoy collecting posters, books, photographs, ephemera or clown memorabilia, you can discover more about your particular interest by visiting the following museums and collections online or in person. […]
Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Collectibles
Editor’s Note: There are collectibles, and then there are Disney collectibles. Mickey, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Little Mermaid—these keepsakes go across so many generations and bring such happiness to them. Learn more about Disney collecting.
Mastro Auction House Sets World Record
Richard Mantia with Mastro Live Auctions talks about Mastro’s new division for numismatics and the world record they recently set with the purchase of a Polish gold 1925 pattern coin. WorthPoint’s Dan Borsey has the story.
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