• 21 Dec
    2015

The Giant, Menacing Department Store Santa

Dana H. had a bit of a scare in the loft of an old carriage house on a gloomy day, a property she and her husband were thinking of buying. The sun breaking through a window cast a shadow of a large man standing behind her. Spinning about, it turned out to be the last […]

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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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  • 19 Oct
    2015

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States, Halloween parties as social events started in the 1880s and 1890s. And although masquerade balls had always been popular, costumes were not worn […]

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  • 19 Dec
    2013

Hubley Santa Toys: The Value of Trees, Reindeer and Paint

As Christmas nears, some items go up in value instead of being on sale. Christmas-related antiques and collectibles often have upticks in value before the big day and are less sought-after on Boxing Day for another year. No Christmas could be without Santa, and the jolly elf
 was often the model for a huge number […]

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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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  • 15 Sep
    2008

Brimsfield Residue

That would be Brimfield, Massachusetts, home of the largest flea market.

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