The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness
What do you do when there’s lots of competition? Make something completely different! That’s what publishers did during the postcard boom of the early 1900s. All kinds of interesting materials were used in order to pique the interest of a buyer over competitors. One of these different materials was leather. Starting in 1903, postcards made […]
American Estates are Gaining Momentum: Will Yours Keep Pace?
Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to peaceably assemble. The American Bill of Rights was created as a framework for American Society. But the real gem created by the Founding Fathers—the one that truly separated American society from British society—isn’t part of the Social Studies curriculum of any American public school. The hidden gem? […]
‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?
When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought it would be interesting to investigate. The “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign’s media release says the company wanted to “convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary” by creating one-of-a-kind […]
Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction
An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as the Flying Ace could realize a record auction price. Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang are some of the most recognized and iconic American cartoon characters today, even without a currently running strip. Whether it’s Charlie Brown, with his squiggly grin, Linus with his sage advice […]
Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition
Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of ancient customs, folk tales and traditions. In the early 1900s, parties were the most common way to celebrate the holiday, and […]
Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids
Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on […]
Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People
Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren’t for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted to enjoy reading about bad things happening to good—and bad—people. And believe me, I speak from experience. As a kid growing up in Wichita, Kansas, in the early 1960s, I had plenty of opportunities to indulge […]