• 1 Apr
    2008

Why Are Presidents Collected?

It is a mystery to educated people from other countries: What is it with the American fascination with presidents?

School children know their names in order by heart. Parents date important moments of their lives by who was in the Oval Office. Many people collect objects associated with their favorites. Why?

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  • 29 Mar
    2008

Political Items in Worthopedia, Part II

Our Worthopedia continues to grow. There are now somewhere close to 2 million individual items from auction companies, worthologists and subscribers on just about every collectible imaginable. It is a tremendous resource.

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  • 29 Mar
    2008

Political Items in Worthopedia, Part III

This is a third in a series of identifying interesting political and historical americana items in our own Worthopedia. With over 300 auction companies providing items from past auctions and from Worthologists and individuals contributing also, there is bound to be some interesting items to review. As always the links for each item will appear collectively below.

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  • 29 Mar
    2008

Political Items in Worthopedia, Part IV

This is a fourth in a series of identifying interesting political and historical americana items in our own Worthopedia. With over 300 auction companies providing items from past auctions and from Worthologists and individuals contributing also, there is bound to be some interesting items to review. As always the links for each item will appear collectively below.

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  • 18 Mar
    2008

The White House for Sale

If a piano leg falls through your ceiling at home, it does cause some excitement, but you patch up the hole and move on. What is the reaction, though, when it happens not in your house, but the White House.

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  • 25 Feb
    2008

The Seal and Flag of the Vice President of the United States

Much has been written about the seal of the president of the United States. It is a more powerful, more visible office, of course, but in many ways the influence of the vice president can be just as significant. Yet, recognizing the symbols of the office isn’t that high on a collector’s radar.

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  • 25 Feb
    2008

Patches of the Office of Vice President of the United States

The seal of the vice president was created by Executive Order 10016 on November 10, 1948 and signed by President Harry S Truman. The Executive Order specifies the design and restrictive use of the seal of the president. That design lasted until it was changed in 1975 by Executive Order 11884 signed by President Gerald Ford.

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  • 22 Feb
    2008

Presidential Portraits

My son’s school is celebrating President’s Month and before the month has ended I would celebrate by showing some presidential engravings or photos in my collection.

An early George Washington, our first president, steel engraving by G. R. Hall with his signature and official items, including a nice thirteen star flag in the background, dated 1856.

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  • 19 Feb
    2008

The Mace of the House of Representatives

One of the oldest symbols of the United States, the Mace is the symbol of one of the first officers of the United States House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms, the chief enforcement officer of the House.

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  • 14 Feb
    2008

Presidential Commemoratives Once a Month

Presidential spoons. That is what the advertisement was trying to sell me, 42 presidents with a color photo on the stem and an engraving on the bowl. Silver plated, of course.

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