• 1
    Apr

Toy Museum Opens Mechanical Toy Exhibit in April

(This article first appeared in DOLLS magazine) A special exhibit of moving toys of the past century  will be on display at Toy Worlds Museum Basle in Basel, Switzerland, April 20 through Oct. 6. “To Wind Up and Charge” features displays of early wind-up toys to more recent battery-operated offerings. The still-functioning toys on display […]

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  • 1
    Apr

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 1
    Apr

The Curious Collector: Gene Doll Stewardess; Brazilian ‘Barbie and the Rockers’

(This article first appeared in the April 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I purchased this amazing Mel Odom/Ashton-Drake Galleries 16-inch Gene doll at a show recently. She is dressed as a stewardess, or as they say now, flight attendant, from the 1950s. What more can you tell me about this great doll? ANSWER:The Gene […]

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  • 28
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Curtis-Lee Mansion Lithograph, Nabisco Pro Face Cards

QUESTION: I own a lithograph print of the Curtis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, located in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. John Ross Key, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, did the lithograph. The print is framed and measures 25 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches. What is its value? – D, Quincy, […]

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  • 28
    Mar

Hare and Tortoise adds Strategy to Fairy Tale Racing Concept Board Game

It’s springtime again, and soon Peter Cottontail will be hoppin’ on down that bunny trail delivering his bounty of plastic, candy-filled eggs to children everywhere. As a board game player and collector, I can’t think of a better time to revisit the classic European family game Hare and Tortoise, created by British game designer David […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Antique Dolls Question Session: Turn of the Century J.D. Kestner Bisque Mold 154

(This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) QUESTION: I was cleaning out my attic and came across what seems to be a very old doll. She is 28 inches tall with a porcelain face, leather body, and wooden arms, which are no longer attached. She has several old-fashioned dresses. I […]

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  • 16
    Mar

Collecting Die Cast Cars in French Blue, 1937 to 1997

By Doug Breithaupt French cars are not often represented in miniature compared to those of other nations. Even more of a rarity is those done in French racing blue. The scales range from 1:57 to 1:64 for these examples. The biggest surprise, three of the dozen above are from Hot Wheels, surpassed only by four […]

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  • 15
    Mar

Collecting the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ — A Look at King Kong Memorabilia

It was 80 years ago this month that movie-going audiences were first introduced to one of filmdom’s most iconic—and arguably tragic—characters: the gargantuan-sized gorilla, King Kong. A masterpiece of fantasy cinema, “King Kong” made its premiere on March 2, 1933 at two venues: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and its sister cinema, the […]

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  • 14
    Mar

Serious Toyz Auction Features 1,300 Quality Lots in Wide Range of Categories

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Serious Toyz will seek to cement its reputation one of the leading vintage toy and collectible auction houses in the United States with a colossus 1,300-lot auction featuring high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories. The auction will begin in mid-March and end on April 5 and 6. Among […]

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  • 11
    Mar

It’s not Easy Being Green, even for Steiff’s Endearing Emerald Creations

It’s easy to be thinking “green” this time of year. Spring, for us folks in the northern hemisphere is showing signs of emerging, and St. Patrick’s Day—which inspires a universal “wearing of the green”—is right around the corner, wherever you live. But to borrow Kermit the Frog’s beloved lyrics, “it’s not easy being green,” especially […]

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