• 25 Sep
    2008

Collecting Historical Autographs – Basic info

When collecting autographs, it is better to collect letters and documents and avoid clipped signatures (signatures that were cut from letters or documents). First, there is nothing historical about a clip, and Secondly, it is very hard to properly authenticate a clipped signature. Go for letters and documents and other “larger” items.

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  • 17 Jul
    2008

The Classic Telephone

Vintage phones are popular for their nostalgic value and design. They’re the stuff of black-and-white movies and dime store sodas.

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  • 24 Apr
    2008

Ice Cream Parlor & Soda Shop Antiques

As a young kid, I remember going to the Olde Soda Shop in Lewisport Kentucky with my Uncle Jim. He was my father’s youngest brother, yet only four years older than me. The town of Lewisport had a population of about 500 back then, and everyone, including the adults, seemed to congregate at this shop on the weekends.

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  • 1 Apr
    2008

The Golliwogg Character: Historical Icon or Racist Symbol ?

Created in the 1870s by Florence Upton in England, the Golliwogg was a caricature used in advertisements all over Europe. It seldom appeared in the United States, however.

It was made into a doll by Steiff of Germany in 1902. If you have one of these dolls today it could be worth upwards of $10,000.

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  • 27 Mar
    2008

A Boomer Collectible: The Lunch Box

Walk into any public school cafeteria today and you’ll find salad bars with fresh greens and veggies and at least a half dozen choices for mid-day meals and snacks. Back when baby boomers were attending school, you were lucky to find one choice for a hot lunch, usually the same offering on the same day each week.

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  • 25 Mar
    2008

Is it Bakelite?

There are many types of collectible plastics. Distinguishing their traits and characteristics can be challenging.

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  • 22 Mar
    2008

The Role of Egg Rolling at Easter in The United States

The Easter Egg Roll at The White House dates back to 1814 when President James Madison’s wife Dolly Madison started the tradition for the children. This tradition continued until 1877 when children were banned from the White House grounds when a new lawn was installed. The ban lasted only one year when President Rutherford B.

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  • 18 Jan
    2008

How Much Per Fume?

A tasteful perfume bottle can be a work of art and has long been a popular collectible. Here’s a quick run through of the scent bottle lexicon to help you make sense of it all!

• A Commercial bottle is a perfume bottle available at the perfume counter, as opposed to a handmade, one of a kind.
• A Signed bottle is a commercial bottle signed by the designer.

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  • 18 Feb
    2007

Yat Ming Mistakes Make for a Perfect Collection

by Raed Ammari As a die cast collector, you tend to compare not just the models or the manufacturers, but you go all the way to the quality and the mistakes between like models. I have an older collection of Yat Ming models (about 70 cars in 1:64 scale) and could not help finding a […]

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