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‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in […]

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Circus Christmas Cards — A Colorful Big Top Collectible

During the Christmas season, circuses are typically at winter quarters preparing for another year on the road. Circus owners have always been alert to use any and every means to promote their shows. Mailing Christmas cards to members of the media, business associates and friends is a perfect way to remind everyone that the circus […]

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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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Naughty or Nice: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ Capra, Commies and the FBI

“He’s making a list, checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…” When Coots & Gillespie’s famous Christmas song debuted on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934, they warned that “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Not many years later, in Hollywood, Calif., a new set of lyrics could apply: “J. Edgar Hoover […]

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