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  • 3
    Dec

Christmas Music Albums, Sheet Music Offer Great Holiday Collectibles

By Barbara Sutton-Smith Bah Humbug! That was Ebenezer Scrooge's iconic attitude to Christmas, and Christmas carols were definitely not music to his ears. But if Scrooge would have known what kinds of profits were to be found in holiday music, he’d be sound asleep on Christmas Eve with visions of dollar signs dancing in his head. Christmas music...

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  • 3
    Dec

The 12 Days of Christmas as Represented by Steiff Stuffed Animals

So what is your favorite Christmas carol? For many people, that just might be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the cumulative-style song first published in England in 1780. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last through Jan. 5? This special time is also known as Christmastide, and includes a...

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  • 2
    Dec

Sounds of a Victorian Christmas: Original Carols Played on Original Instruments

If I had to admit to a Christmas-time pet peeve, it would be this: I’m a Scrooge when it comes to cover versions of classic Christmas tunes: I don’t like them. Bah, humbug, says I. Hip-hop “O Holy Night?” I don't think so. “Jingle Bells” by the Austrian Death Machine? Fuhgeddaboudit! Give me those “old-time” Christmas songs delivered...

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  • 1
    Dec

Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Thomas Kinkade Christmas Figurines Abound

I received a note from a collector of Thomas Kinkade figurines who had received a new one every two months, thanks to a subscription. She wanted to know if they will increase in value over time. Thomas Kinkade (Jan. 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) is like liver and onions: either you like him or you hate him....

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  • 30
    Nov

Taking care of and maintaining your Mid Century furniture

[caption id="attachment_2525240" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Often, you will find rings stains on the surface tops of Mid-Century Modern furniture left over from a misplaced coffee cup or over-watered planters. All is not lost, though, if you are a little handy with a palm sander![/caption] Furniture produced during the post-war era, or “Mid-Century Modern,” was generally very well made. There...

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  • 27
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Holiday Memories of the Friday after Thanksgiving

Growing up as a youngster in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Friday after Thanksgiving marked the start of the “official” Christmas holiday shopping season. Department stores and local merchants unveiled their Christmas window displays. Santa’s Toyland opened to the delight of children of all ages. It was the first opportunity to meet and talk with the...

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  • 26
    Nov

The History of Thanksgiving Day, as told in The Ladies’ World, 1892

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought of more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages of “The Ladies’...

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  • 24
    Nov

The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys

[caption id="attachment_2524989" align="aligncenter" width="400"] While the first turkeys produced by Steiff are the now rarely seen felt coffee cozies, circa 1912-1920, the first true turkey its line was the 1950-era Tucky.[/caption] Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried...

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  • 23
    Nov

Guns of the Mayflower: Not a Blunderbuss to be found

[caption id="attachment_2524981" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The traditional image of a pilgrim, armed with a flare-barreled blunderbuss. This is a myth, as the blunderbuss was not invented when the Pilgrims hit the shores of Plymouth.[/caption] It seems that each Thanksgiving I happen upon a picture of a somber Pilgrim dressed in black, big buckles on his shoes, belt and hat,...

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  • 20
    Nov

When Heroes Fade Away: A Look at Peyton Manning Sports Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2525052" align="aligncenter" width="318"] A Peyton Manning inscribed and autographed photo. The long-term outlook for the future value of Peyton Manning’s autographed items is strong in the sense that there is little chance of them decreasing severely.[/caption] There is little doubt that Peyton Manning will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever...

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