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  • 12
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ Ticket Booth, Christmas Seal Collection

QUESTION: A friend and I recently started to attend storage auctions. We paid $50 for the first locker we bought. Inside, in a dark, dim corner, we found the original Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster ticket booth. The front of the booth reads “RIDE THE / WORLD FAMOUS / ROLLERCOASTER / THE/ CYCLONE / 25.” We think this...

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  • 12
    Dec

Collecting Antique Lithographed Toys – The ‘Bliss’ of the Hunt

[caption id="attachment_2501357" align="aligncenter" width="447"] This 18-inch Bliss Santa and Sleigh in very good condition sold for $2,530 (including buyer’s premium) at Cowan’s Auctions in 2007. It has a cross-over appeal to holiday collectors as well as toy collectors.[/caption] The development of a printing method for making chromolithographs radically changed book publication during the middle of the 1800s because...

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  • 12
    Dec

That’s My Story – Shaky Family Histories no Guarantee of Provenance

[caption id="attachment_2501352" align="alignright" width="213" caption="Sears did not make this cabinet, as opposed to the story told to me by the owner. It was factory-made in the early 20th century and may have been sold by Sears but it was not manufactured by the company."][/caption] The life story of an antique—where it’s been, who owned it and how it...

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  • 12
    Dec

Using Identification Marks: What’s a Kite Mark? Part I

[caption id="attachment_2501329" align="alignright" width="203"] An example of what the first version of the “Kite” or “Diamond” mark—used from 1847-1867—looked like.[/caption] There are several ways to place an estimated date of production for factory-made pieces of pottery or porcelain: some involve the marks used by the company over their history of operation, others required by International trade laws that...

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  • 8
    Dec

Scenes of Time and Place: Helen LaFrance’s Folk Art Memory Paintings

[caption id="attachment_2501264" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="The cover of “Helen LaFrance / Folk Art Memories” (S & S Publishing) wraps one of the artist’s paintings around the book."][/caption] I recently entered a postpartum period, which usually refers to the time beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for several weeks beyond. This is actually pretty miraculous, since...

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  • 8
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec.5-9, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn that early photographs—and their rights—of Marilyn Monroe brought a pretty, as did a rather regular-looking red alligator bag. . . Haute Living Marilyn Monroe Images Sold for More than $300,000 at Auction Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe’s first photo shoot have just sold for an impressive...

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  • 7
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/07/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501249" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian Plutonian Vs Max Damage)"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to...

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  • 6
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The First Adopters

I am reaching the point where I forget more than I remember. Memory theorists cite short-term memory—the ability to retain memory in an active, readily-available form for a short period of time—as one of the earliest memory types to weaken among the elderly, apparently a group to which I belong now that I am in my 70s. I...

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  • 6
    Dec

The Auction House Diaries: How a Drunken Auctioneer Set My Career Path

[caption id="attachment_2501232" align="alignright" width="300" caption="(From left to right) Auctioneer Morgan Willis, with Bill Whitcomb and Howard Koeppel, in auction action in 1984. Had it not been for a drunken auctioneer, Willis—the author’s father—may have never become an auctioneer himself, and Martin Willis may have gone into some other business."][/caption] I guess you could say that our family got...

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  • 6
    Dec

Identifying Fakes: Old Red Wing Stoneware with New Advertising

[caption id="attachment_2501219" align="alignright" width="237" caption="This is the crock with fake Nebraska advertising that Red Wing dealer Bill Prock bought back in 2009."][/caption] Ever since a butter crock with a fake “Goodhue County Co-Operative” advertising stamp showed up at a chapter meeting a few years ago, Red Wing Collectors Society Trails West Chapter President Larry Birks has made it...

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