Rutherford B. Hayes Commemorative China
On occasion, online auction companies have offered a uniquely produced piece of White House china service from the Administration of Rutherford B. Hayes from 1877 to 1881.
U.S. Army One
It began with an urgent phone call on September 7, 1957. President Eisenhower was required at the White House for some urgent affairs of state.
Vintage and antique postcard collecting can be an enjoyable trip through time and space. American, Canadian, and European postcards are en vogue and are a lot of fun to hunt for at auctions online and in shops. The technical term for postcard collecting is deltiology. It’s one of the most popular collectibles.
Have You Lost Your Marbles?
A thumb flicks a shiny marble across the cement and the camera zooms in on the child’s face – tongue curled over his upper lip in consternation, his gaze steady – as the tiny ball rolls toward its target. A smile erupts when the marble hits its mark.
It’s a Brewer’s Market
Like anything else made by man, BEER has a diverse and interesting history, rife for academic study. Those old tin cans in the basement could be worth polishing up and checking out. That metal Pabst Blue Ribbon sign and the funny, corkscrew souvenir grandpa bought for grandma on their honeymoon – these are valued pieces of Breweriana!
Emerging Artists: Focus on the Streets of Europe
Collecting art is an investment in taste. Knowing what artist may produce works that become a valued investment is no easy task. When an artist is consistently shown in esteemed galleries, when s/he’s commissioned by brands to design for their products, and when an artist publishes well received coffee table books – these are the signs of an emerging talent in the art world.
Third Party or Independent Political Buttons
The top dozen or so candidates within the two major parties are receiving the lion’s share of the attention from those who collect political memorabilia.
Political Button Reproductions
In 1972, the American Oil Company reproduced historic political campaign buttons with the history of the candidate on a card and gave them away as premiums to its gas station customers. They featured buttons from the 1896 campaign of William Jennings Bryan through the 1968 presidential campaign.
Skillful Descriptions in the Selling of Collectibles
Many of us in the collecting field are familiar with the descriptive words a seller uses sometimes to give the impression of an item’s importance beyond its reality. Usually it is done at an online auction site where a seller uses the art of descriptive language to give the impression of a higher value or rarity without actually saying so.
Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI
I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent.