Petroliana covers a broad range of gas station collectibles from containers and globes to signs and pumps and everything in between. As with all advertising items, factors such as brand name, intricacy of design, color, age, condition, and rarity drastically affect value. Continue reading Petroliana
American illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) utilized Lord Kitchener as incentive regarding his well-known recruiting poster, “I Want You for U.S. Army.”
Flagg was successful with numerous well-known periodicals during the early twentieth century and also would make contributions with regard to forty six posters towards the war effort.
Flagg’s most well-known as well as significant work had been his Kitchener-derived poster, showcasing a white-haired, really serious Uncle Sam using a pointed finger. Continue reading World War I Propaganda Posters
The original source of the decoy in America to be sure is founded on early American heritage, however, not with the early colonists as may very well be realistically presumed. Instead it pre-dates the actual American pioneer by no less than 1,000, maybe 2,000 years. Continue reading Vintage American Decoys
In the contemporary and vintage segment, dolls belonging to the 1950s and 1960s enjoy a robust following. Numerous dolls out of this time period possessed substantial wardrobes, dresses as well as accessories with regard to dolls including Revlon, Cissy, Chatty Cathy family, Barbie family, Ginny, Muffy, or even virtually any fashion dolls which continue to be in great demand. Continue reading Vintage Dolls
The days of the Nantucket Lightships and the baskets their crews produced began deep in America’s 19th century. Some accounts suggest the lightship service, providing a floating lighthouse for traveling whaling ships, began as early as the 1820s. Continue reading Nantucket Lightship Baskets
More and more Americans are climbing on their gleaming motorcycle and zooming over the horizon. Federal government figures show motorcycle sales increased by more than 50 percent in the late 1990s. A number of studies have suggested that the baby boomer generation may be leading the pack, complete with appropriate attire. One current estimate indicates nearly half of the nation’s motorcycle riders are over 40. Continue reading Motorcycle Collectibles
Letter openers, both fanciful and promotional, have been on the “cutting edge” of society since the latter 19th Century. Sometimes called a paper cutter, paper knife or a letter knife, the basic letter opener gradually became more important as the business of letter mailing itself became more important. Continue reading Letter Openers
Egyptian furniture was carved with religious symbols and animal figures. The Greeks and Romans followed suit and Western art, much of it religious, was soon scratched into wood in the Middle Ages. Continue reading Hand-Carved Furniture
A fountain pen is a writing instrument, more specifically a pen that contains a reservoir of liquid ink composed primarily of water.
The ink is held in the reservoir by air pressure until needed, at which time it is fed to a nib through a “feed” via a combination of gravity and capillary action. Continue reading Collectible Fountain Pens
It has taken awhile, but sports memorabilia collectors who once thought of only one sport, are now thinking twice about football. Continue reading Football Collectibles