Hot Wheels collector Dennis Schrage was drawn to the collectible, realistic-looking mini cars about 10 years after they were introduced by Mattel Inc., in 1968. He caught the collecting bug in his 30s after spending most of his young adulthood in the late 1960s and early ‘70s loving the muscle cars and California custom car scene. Continue reading What are the current Market Trends? Hot Wheels, Childhood Favorites Are Popular Collectibles
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 Northwood Glass Company was founded by English-born Harry Northwood, son of a talented glass manufacturer.
Harry left England to work in America in 1880, when he was twenty years old, and founded his own factory in 1887 in Ohio, before eventually moving to Wheeling, West Virginia. Many people believe that it was Harry who brought the technique of iridizations to the USA, having seen it at his father’s glassworks. Continue reading Northwood Glass
Noritake china, though only officially registered under that trademark in 1981, has a history that goes as deeply as the inception of trade relations between the United States and Japan. Continue reading Noritake China
Nippon is not a manufacturer’s name but a country of origin. Nippon sounds like “Neehon” in Japanese, “Land of the Rising Sun.” The word porcelain is a derivative from the Italian word, “porcellana”, meaning cowry shell. Hard paste is a true porcelain originating in China approximately 800 A.D. Continue reading Nippon Porcelain
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
Murano is a small island North West of the city of Venice, Italy -not much larger than a few square miles. It is believed the origins of Murano Glass dates back to 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Continue reading Murano Glass