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FUN WITH SCIENCE... and The Most Dangerous Toy Ever
If you were a child in The Fifties, your hand shot up like a Soviet Union R-7 ICBM rocket. You know, the fiery beast that in 1957 launched not only Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth, but also launched the fears of a nation. So a little
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When Flowers Did The Talking
When people get a bouquet of flowers today, the first thing they generally reach for is a vase to put them in. In Victorian times, people reached for their floral dictionary to decipher what secret message the flowers were saying. From the simple dai
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Gold Rush A Paradise For Treasure Hunters
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The 49th annual Gold Rush promises to be an exciting show for people seeking antiques, collectibles and other treasures. The show, August 20-22 at Graham Park (Olmsted County fairgrounds), will feature dealers from all across the n
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ANIME Zing!
a style of Japanese animation characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-›lled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes. When he was a kid, Mike Glad collected stamps, but he never had enough money to spec
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Collectors Thirsty For Old Whiskey
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A bottle of historic bourbon whiskey thought to be the only surving stash from the cellar of financier John Pierpont Morgan sold far above estimate at Skinner’s recent Rare Spirits sale. The single bottle of Old Ingledew Whiskey,
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Diver Finds Message In A Bottle From 1926
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. — What started as boat cleaning resulted in the discovery of a 95-year-old message in a bottle. Jennifer Dowker, owner and founder of Nautical North Family Adventures, found a message in a bottle dated from 1926 while diving in the C
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VP/GENERAL MANAGER COLLECTIBLES Corinne Zielke EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Paul Kennedy pkennedy@aimmedia.com EDITOR Kristine Manty - kmanty@aimmedia.com CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Wayne Jordan, Eric Bradley, Dr. Anthony J. Cavo, Michael Polak, Pamela Wiggins Si
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The Rise and Fall of Hi-Flier
The Hi-Flier Manufacturing Co. was once the world’s largest kite maker, headquartered in Decatur, Illinois. With kites such as the American Beauty, Strato-Flier and Hi-Flier Little Boy, and with the slogan “Playmates of the Clouds,” Hi-Flier ruled th
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10 things YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT tussiemussies
In medieval times, foul odors were thought to carry diseases — and since the streets smelled so bad from garbage and sewage, many women carried around small pomanders and vinaigrettes filled with bouquets of fragrant herbs and spices to offset the ra
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VIRGINIA IS FOR textile LOVERS
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Textile enthusiasts have two new exhibits to enjoy at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the two expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Art of the Quilter in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Gallery is o
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Stolen Picasso Found, Builder Arrested
KERATEA, Greece — Almost nine years after they were stolen in a near-perfect heist at the National Gallery in Athens, Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Woman and Piet Montrian’s Stammer Windmill have been found. The two works were recently recovered in the e
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Events Calendar
July 23-24, 2021, Prescott Valley. Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market, Findlay Toyota Center, 3201 N. Main St., Prescott Valley, Arizona. Featuring antiques, retro items, weird stuff and cool junk. SH: Friday early bird $15, 3-6pm; early bird tic
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Hess Auctioning Noted Photographer’s Estate
The work of a noted photographer is the heart of an upcoming Hess Fine Auctions sale, with proceeds going to a children’s hospital. Hess is presenting the estate of William Edward Dassonville, along with other fine art, on Saturday, July 31. The auct
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Go Fly A Kite
Ask me what I know about Decatur, Illinois, and I’ll tell you that that’s where Hi-Flier kites come from. Came from, at least, in the era when I was an ardent consumer of kites. This was from about 1960 to 1966, roughly when I was in second through e
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Stamps of Approval
I remember going to the grocery store with my grandmother during the 1950s. I was most likely around 11 or so years old. My job on those occasions was to carry the bulk of the groceries home. As the A&P store clerk finished ringing up the groceries o
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The Eichler Effect
New materials and construction methods marked the postwar era of the mid-20th century. An exploding population and prosperity led to a building boom, mostly in single-family houses built in the burgeoning suburbs. No other builder/developer of the ti
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Collection Lives Up To Its Promise
The Promise Collection of Golden Age comic books, not seen since they were purchased off newsstands in the 1940s, have made history at Heritage Auctions. Heritage began bringing to market The Promise Collection’s high-grade comic books on June 18, an
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Shaken, Not Deterred
Consider the Etch A Sketch, a thoroughly modern toy launched at the height of mid-century design in 1960. The Etch A Sketch, with its ability to create something mysteriously with the turning of a couple of knobs and then completely wipe it out withi
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Modern Family
Finn Juhl (1912-1989): Danish designer who set the standard for sleek, thoughtful, organic Modern design in the 1950s. Hans Wegner (1914-2007): Decidedly the most innovative and prolific designer of the influential and important Copenhagen School of
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Soulful Craft
george Nakashima believed that each tree had its own soul, and his mission was to find its “living spirit” and give it a second life. During his illustrious career as America’s most important contemporary woodworker, he accomplished that and then som
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World’s Most Valuable Postage Stamp Falls Short Of Record
NEW YORK – Despite great expectations, the British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp recently got licked in a much anticipated auction. The diminutive wisp of paper was expected to set a new world record for a single stamp sale at Sotheby’s, but
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Birth of The MCM Home
The Mid-century Modern house didn’t just appear overnight; it evolved over time. Here are a few key players who helped usher the style. Frank Lloyd Wright: With a career spanning 70 years, Wright (1867–1959) was a pioneer in the proto-modern Prairie
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It’s A Mod MOD Mod WORLD
modernism, under its most general heading, is placed at the heart of the 20th century, just after the war and just before the Internet – call it 1945-1985, give or take a decade on either side depending on what you’re looking for. However, to suggest
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10 things YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT lady HEAD VASES
Ceramic beauties with impeccable style, lady head vases are a charming and popular mid-century collectible. These figural vases in the form of a head or bust of a woman got their start in Europe in the 1800s. The earliest examples of the lady head va
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Gardener Accused Of Stealing Antiques From Widow
BEDFORDSHIRE — A former gardener accused of stealing antiques worth more than $2 million from a wealthy widow after she suffered a stroke says she gave them to him, a court heard earlier this month. Des Pickersgill and his son, Gary, are said to have
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Of Things Posted
NEW YORK – The 84th Rare Posters Auction from Poster Auctions International Tuesday, July 20, features masterpieces and rarities from a century of poster design, including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, and Contemporary works suited to a variety of i
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Letters to The Editor
Dear Editor, What a fun article by Kris Manty going down memory lane with the article about the history of Jell-O Molds! (“Jell-O-Mold Madness,” Antique Trader, May 1, 2021). In the late ’70s, I started a local catering company. Entertaining at home
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LiveAuctioneers Announces Acquisition
NEW YORK – LiveAuctioneers, one of North America’s favorite destinations for fine and decorative arts, antiques and luxury goods, is joining Auction Technology Group’s family of curated online marketplaces and auction-technology solutions. LiveAuctio
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The Art & Flair Of Mary Blair
the 1950s and 1960s at the Walt Disney Studios marked unprecedented stylistic directions brought on by the Mid-century Modern and graphic sensibilities of a new wave of artists. In his book, They Drew As They Pleased Vol 4: The Hidden Art of Disney’s
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The Charming World of Beatrix Potter
In one of Beatrix Potter’s watercolors for The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter huddles against a door in a wall in Mr. McGregor’s garden. With delicate strokes, Potter paints one of Peter’s small feet covering the other. She positions the feet just as a
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