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Collecting Motel & Hotel Postcards

You find them in stacks of old postcards everywhere–the motel/hotel postcard. They were usually given away free to overnight guests and were a great way for the innkeeper to advertise. But today they are a history of the great motels … Continue reading

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Collecting Kitchen Utensils

On Sunday, I’m listing a bunch of vintage kitchen utensils so I thought I’d share a few thoughts about collecting these little bits of history. Who doesn’t feel nostalgic when you see a kitchen utensil that you remember your mother … Continue reading

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Must Have Guides for Postcard Collectors

The Most Highly Recommended:    The Postcard Price Guide by J.L. Marshburn. Even if you just pick up a card here and there, this reference guide will give you an idea of what to look for in the way of rarities … Continue reading

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Collecting Vintage Hats

“It is impossible for a woman to appear chic without a hat.” –Emily Post, 1959 In the early 1900s, hats were considered vital to women’s fashion, and although the styles have evolved throughout the decades, hats didn’t fall out of … Continue reading

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How to Determine Age of a Hooked Rug

Here’s some advice for collectors from two experts in the field. Determining a hooked rug’s age can be challenging–even for dealers. Newish rugs, if worn and faded, can look old, while truly old rugs, if well stored for a long … Continue reading

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Collecting Historical Cards

Historical Cards Historical postcards are printed to commemorate events such as war, social problems, expositions, parades, coronations, politics and so on. These cards offer much to the serious collector in the way of increased value. This is a wide open … Continue reading

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Postcard Backs-Clues for Dating

I’m planning a series of articles on postcard collecting and last week’s article on real photo postcards was the first of the series.  Today, I want to show you how to take the clues from the back of the postcard to … Continue reading

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Collecting Paint by Number

Paint By Number Kits were first produced in the early 1950s by premier manufacturer Craftmaster. The first artist was Dan Robbins. Paint By Number became a craze and thousands of painting kits were manufactured and sold. By 1960, the craze … Continue reading

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More on collecting calendars…

How does one determine the collectibility of a particular calendar? 4 Important Factors: How old is it?  Age is only one factor in estimating collectibility. You can still pick up some good quality calendars from the 19th century for reasonable … Continue reading

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Collecting Calendars

Calendars have been made in many forms over time and people collect in many categories. Here are some of the collectible categories according to The Calendar Collectors Society. wall calendars perpetual calendars desk calendars pocket calendars postcard calendars novelty calendars … Continue reading

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