Category Archives: Features

Tokens of Service: Collecting Military Memorabilia

by Judy Gonyeau, managing editor Remembering and honoring the many who have served our country fills numerous museums, is written on monuments, and is in the hearts of all who have served and their families. Militaria is the field of collecting that helps everyone learn about and keep a promise to members of our military. […]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: A Legacy of Advocacy

Eunice Kennedy Shriver engaging with athletes in Ireland

By Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher Born in Brookline, Massachusetts on July 10, 1921, Eunice was the fifth in a rapid succession of nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Growing up in the boisterous Kennedy household with her eight siblings, Eunice was expected to be an active participant in the family’s all-season love of sports […]

Lionel Standard Gauge: 1906 – 1940

Lionel Early Standard Gauge trolley No.1

by Bruce C. Greenberg, Ph.D. Additional copy on Joshua Lionel Cowen provided by Judy Gonyeau, managing editor Joshua Lionel Cowen was an extraordinary inventor and entrepreneur. From a young age, Cowen’s mechanical talent was evident to the point that his parents enrolled him in the Peter Cooper Institute High School which was, oddly enough, named […]

Peter Cooper: An American-Made Model of the 19th Century

A vintage 1937 original photograph depicting Baltimore & Ohio Railroad introducing its newest with its oldest. The famous Tom Thumb is posed with a shiny EA built by Electro-Motive Corporation of La Grange, Illinois.

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher The venerable Peter Cooper, whose philanthropic life endeared him to every citizen of New York, died at 3 o’clock yesterday morning,” reported the New York Times on April 5, 1883. Although the family planned for a small funeral, thousands turned out to watch the procession. “Shops closed down; traffic on Broadway […]

Railroads On Parade

“A super-spectacle!” Promo poster for Railroads On Parade.

by Donald-Brian Johnson   “Do you think that progress will be swayed By the tea-kettle that this man has made? This Iron Horse?”  – Edward Hungerford, Railroads On Parade, 1939   The theme of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair was The World of Tomorrow – The Fair’s biggest draw focused on the world of yesterday.  […]

Pullman: Riding the Rails in Luxury

Original vintage Pennsylvania Railroad poster - A luxury fleet featuring newest Pullman refinements at low travel cost! - showing smartly dressed passengers enjoying the inside of a Pullman train carriage with a waiter serving drinks to people seated at a booth table opposite a man smoking a cigar and holding a newspaper next to an elegant lady on the side and two fashionably dressed ladies talking in front of men at a bar at the end of the carriage, the stylized lettering above and below with details of the trains and their service routes. Selling for $1,349.89 at 1stdibs.com

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher  George Mortimer Pullman was born on March 3, 1831, in Brocton, New York, just four years after the “Laying of the First Stone” ceremonies that launched the construction of the first passenger and freight rail line in the nation. By the time of his birth, tracks were being laid across the […]

Book Bindings Bound For History

by Jim Dawson When discussing the housing of history, creating a safe and protective environment for the written word is paramount. Bookbinding has changed over the years, but the preservation of historic tomes through a better understanding of their construction allows us to see history as it was reported through memoirs, academic materials, and stories […]

Boxed Perfection

1983 Kenner Star Wars’ Return of the Jedi 65 Back-A Boba Fett sold April 20, 2019, for $875 photo: Bruneau & Co.

by Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers   When it comes to the world of Pop Culture collectibles, whether it be toys, video games, or trading cards, there is nothing more important than condition. You obviously have the rarity factor—the rarer the item the more desirable to a collector—but the condition is always key. Now […]

Secret Storage: Exploring the Hidden Side of Antique Furniture

Example of one of many ways to create and access secret storage. photo: woodsmith.com

by Kary Pardy   Consider the humble blanket chest: a piece of furniture that might travel with its owners across an ocean or a country. Such a solid, practical item seems like the last place for surprising features, but without fancy safe deposit boxes or other high-end precautions, the average person needed a place to […]

Museums: Containing Collected History Over Time

The original Smithsonian Institution Building, commonly known as the “Castle,” was designed by architect James Renwick and constructed between 1847 and 1855. The Castle houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center and administrative offices, as well as the James Smithson crypt.

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher   Museums, in their many forms, are a universal experience shared by most people in this country, whether it is an art gallery, natural history museum, living history museum, or historic home. Every state, city, and almost every town in America has a museum of some sort – a space that […]