Tag Archives: toys

Great Collections: November 2019

Great Collections: November 2019

The Mini Time Machine Museum Collection The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is dedicated to sharing the wonder of miniatures and inspiring new audiences to cherish and appreciate this universal art form. The museum was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders Patricia and Walter Arnell. Mrs. Arnell’s fondness for miniatures began in […]

Gems of the Miniature Glass World

Gems of the Miniature Glass World

Article and photos by Peter Wade In the antiques trade, the term “smalls” is a descriptive term used to refer to the many small items found amongst the thousands of antiques collected today. Often this descriptive has had a slightly negative connotation in that smalls were thought of as the lessor collectibles, frequently overlooked and […]

The Art of the Game

The Art of the Game

The Colorful History of McLoughlin Bros. by Maxine Carter-Lome While you might not recognize the name McLoughlin Brothers, or the names of their books and games for that matter, chances are the colorful and dominant illustrations that defined their merchandise will look familiar, especially if you frequent antique shops and shows, and follow specialized toy, […]

Publisher’s Corner: June 2019

Publisher’s Corner: June 2019

Collecting Fun & Games by Maxine Carter-Lome Every child grows up with a favorite game or toy that carries with it precious memories of bygone days and friends from the past, which is why this month’s topic is particularly nostalgic and fun to consider. Toys and games from particularly the 1930s to 1980s are now […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Witch Atop Mechanical Cat, $21,600, Bertoia Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Witch Atop Mechanical Cat, $21,600, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A large witch atop a mechanical black cat on wheels, circa 1920, sold for $21,600 at an Annual Fall Auction held Nov. 9-11 by Bertoia’s Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Carlisle & Finch derrick crane on a flatbed car, 2 gauge, American-made, circa […]

A Galaxy Full of Star Wars Collectible Memorabilia

A Galaxy Full of Star Wars Collectible Memorabilia

by Amanda Sheriff The wonderful thing about Star Wars collecting is the multitudinous trove of material that spans across entertainment mediums and collecting focuses, centered around one series. Star Wars collecting has always been an element of fan appreciation, with series devotees compiling the movies on different formats, all types of toys, the original comics […]

Antiques Peek: June 2018

Antiques Peek: June 2018

The Evolution of Action Figures by Jessica Kosinski Action figures are everywhere today. They are popular toys for kids. Although, many adults enjoy them even more, often collecting action figures representing super heroes or movie characters. In fact, comic book and science fiction conventions are teeming with action figures that are now marketed to people […]

Great Collections: March 2018

Great Collections: March 2018

The Gift of George Wetzel to the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. (reprinted from Blueprints, with permission from the Department of Marketing & Communications at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., nbm.org) Acquired by the Museum in 2006, the Architectural Toy Collection is one of the largest and most sophisticated of […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Amazing Fantasy #15, $13,750, Bruneau & Co.

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Amazing Fantasy #15, $13,750, Bruneau & Co.

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 from August 1962, the first appearance of Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee, sold for $13,750 at a Fall Toy, Comic & Comic Art Auction held October 28th by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, […]

What Collectors Should Know About Mid-Century Modernisms’ Many Looks

What Collectors Should Know About Mid-Century Modernisms' Many Looks

By Anne Gilbert Change was blowing in the wind after World War II. Everything was new thanks to scientists, designers and a generation yearning for something different. Today the results are known as Mid-Century Modernism. Mid-Century Modernism took many forms. You may be surprised to know that your baby’s first toy, or your grandchild’s, that […]