Monthly Archives: May 2021

Collectomania! Savoring Those Souvenirs

Boot Roy Rodgers

By Donald-Brian Johnson   A lady of my acquaintance collects souvenirs with a vengeance. If she’s seen it, visited it, or done it, she has the refrigerator magnet (or T-shirt, or coffee mug, or snow globe, or … well, you get the idea), to show for it. Sometimes those souvenirs are (presumably) free for the […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Einstein signed letter, $28,800, Potter & Potter

A typed signed letter by Albert Einstein, dated March 10, 1954, sold for $28,800 at a Fine Books and Manuscripts sale held March 13th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, IL

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A typed signed letter by Albert Einstein, dated March 10, 1954, sold for $28,800 at a Fine Books and Manuscripts sale held March 13th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, IL. Also, a typed signed letter by James Baldwin reached $14,400; a copy of […]

Owning a Share of Sports History

If you are like most sports fans and collectors of sports memorabilia, you can’t help but be blown away by recent auction sales. In just the first half of this year, a Kobe Bryant Topps rookie card sold for $1.796 million, a Wayne Gretzky 1979 rookie card sold for $1.29 million, a 1928 Stanley Cup […]

Here’s New England! On the Road with the WPA

Heres New England Cover

By Erica Lome, Ph.D. In the 1930s, no road trip across America was complete without a travel guide from the widely popular American Guide Series, published by the Federal Writers’ Project. Intended to stimulate the economy and boost national pride, these travel guides featured history-laden itineraries, photographs of major cultural icons, and directed access to […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: J & E Stevens toy bank, $156,000, Bertoia Auctions

A J & E Stevens (American) Girl Skipping Rope cast-iron mechanical toy bank in pristine to near-mint condition sold for $156,000 at Part 1 of the sale of Aaron and Schroeder mechanical bank and toy collection held March 5-6 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, NJ

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A J & E Stevens (American) Girl Skipping Rope cast-iron mechanical toy bank in pristine to near-mint condition sold for $156,000 at Part 1 of the sale of Aaron and Schroeder mechanical bank and toy collection held March 5-6 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, NJ […]

Antiques Peek: From Numberplate to License Plate

Early Massachusetts Porcelain License Plate

by Jessica Kosinski  There are many automobile-related collectibles people enjoy collecting. People have had fascinations with cars since the first ones were produced. Today, there are collectors of cars themselves, car-related advertising, hood ornaments, and more. However, in this month’s column, we are going to take a peek at collecting something else entirely, license plates. […]

The Artful History of Vintage Travel Postcards

Above: Wallace News Stand in New Orleans in the summer of 1908

by Zoë Peate Who doesn’t love to find a postcard from somewhere far away, waiting for them inside their mailbox? It’s such a rare occasion in this digital era, which only makes it an even more delightful surprise. While the Golden Age of postcards is long past, like the travel posters of yesteryear, vintage postcards […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1928 Stanley Cup puck, $66,000, Weiss Auctions

A hockey puck used in the final Stanley Cup championship game of 1928, won by the New York Rangers over the Montreal Maroons, 2-1, with Frank Boucher scoring both goals for the Rangers, sold for $66,000 in an online Sports, Non-Sports, Pulps, Comics & Comic Art auction held April 14th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A hockey puck used in the final Stanley Cup championship game of 1928, won by the New York Rangers over the Montreal Maroons, 2-1, with Frank Boucher scoring both goals for the Rangers, sold for $66,000 in an online Sports, Non-Sports, Pulps, Comics & Comic […]

The Rise and Fall of the American Roadside Motel

The Stars Motel, Chicago, Illinois

by Maxine Carter-Lome   In the first decades of the 20th century, nothing was more novel than the automobile. The idea of personal transportation with the freedom and ability to go where the road took you without all the limitations inherent in train travel was inspiring. Now, people could take motor trips in their leisure […]

“Traveling Back in Time”: We drive forward from the 19th century to explore the impact and inspiration of automotive travel in America

     It was a big country but prior to the 20th century, few knew from first-hand experience how big or what was out there. Traveling west and into the interior over land was a pioneer’s journey for those seeking jobs and an opportunity to start a new life, not a tourist experience for idle […]