Monthly Archives: September 2021

Cyrus McCormick: The Father of Modern Agriculture

An early illustration of the McCormick Reaper, 1847

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher At the age of 22, Cyrus McCormick created the first grain-harvesting machine in the United States: the horse-drawn mechanical reaper, which made it possible to harvest large fields faster and therefore increase crop yields. He had done what his father, an inventor, could not after almost two decades of trying and […]

Great Collections: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault entrance

Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an underground, naturally preserving cold storage facility built to protect the seed of crops important for food and agriculture around the world for future generations. According to an article […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar, $350,000, Heritage Auctions

A 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst guitar sold for $350,000 at the sale of the Neal Schon vintage guitars collection held July 31st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX

  Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Sunburst guitar sold for $350,000 at the sale of the Neal Schon vintage guitars collection held July 31st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX. Also, a six-string Ferrari guitar gaveled for $300,000; a 1959 Gibson ES-335 natural semi-hollow […]

Exploring Antique Technologies: Leather Fire Buckets – Painted Americana at its Most Helpful 

1. Club fire buckets were decorated with their chosen logo, and few examples are as impressive as this Adroit Fire Club example from Salem, MA, ca. 1820. Emblazoned with the club’s name, the owner’s name, and the motto “Delay Not,” this striking example depicts men fighting to save a Federal-style house from burning. According to Sotheby’s, which sold the bucket for $40,000 in 2020, other examples from the Adroit Fire Club carry on the theme of the burning house surviving. photo: Sotheby’s, Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh, 2020

by Kary Pardy Imagine you lived in the 17th or 18th century. Chances are good that you would be surrounded by wooden buildings and that you would be very wary of fire. Firefighting technology at that time involved crews of people banding together to help their town or their neighbors, and while they did have some creative […]

Taking Your Collection to the Next Level: For many collectors and homeowners, the downtime of the last year provided the rare opportunity to do a deep dive into their collections and document their objects of value.

For many collectors and homeowners, the downtime of the last year provided the rare opportunity to do a deep dive into their collections and document their objects of value. This trip down memory lane can be a real project – especially if it means pulling together a lot of items, gathering paperwork scattered throughout the […]

Harvesting History: While seeds lie at the root of our national and international food supply and agricultural economy, technology continues to be the game-changer when it comes to planting and harvesting.

The legend of Johnny Appleseed as an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to the Midwest and beyond is a uniquely American story that to this day continues to be shared with school-age children, who take away lessons of a simple life and living close to nature, and a greater appreciation for the important […]

Great Collections: The National Law Enforcement Museum

Reel to Real, an exhibit that shows the portrayal of law enforcement in pop culture, with toys, props, and memorabilia from iconic cop shows and movies.

  The National Law Enforcement Museum opened its doors to the public in October of 2018, creating for the first time a place to share and showcase the story and history of American law enforcement. Authorized by President Bill Clinton on November 9, 2000, it took years of a public review process before construction of […]

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 […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Mia Hamm rookie card, $34,440, Goldin Auctions

Mia Hamm rookie card, $34,440, Goldin Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A rookie card of U.S. soccer legend Mia Hamm sold for $34,440 in an online Premium Card and Memorabilia auction held in June by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, NJ. It was the most ever paid for a female athlete trading card. Also, a Lionel […]