Category Archives: Features

Salesman Samples

Salesman Samples

Artfully Small Examples of the Real Thing by Maxine Carter-Lome Salesman samples are scaled-down versions of real commercial products used to demonstrate their features and functionality to retailers or potential customers. Made to 1:6 scale or 1:8 scale when compared to the actual product, machine, or piece of equipment, these highly detailed replicas were typically […]

The Artist’s Eye

The Artist’s Eye

by Elle Shushan Adapted from an essay in The Look of Love; Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection, published by the Birmingham Museum of Art, 2012 From September 21, 2013, to January 5, 2014, Winterthur hosted the highly successful exhibition titled The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. From the overview of […]

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 […]

19th Century Printers and Their Trade Cards

19th Century Printers and Their Trade Cards

by Richard Sheaff In the days before the profession of “graphic design” came into existence, commercially printed work nonetheless sometimes displayed a surprising degree of sophistication. That sophistication came from the talents of typesetters and printers and engravers, none of whom would have titled himself or herself as a “graphic designer.” For far too many […]

Victorian Scrapbooks

Victorian Scrapbooks

Bound Memories & Scraps of Ephemera by Maxine Carter-Lome This album I’ve made is much more than a book. It’s worth even more than the time that it took. – Kimberly Rinehart, A Scrapbooker’s Verse Collecting and preserving information, thoughts, images, and mementos, whether for prosperity, education, personal reflection or enjoyment, is a pastime as […]

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

Paper Dolls: Fashion and Culture

by Judy Gonyeau For many women, their first ideas of fussing over their wardrobe began with paper dolls. From complete outfits and accessories, the idea of mixing and matching to achieve the best look—based upon her own choices—turned many girls to fashionistas. The paper dolls as we know them today may not be the first […]

Collectible Paper Dolls From Hallmark

Collectible Paper Dolls From Hallmark

Photos and story by Donald-Brian Johnson “You’ll find collecting Hallmark Dolls is really lots of fun, and here’s a little album with a place for every one!” – Hallmark, 1948 Over the years, almost every person of note (or notoriety) has been immortalized in colorful paper dolldom. There are Nancy Reagan paper dolls (Ron, too). […]

Broadsides: Insight from the Library of Congress Collection

Broadsides: Insight from the Library of Congress Collection

When it comes to evidence of historic events, broadsides – a large printed sheet of paper used to inform, proclaim, report or announce things of interest – are often viewed as such. Often used as “infomercials,” broadsides were produced to promote. The Library of Congress houses one collection referred to as “Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries […]

Reliving Life Along the Hudson River

Reliving Life Along the Hudson River

by Maxine Carter-Lome The Hudson Valley is one of the most recognizable landscapes in the country. Named after the river that Henry Hudson explored, the region is home to several iconic sites which have played an important role in our nation’s history. Here are a few not-to-be-missed places to visit on your next trip along […]

Hudson River Revolutionary War Artifacts

Hudson River Revolutionary War Artifacts

by Melody Amsel-Arieli To drum-beat and heart-beat, A soldier marches by: There is color in his cheek, There is courage in his eye, Yet to drum-beat and heart-beat In a moment he must die. – from Nathan Hale by Francis Miles Finch (1827-1907) The Hudson River, which spans from northeastern New York State to the […]