Category Archives: Publishers Corner

July Column: History Contained – A less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic

For this month’s theme, “History Contained,” we selected feature subjects that reflect a less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic beyond the obvious examples of antique and vintage general store tins, antique packing crates, apothecary bottles, candy jars, crocks, and spice containers. Secret compartments for containing private papers and concealing precious belongings were a […]

Boardwalk Memories

Talk about boardwalks and almost everyone has a favorite and memories to share. Growing up in New York City and on Long Island, boardwalks were part of my everyday life at the beach. My connection to boardwalks, however, goes back generations. Both my great-grandmother in 1911 for her second marriage, and my grandparents in 1924, […]

“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 […]

In the Maker’s Hands: Connecting objects with their makers enhance our understanding of the antiques we value

At the heart of the items that we collect and admire are the stories behind their creation, craft, and use. While an object might bear the mark or label of a company or business, the hands that produced the object are typically invisible and unknown, especially when it comes to handmade items such as tools, […]

“Collecting Music in the Virtual Age.” Now that music is online and digital-based, what is left to collect?

The ways we listen to music are always changing, but the people who feel the need to amass as much of it as possible never go away. Yet, with so many of these forms now online and digital-based, what’s physically left to collect? Nothing has changed more in the last century than recorded sound and […]

The Funny Side of Business: From vaudeville and slapstick comedy to standup, political satire, cartoons, sketch comedy, sitcoms, and inside jokes, comedy as an art form and business has been around since funny found a receptive, paying audience.

Every decade and generation are defined, in part, by the humor embraced by the zeitgeist of the times and the medium of the art form, especially in the early decades of the 20th century. This is a unique era in American comedy for its convergence of talent and technology fueled by a country craving entertainment […]

The Parlor: An Island of Formality. You entered it only rarely, and you weren’t meant to be comfortable there. But every house had to have one, no matter how high the cost.

No room in the American home in the nineteenth century was more tenderly cared for, fussed over, or jealously protected than the parlor, especially during the Victorian era. It was a central part of social family life in middle and upper-class households; a room where guests were formally received, afternoon tea was held with friends, […]

The 100 Year Perspective

On January 1, 1921, California beat Ohio State 28-0 in the Rose Bowl. In that same week, the country’s first religious service radio broadcast aired on KDKA-Pittsburgh, Turkey made peace with Armenia, and Eugene O’Neill’s “Diff’rent” premiered in New York City. The second year in what would turn out to be an explosive decade of […]

“Militaria Findings”: Conflict and combat are as old as the story of man. The result is centuries of military artifacts dating back to antiquity that tell the history and bear the scars of the hard-fought battles of their time.

Conflict and combat are as old as the story of man. To engage, man needed weapons to attack, and armor in various forms to protect himself. The result is centuries of military artifacts dating back to antiquity that tell the history and bear the scars of the hard-fought battles of their time. Militaria is defined […]

Facebook Live: If you are a Facebook follower then you know it’s getting a lot noisier on your feed these days. The change has changed me as a user and social media follower.

If you are a Facebook follower then you know it’s getting a lot noisier on your feed these days. Pre-recorded videos with audio and live broadcasting have replaced traditional image posts as the newest way to break through noise and get attention. The use of audio, video, and live streaming on Facebook has grown exponentially […]