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How Are These Famous People Related?

How Are These Famous People Related?

How Are These Famous People Related? by Mike McLeod What do Napoleon Bonaparte and Charlie Chaplin have in common? How about Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, John Lennon, and the Rolling Stones? Think about it for a moment. What could all these famous people from history, the movies, and music have in common? They weren’t born […]

A Visit to the Passau Glass Museum

A Visit to the Passau Glass Museum

A Visit to the Passau Glass Museum By Chad Smith The Passau Glass Museum in Germany may not be listed in many travel brochures. In fact, Passau, a small university city near the Austrian border, is not even mentioned in many travel books. But for anyone who is interested in art glass or marvels at […]

Starting a Collection on a Budget

Starting a Collection on a Budget

Starting a Collection on a Budget By Amanda Sheriff Associate Editor, Gemstone Publishing Since the dawn of human beings, we have been collectors. Early in our timeline we collected food, water, wood, and materials for building. As time has progressed we started collecting items to barter and trade, eventually moving on to collect things for […]

The Paper War

The Paper War

The Paper War Collectors Growing More Fascinated by Images, Themes of Wartime Propaganda Posters By Eric Bradley Propaganda posters, rich with emotion, symbolism, bold typography and stark images, are getting more attention from collectors as nostalgia takes over where persuasion left off. Last year, Heritage Auctions set a house record when it offered a rare […]

From Collector to Auctioneer

From Collector to Auctioneer

From Collector  to Auctioneer Boy has the hobby changed By Jeff Wichmann Having been a collector of antique bottles since the 1970s, I have watched as the hobby has gone from a national past time to a whimper and back again. Like any hobby that involves assembling various objects for display or simply for the […]

Collecting Petroliana

Collecting Petroliana

Collecting Petroliana By Dan Matthews It pays to advertise, so the old saying goes, but the real profits nowadays are in the signs that deliver the advertiser’s message, especially when it comes to petroliana. Ever since collecting gas and oil-related advertising became an organized pursuit in the 1980s, prices have increased steadily. Now, three decades […]

What Other Casino Memorabilia Do I Want to Collect?

What Other Casino Memorabilia Do I Want to Collect?

What Other Casino Memorabilia Do I Want to Collect? by Sheldon Smith The last time we left you we had run through a few of the more popular casino collectible items. We already know that most collectors collect Casino/POKER CHIPS. We already know that quite a number collect POSTCARDS, MATCHBOOKS, PLAYER’S CARDS, ASHTRAYS and ROOM […]

Discovering American Indian Baskets

Discovering American Indian Baskets

Discovering American Indian Baskets by Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh and William A. Turnbaugh Baskets, big or small, plain or fancy, flat or deep, are all around us. They hold dinner rolls, houseplants, keys and mail and sewing notions, and even paperclips and office files. We use baskets in countless ways, often every day. Yet, baskets are […]

The Hindenburg: A Disaster and a Miracle

The Hindenburg: A Disaster and a Miracle

The Hindenburg: A Disaster and a Miracle by Mike McLeod Seventy-seven years ago when the 803-foot Hindenburg crashed on May 6, 1937 at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, N.J., 35 people died: 13 passengers and 22 crew (including one on the ground crew). Fortunately, on that trip there were just 36 passengers on […]

René Lalique – Enchanted by Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass

René Lalique - Enchanted by Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass

René Lalique – Enchanted by Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass By Kelley Jo Elliott, Curator Glass is a wonderful substance. Everything makes it an incomparable plastic medium in the hands of an ingenious artist, offering his imagination and talent almost limitless scope for discovery. –René Lalique1 From 1884, when his first jewelry designs […]