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100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s Screen Debut

100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s Screen Debut

100th Anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s Screen Debut by Eric Bradley, Heritage Auctions February 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s screen debut. His career lasted more than 75 years and his “Little Tramp” character would become the stuff of Hollywood legends, but Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin got his start like most in the […]

Mementos of Mourning – The Quintessential Folk Art

Mementos of Mourning - The Quintessential Folk Art

Mementos of Mourning – The Quintessential Folk Art By Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell “The Halloween Queen®” Remember me. Memory is so sweet and to cling to a fragment of someone dear and integrating a part of them with other family members was a way to ensure that their memory remained bright. A lock of a lovers […]

Profile of Silent Film Collector Ben Model

Profile of Silent Film Collector Ben Model

Profile of Silent Film Collector Ben Model By Phil Hall There are few people who enjoy a greater degree of expertise on silent films than Ben Model. The New York City-based Model is a noted silent film archivist and historian, as well as a composer and performer of new musical scores that accompany contemporary screenings […]

Collecting Apollo Moonwalkers

Collecting Apollo Moonwalkers

Collecting Apollo Moonwalkers by Bill Thornbrook Forty-five years after the first Moon landing, astronaut items still fly high. Between December 1968 and December 1972, Americans voyaged to the Moon nine times. In all, twenty-four astronauts made the trip, three of them going twice. Two preliminary test missions closely approached the Moon without landing. Finally, on […]

Once Upon a Time There Was Christmas

Once Upon a Time There Was Christmas

Once Upon a Time There Was Christmas By Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell “The Halloween Queen” Holidays do not have to be stressful nor terribly expensive if you slip back in time when Christmas was less technologically and commercially driven. People purchased presents all year long and made gifts as they could when time permitted. Christmas items […]

Antique and Estate Jewelry; Its Time Has Come

Antique and Estate Jewelry; Its Time Has Come

Antique and Estate Jewelry; Its Time Has Come By Edward Lewand, GG, ASA, AAA Over the last few years, having an interest in antique and estate jewelry has become a new trend. This may be due to all the TV shows or because it is feel-good jewelry; grandma had the brooch or a great aunt […]

The Many Faces of Halloween

The Many Faces of Halloween

The Many Faces of Halloween By Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell   “The Halloween Queen” There is nothing more exciting than wondering who or what is behind the mask in front of you.  Are they human or from another world? Are they someone you might be romantically inclined toward or are they someone Dante would have delegated to […]

The Beautiful Art of Advertising: Signs and Calendars

The Beautiful Art of Advertising: Signs and Calendars

The Beautiful Art of Advertising: Signs and Calendars By Michael and Lori Eckles From 1880 to 1920 the best, and sometimes only, way to get your company or product name known was to print signs that were placed on the walls in country stores, saloons, cigar stores, hardware stores, etc. Because communication was so limited, […]

Until It Breaks

Until It Breaks

Until It Breaks Repeated stress of striking coins can wear down machinery, creating unique – and collectible – coins By John Dale Beety of Heritage Auctions Like factories, the U.S. Mints in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point use heavy machinery to make the billions of coins produced for the country each year. Also […]

Corning Museum of Glass Features 3,500 Years of Glass Beads

Corning Museum of Glass Features 3,500 Years of Glass Beads

Corning Museum of Glass Features 3,500 Years of Glass Beads Featured in Major Exhibition at The Corning Museum of Glass CORNING, NY, May 8, 2013 Featuring for the first time nearly 200 of the most important beads and beaded objects from the Corning Museum’s collection. This summer, a major exhibition at The Corning Museum of […]