Tag Archives: Advertising

A Primer for Collecting Advertising Signs

A Primer for Collecting Advertising Signs

By John Mancino Ask just about any antique dealer what is the hottest thing selling today and most would say advertising, especially signs. In the past few years, advertising and signs have risen to the top of the collectors lists. What makes them so desirable? A few things come to mind, including color, slogans, brand […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2015

What's Selling on eBay: June 2015

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $2,300 (27 bids): Judaica, Antique Sterling Silver Russian Inkwell Inkwell decorated with a Russian coat of arms on the front and a Jewish Star of David on the back. Incredible crafted scorpion handles on both sides and a hinged pull top. The inkwell stands 2.5 inches in diameter, 3.5 […]

McInnis Gallery to auction items from Bill Johnson Estate, July 10-11

Bill Johnson was a colorful character that was well known throughout New England as a collector of antiques, advertising and items that reflected the local culture/color. If you are a dealer or auctioneer in New England, chances are you knew Bill. He founded the roadside Johnson Hall Museum in Kennebunk where he assembled a collection […]

Gavels n Paddles: Peters Ammunition poster, $12,540, Showtime Auction

Gavels n Paddles: Peters Ammunition poster, $12,540, Showtime Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A rare, antique Peters Ammunition poster with a bold and imposing graphic of a bear on a mountain, sold for $12,540 at an auction held April 10-12 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, an oil painting by Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928), […]

Beauty In Advertising

Beauty In Advertising The Alluring Images of Ladies from the Victorian Era by Chris H. Beyer A wise man once noted that pretty women have been selling us things since the beginning of time. Images of attractive women have long been used by advertisers to promote a variety of products. Interestingly, the commercial use of […]

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 […]

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, […]

Ken's Korner: Book examines ads from the heady ‘80s

Ken’s Korner: Book examines ads from the heady ‘80s – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – February 2006 A book titled “[amazon_link id=”B0037KMYLI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]80s: All American Ads[/amazon_link]” (Taschen, $39.99) is a pop-culture history course for people too young to know what a Sony BetaMax or electric typewriter are, or are old enough to […]

Signs of the Time: Post-Civil War Advertising

Signs of the Time: Post-Civil War Advertising – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – June 2003 By Harvey Leventhal Soon after the Civil War, Americans were on the move and settling new, small communities all over the country. Most of these settlements were far away from the big cities, and each small town needed […]