Tag Archives: Donald-Brian Johnson

Railroads On Parade

“A super-spectacle!” Promo poster for Railroads On Parade.

by Donald-Brian Johnson   “Do you think that progress will be swayed By the tea-kettle that this man has made? This Iron Horse?”  – Edward Hungerford, Railroads On Parade, 1939   The theme of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair was The World of Tomorrow – The Fair’s biggest draw focused on the world of yesterday.  […]

Collectomania! Savoring Those Souvenirs

Boot Roy Rodgers

By Donald-Brian Johnson   A lady of my acquaintance collects souvenirs with a vengeance. If she’s seen it, visited it, or done it, she has the refrigerator magnet (or T-shirt, or coffee mug, or snow globe, or … well, you get the idea), to show for it. Sometimes those souvenirs are (presumably) free for the […]

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

Nativity Sets Around The World by Donald-Brian Johnson | Photos by Leslie Piña “And it came to pass while they were there, the days for her to be delivered were fulfilled. And she bought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room […]

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). […]

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

The Good Ol’ Country Store by Donald-Brian Johnson Kitchenalia. It comes in many forms, and collectors often focus on just one category. Salt-and-peppers, for instance. Or whistle mugs. Perhaps pie birds, egg timers, or vintage advertising catch your fancy. There are even folks who collect original food packaging (pristine condition preferred, food long-removed). But those […]

Higgins: A Glass Act

Higgins: A Glass Act

Fused Glass from the Fabulous ‘50s Text by Donald-Brian Johnson; Photos by Leslie Pina Stardust, Barbaric Jewels, Arabesque, Mandarin. The titles glow with color and imagination. The glass objects they refer to make good on that promise. This is Higgins glass, the fused marvel that attracted buyers by the droves in the 1950s and ‘60s, […]

Clean as a Whistle

Clean as a Whistle

The World of Washday Collectibles by Donald-Brian Johnson Some folks collect teacups. Or thimbles. Maybe even swizzle sticks. Tiny treasures that are compact, easy to display, and even easier to store. Other folks collect washing machines. And dryers. And washer-dryers. These are definitely not tiny. Displaying (or even storing) them requires a generously-sized (and otherwise […]

Automania

Automania

The Early Days of Classic Cars Story & photos by Donald-Brian Johnson “Come away with me, Lucille, In my merry Oldsmobile. Down the road of life we’ll fly- Automobubbling, you and I!” -Vincent P. Bryan & Gus Edwards, 1905 Ah, those auto songs: In My Merry Oldsmobile … See The USA In Your Chevrolet … […]

Gotta' Sing! Gotta Dance!

Gotta' Sing! Gotta Dance!

Collecting Broadway Musical Cast Albums Photos and Article by Donald-Brian Johnson Get out those old records, Those old phonograph records, The ones we used to play so long ago. What if they sound scratchy? The tunes really were catchy Especially those that said I Love You So – Carmen Lombardo, “Get Out Those Old Records,” […]

Cracklin' Good

Cracklin' Good - Captivated by Crackle Glass

Captivated by Crackle Glass Story by Donald-Brian Johnson; Photos by Leslie Pina “Look, look, look to the rainbow- Follow it over the hill and stream. Look, look, look to the rainbow- Follow the fellow who follows a dream.” E.Y. “Yip” Harburg  –  Finian’s Rainbow, 1947 You’ve seen the magic. The day is dreary. A stray […]