inMarch 3, 2009 - 10:33am
In 1954, authorities took aim at postcard artist Donald McGill and tried to censor his work. Fortunately, by then, they were 50 years too late. McGill's postcard legacy began in 1904 and by the time of the court proceedings in 1954, his life's work was already well distributed!
According to Wikipedia, it's estimated that McGill created more than 12,000 designs, of which about 200 million copies were printed.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 2:01pm
During a recent visit to Lincoln City, Oregon, I found myself constantly offering “how to take better care” tips during my walk-through home appraisals and at the appraisal clinics. A previous “Rinker on Collectibles” column discussed issues involving light, heat, humidity, and mildew. These were not the only problems I encountered.
inMarch 2, 2009 - 1:56pm
Many people collect autographs, letters and antiques because they like owning and enjoying an example of something that helped to shape our history. Others search for items that remind them of their family history or a particular aspect of history.
We’re attracted to collecting for different reasons. But there’s one aspect many people find enormously satisfying: the hunt that leads to undervalued items, otherwise known as “sleepers” -- and generally difficult to find.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:41pm
Everyone who collects has their own favorites. Whether they collect for the color, or the style or the Era! I have found that the “things” to the 1950’s have been growing in popularity.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:32pm
One thing I love about old glass is the history. I recently acquired a punch bowl that was made over 100 years ago in Philadelphia. So, how did it wind up hundreds of miles away here in Maine? And who owned it along the way?
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 5:05pm
"Restaurantware" is the collective term for dining items purchased by commercial companies for customers’ or employees’ use, including china. Most restaurant china was heavyweight, commercial ware designed to withstand long, hard use, although fine porcelain examples can be found.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 11:02am
My earliest memories are of staying at Granny's house as a very young child. Each visit would start the same. After a brief greeting, I would drag a chair from the kitchen table over to the counter. Climbing carefully up, I stretched to open the cabinet above the fridge. Looking inside – yes, the green glasses were still there.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 10:56am
As the cold winds of winter rattled my house yesterday I found myself drifting off into a daydream of warm summer days, the smell of freshly mowed lawns, and the joy of visiting flea markets in search of buried treasure at the bottom of an old cardboard box.
inFebruary 26, 2009 - 10:42am
I love the Blue Willow pattern. My kitchen theme revolves around my Blue Willow canister set. The set is most probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s and from Japan, though it is not marked. My everyday dishes are a supermarket premium Blue Willow pattern, most probably made in China within the last 15 years.
inFebruary 25, 2009 - 1:32pm
A great and inexpensive collecting hobby to begin is sewing notions. Vintage buttons are fun to look at and useful in so many different ways. There are Bakelite buttons, celluloid buttons, ceramics, black glass, mother of Pearl, Metals, Plastic and paperweights. The older plastic buttons called realistics or goofies are great fun. There are Disney buttons, flowers, vegetables and fruit, animals, accessories like hats, pocketbooks, gloves, boots, suitcases and bows.