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Curious Collectibles Offer a Look at Yesteryear

We live in a visual age where photos are so numerous that we don't even bother to print them off our cell phones and videos are viewed many times a day thanks to news alerts, YouTube and other digital applications. But movies got their start in the 19th century as photography developed on a ...

September’s Burden Not Forgotten

When we weren’t looking, September crept in on a cool, foggy morning. The month of September kicked August to the curb and is here to remind us of things past and things to come. This month used to signal an unofficial start to fall. The kids go back to school. The swimming pools are ...

More Than Just Numbers

I have never been a whiz at figures. As early as first grade I realized my strong points were geared more toward words and vocabulary. That does not mean that numbers, especially dates, have not been important in the greater scheme of my life. I often wondered why we were made to ...

Vintage Cookbooks Are Tasty Treat for Collectors

I was pleased to find a pristine copy of my favorite cookbook, Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, at Sibs recently. I received a copy of it as a wedding gift in 1982 and have used it so much that it’s falling apart at the seams. I got a real bargain too since I’ve seen it online ...

Cool Down With This Charming Collectible

Lace, silk, fringed and painted, fans from bygone eras are delightful to collect and display. One of my favorite collectibles, these delicate conveniences are a popular treasure worldwide, and a charming reminder of the era before air conditioning. I was pleased to find Oglebay Institute used ...

New School Year New Socks

Back-to-school shopping didn’t elicit much excitement when I was a child; not like it does today. It was all about the knee socks. Because I attended Catholic school for 12 years, I wore a uniform each year. There was no need for buying colorful new school clothes. The biggest purchase ...