Bicycle Plates and Old Bikes

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I was following my wife through a “junk store” several years ago when all of a sudden I found something that peaked my interest. She would take me to several antique stores on weekends and I went along for the ride but never really had any interest in the available items until the day when I saw what appeared to be a miniature license plate. For the first time, I spoke up and asked the store clerk a question. Until that moment, he had to think I was a deaf, dumb mute whose only job was to carry around my wife’s wallet! I asked, “Was this plate for small cars?” That is when he explained to me it was a bicycle license plate.

This peaked my interest because I am an avid road bicyclist. I ride on average 5,000 to 7,000 miles a year and I ride all over the East coast. The first thing that I found funny about this plate was its sheer weight. It was made of metal, was about six inches long and two inches wide and even had a reflector on it. You see, high-end road bikes made today are carbon fiber. You can spend hundreds of dollars more for a gear or a tire just to save a few ounces in weight. Having to bolt a plate to my bike would send me into shock! I bought that plate because it was cheap and intriguing and because I wanted to learn more about it. Little did I know that was the beginning of me becoming a collector.

Read the complete article, written by John Summer, in our Volume 11 magazine.  Check it out at AntiqueBackRoads.com. Use the tab “Back Issues” and look for Volume 11.

 

How to enjoy vintage in your home!

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Looking to add a little bit of class to your mundane kitchen? How about some vintage counter ware? This great looking Borden’s malted milk glass jar would look great on your counter. You can use it for just about anything you would want. Cookies come to mind…must be close to dinner, lol. But really, cookies, wrapped candy, chores for the kids (too funny), etc., you could use it for lost of things and bring a vintage feel to your home!

For example, a Malted Milk Jar would be perfect to hold breakfast bars or other snacks. The jar is extremely heavy and with a metal, top will not chip the glass.borden

Or how about this late 19th-century wooden rack mounts to a wall and has three tiers that fold up when not in use. The tiers have open bottoms with rungs for hanging drying herbs and milk glass finials on the nail heads that attach the rungs to the end brackets.rackThis decorative copper four cup teapot would dress up a shelf and dates from the nineteenth century. Has unusually ornate brass handle brackets with a dark wood handle.

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My favorite pieces in my kitchen are my Prayer Ladies.  These were made in the late 1950s to early 1960s and come in blue and pink.  Easy to keep clean and are always a reminder that God is there in my kitchen.

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Using vintage pieces in your home gives it a warm, fuzzy feeling, as well as useful.  The pieces above as well as fresh to the market pieces are available at the “Only All On-Line All Vintage Marketplace” – icollect247.com.

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Uniforms in Miniature for Men

Have you ever heard of a salesman’s sample? No, what is it? Well way before the internet, salespeople traveled to sell their companies products and needed a miniature version of what they were selling. The could not carry a huge item with them into different stores to sell the store owner their product. So they made smaller versions of the real deal with working doors and the store owner could see the colors and style in order to decide if he wanted to stock the item.

One of the favorite salesman samples was a Buddy Lee Doll.  The dolls were dressed in everything from Lee Jeans to gas station uniforms and more.  These were carried to large companies to show them exactly what material would be used, how they would be labeled and more. Popular with Gas and Oil Collectors are Buddy Lee dolls dressed in Texaco, Phillips 66 and Shell.  These little guys were made to look exactly like the “Real Deal” even down to the small patches on their hats.  From composition dolls to hard plastic, they are happy little guys with a round head and side glancing eyes. Due to uniforms going out of style, these were discontinued in 1962.

However, when they became a pricey collectible, they were reproduced in the 1990’s. Once you see an original you can quickly tell a reproduction from a mile away.  The real vintage pieces can be priced from $350 for common uniforms to $700 for rarer ones.

Want to see more of the little guys for sale?  Check out http://www.icollect247.com and use the search  – buddy lee.  The website only offers original pieces for sale and all are guaranteed old.

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Popcorn Christmas Tree Garland

 

One Christmas when I had nothing better to do, I called in my brother and nephews and said, help me string popcorn for the tree.  I was much younger and wanted to revisit a time in history.  Well, if you never have tried it, my suggestion would be, to do it once in a lifetime.  The new idea of tradition quickly faded when everyone left and there was popcorn on the floor and only part of the tree was done.  However, it did smell good around the house for a day or so.

The history of popcorn is extremely interesting.  9926-a

Popcorn is a very specific variety of corn that will explode when subject to high heat.  We know that in the 19th century there were metal popcorn poppers that were held over an open fire that became just part of the hearth.  About 1938 popcorn was offered in movie theaters and has now become part of the American tradition.

Today, many folks look for old popcorn tins.  Some people want full cans others are looking just for graphics.  Perhaps they are looking for brands they remember or kind they ate.  In either case, they can look good on a shelf in a kitchen, den or country store.  Here are a few popcorn tins for sale on icollect247.com.  Check them out on http://www.icollect247.com.  The only All Vintage Online Marketplace.

 

 

 

Enjoy Collecting Small Pieces of History

A forgotten piece of history is still collectible. The watch fob played an important part in history and for the younger generation, they are just a funny looking plastic round circle. Men carried a gold pocket watch in a small pocket in either their vest or waistcoat. A chain or leather strap was attached to the watch and a fob added to hang outside of the pocket. The man could simply pull the watch out by pulling on the fob.
While back in Europe, fobs were popular in the 1700’s but they did not really catch on in America until the early 1900’s. Advertisers saw that men checked their watch several times a day, so that little fob was a perfect place for an advertisement. Let’s not forget since it was on the outside of the pocket, they could also serve to advertise to anyone you met. 

Today, they are a little piece of the past advertising and is a great small collectible for anyone.  It can be found at any price range. Price will depend on the fob material and advertiser. Coca-Cola is one of the more expensive fobs with a 1930’s Texaco Scottie Dog being the cheapest. Check out watch fobs on icollect247.