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Were you born in this hospital?

If you have used the DNA testing and found out where your roots are, you can then find postcards that connect you with your past.  Historically speaking, you can find many postcards from your birthplace or where you live now.

Perhaps this postcard of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was your birth place.

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Perhaps you went to Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa

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Perhaps you just love historical building architecture, like these.

I have a postcard display and change it with each holiday.

In any case, you will find almost 3000 post cards with ever subject and every holiday.

Check out these great postcards under the Paper Ephemera category and the subcategory Postcards.

 

https://www.icollect247.com/store/lca/sub/cat/Paper+Ephemera/subcat/PostCards

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Collecting 2 Gal Oil Cans

When one looks at antique automobilia and its many forms of advertising, one of the most diverse and colorful forms are vintage oil cans. Oil cans have become a dominant staple in any collection devoted to the oil and auto industry. The great graphics, rarity, and color scheme of many of these containers have contributed to their desirability. long life
When I began collecting, some five years ago, I decided to buy two gallon cans, rather than one quart. While the one quart is one of the most popular sizes, I liked the graphics of the larger and the rectangular format looked good on a shelf. rather than one 
quart. While the one quart is one of the most popular sizes, I liked the graphics of the larger and the rectangular format looked good on a shelf.  Many times they proved more affordable than a quart companion with identical graphics.

Two gallon cans were first produced in the early 1930’s around the same time asbullhsead the first sealed one and five quart tins. Two gallons were mainly created for the “do it yourself” type of motorist. While quart and five quart cans were easy to be opened and drained right at the source of purchase, two gallons were meant to last a little longer and taken home for oil to be added when needed. The two gallons were sold not only by oil companies and gas stations, but by home-auto type stores, department stores, automobile, tractor, and equipment dealers, even hardware and grocery stores.

Read more of Lucas Kaczynski’s love of oil cans in Volume 11 of Antique Back Roads.  Visit http://www.AntiqueBackRoads.com and click on Back Issues.

REPRODUCTION OR REAL?

If you are new to collecting there are a lot of pieces out there that you will consider buying.  In the last 30 years, we have seen a large number of reproductions enter the market.  Some reproductions are made in the same shape, size and style of the original.  Some are easy to tell from the original, others are exact replicas and made to deceive the buyer.  Some are the exact same size but others are larger and you may think it is a variation.

As the price and demand go up on any collectible, reproductions will appear.  Back in the 1960’s reproductions were being made of Depression glass, cast iron toys, cast iron banks and cast iron door stops. Reproduction signs started being seen in the 1970’s and continues today.

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As for reproduction signs, do your homework on any item that you are investing your money in.  First and foremost, ask the seller if it is an original piece or a reproduction.   Ask if the seller guarantees the item to be an original.  Look at the piece for manufacturer marks and don’t assume just because it has a marker’s mark. We know that reproductions are being made by several companies including Desperate Sign Company and AAA Sign Company.

If you look at the number of holes there will be difference between the original and the reproduction.  Also look really closely around the grommets.oilzium copy

Sign companies who made the old signs used metal that resisted rust.  Grommets were used to protect the corners. If you see rust or lots of chipping around the grommets, beware.  This is not normal with an old sign.  Be conscious of size.  Is the size different from what you have seen…is it smaller or different?  Are the more holes than normal? Reproductions will often be a different size than the original.

Don’t forget to look at the back.  Porcelain does not rust and you can see from this picture it is made to rust to look old. The back of American made porcelain signs WILL NOT look like this. Note lots of rust around the holes. back

Lots of reproduction signs are from India. There are of low quality, feel grainy and the seller will “rough up” the holes and edges, including breaking off the porcelain and rusting them.  These are being shipped in quantities.  Where the problem comes in when they are purchased at a cheap price by US buyers,  than offered at auctions or on line for a high price as the original.  Here are some reproduction signs we have seen available for sale.packard

Willys Overland Whippet

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Your best bet is to buy from a reputable seller / dealer who knows what they are selling and can even give you some history of the piece. If you are buying on line, contact the seller and talk to the seller to very they guarantee the sign is old.  At the current time, the only online marketplace to only sell only original pieces (not reproduction)  is http://www.icollect247.com. The sellers on the site only sell original pieces.  There are no reproductions, no limited editions and nothing later than 1980.

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By the way, if you are just using is as a decorator piece or a barn hanger and you don’t care if it is a reproduction, go for it! Reproductions are an inexpensive way to enjoy collecting and decorating.  Just know what you are buying!

 If you end up buying a reproduction piece you thought was real, don’t give up on collecting!  Use it as a learning curve as part of collecting.  No matter how long you collect you will be fooled., believe me there is someone always out there reproducing something to fool the buyer.  Believe me when I tell you that it happens to even the best of us!

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Making offers!

Most sellers and dealers will entertain offers on the pieces they have for sale.  While television shows such as “The Pickers” and “Pawn Stars” will haggle back and forth over price make it seem like a game…it is not a game to the person who is selling the piece.

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Sellers and dealers have spent long hours learning about what they are selling, invested their money in purchasing, have expenses in travel to buy pieces to sell.  Most sellers are always happy to share their knowledge and help any collector to learn and this knowledge has come with a price.

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Let’s face it, antique sellers, just cannot put an order into China and get another delivered next week. In fact, in our last couple of years, when sell a piece, we cannot replace it at what we sold it for.

Everything you collect is unique and the piece you buy has been used, loved and enjoyed in a different way.  Some come with chips, scratches, slight bends, while others come just like they were made.  So, those of us who lovingly buy to pass on to another collector should have some profit.  Offering a seller 50% of their asking price is an insult to them and if you get a “NO” don’t be surprised.  As a seller, I prefer to be asked “Can you do any better?”  Sometimes in malls you will see pieces marked “Firm”.  While as sellers we understand, trying to work with other collectors to help them collect is a positive to the industry.

Another comment, I would like to make here, many collectors go to auction, which is another place to find vintage pieces.  However, almost all auction houses add a buyer’s premium to the final price…they do not discount or offer it at a reduced price, you pay your bid, plus fees.

So, again, remember to be considerate of the person who is selling it and know they have searched for pieces for you and it has not walked through the door at a cheap price.

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Living with a collection!

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No matter if you have just a few pieces in your home or your whole house showcases your collection, it is unique and no other home will look like yours.  Just as your house has a personality, so does your collection. Collectors enjoy sharing their pictures of how they have decorate and used their purchases in their home.

As both sellers and collectors we enjoy seeing those pictures. Here are two Coca-Cola some recent vintage pieces we have sold on icollect247.

These photos show how a recent buyer has displayed vintage Coca-Cola cardboards and vintageCoca-Cola trolley signs recently purchase from icollect247 along side their newer pieces.

We featured a Drugstore collection of wonderful pieces that were breathtaking in our Antique Back Roads magazine.  Terry McMurray has a collection of early Drugstore pieces which are to die for.

Pictures below of Terry McMurray’s Historic Drugstore

         Read and enjoy pictures of Terry’s collection in our magazine –                       www.AntiqueBackRoads.com – Back Issue Volume 9.

Collections are as individual as a DNA, no two are a like.  Here is how this collector displays his passion in his man cave.

Please share and subscribe to our Collector’s Corner through icollect247.com as we show more pictures of other collections we have been privileged to enjoy.

 

 

Why do people collect?

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That is an interesting question and if you are not a collector, you cannot understand what drives this community.  It is something that happens unconsciously, it is not a decision you have made, it just happens.

You see something with your name on it.

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Remember the Share a Coke Personalized bottles?

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Remember a Christmas Toy from Santa?toy

A memory of a vacation?

Are you looking for a piece of the family business?

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So, if you have started reading this, you must be interested in becoming a collector.  Only you can decide on what to collect. What are you drawn to? What makes you feel comfortable? Do you like to hunt for things?  With all of this in mind, the key is to buy what you like and what you can afford.  Collecting can be a fad, remember the Beanie Babies, so don’t buy something to get rich, buy to enjoy.

While we have mentioned Beanie Babies we also want to make you aware of Limited Edition items.  The dictionary says it is…a collector’s item, as a doll, plate, coin, die cast models, etc. of which only a given number is made.   Often manufacturers will make over ten thousand pieces of one item so there will never been of real value in your lifetime.

After you finish this article, look around you home, do you have three of anything?  If you do, you are a collector.  While there are a lot of places to buy and shop, we hope that you will check out the only vintage marketplace on line at http://www.icollect247.com.  Looking to learn about what people collect, check out our magazine http://www.AntiqueBackRoads.com. Be sure to share our blog and like us on facebook.

 

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Wow! Coca-Cola Chewing Gum

Coca-Cola chewing gum??? Why yes, there was! It was made from 1910 to 1917. The sticks of gum were shipped in the cardboard box that held the packs of gum. The gum was sold in packs for 5 cents each. After all the gum was sold, the store owner tossed these out, but luckily this one was saved. Amazing to look at something that is over 100 years old. If you know a Coca-Cola collector, ask them if they know about Coca-Cola gum!

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Rare 1916 Coca-Cola Chewing Gum Cardboard Box

Really the first commercial chewing gum in the US was in 1848 and made from the resin of spruce trees.  Then in 1869, after a lot of trial and error, a new gum was introduced as Adams New York chewing gum.  From there new flavors emerged including a licorice favor called Black Jack.

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1911 Franklin Caro Coca-Cola Chewing Gum Blotter

So Coca-Cola jumped in to join the many chewing gums offered.  Lots of advertising was done to promote the Coca-Cola gum, including die-cut cardboard pieces, bookmarks, and paper fans.  Due to the short time, the gum was produced, these early pieces of advertising are very hard to find.  However, you can still find it today on websites such as icollect247.com.  Feel comfortable with buying from the sellers on the site as they carry only “real” vintage pieces with no reproduction or limited edition items.  If you want to learn more about collecting, please subscribe to our blog.

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