Is your mail box full of catalogs, flyers and sale papers offering great gifts for friends and relatives? I don’t know about your mail box, but mine has been full of catalogues for the last several weeks… and we are still a couple of weeks away from Christmas. If you have special people in your life and you don’t know what size or color, we have some ideas to help.
PICTURE MEMORIES OF THE PAST
Several years ago, I wanted to give our grown son something besides the normal clothes. I finally came up with a gift no one else could give him. Something that he would keep and enjoy for years to come. It was something that Christmas is all about,…memories. Ah ha, a book of picture memories.
Those boxes of pictures that are in the closet now were something that had meaning and something that would be treasured for years to come.
In my case, several years ago, I had regular developed pictures and I scanned each picture and arranged in the kids age. Perhaps you have pictures of relatives that have already passed away and you want your kids to see them. Or maybe you have pictures on your phone, that would have memories for your family.
I planned for 2 books, one for our son and one for my husband. For our son, I pulled baby pictures of the kids, past holiday pictures of the kids and put them in their growing order. For my husband I did one of our memories of our marriage and the grandchildren.
Now is the time to get out those boxes of memories. If you cannot afford or don’t have the time to do things on line, first go to your local craft some and get some of those black corners to hold photos in with. Then get some paper and put together your memories. Take to any office supply store or UPS / FED EX store and they will scan the pages for you and put together in a spiral bound book or other options. Make as many copies as you want for gifts.
There are also many companies on line, who have templates and you can upload your pictures from your camera and put into hard bound books.
MEMORIES OF OUR PAST
A box full of things that they remember, will bring laughs and smiles. Here at icollect247.com we are full of memories. Here are just a few ideas which will bring back memories to your friends and family. Gift ideas: a calendar of the year they were born, a vintage Santa, a tiny vintage Christmas stocking, just big enough for a gift card, a record that they remember from childhood, a toy or doll they remember playing with. How about a postcard from the town or city they grew up in or a tradecard from a business that was in that town.
With over 17,000 vintage items on http://www.icollect247.com and things starting at $5, how can you go wrong? These are gifts you can’t find in any catalog or department store. Something that is special from you!
Always knew that my birthday would fall on a famous day… and here it is March 1st. Really interesting when we think that peanut butter is something that we invented, but it dates back to the Aztecs and Incas. Really? The real important date is when the peanut butter machine was invented in 1903, with Peter Pan licensed in 1928 and Skippy in 1932. Jif followed behind in 1955 and Planters Peanut butter in the 1950s. Perfect day to start collecting and displaying old Peanut jars. Check out these jars and early pails for sale on icollect247.com.
Lots of holidays are put on your calendar but did not hear of National Trivia Day, celebrated on January 4th. Enjoy some of the Trivia you never knew about!
Did you know…Beer is the most popular beverage in the world, with tea in second place. People collect beer memorabilia and there actually a Breweriana Collector Club. From beer cans to beer bottles, from signs to beer trays, it is a passion for many collectors. Find over 200 pieces of vintage beer advertising on http://www.icollect247.com and start collecting! If you like our post please share and like it! We will keep them coming!
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.
Perhaps you went to Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa
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.
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.
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 as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!