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It’s that time of the year again when parents are looking forward to their kids returning to school and kids dreading the idea of having to return after having fun all summer. Although a lot of children brave the lunches by buying them in the cafeteria, a lot of others bring the good old standby, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, from home. How they carry those lunches to school is one of those things that epitomizes “the more things change, the more things stay the same” saying.
Mikey was playing Trivial Pursuit with his girlfriend one night and it was his turn. He rolled the dice and landed on Science and Nature. His question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it? After a few minutes of pondering the question, he asked his girlfriend, “Well this is a tough one, is the vacuum on or off?”
On April 8, 1927, the New York Times featured a story about a valuable porcelain vase that
was about to be auctioned to settle a debt. But it was the vase’s colorful history that made the story truly newsworthy. Eighty years
later, the vase is being auctioned again, this time on eBay for a minimum bid of $30,000.
Deltiology is the formal name for postcard collecting. It is one of the fastest growing and is rumored to be one of the largest collectible hobbies in the world and it is no wonder considering that postcard collecting can take many different angles. For example, postcard collectors can collect just black and white postcards or colored postcards. They can collect postcards of U.S. cities or towns, or European cities or towns. They can collect funny postcards or vintage holiday postcards. In any case, there are many subjects and collectors tend to migrate to different collections.
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By all accounts, the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show is the biggest antiques show in New York State. The show which ended last Sunday was a huge success for many and included thousands of dealers and vendors from across the country and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. The show covered more than ninety acres of picturesque farmland and included an appraisal alley, plenty of free parking with a locomotive pulled trolley to the gate and delicious food and drink.
Unfortunately, at the end of the show, a couple heading home to Northumberland, Pennsylvania was robbed of between $50,000 and $100,000 worth of jewelry and clothing. Police believe that the couple was followed about thirty miles, from the time they left the show to a Burger King parking lot where the stopped to eat. It has been reported that a man approached their van, smashed the side window and swiftly snatched jewelry boxes containing gold necklaces, brooches, pendants and watches as well as clothing. The police are still looking for the robber that got away in maroon colored van.
According to the article (and other sources,) the vase once belonged to Catherine the Great, who presented it as a gift to Count Louis de Cobenzel, a prominent Austrian diplomat. When Napoleon came to see the count to negotiate the terms of a treaty between Austria and France, Cobenzel intimated that Austria might enlist Russian aid. Napoleon became furious and allegedly declared, “The truce is now ended and war declared. Before autumn is over, I shall shatter your empire as I shatter this vase.” According to the account, Napoleon then picked up the vase and smashed it into the fireplace.
There are two online auction sites that cater the dealers and collectors of postcards, delcampe.com and playle.com. Both of these online auction sites boast large inventory listings with Delcampe having over five million listings. Delcampe has also averaged over sales of over 100,000 postcards in recent months. The difference between these online auction sites and Ebay is that these sites do not charge dealers for hosting their listings and the final value fees are in most cases lower. If you are a deltiologist, you may find that card you have been looking for on these sites.
In the early 1900’s lunch boxes were metal pails or re-used (read recycled) tin cans that formerly held biscuits, tobacco or sweets. As time progressed, the tin containers evolved into what most of us remember as being the box with our favorite cartoon, TV and movie characters and a matching thermos to hold our milk. One of my most memorable boxes had none other than the robot and Will Robinson from the Lost in Space television series. Some of these boxes have become very collectible today and are worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Nowadays kids carry their lunches to school in insulated lunch totes of many different shapes, sizes and colors. Some are made of plastic or metal and some are even vinyl. However, the one thing that remains the same is that these are designed with today’s cartoon, TV and movie characters including Hello Kitty, Harry Potter and Shrek. The good news for collectors is that some of these new lunch totes are being made in limited quantities or limited editions and which will make them collectible in the future.
Napoleon’s brother, Joseph, was party to this incident, and fortunately he collected the pieces of the vase and had the vase restored. He then brought it to America where it wound up in the hands of a New York society woman who bequeathed it to her personal physician. It was the physician who intended to auction off the vase to satisfy a personal debt owed to her nurse. But the auction never happened, and the vase became the property of the nurse. The New York Times account ends there. The vase’s current owner has kept it in her home all these years and is now willing to list it on eBay (Item Number: 250154416968) where it will be active until August 23, 2007.
Theriault’s Auctions recently held a doll auction at the spectacular Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. A record price of $52,000 was paid for a 22” size 9 bébé A.T. by Thuillier. The doll was part of 65 Emile Jemeau doll collection and one of the 700 total dolls up for bid at this auction. The French bébé dolls were the specialty of Madame Andree Petyt of Brussels, Belgium, whose collection was featured in Theriault's single-owner auction. Her 30-year collection, begun in the early 1960s, offered a large variety of models by that firm, and collectors were wowed not only by the quality of the dolls, but also their original wigs and costumes.