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On the Road To Collecting Jim Trautman
Road maps are a joy to collect and in most instances very inexpensive. There are thousands of different road maps to collect. One can try to collect from certain decades or time periods or different types. Some collectors concentrate on road maps that were issued by oil companies through their gas stations or maps that were issued by each state, province or local community. Maps were also issued by tire companies to bring in customers. The range is unlimited and for the collector a guarantee that each visit to a yard sale or flea market will turn up an item not in the collection.

Road maps have been issued and distributed for special events; such as the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago or the 1939 New York World's Fair and even for the Canadian Expo of Montreal. Maps have been seen as a valuable tool to find one's place on the road to...
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Blue Mountain Pottery Angelfish - By Conrad Biernacki & T. Milks

In many areas of antiques and collectibles, it is sometimes curious why a particular item catches the attention of collectors. Possible reasons include: rarity, colour, size, style, price, age and designer. When it happens, acquisitive desire drives the price higher and faster than it would otherwise go. The angelfish made by Blue Mountain Pottery in Collingwood, Ontario, provides a fascinating case study.

First produced in the mid 1950s, the angelfish was illustrated in the earliest known Blue Mountain Pottery catalogue as number 58. Its popularity continued into the mid 1980s when it was discontinued. A 30-year production run of any item in the burgeoning trend-conscious consumer market of the postwar period is quite remarkable.
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Picking Your Collection By Judy Knauer

Many years ago, centuries in fact, the lowly toothpick held a position of great importance to those whose fortune enabled them to own one. Thatís right, only the wealthy had the much-coveted toothpicks and they were made of precious metals and gems. They were prized possessions! So much so, that there are accounts of the number of toothpicks being included in a ladyís dowry! That time has long passed, and the lowly wooden toothpick of today is relegated to a small box hidden in a kitchen cupboard.

Personally, my favorite time in the history of the toothpick is the late Victorian era when they were accepted as a table item and appeared on every well-set table. Its not that I love toothpicks, really, but I do love the little containers that held them during those Victorian days of opulence. Toothpick holders, thatís my passion!
Ice Spearfishing Decoys Joe Fossey
Recent historical interest, influenced primarily by Sporting Collectors, Antique Dealers and Interior Decorating trends has sparked a revival in the reproduction and collecting of wooden pioneer Ice Spear fishing decoys. They are without doubt, a truly unique North American folk art subject. Their sizes range from a tiny 1 inch minnow length to a massive 50 inch Sturgeon replica used to determine the minimum legal length spearing size.

Fish Decoys were used by native and early North American ice fishermen to lure food fish within reach of their spears. The decoys were all hand made, primitive by design and function due to then limited education, lack of regional communication and the general absence of quality wood working tools that are commonly available today. There are considerable differences in primary design and painting colours, which is influenced by various regions involved and the species needs of the original carvers.
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