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A Christmas Gift Tradition - A Sled Jim Trautman
In Canada the Sears Department Stores still give out free for the asking the Christmas Wish Book catalog. I pickup my catalog each September to look at all the decorations and toys that are available during the holiday season. The Christmas catalog has and continues to be the avenue for boys and girls to peruse and then make lists for Santa Claus to find for toys wanted to be found under the tree. Almost every child has wanted to see a sled under the tree. Then to hope for snow to put the sled through its paces.
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!
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Stamp Boxes Tony Shaman
Postage stamp boxes, long the purview of stamp collectors, postal historians, and museums, are being discovered by an ever-increasing number of antique lovers. Collectors with a penchant for unusual collectible items are finding that the array of stamp boxes manufactured almost since the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, and continued down to our time, can add an element of excitement and spice to their collecting lives.
The History of Coca-Cola Helen Nash
The product that has given the world its best-known taste and led to a memorabilia craze was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca Colaģ and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was placed on sale for 5 cents a glass at the soda fountain. Carbonated water was added to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca Cola is enjoyed...
PEZ: More Than Candy in a Box Tony Shaman What do Austria, Seinfeld, E,T., Connecticut, Walt Disney and the creator of eBay have in common? The question may be a bit of a stretch so I'll let you in on the answer: Pez dispensers.