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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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The Barbara Ann Scott Skating Doll
jim Trautman

After Sonja Henie and before Carol Heiss and Peggy Fleming, Barbara Ann Scott ruled the ice.

Barbara Ann Scott was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 9, 1928. Her first skating assignment came when she was 6 years old and she skated as Raggedy Ann in the Ottawa Skating Carnival. In the following years, she won many championships, culminating in the 1948 Olympic gold medal.

That medal was quite an achievement. The skating events were held in an outdoor rink. Two hockey games had already been played there, and the ice was rutted and rough. To add to Barbara's problems, the recorded musical accompaniment for her program stopped and she had to start her performance over again.

When she won, all Canada seemed to glow with pride. Large parades attended by emotional crowds were held in her honor. It had been only a few years since the end of World War II, and the country was looking for something like this wonderful event to help put their hardships and tragedies of the war behind them. .
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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 Cola® 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...
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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.

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