Category Archives: Family Items


Category Archives: Family Items

Original Chicago Street Sign – W McLean AV

Black and yellow street signs were once an iconic symbol of Chicago. These signs marked every street corner in the Windy City. This was before the 1970s, when the switch was made to the traditional green with white lettering. This W McLean AV sign marked a street in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Today, it’s […]
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Incredible Hulk 1970s Blanket

This blanket once belonged to my brother. He was a huge fan of the Hulk. The green superhero debuted in 1962. Stan Lee (one of his creators) said the Hulk was a combo of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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1950s – 60s Felt Ski Dolls

I’ve always loved these ski dolls growing up. My mom had them and would always bring them out with the Christmas decorations. They’re now in my possession and I display them all winter long. These dolls were made in Japan and are from the 1950s/60s. They’re made of felt and the limbs can bend. They […]
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Pop Up Book: Edward Gorey’s The Dwindling Party

Who doesn’t love a pop up book? I remember being fascinated with them as a child – things move, turn and flap open. And even as an adult the pages bring a smile to my face. This book by the late Edward Gorey was in our family. I found it in a box of books […]
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Dr Zaius Hand Puppet from the Planet of the Apes

Dr. Zaius, the orange orangutan from the Planet of the Apes, was the Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith in ape society. Skeptical of humans, Zaius aim is to protect ape civilization from humankind. But the funny thing is that this hand puppet was made for little boys. So ultimately a human […]
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Early 1900s Antique Bird Cage with Stand

Just a short post today. I want to share of one of my finds from the summer. This is a cool looking bird stand I found in an antique store. I don’t know the date, but my guess would be the early 1900s. Do you have a similar looking bird cage? Read about the history […]
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Antique Wooden Tabletop Croquet Set Made in Germany

Croquet is one of the most popular outdoor games and has been for centuries! It’s believed the first game was first played in France sometime in the 13th century. From France its popularity spread to Scotland, Ireland, England and eventually the United States. The more common version of the game is played on lawns with […]
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1964 New York World’s Fair Neutron Irradiated Dime

I found this 1964 New York World’s Fair souvenir in my dad’s coin collection. Irradiated dimes are 90% silver and 10% copper. The contents within the silver and copper are as follows: The silver consisted of equal amounts of Ag-107 and Ag-109. The absorption of the neutrons by the silver converted some of the Ag-107 […]
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Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, Austria

This snowy winter photo is of Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment building in Vienna, Austria that was designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Its playful design of uneven floors, colorful facade and biomorphic forms are reminiscent of Spanish architect Antoni Gaud√≠. This particular building contains private apartments and offices. It was built between 1983 and 1985 with the […]
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Rigby’s Warplanes of the World Model Kit

We cleaned out my dad’s barn a few Sundays ago and high on shelf covered with sawdust was this tattered and torn punch-out book. It’s called “Easy to Build Models of Warplanes of the World – 2nd Series.” It was published in 1943 and made by Wallis Rigby. This was the height of World War […]
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