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Non-sports novelty bubble gum trading cards

A set of trading cards and a stick of gum. That’s what you got when you purchased collectible cards, whether they be baseball or non-baseball trading cards. Now baseball cards have been around for at least a hundred years, but novelty bubble gum cards hit the market after World War Two. Name a trend or […]
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Uncle Sam’s Coin Register Bank

Well another tax year has come to a close. And wondering what to do with your tax refund? Perhaps put it in the bank or specifically in a vintage coin register bank. Banks like this were made throughout the 20th century. For fifty years they were made in the US by the Durable Toy and […]
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Star Wars characters lead an anti-smoking campaign

Fifty years ago the Surgeon General issued a warning that smoking is hazardous to one’s health. In the years following, there have been numerous anti-smoking campaigns. One public service announcement I clearly remember is this one featuring C-3P0 and R2-D2.
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Amateur home movies taken of the Kennedy assassination 1963

We are quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. The most famous film taken that tragic day was a 26.6 second home movie by Abraham Zapruder, but there are other amateur films and photos. According to author Vincent Bugliosi at least 32 photographers were in Dealey Plaza at or around the time of the […]
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Vintage Slides from 1950s Japan and 1964 NY World’s Fair

This summer I came across a family collection of vintage slides. Someone in the family went to Japan in the 1950s and the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Most of the shots were of iconic images like the Unisphere at the World’s Fair. I thought the shots from Japan were most interesting. They were […]
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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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Leiding & Hintze Salt Water Taffy: a Popular Candy along Asbury Park Boardwalk

Leiding and Hintze was a sweets emporium along Asbury Park Boardwalk in the early to mid-1900s. It was located in the Casino Building. One the most popular items was its salt water taffy. Once the candy was gone, the box became a popular keepsake with its colorful scene and strong lettering.
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Vintage Bee Smoker by Dadant & Sons

The Dadant & Sons beekeeping supply company has been in business since 1863. They supply all the necessary equipment for maintaining honey bees and harvesting the honey. One popular piece of equipment is the ‘smoker.’ It’s used to help calm the bees before the beekeeper opens the hive. I keep bees, but I must confess […]
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Advertising Icon: Nipper, the RCA Victor Dog

Nipper was a real dog born in 1884 in Bristol, England. He died in September 1895. Three years after Nipper’s death owner Francis Barraud painted a picture of Nipper listening intently to a wind-up gramophone. Francis Barraud said, “It is difficult to say how the idea came to me beyond that fact that it suddenly […]
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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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