Category Archives: Carol

Top o’ the Morning and Happy Collecting St. Patrick’s Day to You!

Santa Clauses and Easter Bunnies are relatively easy to find in the antiques and collectibles world. But if you want to collect and/or display vintage St. Patrick’s Day decorations, you’ll need the luck of the Irish! Aside from postcards, cardboard … Continue reading

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My Love Affair With LIFE (Magazine)

This tenth anniversary issue of Life magazine shows the first issue with the famous Margaret Bourke White cover. I’m sure my love affair with Life began when I was about ten years old. Unlike just about every middle class family … Continue reading

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Oh, What Fun!!! Where Exactly Are These Vintage Skiers and Sledders Skiing and Sledding?

    These vintage Christmas decorations date to the 1920′s and 30′s.  Only one is marked “Japan,” but I suspect that that’s where all of them were made.  A combination of cardboard, composition, and cotton batting, they have that old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween! A Nostalgic Snapshot of a 1960′s Yogi Bear Trick or Treater

  What a great photo!  It combines two things I love – old magazines and Halloween.  Anyone over forty will probably admit to going out on Halloween wearing one of those lame, out-of-the-box costumes at least once during their trick-or-treating … Continue reading

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Mr. Clean & Friends – Grown Men in Costume

  It’s October, the month when grown men do crazy things like this.  This vintage photo, most likely from the 1960′s, is from my collection.  It’s hard to say why these men are in costume, but let’s assume it’s a … Continue reading

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A Whale of a Tale – Our Yard Sale Whale Vertebrae

It has been said many times before in our blog and will probably be said many times in the future. When you collect to the extent we do, you never know what you’ll be bringing home after any given “hunt.” … Continue reading

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1911 Beach Boys – A Photo Souvenir From Atlantic City

  This photo was a recent addition to my collection.  How can anyone view it without smiling at least a little? These men, who look to be about sixty years old – give or take a few years, are obviously … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July from Collectorgene! A Black Humor Postcard With a Timely Message

Warnings about the dangers of fireworks – especially when children are involved – abound today. Apparently, things were no different in 1908, which is when this particular card was mailed. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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FIND OF THE WEEK: Naughty Bisque Turtle Girl With Her Bear Bottom Showing

One lesson Jim and I have learned over the years is that “finds” pop up all the time, so you have to be constantly vigilant. Obviously, the closer you are to the original source, the more likely you are to … Continue reading

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The Dick Clark Doll – An Amazing Likeness

Legendary television performer Dick Clark died a year ago on April 18, 2012 at the age of 82. Virtually every American over 18 alive today has some memory or association with him whether it be as the host of “American … Continue reading

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