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We Gather Together…A Vintage Thanksgiving Feast Photo

I don’t know who these people are.  Random family photos like this turn up in my possession all the time.  Clearly this is an important meal, and judging by the gigantic turkey on the table, I’m going to assume it’s … Continue reading

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Shoe Shine Boxes – Part II – More Shine Is Just Fine

Just over two years ago, I wrote my first article about shoe shine boxes, those humble survivors of life in urban America. Since that time I have added a few more examples to my collection which I would like to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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: Arsenic and Old Clapperboards

We all know what it is; we just don’t know what it’s called. I’m referring to a clapperboard or clapboard. If you’ve ever seen a movie in which they’re making a movie, you’ve seen a crewman go something like, “Scene … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week: Animation Cel from “The Simpsons”

This past weekend, I set up at the Punk Rock Flea Market in Philadelphia to unload some of my vintage toy collection. Of course, part of the fun of being a dealer is being able to look around and buy … Continue reading

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In Living Color Homey D. Clown Plush Doll

Homey don’t play dat…but apparently, you can play with Homey! In the early 1990s, the sketch comedy show In Living Color was enormously popular. It was the first truly well-received sketch show alternative to “Saturday Night Live” in a long … Continue reading

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Happy 1 Year Anniversary to The Collector Gene!

One year ago today our first article about Hagen Renaker Little Horribles went up! Happy anniversary to us!

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