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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- In November, on election day, just a year after one of the most traumatic election days of recent history, I spent a lot of time thinking about the drama and foibles of the election process. This is, of course, nothing new and there have been many pr
The British education system has undergone drastic changes over the years and for the lovers of history, there is a lot of information about Victorian school days. The reign of Queen Victoria saw many transformations in the educational sector, most o
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. Now that the weather is colder, I have gone back to publishing twice weekly, as often as possible. November 21, 2017 was a busy day for … Continue reading &
Young Donald Trump and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third of Alabama Wall Off the rest of the WorldOriginal Snapshot collection Dull Tool Dim Bulb
BARKCLOTH NEWS: FABULOUS FABRICS AT FLORIDA BUNGALOW ON ETSY.COM I somehow stumbled onto the site of Florida Bungalow on Etsy.com and my eyes popped out of my head. She has the most amazing barkcloth I have seen in quite awhile. One of these days I n
It has been a while since Ive written about mythical geography, so today Im going to look at a myth which appeared in the mid-sixteenth century and which lasted for about a century and a half, that is, the geographic error of showing a mountain range
Decorative Chinese Plate Qing Dynasty China, late Ming early Qing Dynasty: Very attractive porcelain plate with floral design at the center and stroke-pattern along the borders. Diameter 26,3 cm (10 inches), good condition. More Chinese Antiques: HER
While browsing through maps, I happened upon something interesting in the Foxborough map. Towards the left side of the map you see a large red building. Here we can see it again in detail: This building was the Union Straw Works, the biggest straw ha
Modern Parable  Hand Drawn penny postcard c. 1925 Collection Jim Linderman
While browsing through maps, I happened upon something interesting in the Foxborough map. Towards the left side of the map you see a large red building. Here we can see it again in detail: This building was the Union Straw Works, the biggest straw ha
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. Now that the weather is colder, I have gone back to publishing twice weekly, as often as possible. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. It’s secular, &
A few years ago, we posted a blog about how we had discovered the source of some very strange buffalo which appeared in the classic Currier & Ives print, "The Rocky Mountains." Well I just realized that the same buffalo turned up again! Conningha
What Adult Children Can Expect When Their Parent is In A Nursing Home It's been awhile since my dad has been placed in a Nursing Home and I'm catching on to the ins and outs of long term care. In fact this is the second home my dad has been in so I a
Chinese Zodiac Seal Set Porcelain Complete set of 12 Chinese zodiacs as seals. Porcelain, green glaze. Size: 44 x 44 mm x c. 85 mm (1 x 1 x c. 3 inches). They are in good condition with no nicks. They are from the Republic period. More Chinese Seals:
Pages from Dale West's Handmade Book of Rubber Stamp Art.  Late 19th / Early 20th Century Ames, Iowa.Collection Jim Linderman
As a child, I loved maps. Having a big imagination, I would just be transported to the time and place of the map, strolling around the streets, seeing the little old man on the town square, smelling the fresh bread from the bakery, or stopping to adm
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. Now that the weather is colder, I have gone back to publishing twice weekly, as often as possible. Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas, held their Original Illustration &amp
We have recently acquired a couple of important historical prints with a Confederate theme: a portrait of Robert E. Lee and an image of a Confederate encampment. Both of these are rare, significant images, the type of prints I have always been proud
Bill Healy's Funky Art at Kitsch n Stuff Sometimes you just need to wake up your antique booth with some crazy wild colors and designs. So that is exactly what I did after I bought a collection of artwork from a friend who was having a tag sale. Look
#4 in the Love During Wartime series is a hand drawn envelope cachet from a woman to her husband in the air force.  1954  2" x 2" ink on paper Collection Jim Linderman
As a child, I loved maps. Having a big imagination, I would just be transported to the time and place of the map, strolling around the streets, seeing the little old man on the town square, smelling the fresh bread from the bakery, or stopping to adm
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. Now that the weather is colder, I have gone back to publishing twice weekly, as often as possible. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, IL, held their Modern …
I love history and I love maps, so naturally I love my job! Just handling the old maps, researching them and chatting with fellow cartophiles makes my career a wonderful one. However, I do get extra enjoyment when I find some fact or bit of informati
While visiting the Celebrate West Hartford Fair, I spotted a cool way to exhibit magnets at an outdoor show. This clever vendor ( http://elizadolittletoday.weebly.com/ ) used old metal sign to show visitors the magnets she was selling inside her boot
This baby is ready for the wind tunnel!  Plus, it has "black and white cookie" wheels to keep it on the road.  All designed like a miniature production model of clay.  Still, this is a big 'un.  Couple feet long!&a
In the relatively short time since our hairy ancestors descended from the trees, our sleeping habits have gone from curling up in caves to slumbering on king-size memory foam mattresses. Below we examine briefly the history of the bed: how it has cha
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. Now that the weather is colder, I have gone back to publishing twice weekly, as often as possible. Treadway Toomey Auctions of Chicago, IL, held their … Continu
I have always loved maps of all sorts. As a kid I studied maps in books and magazines, poured over automobile maps from gas stations, and then when I realized that one could actually get hold of them, became entranced by antique maps. Back in the six
Bargello Needlepoint Is Back As A Hobby I spotted this Bargello needlepoint pillow recently at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT and remembered how this very old form of needlecraft was quite the craze in the 70s. Today everyone s
I guess we could also call this "Ness moves his Mess."  Real photo postcard shows E. W. Ness moving 34 kinds of farm animals through town on a sled.  Why?  MY guess is that the locals had created a nativity scene downtown,
In the relatively short time since our hairy ancestors descended from the trees, our sleeping habits have gone from curling up in caves to slumbering on king-size memory foam mattresses. Below we examine briefly the history of the bed: how it has cha
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. The weather is getting colder and my show schedule is picking up, so I have gone back to publishing twice weekly. After two disappointing shows in … Continue re
One of the great things about antique prints and maps is that even after 35 years in the business, I still am surprised and delighted on a regular basis by things we come across. Just yesterday, while organizing some of our prints here in the shop, w
Guy Collectibles: The Rusty Truth About Collecting Oil Cans, Signs, Automotive Stuff Is there such a thing as guy collectibles? You know, "stuff" that men like to buy? What exactly would fall into this category........oil cans, old metal signs, autom
Yes, there were REAL black "minstrel" shows, and here is snapshot proof.  These performers didn't need to blacken their faces.  How were they received?  I am sure they put on a regal show.  "Twelve Talented Negro S
It has been mentioned on this site before about howfascinating 19th century fashion iswith its huge hoop skirts, tight corsets and pointed bodices. But whats just as interesting is that in Namibia, these fashion still survive in the Herero tribe, who
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. The weather is getting colder and my show schedule is picking up, so I have gone back to publishing twice weekly. Thursday, 6:30 PM. The preview … Continue read
Anyone who has read about the huge prices on oil paintings will have heard of the importance of their provenance. The provenance of a item is a record of its ownership/location since it was first created. This is important for some expensive items su
Vintage Baker's Cabinets Can Be Used For Home Office Or Craft Station Surprise this post is not about the beauty of using an old Baker's cabinet or Hoosier cabinet in your kitchen. Have you ever considered turning one of these old cabinets into a wor
Primitive Diving Helmet Handmade early 20th Century Folk Art.  Michigan origin.  Collection Jim Linderman
It has been mentioned on this site before about howfascinating 19th century fashion iswith its huge hoop skirts, tight corsets and pointed bodices. But whats just as interesting is that in Namibia, these fashion still survive in the Herero tribe, who
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. The weather is getting colder and my show schedule is picking up, so I have gone back to publishing twice weekly. Friday, 3:15 PM. It’s not … Continue
As discussed in the previous blog, the French were very focused on finding a "River of the West", which would provide a water route from the western part of New France to the Pacific Ocean. The search for it became the obsession of a family of French
Packing Up Mom or Dad's Clothing For A Long Term Residence (Nursing Home) How do you know what to bring to a Nursing home when you are moving a loved one from their family home to their new residence? I guess one might think that the answer depends o
Nellie Bellmore Female Trapeze Artist 1895 Circus Cabinet Card Pair by Frank Wendt.  Wendt was understudy to famed "circus freak" photographer Charles Eisenmann.  He took over the studio when Eisenmann moved on.Two Nellie Bellmore F
Women Education in 19th century A question of women education arose in order to a particular social status of a woman who performed only “female” functions (wife, mother, mistress), ceased to satisfy public needs. In the ancient w
My goal is to publish new posts twice a week — Mondays and Thursdays. The weather is getting colder and my show schedule is picking up, so I have gone back to publishing twice weekly. We didn’t start setup on … Continue
Guillaume Delisles map of North America from 1700 left the area to the west of the Great Lakes blank, demonstrating that the French really didnt know what was going on in that region. However, this doesnt mean that there werent theories of what might
Antique Valentine's Day Decorating Decorating your Antique booth or shop for Valentine's Day is easier than you think if you just use a little creativity in the process. Today I am inspired by visiting The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartfor
Putt Putt Traffic Cop  Vintage snapshot dated on reverse 1955 Miniature Golf.Collection Jim Linderman / Dull Tool Dim Bulb