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Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1d ago

One collector’s love affair with novelty cigarette lighters

It was a collection that bespoke of a different time when just about everyone lit up. This collector had pulled together novelty lighters in an abundance of shapes. I’ve been going to auctio...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 4d ago

From bedroom to kitchen, an array of marble table tops

First, I saw the beautiful hutch with burgundy glass tile emblazoned with two emblems, and then its beige freckled marble top. Just around the corner was an oval table with a white marble to...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1W ago

Comics-book pages all over a chest of drawers

I didn’t grow up reading comic books, but I’ve found myself as an adult drawn to the Marvel Comics movies. I think I’ve seen every “Iron Man” and “X-Men” movie. I love “Guardians of the Gala...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1W ago

“Four and Twenty Blackbirds” is throwback from childhood

As soon as I saw the title “Four and Twenty Blackbirds,” the little ditty started playing in my head: “Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pi...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1W ago

Lucky penny keychain leads to St. Louis jazz bar & Miles Davis

I was sifting through the leftovers in a box lot from auction, not seeing anything of interest or value when I spotted an aluminum horseshoe-shaped keychain with a penny in the center. Then ...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 2W ago

Roswell spaceship as mysterious as ever

The small model looked too modern to be a replica of the spaceship that many believed crash-landed in Roswell, NM, in 1947. It had sleek aluminum wings that folded over onto itself at the ba...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1M ago

Rubik’s Cube was the child’s-play toy of the ‘80s

Remember Rubik’s Cube, the puzzle with so many twists and turns that it seemed maddingly impossible to solve? I remember how people would wrack their brains trying to get the colors to line ...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1M ago

When cap guns were king

As soon as I saw the two sets of cap guns, they brought back memories. Memories of my boy cousins and little brothers who fired paper caps at each other with toy guns. How far we have come f...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1M ago

Christmas gift ideas from 1902 Strawbridge’s catalog

At auction recently, I came across a 1902 Christmas catalog from Strawbridge & Clothier, and it spoke of a time when this store and its counterparts were the place to go for shopping in Phil...
Auction Finds ... and the stories · 1M ago

A 1987 pencil drawing of a slave auction

When I saw the pencil drawing hanging on a wall at the auction house, I wasn’t sure what was going on. As I looked closer, I saw a man tied to a ball and chain with a woman and child alongsi...