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The Man Behind Peter Rabbit Antiques And Tins

Walter Harrison Cady, the artist responsible for the design work on the popular Peter Rabbit antiques and cartoon tins was born in Gardner, MA in 1877 and lived there throughout his boyhood and adolescent years. As a child, he received only basic grammar school education but was always drawn to art and nature from an early age. Walks in nearby fields introduced Cady to the insects, birds and animals that were to become his stock in trade in later years. The city of Gardner was barren of art instruction, education, or influence as it focused primarily on lumber and furniture manufacturing earning it the title of “Chair City”. Searching for artistic inspiration, a young Cady eventually met a l... »

American Chicle Company Chewing Gum History

The story of the American Chicle Company and chewing gum history begins in 1869 on a chance encounter between Rudolph Napegy the exiled former secretary to Mexican president General Santa Anna and New York inventor Thomas Adams. Seeking a new life in the United States, Napegy brought samples of a rubbery fluid extract from several indigenous Mexican trees known as chicle to New York hoping to find an industrial or commercial use for the foreign product. Upon meeting Adams, they discussed it’s potential as a low-cost synthetic rubber. After several unsuccessful experiments with the chicle substance, Adams had all but given up on any industrial potential when he happened to notice a girl purch... »

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Lucky Strike History

Lucky Strike History           Lucky Strike is one of the most well known tobacco and cigarette brands in the world and was extremely popular in the United States, especially from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Many people don’t know that Lucky Strike was first introduced as a cut plug chewing tobacco and not as a cigarette in 1871 by the R.A. Patterson Tobacco Company based in Richmond, Virginia. The name Lucky Strike or “Luckies” is believed to be a reference to the gold rush in the Sierra Nevada region of California, which started in 1849. As only a few miners would strike gold the product was directed toward the 49’ers to bring luck to their attempt to make a lucky strike with their pick and ... »

How to spot fakes and antique restoration with black light

Unfortunately, although most antique dealers and collectors are honest, you always have to keep an eye out for fakes, reproductions and antique restoration when buying. As time has passed, the forgeries have gotten better and better while many of our eyes of gotten worse and worse. Aside from using only REPUTABLE DEALERS AND AUCTIONEERS, your best bet is to familiarize yourself with a black light and a few basic techniques to detect any potential problems. The Ultra Violet or “UV” light that is emitted cause many substances to fluoresce and reveal areas or materials that aren’t original to the piece. These techniques work on a wide range of materials and should be your go to when purchasing ... »

10 Things You Need To Know About Antique Markets

1: The market is dynamic -Like all markets and industries, the antique market is always changing in terms of what is being collected, prices and how pieces are being sold. Although it can be tough to get a handle on prices and trends its important to check prices at recent auctions and visit advertising shows such as Madison Bouckville and the Indianapolis Ad Show to listen to dealers and get a feel for what’s hot and what’s not.   2: The market is 2 tiered -Unlike the roaring markets of the 80’s and 90’s where you could flip anything that was reasonably priced the middle and lower end of the market are more difficult as collectors have shifted focus to higher quality advertising. The m... »

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