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 anima... Read more »
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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 ... Read more »
Roly Poly Tins (The Little Round People) One of the most novel and among the most collectable of all tobacco tins is a series of six little people known to collectors and “Roly Polys”. Each of these little characters is 7 inches tall, by 6 inches in diameter at the widest point. Each is multicolored and carefully lithographed. They were manufactured by combining 3 pieces of metal, two of which wer... Read more »
The formation of the antique country store began soon after the American Civil War, people started moving around and settling their own small communities all over the country. Most of these settlements were far away from the big cities. So each small town needed a doctors office, and maybe a dentist, a blacksmith, a veterinarian, and of course food and drinking establishments. But, also arose a ne... Read more »