Make sure you tip your waitress!

Tip trays have been around for many years now, and they can be found with a wide variety of advertising on them.  It could be an advertisement for beer, a company or even a soda pop company like Coca Cola.

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In 1914, Coca Cola made the tip tray pictured above.  As you can see, it has a picture of a Victorian Era Woman in a bonnet or hat.

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This advertising tip tray was made out of tin. Tip trays like this one are a rarity to come by with the original paint, since the coins they meet every day tend to wear most of it off.  To top it off, the paint on the edges of the tray get worn off pretty fast as well from being handled every day.

You can see this terrific tip tray in my Etsy store here.  Head on over and check it out!

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READER’S HELP: that’s a friendly wall-crawling superhero…made from plaster?

When you start to dive into the world of antiques and collectibles, you quickly find out that you will find really cool things in unexpected places.

Not too long ago, this happened to me when I came upon a local garage sale.  And do you know what was there?  Just a bust of Spiderman himself!

Spiderman bank (1)

As you can see in the photo, the bust is made of plaster and it is also doubles as a bank (the coin slot is on the back of Spiderman’s head).  Not only that, it is extremely detailed—you can see and feel the ribbing in Spiderman’s mask, and it also feels like the head actually has cloth on it.

Spiderman bank (2)

Here’s the problem that I have with the bank—I know what it is, but I have no idea who made it.  I was told that it was made in Mexico, but there is no maker’s mark or even a country of origin mark on it.

Does anyone know who could have made this great bank?  Could it be a homemade piece that a fan of the character made?

Any information is greatly appreciated!

Gas Station Collectibles from…ElReco?

As long as I can remember, people have been on the lookout for items that were once in use in gas stations.  Gas pumps, signs, vending machines and even advertising from a certain brand (like Marathon or even Phillips 66) have been sought after.

I have even heard of people collecting items from the lesser known gas station companies as well, like ElReco.  I am going to be honest with you—I never heard of ElReco until I found this paperweight.

EL RECO Gas Stations Figural Paperweight

It turns out that Elreco stands for the Eldorado Refining Company. They operated out of El Dorado, Kansas until the company was sold to the K-T Oil Company (they maintained operations there after the sale).

When 1958 rolled around, that company was sold American Petrofina, and the stations were then renamed to the FINA brand.

elreco back

This paperweight was made in the early 1900’s, and it still has a good amount of the original paint on it.  The great thing about this paperweight is that it’s a perfect size so that it can be used anywhere from your desk to holding down a recipe in the kitchen.

You can see this terrific paperweight in my Etsy shop here.  Head on over and check it out!

An advertising porcelain cup?!?

Advertising pieces come in a wide variety of shapes, styles and even what they are made of.  There are also pieces on the market that may take you a while to sink in that they are advertising pieces because they may be something like a porcelain cup.

One such piece like this is this great mug by PSAG Bavaria.  It may take you a second to realize that it is an advertising giveaway for the placement of CUDAHY’S REXSOMA (the manufacturer put CUDAHY’S REXSOMA on the inside of the mug near the top).

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CUDAHY’S REXSOMA pharmacies had PSAG Bavaria produce this terrific mug in late 1800’s.  The mug is a white porcelain and has a rose decoration on the outside—which helps you not realize right off the bat that this is an advertising piece.

You can see the mug in my Etsy shop here, head on over and check it out.  What kinds of advertising pieces like this have you run across?

What are the different types of manufacturing for enamel advertising signs?

Just about every area of antiques and collectibles can be divided into several different sub categories.  It could be collecting the denomination or country of origin of coins, a certain glass company or pattern, or even a certain type of manufacturing process like majolica pottery.

This is true for enamel advertising signs, and one of the ways you can do this is the style of manufacturing of the sign itself and how it can be displayed.

The first type is a flat one-sided sign.  This style has advertising on just one side of the sign, and this would be perfect to attach to a wall or the front of a building.  With only one side having the advertising, the back will have just one color of enameling.

The second type is called a flat two-sided sign.  This style has advertising on both sides of the sign, and most of the time this type of sign will be in a stand or frame of some type to help see both sides.

The third type of sign is a flanged two-sided sign.  This type of sign has a built-in 90-degree angled mount on it that allows the sign to come out from a wall or even a side of a building.

The next type of sign is called a curved sign.  This sign will have a curve in it to go around items like a telephone pole, a street light or even the corner of a building.

Another type are gasoline pump signs, and they will advertise the brand of gas that it is.  Not only are there gasoline pump sign examples for automobile gas, there are also some examples known for marine and aviation gas known as well.

The last example is called a neon porcelain sign, and this type has neon lights on it.  This type of sign can light up and you can see the sign better at night, and the most notable type is on a movie theater.  You could also find this hanging in a window of a business.

What types of enamel advertising sings have you run across?

The perfect gift for a Dallas Cowboys fan is a . . . lamp?

The great thing about going to an estate sale or auction is that you never really know what you will find.  I was out shopping not too long ago, and found something that any Dallas Cowboys fan would love.  Not only that, it would look great in either a man-cave or a bedroom.

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The lamp is made of ceramic, and the light bulb looks like the wattage is not to terribly high (so this lamp would be great as a night light).

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What is cool about it is that it’s in the shape of a football—and you can also use this to shine a light on who your favorite team is.

You can see this great gift idea in my Etsy store here.  You can also see six more out-of-the-box ideas for a Christmas gift here.

What kinds of fun gifts have you received over the years?

What is a cross-collectible?

For many years now, I have heard the term “cross-collectible”.  The real question is this:  what exactly is a cross-collectible?

It actually is very simple.  A cross-collectible is an item that can fit into several different types of collections.  A good example of this is an enamel sign.  It is a perfect fit for any sign, enamel, and advertising collector.

A great example of an enamel sign is this one for CYCLONE FENCE.

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The great thing about this sign is that it doesn’t take up a ton of room no matter where you display it.  You can see the sign in my Etsy shop here.

Another area that falls into cross-collecting is petroliana (or anything related to gas).  I have an item that is a gas related that fits the bill as a cross-collectible, and it’s this great EL RECO paperweight.

EL RECO Gas Stations Figural Paperweight

Not only is it advertising for a gas station, it also is perfect for a desk and even a cast iron collector.  You can see this great paperweight here.

There’s quite a few items that are cross-collectibles.  What items have you run across?

Olympic sports fashion for all

The Olympics has us all glued to our televisions, tablets, or laptops cheering for our homegrown athletes.  Athletic apparel is always popular—but never more than now.  Wisdom Lane Antiques has a wide selection of new and lightly worn jerseys at reasonable prices.

BASEBALL JERSEY

One item that you could wear is this National League Baseball Jersey for the All-Star Game.  You can see this jersey in my eBay store here.  Soccer is a sport that gets a ton of attention during the Olympics.  One item you could wear during the Olympics is this jersey.

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It’s for the Avalon Soccer Club, and it can be seen in my eBay store here.  Another sport in the Olympics that is popular is basketball, and a great way to cheer the team on is this jersey.

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This great Starbury jersey can be seen in my eBay store here.

I invite you to check out all these and more in my eBay store here, and I also have another post about sports related items as well.  It is titled “Several different types of sports memorabilia” which can be seen here.

What kinds of sports related fashion do you have to wear for the Olympics?

A few examples of the different types of advertising

Not too long ago, I ran across an old soap box from the 1940’s to the 1950’s and got to thinking about all the different forms of advertising that you can run across.  That box in question is for Kirk’s American Family White Flakes, and it was made by Proctor And Gamble.

soap box

The soap box can be seen in my Etsy store here.  What’s fun about that box is that it has a coupon on the box that has a value of 16 mills.  Mills were before my time, and I found out that a mill is worth one tenth of one cent (it takes 10 to make a cent, and they were used when sales tax is 1% of the price).

At that sale, I got to thinking about all the different forms of advertising, even the pieces that end up being fun (and useful) to have around.  One piece is this cast iron paperweight advertising EL RECO GAS.

EL RECO Gas Stations Figural Paperweight

The fun thing is that it actually looks like a gas station attendant.  Not only that, it still can be used today on any desk.  You can see it in my Etsy store here.

The last thing that came to mind was this small tin Prince Albert Tobacco advertising sign.

prince albert in a can!

Whenever I look at that sign, I think that it looks almost exactly like the side of the can.  You can see that sign in my Etsy sign here.

What kinds of different examples of advertising pieces have you run across?