They’re going the wrong way!

There are times that you will run across a collectible that will have an interesting story.  There are even times that the collectibles that are tied to a famous person and event.  Here are some items that have a fun way to collect them by going the wrong way:

Wrong Way Corrigan—Douglas Corrigan was an American Aviator, and he earned the nickname “Wrong Way” Corrigan in 1938.  Douglas Corrigan was supposed to return to Long Beach, California on a transcontinental flight.  The problem was was that he landed in Dublin, Ireland instead of California.

There are article clippings, newspapers, commemorative stamps and envelopes and even a book about Corrigan that’s titled “That’s My Story”.  There is a lot a New York Post paper that is dated Friday August 5, 1938 that has a mirrored banner headline to commemorate Wrong Way Corrigan that you can start a collection with.

Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels—Roy earned his nickname for running the wrong way at the 1929 Rose Bowl football game.  Roy played for the California Golden Bears when this happened.  He was 30 yards away from scoring a touchdown and somehow got turned around to where he ran 65 yards towards his own end zone.

He was eventually tackled on his own 1-yard line.  Do you know what the bad part is?  When the team tried to punt the ball away, it was blocked, and the other team scored a safety.

It is considered the worst blunder in the history of College football.  Things like the program for the game are collectible, and there even was a picture book that came out in 2011 that describes a play-by-play description of the moment.

The Vaudeville acts that parodied his famous run also have items that you can add to your collection.

These are some of the fun ways that you can start a collection or add to your current one.  What kinds of items have you purchased because of the history that that is attached to it?

Technology introduced in the early 1900’s

Over the years, there has been technology that has was introduced that caught on amazingly fast.  Bakelite plastic, escalators and even disposable razors were some of the amazing items introduced in the early 1900’s, here are some more that was released around the same time:

February 1900—The brownie camera is invented, and this was also the start of the Eastman Kodak company.  This was the camera that popularized low cost photography, and it also introduced the concept of something called the snapshot.

1902—The neon lamp is invented by Georges Claude.  Claude started to work on neon tubes that could be used as ordinary bulbs.  In the year of 1912, his associate began selling neon discharge tubs as advertising signs.

1906—An early jukebox-like machine called The Gabel Automatic Entertainer is invented.  It was invented by John Gabel and it is the first machine to play a series of gramophone records.

1908—This is when Ford started to build the Model T.  This car is generally regarded as the car that “put America on wheels”.

This is a very tiny look at some of the technology that has been released over the years.  What other types of technology do you know of that was released during this time?

Fun facts for the year 1937

When I look for some information on an item that I am going to sell, there are times that I run across some fun facts that happened during a certain year.  Here are some fun facts I ran across for 1937:

Walt Disney premieres “Snow White And The Seven Dwarves” on December 21st.  The movie premiered in Los Angeles, California at the Carthay Circle Theater.

The popular Looney Tunes character Daffy Duck appears in the animated short called “Porky’s Duck Hunt.”

The German airship called The Hindenburg burst into flames.  The accident happened while the airship was attempting to moor at Lakehurst, New Jersey.

The “Waterman Aerobile” flying car has its first flight.  The Areobile came with a transmission drive system that drove the propeller in the air and the rear wheels while on the ground. This is only a small portion of what happened in 1937.  What historical items have you run across?

What are some fun facts for the year of 1827?

When I look for some information on an item that I am going to sell, there are times that I run across some fun facts that happened during a certain year.  Here are some of the fun facts that I ran across for 1827:

March 16—The Freedom’s Journal (the first African American owned newspaper in the U.S.) is founded by John Russwurm.

J. J. Audubon’s book titled THE BIRDS OF AMERICA is published in the United Kingdom.

The Original Delmonico’s restaurant opens in Manhattan.

The first English translation of Christopher Columbus’ Journal by Samuel Kettell is published.

This is only a small portion of what happened ion 1827.  What historical items have you run across?

What happened in 1876?

Whenever I look up information on the items that I have bought, there are times that I run across some fun facts that happened at the same time the item was made.  Here’s some of the facts that I have found:

February 2 – The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs is formed at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  This league replaced the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.

May 18—Wyatt Earp started work in Dodge City, Kansas and he served under Marshal Larry Deger.

July 4 – The United States celebrates its centennial.

August 2—Wild Bill Hickok was killed in a poker game.  This happened in Deadwood, South Dakota and the cards that he was holding were reportedly the Dead Man’s Hand (it consists of 2 black aces, 2 black eights and an unknown hole card).

This is a small slice of what happened during the year.  What fun facts have you run across?

What happened in in the year 1900?

Not too long ago, I was looking up some information about an item that I was going to put up for sale on Etsy.  While looking around, I found some fun tidbits about the year 1900.  Here’s some of the things that I found:

On March 15th, the Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard.  The United States printed the words “Gold Certificate” on them, and these notes are highly collected today.

On June 25th, The Daoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China.  These manuscripts include works ranging from the Buddhist religion to history and mathematics to folk songs and dance.

On November 3rd, The first Auto show in the United States opens at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

What kind of fun facts have you run across when you are looking for more information on an item?

A brief history of the Westmoreland Glass Company

The Westmoreland Glass Company was founded in 1889, and was based in Graceville, Pennsylvania (which is not too far from Greensburg, Pennsylvania).  The company was run by brothers George and Charles West, which were the majority shareholders of the company.

When the company opened, the main production was pressed glass tableware lines, mustard jars, and even candy containers.

The brothers ran the company until 1921, when George West went on to run his own company.

The company was then run by Charles West and his close friend Ira Brainard.  When this happened, the name of the company changed from Westmoreland Specialty Company to Westmoreland Glass Company.  Shortly after the change, Westmoreland started to produce cut glass and even high-quality hand decorated glass.

The 1940’s saw James H. Brainard (Ira’s relative) take over ownership of the company.  At this time, they went with mass produced milk glass and discontinued the hand decorated glass.

The company eventually went out of business in 1984, and the building was apparently converted into a storage facility.

There’s a very wide range of glassware that Westmoreland produced over the many years they were in business.  This can be very helpful for a collector that’s on a very strict budget, and they can find something to decorate with or collect for not much money.

What kinds of Westmoreland pieces that you have found that you treasure?

A Century Of Progress!

When the World’s Fair came to Chicago, it was called “A Century Of Progress International Exposition”.  It was originally to run from May 27th 1933 until November 12th 1933, but it was such a success that the Fair was opened again on May 26th the following year and ran until October 31st, 1934.

There were many exhibitors at the Chicago World’s Fair—some of the exhibitors were automobile manufactures (some of which are Cadillac, Nash, Pierce Arrow, Packard, and even Lincoln).  Another exhibitor was the Union Pacific Railroad, and they introduced their first streamlined train called the M-10000.

The Chicago World’s Fair of 1933-1934 has a vast area of souvenirs that you could collect.  There are programs, buttons, flyers, coins, badges, ash trays, photographs, tape measures (I’m not joking on the last one), banks, and the list just goes on and on.

I can find plenty of different items here in the Ozarks when it comes to collecting the Chicago World’s Fair.  The prices are all over the place, it really depends on how rare and well preserved the piece is.

The great thing about any World’s Fair is that every piece that came from it is marked with the year and the name of the Fair that it came from.

What kinds of collectibles have you run across from this World’s Fair?

Fun facts of United States history from 1866

When I am trying to find some information on an item that I recently purchased, I run across some fun facts about the United States history.  Here’s some from the year 1866:

February 13 – The first daylight bank robbery happened on this date.  It was the first one during peacetime, and it happened in Liberty, Missouri.  People consider it to be the first robbery by Jesse James and his gang (although James’s role is disputed on this one).

May 16 – The U.S. Congress approved the production of a 5-cent coin (which is made from nickel). The minting of this coin eliminated its predecessor, the half dime.

July 24 – During the American Reconstruction, the state of Tennessee becomes the first state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

It’s always fun for me to see these fun facts, I never know what I will run across. What fun facts have you run across?