What was introduced in 1929?

For 1929, the year is known for being the start of The Great Depression and the crash of the stock market.  Even with all of this going on, what items were introduced during 1929?

During 1929, Pine-Sol cleaner was invented while both the Tarzan and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D. comic strips debuted.

In January, the comic character POPEYE made his debut in the “Thimble Theatre” comic strip.  Popeye is often credited with encouraging children to eat their vegetables as the character often ate a can of spinach to become stronger in dangerous situations.

The book titled “The Magic Island” By W.B. Seabrook debuted in 1929.  This book is credited with introducing the idea of a zombie into pop culture.

In August, British inventor John Logie Baird began conducting experimental television brodadcasts at the British Broadcasting Company (also known as the BBC).

This is a small handful of things that debuted during the year.  What items have you heard of that debuted during 1929?

What are some of the popular toys from the 1980’s?

Every decade sees toys become extremely popular for a certain amount of time.  The Barbie doll started to gain popularity in the 1960’s, and the pet rock was popular in the 1970’s.  What toys were popular in the 1980’s?

1983 saw the Cabbage Patch Kids hit the toy shelves, and the rush was on to grab one anywhere that it was sold at.

When 1984 came about, The Transformers cartoon hit the airwaves.  The toys quickly followed, and they were as popular as the show was.  The race was on to find figures like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and even the evil Megatron.

Nintendo released the Gameboy in 1989, and you quickly saw people playing games like Super Mario Land and even Tetris.

This is only a handful of the toys that were popular in the 1980’s.  What do you remember playing with?

What happened in the year 1950?

There are times that when I try to get some info on an item that I recently bought, I run across some bits of interesting information.

Here’s a few things that I have run across for the year 1950:

January 15—The Red Wings’ rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk records his first of 115 career NHL shutouts when Detroit beat the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

March 4—the movie Cinderella was released by Disney.  Based on the fairy tale of the same name, Cinderella is the 12th animated film by Disney.

October 7—The first of the collectible Peanuts comic strip was published on this date.

The fall of 1950 saw the release of the Broadcaster and Esquire electric guitars made by Fender.  These two guitars were the first mass produced electric guitars with solid bodies.

This is a very small look at what happened during the year 1950.  What have you run across?

Fun vintage accessories for the television to look for

The television has been around since 1927, and there have been quite a few items come about for you to use with the television.

Here are a few of those items that you can run across:

When 1950 rolled around, the first remote control designed for televisions appeared.  Zenith was the first to release it, and it was called LAZY BONES.  It allowed you to control the TV from as far away as the couch (as long as the wire on it could reach).

In 1975, Sony released an item called the Betamax.  It was in direct competition with the VHS machines, and this eventually became a flop.  The great thing about this is that you can still find big name movies like STAR WARS to add to your collection or to watch.

Inventor Hugo Gernsback released his invention called the “teleglasses”.  This invention allowed you to wear a television like a pair of eyeglasses, and this item anticipated virtual reality.  Hugo Gernsback is also best known to science fiction fans as the founder of Amazing Stories magazine.

This is a small handful of accessories for the television.  What items have you run across?

What happened in 1957?

Whenever I buy an item that I don’t know a lot about, I do a little research on both the internet and in reference books that I have around the house to see what I can find out about the item.  There are times that I run across fun bits of information about other items.

Here’s some of what I ran across for the year 1957:

January 6th—Elvis Presley appears on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW for the 3rd and final time.  This broadcast is known for Elvis being only shot from the waist up.

January 13th—Wham-O produces the first Frisbee.

September 4th—this is when the Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel.  When the car was released, Ford proclaimed September 4th as “E-day”.

October 12—on this day, the famous Christmas book HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! By Dr. Seuss is published.

This is just a handful of all the things that happened in 1957.  What have you run across?

Sometimes directions can help you out in collecting paper money

Directions play a part in quite a few different ways in life, including when you collect paper money from the early 1800’s. During this time, it was up to the banks to produce paper money. The banks would file for a charter with the United States government—this would allow the bank to produce their own paper money.

Collectors often look for paper money in a couple of ways for their collections—and going a certain direction will often help them out. They will look for a certain bank, city or even the state the money was produced in. I have even heard of collectors looking for anything that is west of the Mississippi. You could even look for something in the southern states like Alabama or even Louisiana.

The east coast area has quite a few different banks that offered paper money. This was true up to the Mississippi (the father west you went there were fewer banks to run into). The gold rush in California that started in 1848 was what helped bring some banks (and eventually a United States Mint in San Francisco) that far west.

If there was a major metropolitan area, the more banks were likely to be there. One way to keep things interesting is to only look for banks that were on the east side of town.

Even up north in places like North Dakota, Washington state and even Alaska have very few banks at all. There have been a few bills (collectors also call them “notes”) to turn up for a few banks in these states. For obvious reasons, these are highly sought after.

What cities and states have you seen on this type of paper money?

Madrid Depression Glass and its counterpart

This pattern has been around 1932 and is still being produced today.  It is now called the Recollection pattern, and it is made by the Indiana Glass Company.  There are quite a few ways to tell if the piece you are looking at is Madrid or if it is part of the Recollection Pattern.

In 1976, the Federal Glass company released Madrid as part of their Bicentennial line.  To help discern this from the original, there is a “76” that has been stamped into the mold.

The Indiana Glass company released the Recollection starting in the 1980’s.  Some of the pieces that Indiana Glass has released were never produced by the Federal Glass company.  Some of the molds were put together, like the candlestick and bowl molds to produce a kind of a pedestal bowl.  If you happen to run across one of these pieces, look at where the bowl joins with the base”.  If you see ribbing inside what looks like a hollow area, then this is a modern piece.

The grill plate is different as well.  The original has been divided into three compartments while the newer one has only two.

It is amazing how much both patterns are here in the Ozarks. Keep an eye peeled when it comes to this pattern—you just might be paying good money for a newer piece.

What is the difference between collectible, antique and vintage?

There are common questions that you will hear when you dive into the world of antiques.  One of the more questions that you will hear is this—what exactly is the difference between collectible, antique and vintage?

The term collectible is often applied to items that are more valuable than what they originally sold for.  I have also seen this term be applied to items that are newer than 20 years old.

When items are vintage, items in this area are at least 20 years old.  Items are usually considered vintage up until they are 99 years old.

When you hear the term Antique, this applies to items that are at least 100 years old. 

There are also other ways to describe the age of an item.  What terms have you heard?

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?