Sunday, July 31, 2011

Collecting #Posters in the 1970s and 80s.

Collecting original rock 'n roll music posters

We honestly thought we were protecting our rock n roll concert poster collection by putting tape on the back before we stuck a thumb tack thru the corner. Now, it takes to work of specialist surgeons to restore the value of these classic posters.
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Posters Rock! Collecting original rock 'n roll music posters

Rock and roll music was the thing that started our passion for collecting posters, but not without some major mistakes along the way. Learn about the second golden age of posters in the in the 1960s and 70s, and the poster artists that defined these influential graphic design styles. Learn more about rock posters and watch in horror as we first destroy most of our collection before discovering how to display and care for posters so they'll last for a lifetime.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Marilyn Monroe product deal flirts with $50 million figure -

Marilyn Monroe product deal flirts with $50 million figure -
Jamie Salter, who already owns the rights to reggae legend Bob Marley, bought the rights to Marilyn Monroe. He’s planning to develop products inspired by her likeness.
Jamie Salter, who already owns the rights to reggae 
 legend Bob Marley, bought the rights to Marilyn Monroe.
He’s planning to develop products inspired by her likeness.

"Jamie Salter of Authentic Brands Group, which partnered with media company NECA to acquire the Marilyn Monroe estate. 'We're not really interested in the trinkets and trash,' Salter told The Post. 'Don't get me wrong, it's a good business -- calendars, posters and shot glasses -- but that's not what we want to do with Marilyn Monroe.'"

It's too early to say what Marilyn-branded clothing will look like, except that it will be "elegant, elegant, elegant -- and size doesn't matter," Salter said.

Movie excerpt: Alleged Marilyn Monroe Porn Film - Is it her?

Alleged Marilyn Monroe Porn Film Slated for Auction - The Hollywood Reporter:
Marilyn Monroe
"BUENOS AIRES – One of the only two known copies of an alleged porn short film starring a yet unknown Marilyn Monroe will be offered at auction in Buenos Aires ... The starting price for the short film -- available at the Buenos Aires Film Collecting Fair in Aug. -- is $500,000."

Caution: 30 seconds of commercials for this nice 43 second movie excerpt

Back then, controversy sparked over whether it was Monroe who appeared masturbating and having sex with an unknown man. At the conference, Barsa mentioned documents from the FBI investigating the origin of the film, and a set of jewelry worn by Monroe in the film that is the same as what she wore on other films and photos she did around that time.
Barsa explained how an American officer took these films to France, where they remained stored and forgotten for decades in an antique shop in Paris, until two Spanish collectors unknowingly bought them together with other films, and later discovered the great resemblance of the film’s star with Norma Jean Baker.
Spain's memorabilia collector Mikel Barsa speaks during an interview with the Associated Pres...

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Real life "Valkyrie" - Rare WWII Wound Badges from assassination of the "evil one"

"In the collecting world one of the most elusive of all collectables is a German wound badge dated '20 July 1944.' As a rule, German wound badges were not dated, however, a run of about a hundred badges were made with this and a facsimile of Hitler's signature on the obverse. This run was made for him to award to the soldiers wounded in this closest to successful attempt on his life. I guess the intent was to reward those who were loyal and willing to continue to stand, quite literally, close to Hitler. I like to think of it as a commemorative to the 'so close' attempt on his life.

This nearly successful assassination of the evil one was refreshed to the general population in the recent film 'Valkyrie' starring Tom Cruise. Although the attempt failed, it was such a large scale endeavor it could not be covered up. This should have been a wakeup call for all of German to rise up and stop the madness, but it was not. Furthermore the paranoid witch hunt that followed probably eliminated any other organized plans in their infancy."

Monday, July 25, 2011

Attracting butterflies to the garden | RedGage

Attracting butterflies to the garden | RedGage

black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio Polyxenes)
What a pleasant surprise to find the extensive flower display at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden simply crowded with butterflies in the early weeks of July. What started as a quick bike ride through the 83-acres of this Landmark District turned into a four hour exploration of several different types of very well-maintained botanic gardens."

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Special Edition Vans hi-top sneakers + 15th Anniversary playing card + poster nearly sold out in 24 hours | .:. Toby Morse or Toby 1's Photos - FREE Deck of these H2O Playing Cards with VANS and Signed Poster!

Image of H2O X Vans
Vans Japan produce these limited H2O hi-top's to celebrate the anniversary of our first record release ([the band's name is H2O] 1996 Blackout Records). These sneakers are extremely limited and we only have 75 pair available for sale in the US. Each pair comes with a poster signed by the band and a deck of cards.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Arts and Crafts Movement nirvana | Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms | Antiques and the Arts Online

Antiques and the Arts Online:
"Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms home in Morris Plains, N.J., is akin to entering another world — nirvana for devotees of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

This expansive log structure, whose centennial is this year, is an enduring showcase for the astute designer, savvy industrialist and visionary thinker. Stickley’s simplified furniture and designs and dissemination of environmental and lifestyle ideas in his The Craftsman magazine influenced American tastes for furnishings and architecture at the turn of the Twentieth Century and ever after."

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Eclectic collection reveals many interests |

Eclectic collection reveals many interests |
The Yankee duo reunited Lou Gehrig and Babe Ru...Image via Wikipedia

"He struggles to explain his drive to collect so many objects — and experiences. His passion for more than a decade has been mission work abroad.

“I think it’s looking for something that I don’t know what I’m looking for,” he says, “but I know when I’ve found it.”

A number of treasures

He found a record player Elvis Presley gave to a friend. He collected Margaret Mitchell’s letters, Lou Gehrig’s wedding band, Joe Frazier’s corner robe, Joe Louis’ boxing permit and gloves, Jim Thorpe’s worn leather scrimmage shoe, Joe Namath’s jersey and Larry Bird’s too."

How can it be, when he owns signatures of the Beatles, Buffalo Bill, Harry Houdini, Greta Garbo, Knute Rockne, Babe Ruth, George Custer and — this seems so unlikely — but there it is on the wall in a guest bedroom — Sitting Bull? The leader of the Lakota reportedly was illiterate but could write his own name.
Espy also has letters from Albert Einstein, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., John Belushi, Amelia Earhart, George Patton and, because he is a Southern boy from Alabama, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

“I think a lot of my ambition came from watching my parents work so hard to give us relatively little,” he explains. “Most things that are worthwhile are gotten through sweat and toil.”
Finally, during an exhaustive tour of his home, Espy and a visitor come across something different: a pea green wooden wagon the size of a loaf of bread. The wood is roughhewn, cobbled together with nails. There is an old note inside: “Made for Basil by Pa Pugh in 1938.” Espy remembers back to when he was 3, sitting on a swing while his grandfather built the wagon for him. He picks it up. This, he decides, is his most cherished possession.

Bizarre collections: Barf Bags | Wonderfully weird + mobile phones, weapons |

Wonderfully weird: "People love collecting stuff, but some collections are so bizarre it makes you wonder.

Through the years, Silberberg has built up his collection of air sickness bags. Now he has around 2,400 unique air sickness bags with 2,216 currently catalogued on his Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum ( Funnily enough, he still has no clear idea why he collects them. “At first, I figured I’d be the only one. I was wrong, of course. I found out that there are well over 100 people worldwide who either collect or have collected air sickness bags and have amassed a substantial amount (say over 50) of them.

An American woman who calls herself Pikabellechu holds the Guinness World Record for having the largest Pokemon collection in the world. Okay, so that’s not really weird, but consider Australian Graham Barker, who holds the Guinness World Record for having the world’s largest collection of navel fluff."

Why in the world would anybody want to collect stuff from belly buttons?
German Martin Mihál has a collection of around 40,000 empty chocolate wrappers from around the world; John Reznikoff from Connecticut, USA, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest and most valuable collection of hair from celebrity and historical figures; Carol Vaughn from Birmingham, Britain, has collected more than 5,000 bars of soap since 1991; and Karen Ferrier, also from Britain, is a Dalmatian-obsessive woman who owns a collection of 3,500 spotty items accumulated over 17 years.
And it’s not just individuals who have a penchant for weird things. There are entire museums dedicated to the weird and wacky. The Museum of Burnt Food (yes, you read right) in Arlington, Virginia, founded by Deborah Henson Conant, is dedicated to carbonised culinary masterpieces (i.e. accidentally burnt food), the British Lawnmower Museum features (you guessed it) lawnmowers, while the Asphalt Museum in Sacramento, California, has a large collection of everything asphalt.
The most interesting museum would be the Icelandic Phallological Museum, located in a tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik. Run by Sigurdur Hjartarson, the museum showcases an extensive collection of 276 penises from whales, seals, bears and other mammals. The museum finally received its first human specimen (!?!) in April this year.
There must be something driving people to strange items. Here’s an insight into why a few individuals feel the need to collect certain objects.
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Las Vegas Neon Boneyard Museum :: CityBlog :: Las Vegas CityLife Blogs

Neon Museum, for realz! :: CityBlog :: Las Vegas CityLife Blogs:
(photos courtesy of Neon Museum)
"the culmination of a project 20 years in the making: breaking ground on the much anticipated Neon Museum.
News crews arrived early, propping their unwieldy stilted beasts into flanking positions around the podium. Mayor Goodman, City officials, bike cops, reporters, enthusiastic locals and volunteers poured into the small Neon Boneyard Park to celebrate its official grand opening to the public."

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$32,000 Miller Twin Pin glass insulator : 42nd National Insulator Association Convention (slideshow) - San Jose Mercury News

The insulator crowd is full of electrifying stories - San Jose Mercury News
Glass InsulatorImage by DarkFokus2 via Flickr

But it's not about the money or the horse-trading or the backlit jewel boxes shimmering with these increasingly obsolete relics of our heavily-wired past. It's about the stories.

"You won't see people just sitting there behind a table," said Lou Hall, a retired home designer from Fresno and the president of the 1,500-member group, as he led visitors Saturday into the convention floor at the Doubletree airport hotel. "It's a buzz of conversation. It's stories told and retold. Where was that one found? Who did you buy this one from? Did you hear Fred died last fall? What happened to his collection?"

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Marilyn Monroe memorabilia - yearbook and photos | RedGage

Marilyn Monroe memorabilia | RedGage:

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Overseas Coke bottle and can collection | My Sinchew (Malasia)

An array of Coke bottles and cans | My Sinchew:
This unique porcelain Coke can (right) is the only one of its kind.
Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily
"A retired teacher, 60 year-old Yang Pei-xin has been collecting an array of Coke cans introduced in different places over the past 15 years. Today, she boasts an impressive collection of more than 100 Coke items, which are being displayed at her shop for customer viewing. She also shares her experience with fellow Coke enthusiasts and collectors."

Kitchen gadgets collection (photos) - North Reading, MA Patch

Resident Works Forty Years in Food Industry - North Reading, MA Patch:

"For the last 35 years, he has been collecting various kitchen items, menus, and antiques. His collection has over 12,000 kitchen gadgets, 1,000's of menus, and hundreds of books."

The Largest Collection of Fabergé in the United States is On View at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Largest Collection of Fabergé in the United States is On View at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:
"RICHMOND, VA .- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents an exhibition of the exhibition of the largest collection of Faberg in the United States. The exhibition, Fabergé Revealed, includes more than 500 objects and is on view from July 9 through October 2. The Russian jeweler Karl Fabergé crafted objects for the Russian imperial family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including specially commissioned Easter eggs. VMFA’s collection, the largest public collection of Fabergé outside of Russia, includes five of the thirteen Russian imperial Easter eggs that are in the United States."

Toy car museum in Ft. Worth Texas (video) DFW Elite Toy Museum

Lone Star Adventure: Toy Museum:

"the DFW Elite Toy Museum unique, most notably its vast collection of toy cars. The museum is home to both the largest and smallest gas-powered remote control cars in the world."

visiting the museum is absolutely free. For more information please visit DFW Elite Toy Museum's website .
Our toy museum is conveniently located just five minutes outside of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in Haltom City.

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Pacific Islands artifacts from 1890s rediscovered in Buffalo NY :: University of Rochester

Rochester Review :: University of Rochester:
"...following up on a footnote in a book, the professor of anthropology and of visual and cultural studies drove less than an hour west of Rochester to Buffalo—and found there one of the largest and oldest collections of Pacific Islands artifacts anywhere in the world."
P. G. T. Black, the collector, was a branch inspector for Burns, Philp & Co., a trading and shipping firm based in Sydney, Australia. He acquired the objects—pieces used by Pacific Islanders at the time—between 1886 and 1916, and in 1938 the Buffalo Museum of Science bought, sight unseen, the 40 crates they filled.

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