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What Is It? October 2018

What Is It? October 2018

Send your answers to the What Is It contest, postmarked by October 20, to the Mountain States Collector , P.O. box 1003, Bailey, CO 80421. Three winners will be drawn. Winners will receive a year’s subscription to the Mountain States Collector.

by · October 11, 2018 · 0 comments · What Is It?
The Beautiful Brooch

The Beautiful Brooch

By Robert Reed    The beautiful brooch traditionally had been one of the most enduring types of jewelry as well as one of the most varied.    Women have affixed these large and decorative ornamental pins on their clothing for centuries. Some brooches could be fashioned from cardboard or human hair and be fairly plain, or they could be adorned with gold […]

by · September 13, 2018 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Holy Smokes, Folks…

Holy Smokes, Folks…

By Sandy Dale    I can’t believe September is here already. With it comes a passel of great things to do. I’ll start the list with our own Tour de Florence, or to be more correct, a bicycle tour sponsored by the Florence Pioneer Museum called Tour de Coal Camps, Sept. 8. For more info check the museum website. Get a […]

by · September 13, 2018 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Letter Openers Became Popular in 19th Century

Letter Openers Became Popular in 19th Century

By Barry Krause    Letter openers have been known since the 18th century, but became a popular tool after envelopes were mass produced starting in the mid-19th century when postage rates were reduced for letters mailed inside envelopes.    Before that time, almost all letters were simply folded to leave a blank portion where the address was written and postmarks applied, and […]

by · September 13, 2018 · 0 comments · Feature Article
The Antique Detective: Pricey Wooton Desks Old and New Still Attract Buyers

The Antique Detective: Pricey Wooton Desks Old and New Still Attract Buyers

By Anne Gilbert    To a generation used to sterile cubby hole office spaces for them and their computers, the Wooton desks may seem an oddity. Strangely enough they are finding their way into many home offices. There is room for that lap top and spaces for all kinds of office supplies. They were a popular and useful antique collectible in […]

by · September 13, 2018 · 0 comments · Antique Detective