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Glitzy Revival Furniture Still Being Made and Bought

Glitzy Revival Furniture Still Being Made and Bought

By Anne Gilbert    If you’ve always yearned to live like a king, gold trimmed furniture reproductions await you. They may look like rare antique Baroque and Rococo chairs and beds, but they are made in quantity these days and usually priced in the thousands of dollars.    Often they turn up mislabeled at antique shows, shops and auctions. One is even […]

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Women Inventors and their Patent Models

Women Inventors and their Patent Models

By Anne Gilbert    Beginning in the 19th century women not only kept house they began inventing things to make their lives easier. They created working models of their inventions in order to get a patent that would protect their ownership rights. These models are avidly collected and worth big bucks.    The making of patent models began when Congress passed the […]

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American Traditions: Quilts and Coverlets: 1760-1900

American Traditions: Quilts and Coverlets: 1760-1900

By Beatrice Levin    From our earliest history, weaving and quilting bedcovers has been a medium for creative artistry. Since quilting became elevated from a home craft to a respected creative art, it also has become appreciated as a textile antique for its symbolism.    European immigrants brought not only quilts to the colonies, but also quiltmaking skills that developed and flourished. […]

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Evel Knievel, The Times and the Toys

Evel Knievel, The Times and the Toys

By Robert Reed    If Evel Knievel could be considered a legend of the 1970s, then the toys created in his name clearly were legendary.    Knievel became America’s number one daredevil during that decade and at the same time evoked more than $300 million worth of toys and related merchandise. Some experts go as far as to say that the motorcycle […]

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One Hundred Years Ago

The year is 1917 “One hundred years ago.” What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1917: The average life expectancy for men was 47 years. Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only. Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. The maximum […]

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