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Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture)

Of Swastikas & Confederate Flags (Collectibles Vs Living Culture) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I was watching Morning Joe and they were freaking out that eBay (and perhaps others) were selling swastikas while removing confederate flags. They said such an announcement to remove the flags was hypocritical and a pandering publicity move.


*sigh*


 Let me educate you:

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Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone

Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I'm a fan of FX's The Americans. So I was thrilled when I spotted the mod round brown Sculptura phone aka "the doughnut telephone" in the Jennings' master bedroom. I like to spot the vintage in TV ...
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Collecting Vintage Glamour Girl Photos

Collecting Vintage Glamour Girl Photos | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Some collectors want "real" signatures on vintage glamour girl photographs, but I just ask myself, "How much do I love looking at thee?".
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I've Never Been There, But It Looks Nice: Collecting Travel Ephemera

I've Never Been There, But It Looks Nice: Collecting Travel Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A day without kids, just $20 to spend -- what should we do? Well, there's an auction in town... For just $5 of that $20 I get me a nice old box of ephe
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Of Blanche Saunders, Poodles & People: Why It's Important To Share Your Collection

Of Blanche Saunders, Poodles & People: Why It's Important To Share Your Collection | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Back in February I posted 13 Fascinating Clippings From 1957, which included this bit: In a feature called May We Present, we learn of the miracle of dog
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13 Gift Ideas For Collectors

13 Gift Ideas For Collectors | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
What Can You Give The Collectors In Your Life This Holiday? We collectors often think we are easy to shop for. But the truth is, it's not so easy. While each collector knows their collections very well,...
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A Beginner's Guide To Flatware

A Beginner's Guide To Flatware | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks ago, my husband and I were working in the antique shop when a woman came in and asked about a vintage set of flatware. With the holidays coming she wanted a pretty set for her family gatherings....
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Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market

Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was reading "Don't Count On Old Bikes Selling High" by Lynn Hopper, and one passage really stuck out: Nothing else drives the antiques and collectibles
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Bingo, Anyone?

Bingo, Anyone? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, there was a collector who thought collecting vintage Bingo games would be one of the easiest things to collect... I nearly always foun
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps the one area in which you are least likely to feel "like a museum" or a curator is that, at least in the beginning, you may not have defined your
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps you resist the notion that as a collector you have your own museum. Maybe you (still) imagine that a museum must be significantly historical or b
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What Does Your Collection Say?

What Does Your Collection Say? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
In the beginning, there was an object. It may have been purchased, inherited, or obtained long ago and never parted with. Somewhere in time this object c
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Why Collect?

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Not only is is obvious (and lame) to say that the reasons for collecting are as varied as the collections themselves, but I've already discussed that the m
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Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera

Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward's post has me thinking... He writes: The biggest worry in my mind these days as I toss and turn in bed the waning days of the year has been what to do with 13, ...
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Educational Doll Articles

Educational Doll Articles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just finished my doll articles for the Dolls By Diane newsletter. This time, I write about a large doll I literally was shocked to find -- Slumped like that on the floor, I thought she was a person...
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EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles"

EBay Says "Win Big With Collectibles" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Among the steps eBay is taking to try to bring back their antiques and collectibles presence, is a new series of Collector Events: Discover another world of shopping -- with items from around the w...
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Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value

Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

So there I am, in the "Collector's Spotlight" titled Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value, covering two pages (24-25) in text with some photos of my collection.

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Not written by me; but an article about me & my collection.

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Christmas Decorating For Collectors Who Want To Show Off Their Collections

Christmas Decorating For Collectors Who Want To Show Off Their Collections | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The holidays, with all their visitors, are the perfect time for showing off our collections. And what collector doesn't want to show off their collection?! Instead of replacing your antique and vin...
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Lots of simple holiday decoration ideas for collectors to use to show-off their collections!

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Lots of simple holiday decoration ideas for collectors to use to show-off their collections!

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What An Obsessive Collector Does

What An Obsessive Collector Does | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As a collector of vintage retail store items, I was thrilled to spot Gimbels in episodes of The Goldbergs on ABC.

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I know other collectors do this -- fess up!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:54 PM

I know others do this -- admit it!

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Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors

Practical, Yet Thoughtful, Gifts & Stocking Stuffers For Collectors | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again, when people ask me, “What gifts can I get the collectors in my life?”

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14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For

14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Traditionally Thanksgiving involves giving thanks for family, friends, food and other blessings of a non-materialistic nature. I’ll be giving that little speech later today with family, don’t you worry about that; but this holiday I want to give special thanks from the bottom of my little collector heart.

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Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive

Odd collectibles may be rare, but that doesn't mean they're always expensive | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Deanna describes ephemera as one of the most overlooked and lowest priced areas of collecting, which hosts some “odd” collectibles.
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This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 7, 2013 12:56 AM

This is Part 2 of my two part post at Collector Perspectives. Read Part 1 here.

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In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird”

In the collector world, nothing is truly “weird” | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

“The honest truth is, I don’t find anything to be weird in collecting,” says collector Deanna.


...We’ve all heard the expression “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”, well, one man’s treasure is another man’s weird.

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My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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My latest at Collector Perspectives (part 1 of 2).

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The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana

The Black, White and Shades of Grey in Collecting Black Americana | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

According to Howard Dodson, director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “There are two kinds of collectors of black Americana: those who are interested in collecting as a financial investment and those with a passion for finding ‘the missing pages of history.’”


...There is also some concern that part of the drive in purchasing black Americana is pimpin’ black culture.: that this adoption of old images and negative stereotypes is being glamorized in a perverse way. Like hip-hop’s bad ‘rap’ (pun intended), collecting black Americana is sweeping the nation in a concerning way.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 27, 2013 3:07 PM

As a white chick, I don't dare collect this stuff -- even if I, as a collector of similar negative sterotypical items about women, understand the desire to document the horrible past.

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Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs

Discussing What's Going On In These Antique Photographs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.