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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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The Classics: Music & Humor

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When Alyssa Milano was on The Late Late Show last December, she told Craig Ferguson (and all of us watching), that her grandfather said there were two types of people: those who think farts are funny, and those who don’t.

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Of Mozart & the fart.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 6, 10:23 PM

Of Mozart & farts.

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Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Three | Inherited Values

Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Three | Inherited Values | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As you may recall from part two, fashion sewing patterns were still rather complicated in the mid-1800s. However, some, like Ellen Louise Demorest and her husband William Jennings Demorest, began to assist those who were interested in sewing at home –  assisting at a profit, of course.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 26, 2013 4:24 PM

Part 3 of my series

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Hot On The Historical Ephemera Trail... In The National Enquirer?

Hot On The Historical Ephemera Trail... In The National Enquirer? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

The women born between 1905 and 1909 were the same young girls who grew up during the years of the women’s suffrage movement in the US. They would have seen the struggle, heard the talk, and knew they could have greater freedom of choice in living their lives. They too would see, if not quite be, part of the flapper movement. Activism and parenting being almost completely at odds with one another, some may have opted not to have children — and at this time, birth control, thanks to Margaret Sanger, was becoming a realistic option.

 

And, just as these young women were perhaps thinking of starting a family…

 

Along comes The Great Depression — the one of that started about 1929, not the one some say we are approaching now — and the birthrate fell about one-tenth globally from the rate during the “prosperous” 1920′s. In America, the birth rate dropped below the replacement level for the first time in history.

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The history of the Playground Association of America.

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Sexism In Collecting Vintage Valentines

Sexism In Collecting Vintage Valentines | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day. I wrote about why many collect old Valentines at CQ; but wanted to share this one from my own collection. As a feminist, I obviously...
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Sweet Antique Candy Boxes

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Valentine's Day wouldn't be Valentine's Day without the proverbial box of chocolates! These two boxes are pretty examples of sweet antique advertising ephemera. The first box marked "Overhauser's o...
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Fitting The Female Form Has Always Been Complicated

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You (and I) can talk about the difficulty of finding fashions that fit women 'til we're blue in the face. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then these vintage Berlei lingerie "Figure Type...
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Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes

Collecting Halloween: The history of Halloween postcards and costumes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Delve into the history of two popular Halloween collectibles with Deanna as she explores antique and vintage postcards and the origination of the Halloween costume as we know it today.
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:23 PM

My latest column at Collector Perspectives.

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Paper Dolls Which Jump For Joy

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Jointed or articulated paper dolls originated in France in the mid-1700s. Traditionally, these two-dimensional paper dolls were assembled via pins and corks, eyelets, or brads; making the jointed paper doll a cross between a paper doll and a puppet.
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Because these articulated paper dolls resembled a jumping-jack figure, these dolls were called “dancing-jack puppets, which in French is “pantins”.

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Any Day Can Be Valentine's Day For Collectors | Collectors' Blog

Any Day Can Be Valentine's Day For Collectors | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Because Valentine’s Day cards have come in so many designs and themes over the years, you are nearly certain to find cards that fit into your own collecting specialty. These wonderful cross-collectibles are a great way to add more charm, color, and interest to your collection.

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