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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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Holiday Shopping In The Classifieds - In The '60s | Collectors' Blog

Holiday Shopping In The Classifieds - In The '60s | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
No, they're not action figures, they're Sport Star Statues. Eight inches tall, they feature such sport legends that only last names are needed for identifi
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This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards!

This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but the evolution of the postcard contains many advances that took place during peak holiday seasons.The history of postcards begins with calling or visiting cards, cards...
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A history of postcards

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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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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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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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Of Mozart & farts.

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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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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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Part 3 of my series

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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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My latest column at Collector Perspectives.

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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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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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Sexism In Collecting Vintage Valentines

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

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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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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 Tormorrow
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.