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

You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.
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Antique Logging Stamp Hammer

Antique Logging Stamp Hammer | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This is an antique stamp hammer, and part of lumber history. A stamp hammer was used to make "end marks" on lumber and logs. These end marks are much like bands in that they are used to identify ca...
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I truly enjoy reading stories about the history of our forest products industry.  This wonderful artifact is a great example of how the industry operated years ago.  I guess we've come a long way baby!

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"If I Had A Voice I Would Sing" (Along With The Theme To Vikings on History)

"If I Had A Voice I Would Sing" (Along With The Theme To Vikings on History) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
If you are a fan of Vikings on the History Channel, then you've probably fallen in love with the tv show's theme song. The song's official title is If I Had A Heart and it is by Fever Ray. You know...
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A fan of the show Vikings? Looking for the theme song?

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 18, 2:22 PM

About the theme song for TV's VIkings


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Sweet Antique Candy Boxes

Sweet Antique Candy Boxes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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We Had Joy, We Had Fun, We had Seasons In The Sun...

We Had Joy, We Had Fun, We had Seasons In The Sun... | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've been listening a lot to the cable music stations -- most recently to the 70's station. Tonight, Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks came on and I found myself singing along as I had in my childh...
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Remember these songs from the 70s?

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Remember these songs from the 70s?

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Remember these songs from the 70s? What do you remember about them?

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The Classics: Music & Humor

The Classics: Music & Humor | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

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, 7:23 PM

Of Mozart & farts.

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Context Is Credibility

Context Is Credibility | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've written before about the importance of context; and ranted too about "stolen" images used, uncredited etc., at Tumblr and other sites. I've tweeted and posted at Facebook about my hatred of su...
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Your Best Tool For SEO (Or, Why Search Engines Are Your Friends)

Your Best Tool For SEO (Or, Why Search Engines Are Your Friends) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I believe search engine optimization (SEO) is best and primarily served via the content you write. If you believe that, you may stop reading; but if you aren't convinced...

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Ethics In Virtual Book Tours & Other Blog Tours

Ethics In Virtual Book Tours & Other Blog Tours | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Blogging is a form of self-publishing -- and it's a beautiful thing; but it comes with its own set of responsibilities.

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Ethics involved in blogging, reviewing, promoting etc.

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Getting Organized & Recharging In The New Year

Getting Organized & Recharging In The New Year | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

The New Year means resolutions (and spending that holiday gift cash). If you're like me, one of your resolutions is to get more organized and make your home more enjoyable to live in. After all, for the next few weeks (if not months!), we'll all be nestled inside the house, and while we have lots more to do inside now than we once did, all the electronics and entertainment stuff can make your home full of annoying distractions too. Like all those loops of cable wires and cords that every device needs.

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Have Tech Gadgets; Will Travel (But How Long Will They Last?)

Have Tech Gadgets; Will Travel (But How Long Will They Last?) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

The simple math is that there are at least five devices but only two plugs on the car charger. But let's face it; as adults, our calls, email checks on our smartphones, use of Pandora, etc. are necessary. And we parents insist that our phones must be kept charged in case of, you know (*knock on wood*), an actual emergency. Knowing that giving one child the gift of recharging means we need to give the other children the same help makes us a bit reluctant to open that whole can of worms.

So, facing another trip back home for the holidays, I was excited when the folks at Powerocks offered to send one of their latest creations, a pocket-sized mobile charger to review. ...But could it be too good to be true?

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My review of Powerocks Magicsticks.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:02 PM

Powerocks Magicsticks are as cool for your gadgets as poprocks are for your mouth ;)

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Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils)

Rethinking Pink (Or Girls Don't Need Pencils) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Speaking of suffrage colors... A news clipping from the New Brunswick Times, October 15, 1915, about Miss Ellen Murray who threw an anti-suffrage party: The house was decorated in the colors of the...
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Fitting The Female Form Has Always Been Complicated

Fitting The Female Form Has Always Been Complicated | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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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 4:54 PM

I know others do this -- admit it!

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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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Polly Dolly (Or, Of Boys & Dolls)

Polly Dolly (Or, Of Boys & Dolls) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

In 1972, the Ms. Foundation for Women produced Free to Be… You and Me, an illustrated book and record album set. Initiated by Marlo Thomas, the mission of the Free to Be… You and Me project was to provide healthy messages refuting and rejecting gender stereotypes while encouraging the positive and empowering post-1960s ideas of gender equality, individuality, comfort with one’s identity, and tolerance. Using her celebrity clout, Marlo Thomas got a number of her celebrity friends to create, write, and perform the modern day lessons to children in song and story form. No doubt the hope was that the parents and other adults in children’s lives were listening — and learning — too.

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Remember "William Wants A Doll"? I do.


Plus, the story of my dad's doll.

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I'll Keep You In My Hoosegow, Valentine

I'll Keep You In My Hoosegow, Valentine | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Isn't this a creepy, abusive-stalkery-type valentine? It takes the idea of a prisoner of your love to a whole new (low) level -- complete with gun! You're the one I've been looking for, My chase is...
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See this mechanical card in action!

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 12, 12:29 PM

See this mechanical card in action!

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See this mechanical card in action!

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See this card in action!

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Maintaining A Charge Is Key

Maintaining A Charge Is Key | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Hurray, CableOrganizer.com sent me a BlueLounge® Kii™ Portable iPhone/iPad Charger to review! Kiis get their name from their neatest feature — the ability to carry the charger on your keyring...
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Should You Have A News Section On Your Website?

Should You Have A News Section On Your Website? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Recently Mike Lieberman advised folks to “go ahead and get rid of that ‘Company News’ section.” Lieberman wrote that in response to an analytical report compiled by Chris Scott of Headscape — more accurately, Lieberman gave his advice based on reading Paul Boag’s post about Scott’s report. To be fair, there is no readily available copy of Scott’s report. But that still doesn’t account for some errors in critical thinking.

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Surviving The Night Of A Thousand Vaginas

Surviving The Night Of A Thousand Vaginas | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was thrilled to see that Martha Plimpton wore her scarlet letter when she was on Craig Ferguson last week (23 January, 2014). Not only did Plimpton talk about her organization, A Is For, but she ...
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News about A Is For's reproductive rights event, backlash, and a weird film parody.

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Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women

Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Maybe you don't want to call it a "war on women". Maybe you find the word "war" to be over-the-top, despite the facts regarding bombings, shootings, rape, and other violent attacks against women, i...
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UP to the DL: Blog Tours & Marketing Services

UP to the DL: Blog Tours & Marketing Services | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

U.P. to the D.L. is the dynamic duo of Deanna Dahlsad & Laura Brown, two wordy grrls who met 10 years ago as columnists at (the now defunct) Backwash.com.

Of course, both had been writing and promoting online (and off) long before that time, so the slow demise of one site didn’t keep them from continuing to do what they do — or being friends. *wink*

Our latest joint projects are Inherited Values and Ululating Undulating Ungulate. (If you visit the sites and are interested in joining us there, please check out the “about” pages!)

Because of our years of experience in the Internet trenches, we’ve long been individually helping other writers, bloggers, artists, sellers, and entrepreneurs start-up or increase their online presence; now we’ve joined forces, offering you our firsthand knowledge and experience.

We offer specialized services, such as:

Blog Tours
Marketing Consultation
Website Reviews
Individualized & Customized Services Upon Request
Bloggers, you have brands too, so any of these services can be tailored to suit you!


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Padding Your Bra With Emotions

Padding Your Bra With Emotions | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Can't find enough reasons to hate your bra? You will soon: Microsoft is working on a smart bra to measure your mood:


The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels.


The aim was to find out if wearable technology could help prevent stress-related over-eating.

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I'm sooooo not into this technology.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 21, 2013 10:31 AM

Insulting & sexist

Laura Brown's comment, January 4, 5:08 PM
This is right up there with men who think women should be taking pills to "improve" their sex drive. Maybe the bra can come with little coloured flags that pop up in the middle of the cleavage? How has the human race managed to continue to reproduce up until now?
Laura Brown's comment, January 4, 5:09 PM
PS - Yes I always over eat when my boobs are stressed out.
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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I have a modest collection of vintage vanity items. (My collection and I have even been featured in Collectors News magazine.) And indeed, I’ve often wondered about the vast popularity of Rachel as a powder shade. I’d rather believed the hype that this particular shade was named after a popular actress at the time — but in Antique Personal Possessions, Silvia Druitt gives another possible reason...

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I explore the links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:06 AM

Links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.


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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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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:34 AM

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