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Antique Up-Skirt Action

Antique Up-Skirt Action | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Who doesn't like a company that preaches values while looking up a lady's skirt? After complaining about Uncle Sam's tax, ye olde Day & Night tobacco company wants you to get your money's worth...
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Ye Olde Advertising

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The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a?

The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We don't talk much about the conditions of items here at Collectors' Quest; we figure any collector worthy of his salt & pepper shakers knows that if t
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A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes

A Rare Antique Folk Art Find: A Family Tree Made Of Tintypes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, my husband & I attended an auction at the Cass Country Historical Society. The museum was deaccessioning hundreds of items in order to raise funds to replace the historic St. J...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:05 PM

If you find this inspiring, I've also posted some tips on how to make your very own folk art family tree here http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/2014/10/making-folk-art-family-tree.html

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The Halloween Tradition Of Romantic Tricks & Treats

The Halloween Tradition Of Romantic Tricks & Treats | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Halloween was once steeped in the tradition of belief that the veil between this world and the next was thinnest at this time of year and so was considered a time when fortunes could be best told. ...
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I also wrote an in-depth article on Halloween doll history for the Dolls By Diane newsletter; if you aren't a subscriber, and would like to read it, I can get you a copy :)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 27, 2014 3:50 PM

I also wrote an in-depth article on Halloween doll history for the Dolls By Diane newsletter; if you aren't a subscriber, and would like to read it, I can get you a copy :)

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Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings

Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This past July, a fire broke-out in the historic St. John's Lutheran Church on the grounds of Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota. Bonanzaville, a pioneer village with 12 acres, 43 historic bu...
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Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt

Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

To safely clean old antique glass and vintage bottles (without paper labels) found in the dirt, here's what you do

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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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Washing Those Fine Holiday Dishes

Washing Those Fine Holiday Dishes | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
(It's More That "Just A Tradition!") At holiday time, we all bring out the fancy china and silverware --  the old china and silverware if we are lucky enough to have it. Age, material, and condition issues...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 2, 2014 5:04 PM

Along with the protection of your pieces, there are environmental reasons as well as health and other benefits for you & your family.

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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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Authentic Prairie Style With Vintage Fashions

Authentic Prairie Style With Vintage Fashions | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Few things say "prairie fashion" like the ruffled petticoats made of cotton muslin. They are especially romantic when trimmed with eyelet and lace -- and paired with other Victorian underthings, li...
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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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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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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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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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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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Create A Casual Vintage Holiday Table Centerpiece Using An Old Wooden Drawer

Create A Casual Vintage Holiday Table Centerpiece Using An Old Wooden Drawer | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As I’ve said before, I like useful collectibles — and, because I don’t like anything to go to waste, I like to find new ways to make use of old things. Just because something is “old and just laying around,” doesn’t mean it can’t be salvaged or re-purposed. Like the vintage refrigerator crisper drawers, I knew these old wooden desk drawers I’d found could do something new and fabulous… Worn, paint-chippy wood is so charming!


Immediately, I thought of the holidays and the need for low centerpieces which wouldn’t get in the way of seeing family and friends.

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There's still time to make this for the holiday!

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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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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:50 PM

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

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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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Fashion & Sewing Pattern History, Part Two | Inherited Values

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

Moving into the early 19th century and taking a closer look at how clothing pattern history closely parallels domestic sewing machine history.

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Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax

Ah, The Chick’s An Old Battle Ax | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The “new woman” rode bicycles — and she smoked and likely even chewed tobaccie. So it makes sense that folks would advertise tobacco directly to her. In this antique tobacco...

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, October 3, 2013 9:31 PM

History in advertising

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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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Join the conversation, follow the links, share what you know!

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Antique “Stuffed” Child’s Chair

Antique “Stuffed” Child’s Chair | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

American Chair Co. furniture is so nice, it is mentioned at many fine collectible furniture websites as fine examples of Arts & Crafts furniture, even mentioned with names such as Stickley.

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Paper Dolls Which Jump For Joy

Paper Dolls Which Jump For Joy | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
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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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
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