So this is a fun blog about collecting and or starting collections that don’t break the bank. When you are just starting out a collection or want to add to an existing with inexpensive add -ons , these are what are going to be “Hot” in 2017 !
Mass-produced by a handful of outfits during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, these diminutive statuettes served as popular gifts from piano teacher to student. Herco Industries, the accessories division of Hershman Brothers Musical Instrument Company, cast the for inch-tall chalkware maestros.
The combo bottle-and-can opener debuted shortly after Prohibition—when brewers first started marketing canned beer—and remained prevalent until the pull tab’s release in 1962. Often given away with the purchase of a six-pack, the simple tools are in plentiful supply today.
In 1935, Manhattan was all atwitter about the New York Poultry Show, where a chicken took home the pink ribbon above. The 1925 blue ribbon was bestowed upon a home cook in Lititz, Pennsylvania; the apricot-colored sash identified a 1957 officer of New York’s Mid-Hudson Kennel Club. Compete for similar pre-1960s awards—made of silk, not synthetics—on eBay, where they’re auctioned off in small lots, or at flea markets, where they typically go for a few bucks each.
To create this two-headed horse, the developer flipped the negative and exposed the print a second time; but there’s no telling if that move was intentional or merely a darkroom mistake. We unearthed these circa-1915 prints in a box of discarded proofs, priced at under a buck each—evidence that it’s worth digging for special effects or gaffes (double exposures, light leaks, awkward cropping) that add extra interest to otherwise ordinary works.
Beginning in the early 20th century, tailors, haberdasheries, dry cleaners, and even banks imprinted their logos, slogans, and other information on these wooden freebies—a publicity tactic that endured through the 1970s. The examples here, all under $5 a pop, hail from between the 1930s and the 1960s.
All of the above can enhance the look of your home and collections and will not break the bank to do it. And these are items kids can help look for and you can make a game out of the hunt for any of the object’s de Art !