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AN-TIQUE (an-teek) An object having special value because of its age, especially a domestic item, piece of furniture or decorative arts object esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin.

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The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year ezine for beginning and intermediate collectors and those just interested in finding out about old things, is your first stop on the Web in your search for information about antiques and collectibles. Here, you’ll find articles on a variety of American and international antiques, including furniture, china, glass, silver, and other decorative arts from the Colonial, Empire, Victorian, and Art Nouveau Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, plus interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new.


The Ultimate All-in-One
According to an advertising pamphlet put out by the Hoosier Manufacturing Co., housewives could save a lot of time if they did all of their kitchen work around the Hoosier cabinet. After several studies, domestic science experts discovered that the time spent in making a cake at a Hoosier was 40 percent less than it took to make one without a Hoosier.
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Watt's All the Fuss?
Early in the 1950s, my grandmother went to the grocery store and brought home what she thought was a nifty premium—a coffee mug with an apple painted on it. The items, made by the Watt Pottery of Crooksville, Ohio, that she bought inexpensively at the grocery store back then are today worth a small fortune.
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Going for the Gold
While millions of people from all over the world watch the Parade of Nations into the Olympic Stadium, just as many collectors eagerly await the flood of Olympic collectibles that will be made available once the games have begun.
A Look Back at Mother's Day
Leave it to Hallmark to sum up the feelings of so many on Mother’s Day. But the celebration actually began back in ancient Greece when the Greeks held spring activities in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. The Romans held a similar celebration, the festival of Hilaria, in honor of the mother goddess Cybele, some 250 years before Christ. The celebration, held on the Ides of March (March 15) by making offerings in the temple of Cybele, lasted for three days and included processions, games and masquerades. They became notorious enough that the Roman Emperor banned the followers of Cybele from Rome.
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Gone But Not Forgotten
The specter of death was a persistent presence that permeated the lives of Victorians. Not only did people follow strict mourning rituals, but they also wore jewelry to remind them of a loved one. For much of this mourning jewelry, human hair was the primary ingredient.
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What is the State of the Victorian Furniture Market? NEW!
Bob takes a look at today's market for Victorian furniture. Is it the time to buy or not?

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A Sparkling Touch of History
by Bob Brooke

Tucked away in a modest, three-story Victorian house at 511 Tomlinson Avenue in downtown Moundsville, Ohio, adjacent to the Marshall County Courthouse, are some fine examples of nearly a century of glassmaking by the Fostoria Glass Company. This is the Fostoria Glass Museum, home to the Fostoria Glass Society.                            Read more.

Less Work for Mother
by Bob Brooke

Long before such fast-food giants as McDonald’s and Burger King, there was Horn & Hardart. People looked upon the company’s coin-operated Automats as a sign of progress. Wonders of speed and efficiency, the restaurant chain quickly grew into the world’s largest, serving 800,000 people a day.
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Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.
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Rare Ty Cob Baseball Card Found in Paper Bag

A South Carolina family found  seven rare Ty Cob baseball cards in a paper bag at the run-down home of a deceased relative.

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