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World's Fair
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This novel tells the story of Edgar Altshuler, a 9-year-old boy from the Bronx, and his adventures at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. On his first visit to the fair, Edgar is enthralled by industry's vision of the futuresafe, secure and prosperous cities, speedy and cheap transportation and modern invention to make life easier. On his second visit, he sees that the exhibits are constructed of gypsum whose paint is peeling and that the displays are really toys.
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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, mechanical ingenuity, or period of origin.

The Antiques Almanac, a five-edition-per-year online magazine for beginning and intermediate antiques 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, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Periods, plus vintage and modern collectibles, interesting historical facts, antique tips, and recommendations for caring for your collections. Come back often to see what's new. And be sure to tell your friends about us.

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The Device That Changed the World
In the summer of 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell introduced the telephone to Americans at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, no one had any idea how it would change their lives. When people think of antiques, they imagine objects that people used in the past and perhaps don’t use any more. But once telephones came on the scene, they evolved from relatively clunky technology to the sleek rectangles that people carry with them everywhere.

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Mementos of the Future
Options are endless when it comes to worlds fair collectibles. Since the 1850s there have been over 100 world’s fairs. While souvenirs of the earliest fairs are difficult to find, there are plenty from the fairs of the 1890s onward. As fairs evolved into the 20th century, they produced thousands of items—many produced as souvenirs and others as part of the fair infrastructure.

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Remnants of World's Fairs Gone By
Of all the world’s fairs, except the first one in 1851, a few remnants remain. Some of these are spectacular, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Space Needle in Seattle, and the Unisphere in New York, the Atomium in Brussels. Other buildings from the fairs of the past have been repurposed. One such building is the Ohio House, now a small cozy café in Fairmont Park in Philadelphia, a forgotten remnant of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition held in 1876.

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The Man with Wheels in His Head
George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., a 33-year-old engineer from Pittsburgh, creator of the Great Wheel at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, later to become known as the Ferris Wheel. His invention was a huge success and rivaled the Eiffel Tower in its technological achievement.

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From World's Fairs to Mail Boxes Around the World
Through the years, colorful pieces of an old, and sometimes garish style of ceramics had appeared on flea market and garage and yard sale tables. In 1989, all that changed, for these pieces of pottery and porcelain began to disappear.

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Today, many more people collect collectibles than antiques, mostly because the former are more affordable and in many cases take up less space. While many love to collect these memorable objects from advertising, events, and promotions, most collectors put far more energy into collecting than into displaying their collections.

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From Dinosaurs to Elephants and Everything in Between
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The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH), also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, Illinois, and is one of the largest such museums in the world. The scientific collections of the Field Museum originated from the specimens and artifacts assembled between 1891 and 1893 for the World Columbian Exposition.
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The Great World's Fairs
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What exactly is a world’s fair? Is it a fair, an exhibition, a gathering place? It’s all those things and more. People have been going to fairs of one kind or another for centuries. Over 100 world's fairs have been held since 1851, each more spectacular than the next.
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Gray’s Auctioneers Offers Up a Century of World’s Fair Memorabilia

America’s world’s fairs will be celebrated at Gray’s Auctioneers on July 31. Over a century has passed since the first exhibitions shared the latest advancements in science, art, travel and technologies of the time. The fairs gave rise to the popularity of many souvenirs, giving the public a chance to keep a memory of the time spent in those grand buildings, exhibition halls and their host cities.

Authorities Recover 19,000 Artifacts in International Antiquities Trafficking Sting

A joint operation undertaken by Interpol, Europol, the World Customs Organization and local police forces has recovered 19,000 artifacts from 103 countries. Objects recovered range from a pre-Hispanic gold mask to a trove of ancient coins and Roman figurines. Authorities arrested 101 people as part of the crackdown.
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Remington’s Bronco Buster Sets Record at $615,000

Frederic Remington’s The Bronco Buster soared to a final selling price of $615,000 and took top lot at a recent Heritage Auctions’ sale. Multiple bidders drove Remington’s The Bronco Buster to a final selling price of $615,000. The rare 1.5-scale work is one of just 19 casts made from a large-scale plaster model of his iconic sculpture. Others can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Learn about Remington’s works by reading “Frederic Remington—Chronicler of the Old West.”   

Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

Salvagers discover 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia. Experts have identified it as  the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure.
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