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The Fine Art of Collecting and Displaying Petroliana
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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.

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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Volume 11 No. 3


Fill "Er Up
The passion petroliana collectors have for vintage gas pumps and the globes that adorned them certainly proves one man's trash is another man's treasure, since the quest for such relics often leads them to city dumps and farm pastures. When found, most of the castoffs are rusty shadows of their former selves, yet there are many willing to spend a small fortune to resurrect what they consider coveted items.

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Signs Along the Way
Today, Americans are aware of litter along their highways and byways—and that includes a multitude of signs along the way. In recent years, Americans have made an effort to rid their highways of unsightly distractions. But in the earlier days of automobiles from the beginning to mid-20th century, signs of every sort advertising every imaginable product, convenience, and service that an interstate traveler could desire bombarded drivers as they rode along.
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Get Your Kicks on Route 66
Ever since the invention of the first automobile, America’s culture, economy, and even its architecture has been defined by the road.  One of these iconic highways, dubbed the “Mother Road,” was U.S. Route 66.
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Romancing the Road
Today, many cars come equipped with GPS. And if the car doesn’t have it, smartphones do. As a result, a growing number of younger people cannot read road maps. So when their car or phone’s GPS doesn’t work, they’re lost.
Ever since the invention of the automobile, road maps have helped people reach their destinations—no voice required.

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Everything But Cars
Most car memorabilia items collected are vintage retro objects—everything from oil cans to tire pumps and everything in between. Some of the favorite items of the guys on the T.V. cable show, “American Pickers,” on the History Channel, are the road signs, gasoline station equipment, other things associated with cars and driving. Collecting them has become a passion for those who do so with a nod to nostalgia or a look back at the wilder days of their youth.
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The Ultimate Road Trip
Hop into your car and prepare for the ultimate road trip—a virtual one at that. Walking through the doors of the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is for antique and vintage car lovers a step over the threshold into paradise.

This museum has everything included in this edition of The Antiques Almanac.

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The Home of the Woody
by Bob Brooke

When someone says “Woody” today, many middle-age and younger people probably don’t think of a car. In fact, the iconic Woody was a form of station wagon with real wood paneling on its sides, and in early versions, its frame. The woody was to the post- World-War-II generation what the SUV is to today’s suburban families.
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For the Thrill of It All
by Bob Brooke

Though the birth of the automobile didn’t coincide with the birth of the road trip, the development of automobile technology and the post-World-War-II boom of the late 1940s, encouraged Americans to get out and see the countryside. But road trips are nothing if they don’t have some sort of destination, and amusement parks provided all the fun a destination could have in one place.
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How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

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.                 Read an Excerpt


Shipwreck With $17 Billion of Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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British Descendant Donates Silver Teapot to Colonial Williamsburg Museum

A neoclassical teapot, made in London in 1771 by the Swedish-born silversmith Andrew Fogelberg, carries the family crest of the Scottish nobleman John Murray, Lord Dunmore.       Learn more

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