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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 Origins of Blue and White Ware
In the mid-18th century, wealthier British and colonial housewives began using blue and white porcelain ware. Over time, it has become one of the leading favorites of china collectors.

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Blue and White for Everyday
By the last quarter of the 18th century, the market for blue and white ware had grown. While it had been only seen on the dining tables of the wealthier class, it began to appear in the homes of merchants and bankers. Now potters could make more pieces for less using the then innovative transfer process.
Sharing Thanks
Thanksgiving Day greetings were usually sent to friends and relatives as an invitation or as a “keep in touch” greeting, but it was the early postcards that carried the message to millions of homes each year for the cost of one cent. But people sent Thanksgiving Day greetings long before the postcard came on the scene. The oldest Thanksgiving Day greeting dates back to 1881.

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Norman Rockwell's Vision of America
Does your doctor's office have a picture of a young boy, standing on a chair reading a certificate while the doctor prepares a needle? That’s a print of a painting by Norman Rockwell. Even if you've never heard of him , there's a really good chance you've seen one of paintings on the cover of an old Saturday Evening Post.

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An Antique That Lasts a Lifetime
While other antiques may last as long or longer as a cast-iron skillet, few can be used regularly and still retain their value. Cast-iron skillets have been around since 1642. The first one made, a small, three-legged covered pot that held one quart came from a foundry in Saugus,

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The Nation's Oldest Museum
by Bob Brooke

The hazardous voyage, the 1620 landing, the fearful first winter, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth—all come alive at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrim’s dramatic saga of courage and perseverance has inspired Americans through monumental historical paintings and objects belonging to the Pilgrims, themselves.
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A Look Back at the First Thanksgiving
by Bob Brooke

Step back in time to the Fall of 1621. You’re standing in a small settlement about an hour south of Boston near what’s today Plymouth, Massachusetts. It doesn’t seem like any special day. Many of the villagers are going about their daily chores while others prepare their homes for the coming winter. The smell of wood fires fills the air and with it the tantalizing smells of roasting meat. Though you don’t know it, the villagers, whom we’ve come to know as Pilgrims, are preparing for a harvest feast to celebrate their bountiful crops.
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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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