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Comic Book Pressing and Cleaning
by Jacob Gadbois

Learn how to press and clean comic books. This how-to guide will show you the secrets of the pros. Gadbois lays out the entire process in a step-by-step easy to read format, materials list, and includes tips, tricks and a troubleshooting chapter with plenty of full color photographs throughout the book.
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This Wurlitzer 165 Band Organ, restored after 30 years of dormancy, played at Lincoln Park, Calif. carousel from 1924 until 1976. Tune is "Everyone I Love Lives Down In Dixie"
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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.

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Music and the Mechanical Age
Until 1800, the only music people heard was made by them, playing musical instruments. Daughters of wealthy families learned to play musical instruments as part of their cultural education. And families gathered in the parlor or music room after dinner to listen to music or sing along. But with the invention of the music box, everyone had the opportunity to have music in their home.
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Marching Thru Georgia
The song “Marching Thru Georgia,” written by Henry Clay Work in 1865 at the end of the Civil War in 1865, refers to U.S. Army major general William Tecumseh Sherman's "March to the Sea" to capture the Confederate city of Savannah, Georgia, in late 1864. It became widely popular among veteran Union soldiers and appeared in thousands of copies of sheet music.
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The Prince of Humbugs
By the time he had reached his 50th birthday, Phineas Taylor Barnum from Bethel, Connecticut, had remade himself from his humble beginnings as an impoverished country boy into a showman.
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And the Band Played On
Brightly painted bejeweled steeds seem to float around, accompanied by a menagerie of camels, lions, and even dragons. Up and down, round and round they go, keeping time with the music of a band organ. From about 1900 to 1930, automatic-playing organs were not only the heart of carousels but the music of the midway at carnivals, circuses, and fairs.
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Marvelous Superheroes
Blockbuster movies featuring a spider man, a raging green hulk, a group of mutant humans, and a man blinded by radioactive waste brought about a resurgence in comic book collecting. And with The Hulk, X-Men, Spiderman, and Wonderwoman bursting onto the big screen, there’s a renewed interest in pulp fiction heroes.
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Insuring Your Collections
It's estimated that only 27 percent of antique and collectible collectors insure their collections. While the Number One reason to insure your antiques and collectibles is theft, there are others, including fire, flood, and natural disasters.
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The Emerging Market for Ancient Antiquities in the U.S.

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Virtuoso Museum
by Bob Brooke

Where can you go to hear the lilting strains of beautiful music from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries? Believe it or not, Franklin, Pennsylvania, home of the DeBence Museum. With 100 antique mechanical musical instruments—most of which still work and are the last of their kind—it’s a truly unique museum.

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Somewhere Over
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by Bob Brooke

On August 12th, 2019 the movie that never seems to grow old celebrated its 80th anniversary. For 80 years, Oz has entranced audiences with its optimistic promise: you may live on a dusty Kansas farm, but with just a dash of magic and a cooperative tornado, you, too, might make it "over the rainbow."
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Insuring Your Collections

It's estimated that only 27 percent of antique and collectible collectors insure their collections. While the Number One reason to insure your antiques and collectibles is theft, there are others, including fire, flood, and natural disasters.
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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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Rare Roman Coin Found by Detectorist in
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A rare Roman solidus coin of the Emperor Constantine I was dug up from a farmer’s field in Somerset and will be offered at Dix Noonan Webb’s ancient coins auction on September 17 in London with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. On the reverse is a rare portrayal of Constantine riding his horse in battle holding a spear and shield with two fallen enemy soldiers below to commemorate a victory over Maxentius at Milvian bridge outside Rome on October 28, 312.   
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