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Railroadiana : The Official Price Guide For the Year 2000 and Beyond
by Bill Knous

A comprehensive price and identification guide to railroadiana. For generations, railroads were America?s premier form of transportation. They left behind a tremendous volume of memorabilia that found its way into the marketplace. The book contains thousands of listings in over 30 categories, including railroad china and glassware, silver, lanterns, ephemera, and advertising.

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The Men Who Built America

This documentary series showcases the accomplishments of Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt and others who helped build American industry. Each man’s life and times are revealed through a seamless blend of reenactments and archival material. (2014- Amazon Prime Video)
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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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Asleep in Luxury
Up until the 1850s or so, people bought furniture piece meal, one piece at a time. Because handmade furniture was expensive to make and sell, pieces often performed more than one function. But as mass production took hold, furniture manufacturers discovered ways to cut costs by producing more pieces of one design or style.
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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Collectors have sought after old mechanical banks for over 50 years because of their nostalgic look at America’s past reflected in the interesting themes and animated action of these toy savings banks, making them educational and timelessly wonderful objects.

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Titans of Industry
Before the start of the Industrial Age in America, industry existed on a small scale. There were no factories, no large-scale production, no super wealthy company owners. In the 18th century, wealth came from owning land, the more land, the wealthier the owner. But in the 19th century that all changed.

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It's All About the Pattern
The variety of coverlets that have been produced since then is astonishing. And the patterns produced were like no other types of weaving. Individuals wove one-of-a-kind coverlets as gifts for family members or in preparation for housekeeping or to celebrate an important event. Then along came the Jacquard loom attachment and everything changed.

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Riding the Rails to Collectibility
The railroads were the dominant form of transportation in the United States up through World War II. Most railroads were large companies that required huge amounts of equipment and material to operate. Today, collectors of railroadiana actively seek the objects that made them run.

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Maintaining Iron Antiques
Wood and iron were the two most common materials used to make everyday objects in the 18th and 19th centuries. Blacksmiths turned wrought iron—grainier than cast iron and usually marked by the forge—into tools, weather-vanes, fireplace accessories, trivets, and keys. Ironmakers produced cast iron—harder and more brittle but with a smoother surface—as early as the 14th century, but it wasn't until the mid 19th century that it became the virtually universal replacement for wrought iron. Cast iron, too, was made into the full gamut of objects from furniture to cooking pots to toothpick holders.

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The Museum of Early Home Entertainment
by Bob Brooke

Tucked away in a plain brick building on a side street in a quiet neighborhood of Dover, Delaware, is the Johnson Victrola Museum. It’s unassuming exterior belies the excitement inside, for its two floors are packed with all sorts of entertainment machines, from early Victrolas to more complex and luxurious Electrola Fadiola.
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Iron---The Material for the Industrial Age
by Bob Brooke

Historians tell us that the Industrial Age began with the invention of the steam engine in the 1840s. But really it began a century earlier with the founding of the iron industry in America. Iron became the basic material of industry, eventually helping to build the factories and equipment to make it run.
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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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