Category Archives: Collectibles

There is Nothing Harder at Task for Haida the Mask

Among the Haida people from the Pacific Northwest of North America existed secret religious societies that performed dances in which they wore wooden masks or carried wooden puppets that represented gagid, or the spirits of the forest. A  gagid mask … Continue reading

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Callooh! Callay! for Calouste is Okay

Above: Dragonfly brooch once adorned by Sarah Bernhardt to whom it was lent by friend Calouste Gulbenkian. A corsage ornament which consists of dragonfly with griffon’s paws and green female torso whose face is supposed to be of Sarah herself. … Continue reading

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Whoop Oop De Boop

Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. According to Wikipedia, the caricature of a Jazz Age flapper, Betty Boop was described in a 1934 court case as:”combining in appearance … Continue reading

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There’s a Bear Out There… and What The Steiff Would I Know!

Above: Teddy Bear by Steiff (ca 1912) 48cm. German designer  Richard Steiff  was born on February 7, 1877 in the German city of Giengen. In 1897 at the age of 20, Steiff joined his aunt Margarete’s toy making enterprise. While … Continue reading

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Try Your Luck and Maybe Spend a Buck at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

Fryerstown Antique Fair will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2017. It is held on the surrounding days of the Australia Day holiday on January 25th each year. The popular annual event has grown from strength to strength each year and … Continue reading

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Getting ready for a Christmas Barbie

It appears that this Christmas has seen a revival in ‘Ugly Sweaters‘ or ‘Ugly Jumpers‘ that are knitted and have Christmas overtones. Garish in colour and design, they feature the typical ‘Christmas colours’ of green/red/white and can feature snowflake patterns, … Continue reading

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Good Morning Vietnam!

On 25 April, 2016 Australia and New Zealand celebrated ANZAC Day joint war and conflict commemorations, with a special emphasis on the celebration of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, in … Continue reading

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Imagine Christmas Day afloat – 60 years ago today!

Looking for a classic authentic and vintage Christmas menu from the past? Then you might like to consider this offering which was offered 60 years ago and comes from the Shaw Savill Lines Christmas Day menu. Their ocean liner SS … Continue reading

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An Annalisa enigma

I saw a show on TV a while ago where the presenters focussed on a private collector’s specialty – Decorative label surrounds for tinned tomatoes – especially those from Italy and Spain. Needless to say his collection was vast and … Continue reading

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Bring a plate

A tip for young players – “Bring a plate” is a term which is often used to party invitees. It’s a form of entertaining where costs and provisions are shared by all invited guests. You bring a plate of savoury … Continue reading

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Beware of the nightly Tengu

The Tengu – are Japanese mythological human sized, bird-like creatures who are alleged to be dangerous but not always ill-willed spirits of the wilderness, who fly mostly at night. There are two kinds of Tengu: Karasu-Tengu with a short thick bird’s … Continue reading

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Prior evidence proves that early goldfield memorabilia is important

Ben Prior’s Open Air Museum is located in Bayley Street, Coolgardie, in the heart of the the goldfields district of Western Australia.  Coolgardie was the site of an initial gold rush in the early 1890s, prior to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder gold rush. This collection was … Continue reading

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For Party Animals Only

Here we have an example of cruise ship menu design. At each call to the dining room, whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner, each table had a welcoming menu which provided a variety of meal choices for each passenger. … Continue reading

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Ooh la la! Such a scandale

Here we have, Herve Morvan’s Scandale  (aka “Scandalous ca. 1950 poster) of an embarrassed sandwich man who, by wearing the sandwich board, looks as though he is wearing women’s underwear. Ooh la la! Herve Morvan (1917-1980) was a great French … Continue reading

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Ruffling the fur on Hello Kitty

There has been much ‘to do’ this week which is enough to ruffle your fur. In case you haven’t caught up with the latest, it appears that the  “Hello Kitty” cartoon depiction we are all used to seeing, is not … Continue reading

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