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Is Stamp Collecting Disappearing?

In the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sings about the joys of her favorite things, including ‘brown paper packages tied up with string.’ This song often makes viewers nostalgic for simple pleasures... more

Print Blocks, Add to Your Favorite Collection

I’ve collected print blocks for a long time now. On my desk is a print block advertising a very old oil and gas station company, Pate, with their once famous motto “Hello... more

Solid Perfume Compacts, What’s in a Name?

A few years ago, I found an Estee Lauder solid perfume compact at an antique mall in Illinois. My daughter had worked at a famous department store on her breaks from college... more

Hoping to “Cap” off my Current Militaria Collecting Run: Firing Blanks

I doubt there are many collectors who have NOT experienced the current run that I’ve been on, though I certainly feel alone in this rut. Dating back to last fall, I have been seeing some amazing... more

A Collector’s Look in the Rear View Mirror and the Road Ahead

Reflection is good for the soul, and as the new year is upon us, it’s time to look back and then plan for the future. As a dealer, this last year was... more