Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
Campbell Kids were first used as part of an advertisement for the Campbell Soup Company in 1904. The kids were created by Grace Drayton, a popular illustrator of the day. Campbell Kids were originally drawn as average boys and girls, but they later were dressed for special activities like sailing or football or working as police officers. The kids were used in magazine and newspaper ads until about 1951. They appeared again in ads in 1966; and in 1983 they were redesigned with a slimmer, more contemporary look. [Read more…]
Buck Rogers was created by Philip Nowlan for Amazing Stories in 1928. As with most of the characters created in the Depression Era, a time in which World War II was looming on the horizon, Buck Rogers was a fighter for freedom and justice. Set in the 25th Century allowed the use of imagination in the plots of the stories. Buck was involved in space travel, futuristic cities, ray guns and after World War II atomic weapons.
The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic humans, and spans all cultures. It represents a continuous, though periodically disrupted tradition from Antiquity. Across cultures, and spanning continents and millennia, the history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity, that continues into the 21st century. Until the early 20th century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favor. [Read more…]
This is a continuation of the Antique Toy Price Guide [A-B], Antique Toy Price Guide [B-L] and Antique Toy Price Guide [L-T]. A toy is any object that can be used for play. Toys are usually associated with children and pets. Playing with toys is training the young for their social role. [Read more…]
The Quezal Art Glass Company was founded in the early 1900s and produced many beautiful art glass creations. Quezal’s art glass works included bowls, vases, candleholders, compotes and lighting fixtures. Quezal’s glass creations have earned much acclaim for their luminous, shimmering interiors and brilliant metallic exteriors. Many of their pieces also featured beautiful iridescent finishes and designs which were inspired by nature. [Read more…]
Antique Arita Glassware Price Chart
The setting is 16th century Japan, the year 1596 and the founding father of the celebrated dynastic family of Japanese potters, Sakaida Kizaemon, (1596-1666), is born. Working in the ceramic heartland of Japanese ceramics, Arita Province, it was Kizaemon, who, achieving a range of firsts, opened a new window to the world of ceramic art. [Read more…]
You will also be amazed by just looking on the rare and ancient boxes made from a hundred year old wood. It could be made of amboina, satin wood, coromandel, or burled yews that were mostly used hundred years ago to make boxes and other furniture. [Read more…]
A doll is a model of a human being. Dolls have been around since the dawn of human civilization, and have been fashioned from a vast array of materials, ranging from stone, clay, wood, bone, cloth and paper, to porcelain, china, rubber and plastic. While dolls have traditionally been toys for children, traditionally seen as a girls toy, they are also collected by adults, for their nostalgic value, beauty, historical importance or financial value.
Archaeological evidence places dolls as foremost candidate for oldest known toy, having been found in Egyptian tombs which date to as early as 2000 BCE. In Egypt, as well as Greece and Rome, it was common to find them in the graves of children. Most were made of wood, although pottery dolls were buried with children from wealthier families. Dolls with movable limbs and removable clothing date back to 200 BCE.