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Some people believe that the teapots were invented by the Chinese. In fact, according to some, the potters of Ishing, which is north of Shanghai were the first to introduce the first vessels now known as teapots. Others claim that although China did introduce tea to Europe, it was the Europeans that actually invented the teapot. This group of people claims that the Chinese could not have introduced the teapot because the Chinese actually brewed their tea directly in their cup. Whatever their origin, the teapot has been an essential part of many households for many years and now many other people collect them.
Another time, Mikey joined the library and was excited to get his first book. After browsing indecisively for hours, he finally decided on a big book and took it home. Several days later he returns to the library and slams the book angrily on the counter. He turns to the Librarian and says, “this book has too many numbers and characters and it was really boring. Give me something more interesting.” The Librarian looks at the book and calls over her shoulder to her assistant, “hey, Ruth, you can stop the search, we’ve got our phone book back!”
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In Australia this October 2007, an amateur film of Marilyn Monroe fetched a cool $16,000 at Leski’s Auction. The short two and a half minute film showed Monroe while on the set of the movie Some Like it Hot. The film was shot by a friend of the actress and also showed Tony Curtis and Billy Wilder who co-starred in that 1959 picture. Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is a hot commodity and very sought after. This is the second homemade film of the actress that has surfaced this year. The other film showing Monroe engaged in a sex act with an unknown man sold at auction for more than $1.5 million.
During the Victorian period, when having “high tea” when visitors called or on that special Sunday afternoon, people would only use their highly prized and most richly decorated teapots. The design and decoration of these teapots which were usually hand painted were quite lavish. Later during the Art Deco period of the 20’s and 30’s, teapots took on different shapes and looks, some with severe lines and were made of different metals, unlike their earlier cousins that were mainly made of the best porcelains.
With gas prices jumping through the roof and drivers in some areas driving around for hours trying to find a gas station that even has gas, it’s difficult to imagine that anyone would be nostalgic about the good ole gas station.
Petroliana are those collectible items associated with gas stations including advertisements, maps, old gas pumps and globes as well
as oil cans and bottles. In recent years, Petroliana has been one of the fastest growing segments of collecting in the United States,
as baby boomers nostalgically remember those times that were far less complicated and a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar. Now,
there are tens of thousands of collectors and they are not just the boomers but their X and echo boomer generation offspring as well.
The nice thing about Petroliana, like a lot of other segments of collectibles, is that it goes across other segments of collecting. For example, a person collecting ephemera may collect Petroliana in the form of old street and city maps or a person who collects advertising memorabilia might collect Petroliana in the forms of old Esso or Texaco signs.
Because there were so many different gas
stations around the country, there is an abundance of collectibles to be had for the avid collector. You can find many collectibles
at auctions, flea markets and antique shows as well as at estate sales and garage sales. If you are decorating in Petroliana and you
can’t find an original of something you want, there are many reproduction pieces out there as well.
There are many websites dedicated to Petroliana and can help you to determine pricing and identify collectibles. One that I particularly like because it helps with picture identification is Gas Pump Index.
Due to the changes in design, material and the overall aesthetic look of teapots over the centuries, teapot collectors today have a huge array of options for their collections. However, some of the most collectible teapots in this country come from the Hall China Company. Hall was established in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1903 and is still producing teapots to this day. One of their most popular lines is called the Gold Label line which was introduced in the 1950’s and was produced for about ten years. As their name implies, these teapots are popular with collectors because they are richly decorated with gold body trims and decorations.
This Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Loy Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas, the 25th Annual Manassas Fall Jubilee will take place. As part of the festivities, which include arts, crafts, live entertainment and much food, it will also include about 30 antiques and collectibles dealers selling their wares. The antique market will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM. Proceeds of the market will benefit The Woman's Club of Manassas Scholarship Fund.
As I recently read the articles that appeared in every newspaper and magazine about O.J. Simpson and his latest caper of stealing his own memorabilia, I said to myself, “geez . . . he would be the only one who would want it.” Who in their right mind would collect anything O.J. or for that matter anything to do with Michael Vick and “has beens” like them? The only other person who would want to grab that junk is Fred Goldman because of his dispute against Simpson. Serious collectors and those collecting as an investment I would think would rather stay away from that stuff.
Collecting memorabilia is big business in the United States. Many collectors are fans, however a great many are investors who buy a Babe Ruth uniform in the hopes of cashing in big time at a later date. Obviously Simpson and Vick cannot be compared to the great Babe Ruth, but as far as memorabilia, whose will be worth more in the future? I dare say that there will be some guy out there, with a morbid personality and more money than he knows what to do with, that will buy O.J’s Heisman Trophy for a record price. How many others will be bidding against him? Recently the Human Society sold the notes that Vick used in his apology speech for over $10,000.