History of Cookie Jars

Cookie jars are utilitarian or decorative ceramic or glass jars often found in American and Canadiankitchens. In the United Kingdom, they are known as biscuit barrels[1] or biscuit jars.[2] If they are cans made out of tinplate, they are called biscuit tins.[3] While used to store actual cookies or biscuits, they are sometimes employed to store other edible items like candy or dog treats, or non-edible items like currency (in the manner of a piggy…

Chinese-Origin Art and Antiques Will Be Subject to Tariff

U.S. museums, dealers, auction houses and collectors will be affected. On Aug. 13, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released two lists of Chinese goods that will be subject to the 10% tariff on Chinese imports, which President Trump announced on Aug. 1, 2019. The first list of goods will be subject to the tariff effective Sept. 1,…

History of the Barber

Have you ever wondered where the word barber originated? The term comes from the word barba, which means beard. In ancient Egyptian and Asian civilizations, it was believed that both good and evil spirits entered people through the hairs on their heads and their faces. Thus, barbers were highly revered and respected. The belief at…

The History of Baseball Card Trading

Baseball cards have been around since before the 1900s. This was when both photography and baseball were gaining popularity. Baseball clubs started to pose for individual and group photos. Some of the photographs were printed and pasted on the cardboard backing. They were made to serve as mementoes and not for commercial purposes. Early commercial sports…

The History of Comics

…and what’s to come in 2019!  Let’s start at the beginning: 1895 The New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer, begins publishing a series of comics by Richard Outcault taking place in Hogan’s Alley, and featuring a boy in a yellow nightshirt who becomes known as “The Yellow Kid.” The Yellow Kid becomes very popular in New York City, and, in 1897, William Hearst’sNew York Journal hires Outcault…

The History of Roller Skating

Early 1700s – Skeelers In Holland, an unknown Dutchman decided to go ice skating in the summer, ice skating was the widespread method used in the Netherlands to travel the numerous frozen canals in winter. The unknown inventor accomplished dry land skating by nailing wooden spools to strips of wood and attaching them to his…

The History of Diecast Models

People choose to collect many different things — stamps, coins, movies, and so on — but few hobby niches have quite the following like diecast model cars. For true passionates, there are few things better than adding a new vehicle to their collection, particularly if it is of a rare model series. But how did these…

The History of Vinyl Records

Today’s vinyl records aren’t that much different from those that were introduced in the 1940s. The styles of music and the artists have changed, and a few refinements have improved their sound quality, most notably the introduction of stereo sound in the late 1950s, but the basic record has not. Before Vinyl, There Was Shellac:…