Let Them Eat JFK's Birthday Cake
One of the best known traditions surrounding wedding cakes is for the bride and groom to save the top layer and eat it on their one-year anniversary.
Recently this old piece of cake, up for auction at Heritage, caught our eye. It's way older than one year (try 48) and though it was not a wedding cake, the circumstances of its presentation to one particular birthday boy have long dripped wit…
Signs, Tins, and Other Advertising Antiques
How did I get started collecting advertising antiques? My dad was a lecturer and tutor in graphics and art from the 1960s onwards, and was into vintage automobiles and advertising, like vintage signs, pumps, and globes. So I spent the large portion of my childhood going to auto swap meets and antiques fairs, I think it all started from there.
The first thing I collected was old bottles. In one …
The Disappearing Art of Porcelain Signs
I liked to collect things even as a child. Things that didn’t cost anything, like different colors of stones.
There was something about the advertising that I liked, so in the mid-1970s, I started to pick up porcelain signs. I got heavier and heavier into that, and by the 1980s, I had a fairly substantial collection.
As a result of collecting telephone signs, I would run into other advertisin…