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I'm a young adult writer and collector from Michigan. My main collecting interests are pre-WW1 labeled bottles, porcelain, postcards, and empherma.


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  1. I did, but it was dim and looked like a block of dirtiness. I didn't think a note wrapped around a cork would have been corked inside of it. LOL. I found a letter to my family in a book that had been...
  2. All I know is from reading, so I myself am not terribly sure on its pronunciation, but I'm guessing: un-junt-air-ee-um.
  3. Two of us working on it at once. LOL.
  4. One patent is either typed wrong or modified or lost, but one was granted (and it was, therefore, patentened) in 1931. so, no earlier than '31, but could be 20 years after that. https://patents.googl...
  5. Nagoya Nippon, Hand-Painted Nippon, Schuman Bavaria (with sugar bowl, too!), and plain Germany.
  6. Yes, the rainbow is iridescence or patination. Real patination is often flaky. Some patination is faked, but it looks oily more than as part of the glass.
  7. Southern Comfort is a whiskey brand, if I recall.
  8. Looks to have been mold-blown, putting it at the late first century A.D. and into the third. This began to become popular around 70 A.D., and light coloured glasses (seeking clear) became popular arou...
  9. It's not oxidation. That would be from the air. I call it mineralisation. Essentially, glass rots in the ground and becomes fossilised. Certain properties are leached out into the surrounding environm...
  10. Just mould info on the back. Little to nothing will ever be known about such info as such records are highly unlikely to still exist. Nice enameled-face piece.
  11. Thank you for commenting, keramikos. Last year I took an extreme interest in Judaism and got involved with the Hebrew Roots movement for Christianity. It's amazing how that has transformed my understa...
  12. You have good taste. I think these ones have some age to them. Most of the "Chinese plates" sold as antiques are actually mid-century to 1980s reproductions. The mark on the back of these, and how the...
  13. It might be a shell or rose petal??
  14. Does the printed info say anything about being made in Germany? These look to have adopted German studio methods.
  15. I wasn't taught and can read them.
  16. The funny touchy-feely business of ushy-gushy young "love".
  17. Un beso? (One kiss)? LOL.
  18. Wrong kind of love, LOL. We have one word for it. The Greeks had four-- one for each type!
  19. I wish we had the rest of the hand-written part to see why they transcribed the original.
  20. Copy-rights and patents were put on things up to a few decades after they were copy-righted or patented.
  21. To me it appears that both hands are unaturally white, and, therefore, gloved.
  22. I've never seen a woman sit naturally like that. Hah hah. What is he holding?
  23. If you have a Hobby Lobby, bring one in and go to their paper section. They sell "clear archival sleeves" for document protection. Keep them out of the light. Or, put them in an album book with cle...
  24. Well that's a curiosity: there's a phone on the wall and a totally separate phone in her hand. She had both a receiver and transmitter (candlestick fashion) in her hands while she sits next to a wall-...
  25. Some of the worst penmanship examples I have are from a Civil War soldier. Penmanship has, in general, decreased; but there has always been awful penmanship, and there will always be good penmanship. ...
  26. http://www.studiolum.com/wang/cards/stamplanguage/001k.jpg
  27. And here I thought that my straw boater-hat sat too high up on my head. Hah hah.
  28. Or she can pull that fire alarm box and have men with hoses come blast him back to the slime pit from which he came! Hah hah.
  29. They're surrounding each other with their arms. It is a delightful thing. Yours = of course, yours. P.S. = Post Script, or coming after the main part of the letter (sort of an after-thought). Don...
  30. A lithographed photograph. They did that a lot. Rather sexual a caption for the era.
  31. I need one!
  32. To spoon is to cuddle. They're getting too close at the table. Therefore, it is a tablespoon of romance: just a little, but just enough.
  33. Thank you, Tall Cakes, for the information. Thank you all for the happy birthday wishes.
  34. Vert Art Deco-y.
  35. Couldn't he have bought it, or found it, at a later date long after it was printed?
  36. I have the same image, only in a larger size. Mine was made c. 1920-1928. https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/230639-c-1920-lithograph-guide-on-preserving-a
  37. I can't quite see the words on the back well, but if it is German, it's probably a later incarnation of clocks like this https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/226319-thrift-store-find-c-1891?in=co...
  38. It appears to be quite large.
  39. First and third are specifically Orthoceras: what you have are the fosilised remains of the bone in their heads.
  40. It goes well with the 1950s milk I found still sealed in the bottle.
  41. If the cards are valuable, then the best thing to do is to have a professional remove them. The problem is, the glues used to attach were usually animal-based, so the card backs will be permanently an...
  42. The end would bite into the books. At the store, we sell a very similar product for grabbing small burning logs from a fire.
  43. Big Chief, which was bottled in Coke-owned facilities from the '20s to, I believe, the '40s. This was an older one.
  44. Thank you, jscott0363. It is in very good condition for its age.
  45. I'm *guessing* that the big lamp is a carriage lamp.
  46. Oh, yes, the little burner fits into the hole inside the lamp. And the cone (round roof) goes on top, but the solder had snapped off.
  47. Take a sip! Just kidding!
  48. It appears that they just forgot to change the 5 to a 6 in the stamp (the partial one also reads April of 1906).
  49. Thank you, Anna.
  50. That's a modern bottle. Last ten years. They still use stoppers on some imports and in many European countries.
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