April 11th, 2017
Tip Tray origin
You may think the act of tipping was born in America, but we actually borrowed it from Europe in the late 1800’s. It is suggested that wealthy Americans that traveled abroad to Europe brought the custom back with them as a way to “show off” and prove their elevated education and class.
T.I.P is short for “to insure promptitude” and was started in 17th century when bar patrons would slip money to the waiter. After it was introduced in America, many American’s disapproved of it’s use, as many believed it went against the countries ideals, as the servant class would be financially dependent on the upper class.
Since most business owners were the ones who traveled to Europe and brought this custom to America, they used it to their advantage and put their advertising on tip trays. Many did not survive due to scratches and attrition. These were meant to be used, not put on a shelf! It put the advertisers name right in front of their customer at the end of the meal, so it had the customer’s attention! Whether it was a cigar ad, a newspaper, after dinner tea, or if the meal was not very good, a laxative.
Tip trays have an extensive following, and of course collectors are looking for the mint or near mint examples. Some trays can be found for under $100, but the rarer ones can fetch over $1000. Their small size appeal to many collectors, as most people don’t have much room to display their collections, but with the size of tip trays, many can be displayed at once.
These examples and more can be found on our website, www.icollect247.com. Our dealers sell only vintage items, no reproductions, so you can be assured of getting the real deal!
April 11th, 2017
The collecting market is ever changing. For example several years ago, the market was up for oak furniture, china and depression glass, now prices are at an all-time low. What I think is funny, is that people are not buying china and glassware unless they go The Cracker Barrel. They are paying more for new china than buying old. I love the old Johnston Brothers turkey plates as the colors are warm and are “real” china.
Anyway, another change in the market are influenced by television. Shows such as “The Pickers”, “Pawn Stars and “Storage Wars” will cause prices to go up or down ,depending on what they find and what they are willing to pay.
Coca Cola Calendar Sold at Schmidt Museum for $1,000.
In advertising prices could be influenced by collections being sold, such as the Coca Cola Schmidt Collection. People often go to auctions such as that and want a piece of history with no knowledge of value. Also, there can be a find of a quantity of rare sign that floods the market for a time and drop the prices. But, overall prices are dictated by condition and rarity.
With all of that in mind, knowledge is always important. Checking out sites such as www.icollect247.com to find out what is available and price range is important. While places like ebay can also be used as a basis, you will have to go through a lot of pieces to find an original piece, while icollect247 has over 20,000 all vintage original pieces with no reproductions.
In any case, buy what you enjoy feel comfortable paying. It is like investing in the stock market, however, difference is you get to look at your investment and enjoy it…win or lose. Start collecting today!
April 3rd, 2017
Tobacco Tin History
Tobacco tins got their start in 1875 when a patent for offset lithography was issued. Before then transferring ink from hard stone to hard tin was unsuccessful. This new technique allowed the ink on the litho stone to be passed to a cardboard cylinder and then offset to the tin. The ability to print on tin was important to the tobacco companies since tin containers allowed their products to be sealed from the air, which dried out the tobacco, and protected the tobacco from damage. A tin in the pocket was a smarter way to store rolled cigarettes than a soft paper wrapper or box.
Because the shapes of tobacco tins were relatively standard, the lithographed artwork on the outsides of the tins was just about the only way to differentiate products on a tobacconist’s shelves. Imagery ranged from birds to butterflies to flowers, with some brands targeted to wealthy men, and brands targeted to young women.
Tobacco tins were manufactured in only a small number of shapes and styles. Cylinders and boxes were used for tobacco sold in bulk, while smaller flat or concave tins were designed to be carried in a pocket. A third form was the lunchbox tin, so named for its wire handle and frequent reuse by smokers and their children alike to carry their lunch to work or school. Some examples are below.
These and more can be found on our site www.icollect247.com. We have over 50 dealers selling only vintage merchandise!
October 3rd, 2016
In 1950’s, who knew, that Trick or Treat would become a large holiday and that candy sales would become a $2 billion business. Who could have imaged that haunted houses would become a half billion dollars a year business. And who could image their parents would ever dress up for Halloween and then go to Halloween parties. Well it is not me, as I just could not see my parents going to spend money on costumes for themselves, let along me.
My memories of Halloween are still alive each time I look through the old box of memories and find the Pilgrim outfit my mother loving made. Mom worked many hours sewing and starching the grey dress, white collar, apron and hat. Then dad would step in and take me to the local Lions Club for their annual Halloween Party. All of the kids would walk in a circle in front of judges hoping to get the prize of a silver dollar as the “Best Costume”. During the late 1950’s boxed Halloween costumes were becoming popular and you could even get a mask with them.
Anyway, I did win first price but I don’t know what I did with the silver dollar, but I still have the costume and memories. Or course, I carried on the tradition in the 1970’s with my son and made him a tiger outfit and he also won.
Now, those memories are kept alive in collecting. For many years I have collected Halloween pieces from the 1950’s and 1960’s. These great hard plastic pieces were often lollipop holders on wheels. It was fun pulling out my Halloween Postcards and plastic toys, then arranging them on a table. In fact I even let my granddaughter play with them in the floor. That is w
hat memories is made of.
You will find some of those great Halloween pieces available for sale on line at www.icollect247.com.
March 16th, 2016
Die Cut Trade Card
What are small, inexpensive, easy to store and loaded with variety – Advertising Trade Cards!
Once used as a business card as early as the 1700’s, they were handed out by merchants and manufacturers to get out the word about their product or merchandise. With the introduction of lithography in the late 1800’s, they were mass produced and the merchant could order by picking a general illustration, or a specific illustration showing their product, and then having their business information printed on the back of the card.
You will find collectors buy by the subject matter or by the business name and location. The most popular subjects are sewing, farm machinery and now the baseball world has discovered these cards can show very early players or teams.
Clark’s O.N.T. Trade Card Giveaway
Prices can go from $1.00 and on up to the thousands for the very early cards showing rare subjects such as clipper ships. This can be a very inexpensive hobby to start out with – this could even be a great introduction to children to get into the collecting world, with a look into what life was like in our past.
Thread Ad with Forbes & Fay
When buying a trade cards, always look at the back of the card. Many of them were glued into scrap books and there could be glue residue or even torn away wording. As always condition is important and will determine value.
Blog written by icollect247.com seller: Kathryn Wilson
February 29th, 2016
Finding old paint cans be fun and can be found at any estate auction, yard sale and antique shops. To most people they are just old paint cans, as who would want them? Small sample cans are normally found at estate sales in the box lots. These were small cans that were given away to the customers. Normally they ended up in the back of a cabinet, as they were too small to paint anything and you know that people did not throw anything away. Sample cans will be marked “sample” on the label, which just pint size would be purchased.
Look for cans that have not been opened and no paint running down the sides. Look for paper labels with great detail and companies you have not heard of. Prices can range for $1.00 to $15.00. We saw a small pint size in an antique shop over the weekend, and while I did not have it, I would not pay $40 for it.
The larger gallon sized cans are harder to find, as the paint was used and then the cans thrown away. They had everything from roof paint to canvas paint and the graphics were just as good. There were even display cans that were made empty, those are great finds. Every company made paint and they can be displayed beside lots of collections. For example there was John Deere paint, which can be put beside a tractor. The Baer paint company featured a logo of a bear that was almost man like, so this would be a perfect seat for a “bear” if you collect them. These are neat go with for any collection, so start the search.