Button collecting one of hobby’s oldest pursuits

Interest in buttons, as historic artifacts and pieces of artwork, gained nationwide attention in the 1930s. Collecting buttons soon became the number one hobby among women and No. 3 overall (after coins and stamps). Although times were hard and money scarce, many people still seemed to have boxes of buttons in attics.

Seal presses get collector stamp of approval

You’ve probably seen those old cast iron seal presses sitting on a lawyer’s desk or in a courthouse office. You may have noticed you see them less frequently than you did 20 or 30 years ago. Inked stamps have replaced embossed seals for 99 percent of their former uses and cast iron seal presses...