How many of your happiest childhood memories involve guilt-free indulgence in candy? Chocolate bars, homemade fudge, cotton candy at the county fair, jellybeans and all-day suckers are the comfort food of the young, and it’s easy to be nostalgic about enjoying sweet treats without any concern for the consequences.
History was never one of my favorite subjects in school, but as a “more mature” adult that has changed tremendously. Working for the largest indoor antique market in the world has opened the door to new adventures and given me a whole new perspective on history as well as life.
Author Harold Zosel, a 48-year resident of St. Cloud and an active member of the Stearns History Museum, shares his personal historic photograph and postcard collection in “St. Cloud,” a recent addition to the Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing, a leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.
Imagine walking across a field with a metal detector and finding $5 million worth of Roman coins. Dave Crisp of Wiltshire, England, did just that, amazing himself and the world with his find. Maybe there’s a little treasure hunter in all of us, especially those who pursue antiques and collectibles.
Native American art was introduced to mainstream collectors through Indian trading posts, such as Indian Plaza in Gallup, N.M., which opened to take advantage of tourist traffic on Highway 66.
Do you remember when oil was called “black gold” or “Texas tea” in the “Beverly Hillbillies’” theme song? Striking oil was the ultimate source of wealth, more desirable than gold or diamonds. It flowed out of the ground, and no one gave much thought to running out of it.
The latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series is Seattle, by Mark Sundquist. Filled from cover to cover with images of historic postcards selected from the author’s collection and the Pacific Northwest Postcard Club (pnpcc.com) collection, Seattle offers distinct views into the “queen city” from well over a...
A friend recently saw several baskets made of postcards at an auction and wondered if postcard collectors were interested in this type of novelty. The answer brings up a major divide between artists who think their art takes precedence and collectors who cherish the ephemera of the past.
My brother found a mammoth tooth in a gravel pit when he was a college student working summers on road construction. It was chalky white and beautiful, and I coveted it mightily. I still haven’t forgiven his ex-wife for giving it to a neighbor.
The terrible earthquake in Haiti has horrified the world, and calls for relief funds have been answered worldwide, proving that people are inherently generous and caring when given the opportunity.