Author Archives: Toni Rahn

Toni Rahn

About Toni Rahn

Antoinette (Toni) Rahn is the online editor and content manager for Antique Trader. She has a penchant for collecting petroliana, vintage advertising items, Irish collectibles and general Americana. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Tom.

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Today, just as it did when it began in 1957, Antique Trader keeps you abreast of the happenings in the antiques and collectibles community with unparalleled attention to detail. From entertaining and informative cover stories and intriguing and insightful columns, to thorough previews and highlights of auctions and shows, the events of the antiques...

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know: World War I

With July 28, 2014 marking 100 years since the start of the start of World War I, Antique Trader has gathered together an engrossing list of historical, political and collectible details related to the “War to End All Wars.”

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Memories of pedal car adventures mark lifelong friendship

Pedal cars can be a great equalizer of people. Many people of various backgrounds and regions remember riding in one, driving one, wanting one, or having one as a child, and for some that continues into adulthood. As vintage and restored pedal cars garner much appeal at auction today, the memories of those youthful...

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Thimbles

Once favored gifts for all ages, thimbles have found their way out of long-forgotten sewing baskets and into collections of dedicated enthusiasts. Antoinette Rahn compiles a list of 10 fascinating facts about these diminutive needlework tools.

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Civil War

It's been 153 years since the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, in the Charleston Harbor in South Carolina, marking the start of the Civil War. Yet, interest in the historical aspects and artifacts of this war carries on.

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Turning the world onto urban archeology

Stuart Grannen’s love affair with antiques and artifacts began at the age of seven and has evolved into his life’s passion, prompting him to pioneer the “urban archaeology” movement — which is celebrated and displayed daily at Grannen’s business Architectural Artifacts, and will take center stage May 2-4 during the company’s 2nd Annual Auction...

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Ansel Adams

In the latest Ten Things You Didn't Know column we explore the life of the late Ansel Adams, considered by many to be the pioneer of modern nature photography. April 22, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of his death.