Notes, Thoughts, and Ideas.

  • The Appeal of Coin Trees

    One of the most fascinating folklore traditions may also one of the newest: the coin tree. Contrary to popular assumptions, coin trees seem to be a relatively new tradition,…

  • Space-Flown Coins

    Sometimes a coin is more valuable because of where it’s been than what’s in it or how old it is. A small niche area of coin collecting is dedicated to space-flown coins…

  • Coin and Currency Sites to Visit on Your Vacation

    It’s summer, and many people are heading out on vacation. But there’s no reason not to celebrate your hobby on the road! Here’s a list of coin- and currency-related…

  • How to Prevent Coin Loss

    Fred Howard, a Virginia collector, left part of his valuable Byzantine coin collection on the viewing table in his bank’s safety deposit area. Fortunately for him, a bank…

  • WWII Impact on Fashion

    From Victory Gardens to gasoline rationing, a lot of sacrifices were made on America’s “home front” during World War II. It may surprise you to know that…

  • Megalodon Teeth

    Megalodons once ruled the oceans!  In fact, they are thought to be the largest and most domineering predators in vertebrae history.  Their given name “Megalodon”…

  • Origins of the U.S. Postal Service

    Thinking about taking a trip down to the Post Office conjures up images of long lines and regulated service in an age of instantaneous communication through text messaging and the…

  • Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

    The English language can be confusing.  Certainly, many of our idioms have fallen behind the times.  Hold the phones – What phones?  Don’t have a cow! –…

  • The World’s Fair | A History

    The World’s Fair is a large public exhibition embedded in rich cultural tradition.  Originating in Paris with the industrial revolution, these grand expositions soon spread…

  • Fill Your Flask

    An item in most liquor cabinets, the flask is one collectible which is appreciated by many people beyond those who collect them.  With strong American imagery and a history of…

  • Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery | Forged Art

    To even the most trained eye, it is not a simple task to identify authentic art from its counterfeit counterparts.  Since before the Classical period, Copy art is world-wide a…

  • The Power Suit

    The modern American woman is at a pinnacle of equality and freedom of expression more so than ever before.  Claiming ownership of intellectual and physical expression, women…

  • Native American Arrowheads

    Given the wide variety of Native American tribes, practices and rituals, this article alone gives not nearly enough information to include all the intricately varying artifacts…

  • April Fools!

    April 1st is right around the corner and that means practical jokes and plenty of laughs.  While you’re busy concocting hoaxes unforeseen by family and friends, you may…

  • The Luck of the Irish

    From the Irish potato famine to years of invasion, colonization, exploitation and violent religious conflict, it would seem that the Irish have anything but good luck.  Where…

  • The Awe of Old-Time Traveling Medicine Shows

    Some old-fashioned remedies really work – but many old timey medicines are horrifying to modern sensibilities. In particular, medicine shows rolling through town in the 18th and…

  • Gems of the Ocean: Collecting Glass Fishing Floats

    Lovers of the sea or fishing will enjoy these items. The stunning glass balls come in shades of sea green and blue and make excellent collectors’ items, whether…

  • Girls playing basketball in a tropical setting in 1909 vintage black & white postcard.

    Bet You Didn’t Know The Origin of Basketball

    On one fateful day in 1891, Dr. James Naismith needed a way to keep his students busy indoors during the cold winters. He came up with the rules for an indoor game played with a…

  • Old Fashioned Remedies: Do-It-Yourself Lavender Oil

    Is there any herb more well-loved than lavender? Its healing and calming properties make lavender the perfect herb to keep in your cupboard. For thousands of years, people have…

  • The Symbolism and Myth Behind the Koi Fish

    The koi fish is renowned for its good luck and beauty. But what is less commonly known about this graceful fish? We’ve covered symbolism before – flowers and jewelry,…

  • Antiques in a store window. (Via G0SUB on Flickr, CC License 2.0)

    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Evaluating Antiques

    It takes years to become an adept antiques evaluator, especially with the ability to evaluate more than one kind of antique. If you have an item sitting around that you want to…

  • "Sincerely thine" Victorian calling card.

    Why Victorian Calling Cards Are Like Facebook

    Ah, the Victorians; so obsessed with politeness that almost every action had its own symbolic meaning. To achieve this almost unworldly level and layer of meaning, Victorians…

  • You’ll Never Look at Books the Same Way Again

    There’s an art to books that even most book-lovers don’t know about. Do you know those gold gilded edges found on many old books? In some cases these exist to hide…

  • There’s More to Thimbles Than You Think

    The history of thimbles goes way back – farther than you might expect. It is theorized that ten thousand years ago, people used press stones for sewing. The practice marked the…

  • The History of Royal Doulton Figurines

    Royal Doulton figurines are hand painted figures from a company with a long history. These figurines are just a portion of the Doulton pottery legacy, but they have made a…

  • Sustainable Living: Kitchen Tips from the Great Depression

    It just so happens that sustainable living practices coincide with times of recession. It makes sense, when you think about it. During economic recession, saving money means using…

  • “The Devil’s Hair” Canadian Banknote Controversy

    Official currency printed by the government can be prone to mistakes – or, in the case of the 1954 ‘Devil’s Hair’ Canadian bank note, prone to accidental…

  • Traveling with Art: Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

    We take a trip once again to Paris, where history and modernity intermingle in a perfect balance of past and present. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France is a piece of rich…

  • What You Should Know About Women on Currency

    How many women have appeared on American banknotes? While Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, and Sacajawea all have had their moments on coinage, paper money is unsurprisingly full…

    California Gold

      The story of the California Gold Rush is one of the best known in American history. It’s quintessential to the ideals of taking advantage of…