Cowboys Vs. Spacemen: How The Toy Chest Was Won
When it comes time to pick sides and draw your weapon, is it a six shooter or ray gun? Sci-fi and Wild West toys have fought for the attention of kids, and their moneyed parental units, for generations. We got the scoop on the fight between outer-space and the American frontier. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/ray-guns-and-six-shooters/
Don’t Give Them Plastic: 40 Vintage Gift Ideas For People Who Are Sick of Crap
Christmas shopping season has officially started! People have been going crazy for the Black Friday sales this year. But if you want to get your loved one something truly special, we recommend you go vintage. Click here for Collectors Weekly's top 40 gift idea.
Early Muppets, and The Tops of Pop Culture
Are you going to see the Muppets next week? Don't miss our new Pop Culture section on Fresh Type with the inside scoop on Jim Henson. Plus, we look behind the scenes of TV shows like "Pan Am" and "Oddities," of the Fishlove fake vomit factory, and of a Bettie Page photo shoot. Don't miss the rare images of young Elvis and Marilyn Monroe's nude scene.
Would You Wear This Fairy-Tale Handbag?
Fashion for Friday: Mid-century Dutch designer Anton Pieck was obsessed with fairy tales and romantic images from the past. He created the fairy theme part Efteling in 1951, before Disneyland existed. He also designed intricate handbags, like this one with a Lucite handle.
The Best Vintage Art & Design, in One Place
Love Bohemian art glass? Danish Modern furniture? Vintage taxidermy? Psychedelic rock'n'roll posters? Tiffany lamps? Everything you want to know about these beautiful objects and artworks can be found in the Art & Design section of our new Fresh Type blog. Check it out!
Rockin' It With Old School Technology
We're so excited about our redesigned blog, Fresh Type, we can't stop talking about it. In our Tech section, you can read about '60s Scopitone video machines, a clear 1939 Pontiac, Victorian exercise-free fitness machines, Mike Wolfe American Picker's motorbikes, and cigar-box guitars.
Getting Fresh With History
Explore our History section on our new Fresh Type. We investigate the big joke behind chattering teeth, how barbed wire tamed the Wild West, and how snake oil got its bad reputation. We have experts on coins, petroliana, bottles, signs, stamps, and more! All on Fresh Type at Collectors Weekly.
Before Sesame Street and Electric Mayhem, a Crude Kermit Lip Synced Pop Standards
Just in time for the new "Muppets" movie: We remember the first Muppets TV appearance on the five-minute "Sam and Friends" sketch aired on a D.C. network. The show’s heart was an olive-drab, lizard-like creature named Kermit, who was sewn from one of Henson’s mother’s cast-off wool coats and a ping-pong ball that had been sliced in half and painted. Read more at Collectors Weekly.
Phone Collectors Visit Collectors Weekly, Show Off 1897 Candlestick Facsimile – Wow!
The Northern California Telephone Collector Show is taking place in San Jose as we speak. Gary Goff and John Infurna stopped by our San Francisco office yesterday to show us a very special potbelly candlestick phone. Learn more about it! “No one’s going to use this,” John says, even though his phone, wired to the original manufacturer’s specifications, works. “This is going to sit on a perfume shelf. It’s going to be moved around to different perfume shelves from here until eternity.”