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Open 24/7, this retro museum features vintage advertising, “then” cutting-edge appliances, maps, catalogs, classic toys and more. Learn the history of the Lucky Cat and review the chronology of Coca-Cola cans. You’ll find even more at the Collecting section.

Diamonds: Forever & Then Some…

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For centuries men have given something to their bride-to-be, (besides just grief), but it  wasn’t always a ring. Even if it was, it wasn’t necessarily a diamond. Prior to the 20th century, an engagement gift might have been a thimble (in lieu of jewelry), or, near the end of the 19th century, a  posy ring (a simple gold band

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Coca-Cola Polar Bears Define My Retro Christmas

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I’ve collected several things in my life, some to a greater extent than others. Stamps? Not so much. Coins? For a brief time—starting with that fold-out penny holder, remember those starter kits? Baseball cards, until I reached the age of twelve or so and realized spending 50-cents a week on a seven card pack with a wretched stick of

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The History Behind Fire Prevention Week

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This week, fire departments across the US and Canada will remind us to go through a checklist to ensure our homes are safe from potential disaster. This includes campaigns promoting the use of smoke detectors, alarms and extinguishers. No, it’s not a ploy by big business, but rather to remember the Great Chicago Fire and

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Before Mickey Mouse there was Oswald

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In 1927, film producer Charles Mintz approached the Disney studio and cartoonist Ub Iwerks to develop Universal’s first animated character, along with creating all the cartoons.  The result was a short called Poor Papa, featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Universal was not thrilled with the first episode—execs had expected the character to be heavily based

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Please Mr. Postman

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In the fall of 1960, Glee Club members at Inkster High School (Michigan) formed a singing group called The Casinyets. Rumor has it that the name was an alteration of a quote by one the members: “we can’t sing yet”. The group included then 15-year-old founder Gladys Horton, who solicited older members of the Glee

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The Argus C-Series Camera (1956 Ad)

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A best-selling camera for nearly three decades, the Argus C-series was first introduced in 1939. It was a low-priced rangefinder–as shown in the ad below, the body cost just $66.50 in 1956. The C-series helped popularize the 35mm format, which became the most common format until digital cameras became ultra-popular in the mid- to late-1990s.

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