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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.

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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Filed under: Legends, Retro Museum Tagged with: cartoons, Disney

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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Russel Wright’s Great Contribution to Modern Living

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When we sit down at the dinner table, we don’t really think about who designed the tableware – the plates, bowls and serving pieces. Chances are you purchased the table settings you use today based primarily on size, color and pattern. But as with every piece of decor in the home, a designer or group

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