Collecting Animation Art?

If you like collecting animation storyboards from Flintstones, Simpsons, Disney plus others they you are probably an animation art collector. But you did not need me to tell you that. The collection of animation art goes beyond storyboards. If you are just starting out check out this site for definitions of animation art that will help you in your exploration of this field of collecting.

Here is a really nice gallery of animation art by an avid collector. I found it to be comprehensive and educational. I also found an animation art marketplace. Here you can buy and sell your pieces. Of course you also have good old Amazon, Etsy and Ebay. If you are thinking about it and want to read more on this area of collecting consider checking out a few of the books listed below. Also, please share other resources.



Do You Love to Collect Perfumes and Colognes?

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Many baby boomers love collecting perfumes and colognes. When you visit many antique shops you will often see vintage fragrances displayed for sale. Ebay, Amazon, and Etsy all carry a selection of fragrances for men and women.

The amazing thing is that many of the perfumes and colognes sold are used and without a box. Yet, when you want that fragrance it really doesn’t matter.

Many collect the beautiful and creative bottles. While others collect their favorite fragrance. The amazing thing is that many also experience memories from the fragrance that may take them to an earlier time in their life.


Tonight I discovered another site that contain both bottles and fragrances. If you have a chance check out the collectibles section of ShopGoodwill. Navigate to perfumes or just key in perfumes in the search tab. There you can bid on some of their many offerings.

The Most Unique Placemats I have Ever Seen-By Artist Kimberly Wilcox

I just obtained four (4) of the most unique table place mats I have ever seen. They are a true work of art. When I saw them I noticed that the Artist, Kimberly Wilcox signed them. They have a picture of a woman’s face and two legs that are supposed to dangle off the table.

There is a round metal piece on the front where the napkin can be place. They are so cool. So, I found a post online where they actually showcase the place mats on the table. The ones I have are different designs.

So, now I am keeping my eyes open for more unique place mats. When you think about it when you get placemats that stir up conversations it motivates you to want to cook and entertain more.

Check out a picture of the mats on a really great blog called Estate Store. I may post mine later. Or I may hold on to these great pieces of art.

Acoustic Research Speakers Ar4 and Ar6 are Enjoyed by Baby Boomer Audiophiles

Many baby boomers are what you call audiophiles.Equipment is usually called “High End” and includes playback equipment used by audiophiles, which is usually bought at specialist shops and online. High-end components include turntables, digital-to-analog converters, equalization devices, preamplifiers and amplifiers (both solid-state and vacuum tube), horn and electrostatic speakers, power conditioners, subwoofers, headphones, and acoustic room treatment.

My hubby loves to collect and restore vintage speakers. Here is a short video and Part 1 of a current restoration project. When these are completed they will be placed online for purchase.This video focuses on Acoustic Research Ar4 and Ar6 speakers.


Baby Boomer-Do You Have a Collectible That is a Hot Seller Online?

I just found out about an awesome site that will let you know what items have been best sellers online and those currently selling at a high price in auction.. Not only will you be inspired to look through your house for collectibles but if you are already selling you will keep on looking for those treasures at yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores.

What Sells Best gives ticker tape updates on rare items that are hot sellers online. I just clicked on the category for Cameras and saw a Vintage Leica M3 Camera that sold for $10,000 and that was just for the body.

The categories include: Dolls, Electronics, Books, Records, Tickets, Toys, plus more…

So enough talk, go check out the site and get inspired!


Bogan Tube Vintage Receiver

I am always on the lookout for everything vintage with Tubes in it. So, when we came across this Bogan Receiver we were excited. Now, it is not a famous item like a Fisher system but it is still excellent quality.

Tube radios and receivers are, to me, a true work of art. I enjoyed watching my husband clean and expose the inner workings of this machine.

According to the company;s web site:

The Bogan company is located in New Jersey. The company was founded as David Bogen & Company in 1932 in New York by David Bogen, a pioneer in the burgeoning field of audio transmission. Among the company’s first products were simple intercom systems and sound amplifiers.

By the early 1950s, the company had become well-known as a supplier of amplifiers and public address systems for schools. In 1956, Bogen was acquired by the Unitronics Corporation, a Long Island, New York-based leader in sound recording. During this time, Unitronics also bought the Presto Recording Corporation, opting to combine its new acquisitions as one division christened Bogen-Presto. From new adjacent facilities in Paramus, New Jersey, Bogen and Presto maintained their corporate autonomy but collaborated in order to tap each other’s expertise. Presto was known primarily as the inventor of “the record”, the black-lacquered recording disc, but the company also developed recording equipment such as turntables and amplifiers. For its part, Bogen and its engineering staff were pioneers in new amplifier and loudspeaker technologies. Assistant Chief Engineer Charles A. Wilkens explored “damping” effects on amplifiers, publishing widely on the subject, while colleague Herbert W. Sullivan received a patent on behalf of David Bogen & Co. in 1957 for his loudspeaker designs.

The company, during the “Tube Era” produced a really decent product line. This particular receiver is a Bogan RP 230. It is currently selling on Ebay.

There are also others selling on Ebay you might want to look like Bogan RP-40

So, keep your eyes open for them and if you have questions a great forum to check out is Audiokarma.

Please feel free to share your listings, finds and collections.

Old Stereo Speakers-Acoustic Research 2x

If you asked me about old speakers five years ago I would probably tell you that you could have them because I wanted something new and slick. But that would not be the response from my husband who did have old speakers but I never appreciated their history and worth.

Lately I have been listening to him as he refurbish some vintage speakers prior to selling them. I never paid attention to things like tweeters or surrounds, but now I not only know more but constantly on the look out for cool old speakers.

It is mind blowing and I am learning more each day. So, here is a video about Acoustic Research Speaker that my hubby recorded. I also, have a link to more information at AR2x’s.


Award Medals from US Expositions and World Fairs

When I started retiring in 2006 I returned to an hobby I had growing up: coin collecting.  Well not exactly, more to the point would be to say collecting award medals from the world fairs and expositions of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

The first US expo was in 1876 in Philadelphia to celebrate 100 years of our new county and it was called the U.S. Centennial Exposition.  Nice 76mm size chocolate colored bronze award medals were awarded by the United States
Centennial Commission.  There is large award medal, a small award medal and as in other expositions many different types of souvenir medals issued.

The 1880’s and 1890’s was the heyday of these expos and award medals were issued for Gold, Silver and Bronze at most of the expos.  Sometimes a box or case comes with the medal.   Some Gold and Silver medals were issued in bronze and it was up the prize winner to put a gold or silver plate on them.   But some medal are pure silver or gold.

Expos include the 1884 New Orleans Centennial Exposition, the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition which was the largest and grandest of them all, the 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition (my specialty).  Some of the most popular of the other expos were the 1904 St Louis – The Louisiana Purchase Expo and the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Expo.

The medals are a great fun to collect.  They are very artistically designed and great to examine by hand.  Most are quite reasonably priced to collect and EBay and auction companies have an impressive supply.   I have really enjoyed learning the history and something about each of these great expositions.

I couldn’t find a good reference for these medals when I started collecting, so I started to showcase them and provide info for other collectors.  Putting my collection (and other images provided by collectors) on the web site has been a wonderful bonus to me, putting me in touch with other collectors and providing a much needed reference to my hobby.



Two of my most recent medal acquisitions are this silver medal from the 1895 Atlanta Cotton States Expo which I just love because that is the expo I started with and Atlanta is where I live.



Then this Gold Medal from the 1901-1902 Charleston Expo, which in my opinion may be the most beautiful medal from any of the expos.

On ExpoMedals I have listed links to other medal collecting resources including a club, websites, auctions, and dealers.



Robert Fowler is retired but his retirement job as President of Retirement Media Inc. keeps him busy with sites like