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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Jim Trautman
Imagine being trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine cave in. You then come under the spell of Nirvano gas which places you in suspended animation for 500 years.
The History of Coca-Cola Helen Nash
The product that has given the world its best-known taste and led to a memorabilia craze was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca Cola® and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was placed on sale for 5 cents a glass at the soda fountain. Carbonated water was added to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca Cola is enjoyed...
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Calling Card Cases Marni Andrews
A relic of propriety commonly thought to belong to the Victorian Age, they were actually introduced by the French a century before.In Jane Austen’s acclaimed novels of the early 19th century, which describe the everyday life of the English landed class and more ordinary folk, the heroines make social calls with some frequency. Indeed, there was a strict protocol, the ignorance of which could spell social doom. The most necessary item was the calling card. Similar to the modern business card, it served as a record of the visit.
Jaws Memorabilia James Burrell
Released in the summer of 1975, the classic thriller Jaws captured the public’s attention like no movie before it and instilled in them a fear of the open water. The tale of a enormous great white shark that terrorizes the population of a seaside resort town, prompting the local police chief to join forces with a marine researcher and shark hunter to track and kill it was Hollywood’s original summer blockbuster hit. Taking an enormous bite out of the box-office, it smashed all previous records and made a household name of the film’s director, a then unknown 27-year-old named Steven Spielberg. But before it became a watershed movie Jaws started life as a bestselling novel by author Peter Benchley. A former speechwriter for President Lyndon B Johnson, Benchley was also a journalist for the Washington Post and an editor for Newsweek Magazine. Fascinated with sharks since an early age, he was inspired to write Jaws after reading a 1964 news piece about a fisherman who had caught a 4,550-pound great white off Long Island. Several years later Benchley would propose a shark-themed story to Doubleday publishers and Jaws would be released in February of 1974.
By Marnie Andrews
What did Oscar Wilde, Collette, Empress Eugene of France and King Fraud of Egypt all have in common? What set a record price of $258,500 at Sotheby's back in the 90's but the sharp eyed collector can still find at flea markets for less than $100?