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Collecting "Bee Hives" Don Pillar

Billy Harris was a twenty year old rookie centreman with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he saw his photo on a Bee Hive in 1955. He subsequently went on to play ten seasons with the Leafs and was a contributing member of three consecutive Stanley Cup winning teams. He clearly met his challenge of becoming a member of the “Bee Hive” collection. Today for collectors like myself, the challenge of Bee Hives is not to become a member of the set, but rather to complete the Bee Hive collection! At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What on earth are Bee Hives?” The answer is simple. Bee Hives are 4 1/4 by 6 3/4 inch black and white photos of hockey players mounted on 5 3/8 by 8 inch coloured mats (red, blue but most often beige).
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Ice Spearfishing Decoys Joe Fossey
Recent historical interest, influenced primarily by Sporting Collectors, Antique Dealers and Interior Decorating trends has sparked a revival in the reproduction and collecting of wooden pioneer Ice Spear fishing decoys. They are without doubt, a truly unique North American folk art subject. Their sizes range from a tiny 1 inch minnow length to a massive 50 inch Sturgeon replica used to determine the minimum legal length spearing size.

Fish Decoys were used by native and early North American ice fishermen to lure food fish within reach of their spears. The decoys were all hand made, primitive by design and function due to then limited education, lack of regional communication and the general absence of quality wood working tools that are commonly available today. There are considerable differences in primary design and painting colours, which is influenced by various regions involved and the species needs of the original carvers.
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The Game of Chess
By Floyd Sarisohn


As the game of chess evolved, so too did the shape and design of the chess pieces and boards. With the games growing popularity in the Western World, it was inevitable that artists and others with imagination would try to create more decorative and artistic chess sets.
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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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PEZ: More Than Candy in a Box Tony Shaman What do Austria, Seinfeld, E,T., Connecticut, Walt Disney and the creator of eBay have in common? The question may be a bit of a stretch so I'll let you in on the answer: Pez dispensers.

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