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A Christmas Gift Tradition - A Sled Jim Trautman

In Canada the Sears Department Stores still give out free for the asking the Christmas Wish Book catalog. I pickup my catalog each September to look at all the decorations and toys that are available during the holiday season. The Christmas catalog has and continues to be the avenue for boys and girls to peruse and then make lists for Santa Claus to find for toys wanted to be found under the tree. Almost every child has wanted to see a sled under the tree. Then to hope for snow to put the sled through its paces.

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Collecting Smoking Artifacts
By John G. Sayers

There are still smokers, but they’re a vanishing breed in North America. However, the smoking habit of many centuries has left us with a wide array of collectibles, and presents a glorious opportunity to recapture an era when smoking was almost a social necessity, and endorsements were disseminated from athletes, movie stars and even doctors (or at least actors in white smocks with stethoscopes around their necks!)
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The History of Boxing and it's Memorabilia through the Ages
By David Bergin

The sport of Boxing has gone through several different stages, eras and rule changes throughout the years; however for the purposes of this article, boxing and the memorabilia it entails will be broken up into the two most distinct eras, the Bare-knuckle era and the Gloved era. The Bare-knuckle era is generally accepted to have occurred from the time of James Figg until the reign of John L. Sullivan ended over 170 years later. The gloved era un-officially begins in 1892 when James J. Corbett defeats John L. Sullivan in the first gloved World Heavyweight Championship fight held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Armand Marseille - Doll Maker
By Lynn Murray

The French name Armand Marseille has caused a deal of confusion in the world of antiques for decades. For the dolls marked with this French name were not made in France, but actually made in Sonneberg by one of the largest most successful German doll companies of the 19th Century.

The founder of the company, Armand Marseille was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1856, where his father was an architect to the court of the Czar. The young Marseille and his five sisters emigrated to the small Franconian principality of Coburg, where their father’s income was sufficient to support them in a stylish lifestyle. Just 20 kilometres to the east lay the town of Sonneberg, where the German toy industry was flourishing. Armand Marseille, by then an eager young businessman of 19-years-old, purchased his first in a series of toy and porcelain factories that he would reconstruct and merge into his own company, Armand Marseille Porzellanfabrik. He had been well educated at the court of St.Petersburg, speaking several languages and developing an astute business mind. He was certainly capable of running a large business and set out to prove it.
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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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