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Famous Monsters of Playtime
By James Burrell
Children have always loved monsters. There’s a fascination with those misshapen, sometimes scary, other times wretched, pitiable creatures that even when they’re afraid of one “being under their bed” or “in their closet”, little boys (and girls) still love to watch movies, read books and of course, play with toys based on them.
As hard as it is to believe nowadays, prior to the 1960's there were next to no monster-related toys or collectibles available on the North American market. With the exception of early 1950’s EC horror-based comics like Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror (which were not specifically marketed at children, but being read by them), monster and horror entertainment was thought of as adult-only fare. Eventually, these comics were to come under fire as being psychologically damaging to children, and the final nail on their coffin was the release of a 1954 book entitled Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham. In it, the prominent psychiatrist cited horror comics as a cause of juvenile delinquency, leading to concern from parents and educators. As expected, the publications were quickly pulled from newsstands. With EC Comics losing money, the books soon stopped being published.
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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Stamp Boxes Tony Shaman
Postage stamp boxes, long the purview of stamp collectors, postal historians, and museums, are being discovered by an ever-increasing number of antique lovers. Collectors with a penchant for unusual collectible items are finding that the array of stamp boxes manufactured almost since the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, and continued down to our time, can add an element of excitement and spice to their collecting lives.
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...
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.