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Currier & Ives' America
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In the 1800s-long before the days of photojournalism and cable news-vibrant, contemporary depictions of news events, portraits of prominent political and social figures, and scenic views of the American wilderness were circulated throughout the growing nation. From the beginning of the exciting century that saw a small nation expand into a mighty world power, the famous lithographic firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced over 7,000 prints, capturing scenes of American life in vivid detail.

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About Me 
Learning About Antiques From Bob Brooke
Smithsonian Seminar 


And They Brought Forth Gifts
All That Gleams
An Acquired Taste
Antiques or Junk?
Antiques or Collectibles?–That is the Question
Arresting Time 
Around the World in Carousel Art 
Artifacts of the Rush for Riches
Asleep in Luxury
Away We Go Awassailing
Behind the Eight Ball

Biedermeier Furniture: Form Follows Function
Blue and White for Everyday

Cameo Gems
Chic vs. Sleek
Art Deco vs. Art Moderne
Chippendale Changed the Way Furniture Looked
The Royalty of Antique Furniture Fake
Decorative Periods and Styles
Faux or Repro

Finding the Way in the Age of Sail
Grandfather Time
Have a Seat
In Search of the Controlled Curve
Judging the Age of China Can Be a Fool's Errand
Keeping Food Cold
Ooo, La, La. C'est Magnifique
Parian Ware--Affordable Art for the Masses
Pennsylvania Furniture—A Unique Style All Its Own
Poor Man's Silver
Preserving the Patina—and Value—of Antique Furniture
Quality First

Reproduction Furniture--Is It All That Bad?
Running Like Clockwork
Russia's Miraculous Icons

The Art of Everyman
The Beginnings of American Furniture 
The Chic Luxury of Art Deco Furniture

The Device That Changed the World
The Enduring Charm of Currier & Ives

The Gleam of American Brilliant Glass
The Grace of Queen Anne
The Quest for Artistic Furniture
The Value of Scrimshaw Soars 
The Victorian Era–An Age of Revivals

Tiffany Lamps Fetch Astronomical Prices
The Men Behind the Mission Style 
The Origins of Blue and White Ware
The Other Arts & Crafts Designer 

The Royalty of Mid-Century Modern
The Simplicity of American Colonial Redware
The Ultimate All-in-One
Those Charming Staffordshire Dogs 
Those Loveable Flexible Flyers
Tools of the Trade

Unsheathing Antique Swords
Victorian Cottage Charm
Weathering the Test of Time
What Exactly is an Antique?
What's It Worth?
What is That Piece of Furniture Called?
Wicker's Enduring Charm
Writing Boxes Stand the Test of Time


How to Start a Home-based Antiques Business 
Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Review: Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling Antiques


A Place for Heirlooms
Addicted to the Holiday Season
Are Auctions More Honest Today?
Are You a Curator or a Warehouse Clerk?
Beauty From a Snowbank
Collectibles of the Future
Decorating with Antiques
Going, Going, Gone
How Important is Provenance with Antiques?
How Much is This?
Identifying Your Antiques and Collectibles
One Person's Comfort is Another's Clutter 
One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure
Patience First
Preservation vs. Conservation―That Age-Old Conundrum
Quality Over Quantity
So You Wish to Sell Part or All of Your Collection
The Emerging Market for Ancient Antiuities in the U.S.
The Future of Antiques Collecting
Tick, Tock, Time
What Effect Has the Internet Had on the Value of Antiques?
What's the State of the Victorian Furniture Market?
Where Does Function End and Art Form Begin?


Glossary of Antique Terms
Glossary of Antique Clock Styles 
Glossary of Arts & Crafts Terms 
Glossary of Ceramic Terms
Glossary of Furniture Styles
Glossary of Tea and Tea Terms by Geri Walton
The Complete Glossary of Auction Terms 


Art for the Common Man
Beyond Venice—Glass in the Venetian Style 1500-1750
Bruce Museum Offers Exhibit of Alfred Sisely's Works
Early Tech Auction Offers Rarities 
Glass From the Ancient World 
Glassmaking in Venice

It Pays to Look Twice 
Lack of Insurance Closes Shows 
Legendary Vase Sold on Ebay 
Pedigree Jar Brings Stratospheric Price 
Restored 19th-Century Stagecoach Goes on the Auction Block
Scientific Instruments Reach for Collectibility
Space Age Collectibles Go on the Block 
The Concorde Flies Again at Auction 
Visions of an American Dreamland  
Woman Finds Family Photo
World Stamp Show Highlights Stamps as Cultural Icons


18th-Century Safe Deposit Box 
A Light for a Salesman
A Look at the Wintry World Inside
A Musical Chair for Musical Chairs 
A Salute to Uncle Sam
All That Glitters Isn't Silver 
An Antique That Lasts a Lifetime

Battle Cry!
Bejeweled Glass
Casters Highlighted Victorian Tables 
Creativity Reigns in Mexican Nacimientos
Elastic Slate Books

Fabulous Fabergé
Fiesta Fun
Gathering Around the Parlor Stove
Gem Roller Organ—The American Music Box 
Go Nuts for Nutcrackers
Gone But Not Forgotten
Greetings to the World of Tobacco 
Headgear from Ancient Battles
It's All in the Pattern
Keeping Cool Victorian Style
Lighting the Nights of Christmas
Little Treasures in the Palm of Your Hand

Little World Under the Christmas Tree
Nature Comes Alive in Glass
Picture That Tune
Pier Tables—Not for Petticoat Checking 
Pinning Hopes on Goodwill
Put the Pedal to the Metal

Sailors' ValentinesSouvenirs From the Heart 
Shining Like a Jewel

Strike Up the Band 
That's a Crock!
The Ancient Game of the Mandarins
The Craftsmen of Rose Valley 
The Geometric Beauty of Sadeli Mosaics
The Enduring Appeal of Currier & Ives
The First Home Improvement Companion 
The Hat That Won the West
The Man with Wheels in His Head

The Original Traveling Storage Container
The Queen of Pianos
The Tap, Tap, Tap of the Telegraph
Those Happy Days
Tick Tock Toys
Toasty Warm on a Cold Winter's Night

Watch Papers are More Than Protection
Wristwatches Worth Collecting




A Fantasyland of Americana
A Look Inside a Victorian Home
A Museum of the Ancients
A Monument to Retro
A Museum of the Sacred
A Salute to the Pioneers
A Sparkling Touch of History
A Whale of a Museum
All Aboard for the National Toy Train Museum
America's Museum of Glass
America's Railroad Museum
Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
Down to the Sea in Ships
Flying High with the Air Mobility Command
From Dinosaurs to Elephants and Everything in Between
Inside Circus World
Inside Craftsman Farms
La Belle Epoque Comes Alive at Mexico City's Opera House 

Looking Through Rose-Colored Glasses
On a Wing and a Pot
One of the Country's Oldest Museums
Pilgrim Hall 
The Ghosts of South Pass City
The Home of the Banjo Clock
The Jewels of Bryn Athyn
The Museum of a Style
The Museum of American Art Glass
The Museum of Early Home Entertainment
The Museum of Time

The Nation's Attic
The Queen of Queens 
Tiny Ambassadors With a Mission
Treasure House of Design
Walk On Into History
Winter Sports Museum Educates Visitors
Ye Olde Apothecary
Yuletide at Winterthur



A Day in the Life of a Country Doctor
A Look Back at the First Thanksgiving
A Look into the Future—The World of Tomorrow
Bellefonte's Painted Ladies

Christmas on the Home Front
Getting the Red Carpet Treatment
Glassmaking in America
Heroes of the Surf

Iron---the Material of the Industrial Age
It's All About Decoration
Keeping the Trains on Time
Less Work for Mother
Lights, Camera, Lumiere!
Little World Under the Christmas Tree

Low Bridge, Everybody Down 
Mumming in the New Year
Off Like a Rocket
On a Bicycle Built for One or Two

Pottery in the Ancient World
Presenting Buffalo Bill's Wild West
Protection from Harm
Return to Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The City That Rose from Ash
The Colorful Elegance of Venetian Glass
The Great Pricemaker
The Great World's Fairs
The Origin of Afternoon Tea
The Origin of the Holiday Feast 
The Origins of Childrens' Games
The Mail Must Go Through
The People's Car
The Rise and Fall of the Mercury Barometer

The Rose Valley Project 
The Soul of the Universe
The Trials and Travails of Victorian Train Travel
Touring the World of Tomorrow
Trolley Parks Fade Into Memory 
Twas the Night Before Christmas


An Introduction to Caring for Your Collections 
Antiquing in the Sixties
Basic Pottery Repair
Bringing New Life to Antique Upholstered Furniture
Caring for an Antique Clock

Caring for Antique Clocks - Part 2
Caring for Antique Navajo Rugs
Caring for Your Antique Painted Furniture
Caring for Antique Quilts
Caring for Ephemera 
Caring for Metal Antiques
Caring for Old Maps 
Caring for Pewter 
Caring for Quadruple Silver
Caring for Vintage Chrome
Caring for Western Leather Goods
Caring for Your Antique Furniture
Caring for Your Antique Dolls
Cataloging Your Collections
Cleaning and Preserving Antique Marine Brass
Cleaning and Restoring Old Railroad Lanterns
Displaying Collectibles for the Wow Factor
Displaying Your Treasures
Insuring Your Collection
Maintaining Iron Antiques
Preserving Antiquities
Preserving Vintage Posters
Repairing Antique Glass
Repairing Old Damaged Glass
Storing and Handling Art Posters
The Care and Treatment of Old Prints


A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
A Way With the Manger
Beauty and Strength from Paper
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Chugging Along
Collecting Pieces of the Medicine Show
Collecting Plasticville, U.S.A.
Collectors Snap Up Old Cameras
Cookie Jars—Good as Gold
Glassware for the Table
Forms from the Natural World
Fun with Plastic
Glass Ornaments of Christmases Past
Going for the Gold
Having a Little Fun with Clarice Cliff

Lighting the Way to Safety
Longing for Home
Mementos of the Future
Monster Collectibles Still a Graveyard Smash
Navajo Weavings—Many Things to Many People Pass Go and Collect on Pass Go and Collect on Early Monopoly Games
Pick a Card
Promoting Through Time
Sharing Thanks

Souvenirs from the 1939 World's Fair Highly Collectible
Take Caution Selling Medicine Bottles Says DEA 
The Art of the Streets
The Exotic New World of Designer Toys
The Magic of Light

Tune Into Old Radios
Quality Over Quantity—The Pottery of the Overbeck Sisters 
Riding the Range With Cowboy Collectibles
Sweet Sweet Santas
The Art of the Reel
The Keeper of the Keys
The Lost World of the Midway 
The Lure of Native American Memorabilia
Time in Your Pocket

Tradition, Tradition, Tradition
Up, Up and Away with Airline Collectibles
Warding Off Evil---Egyptian Style
Watt's All the Fuss?
Wish You Were Here


Acquiring Quality Antique Clocks
Antiquing Across the Pond
All Aboard for Railroad Pocket Watches
Appraising Value
A Snapshot in Time—Collecting Old Magazines
Bring Home the Memories
Cataloging Your Collection
Collecting Antique Furniture for Beginners
Collecting Antiquities---Caveat Emptor
Collecting--A Passion or an Obsession

Collecting Elegance from the Rails
Collecting Islamic Prayer Rugs
Collecting Mysterious Satsuma-style Ware
Collecting Nautical Antiques
Collecting Seriously Fancy Glass

Collecting Vintage Militaria
Collecting Western Memorabilia
Collecting the American Dream

Eyeballing Antique Furniture 
For Every Food There is a Dish
Four Times the Beauty
From World's Fairs to Mailboxes Around the World
Identifying Antique and Vintage Glass
It All Begins with a Mark
Mint in Box
The Art of Collecting Toys
Never Pass Up an Old Christmas Card
Nothing Cut and Dried About Collecting Cookie Cutters
Poetic Jewels
Ring Those Christmas Bells
Riding the Rails to Collectibility
Shaken Not Stirred
So You Want to Hold a Yard Sale 
Sorting Out Stained Glass Lamps 

Speaking the Language of 18th-Century Furniture
The Best Collector is an Educated One
Tips for Beginning a Collection

What Goes Around Comes Around  


Instructions for Sending Photos of Antiques


A Case of Mistaken Identity
A Chair With Only One Arm
A Collector's Passion
A Key for Every Character 
Ancient Objects of Adornment
And the Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care
Animal Clocks Come Out of the Fogg
America's Flakiest Collectibles
Beauty in the Glass
Bendable Beauty 

Chocolate for My Lady
Chugging Along with American Flyer Trains

Folksy Remembrances of County Fairs
Good Night, Sleep Tight
Good to the Last Drop
Guides to the World
Hold That Door!

How About a Game of Bones
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
Is a Man Without a Mustache Really a Man?
Is Nemadji Pottery Calling You?
It's All a Matter of Taste
It's Snowing Babies!
Investing in Old Stock Certificates
NutcrackersA Christmas Tradition

Platters Fit for a Turkey
Promoting the Railways
Step Right Up and Try Your Luck 
Still Crazy After All These Years
Sweets from a Queen

The Great Padlock Mystery
The Most Printed Book of All Time
The Shimmer of Ingrid Glass
Turkey Served in Style
Views of a Philadelphia Ale House
Waffling Around
We've Come a Long Way, Baby


A 400-Year-Old Tradition
A Bigger and Better House for the Money
A Look Back at Mother's Day
And the Glockenspiel Goes Round and Round
Are Christmas Cards a Dying Breed?
A Stay in a Victorian Hotel
Antiques Along the Highway
Bits and Pieces
Building a Future With Pieces From the Past
Celebrating an Olde Fashioned Christmas

Come Hell or High Water
Discover a Bit of Columbus in Pennsylvania

Frederic Remington—Chronicler of the Old West
From Electrolux to Target---The Origin of Industrial Design
From Utility to Beauty
Gingerbread Fantasies
Giving Antiques and Collectibles as Gifts 
Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement
Hurray for Liberty Bonds
Impressionism in a Nutshell 
Luxury on the Line
The Gallery That Started It All
Mexican-American Tent Shows—A Family Affair 
Norman Rockwell's Vision of America
Nothing to Get Depressed About
Once Upon a Time in Kiddie Lit
Remnants of World's Fairs Gone By
Roll the Dice and Move Forward
Sculpture on the High Seas
The Influence of the Grand Tour on Antique Collecting 
The Master of Make Believe

The Origin of Christmas
The Pottery of Dave the Potter 
The Pursuit of Beauty
The Sound of the Old World

Titans of Industry
You, Too, Can Determine If What You Own Has Value 
Weaving Their Way Into History
When Death Came A-Calling

WPA Art Passes the Test of Time

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