Collecting historical autographs has intrigued me for many years given the fact one can own a real piece of history. When first coming into this collecting field many years ago, my first thought was "Aren't these documents locked away in a museum or archives?" It's easy to assume that. But, many important letters and documents are in private collections.
The thrill of collecting ancient coins is when you imagine what kings, emperors and other famous ancient people touched and spent these coins. Nothing is more exciting than thinking if Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar or even Cleopatra touched a coin.
One of the most interesting items I have framed lately is a note written by Abraham Lincoln toward the conclusion of the Civil War where he orders a young man to be sent to his mother. Rarely did President Lincoln evoke emotions in his orders, such as discharges, but this one must have really stirred Lincoln to react.
As a young boy, my interests involved collecting a variety of things: Comic books, rocks, shells, even bugs. It was enjoyable to accumulate many varieties and types of these items. It was very challenging and fun to seek items which were unique and popular. It was even fun collecting things other people wanted.
When a photograph, document or other item has fading, it is nearly impossible to restore it to its original condition. And, do you notice those stores that offer photo restoration? Well, they aren't really restoring the photo.
Monopoly is perhaps the most popular, discussed and recognizable game ever created. It is one game that, even in this digital age, is still enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. There are even spin offs of the game manufactured covering any topic you can imagine.
For many years, “museum quality” has meant something made with high quality materials or techniques. Basically, a cut above the rest. The term meant a level of protection or preservation used in the framing process.
Remember that famous botched "restoration" job of the Spanish fresco painting of Jesus Christ by an 80 year old woman? If not, ten years ago, the artist, Cecilia Jimenez, volunteered to restore the painting. Her "restoration" was so poorly done, the term "ecce monkey" was sometimes used to describe the artwork.
First, people are running scared given the financial markets rolling wild swings like a roller coaster. A 750 point swing was a 75 point swing last year. Second, people are more and more wearing face shields/masks to prevent transmitting the virus. Third, looking out my office window has turned from a bustling active Saturday to one that is dismally quiet and calm. I can even make out the casual conversations as people walk by.