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Old 12-20-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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How many other "collectors" do we have?

.....and what do you collect? Please share info and pictures!

I collect old United States currency ~ mostly 1929 and prior but I do make exceptions

#1 is a 1934 $500 bill (no longer printed by the BEP)

#2 (across) is an 1896 $5 Silver Certificate - AKA an "Educational" note

#3 is an 1899 $1 Silver Certificate AKA a "Black Eagle" - for obvious reasons, but also note the TWO presidents on this note......

Ain't they beautiful!!??
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Old 12-20-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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.....and what do you collect? Please share info and pictures!

I collect old United States currency ~ mostly 1929 and prior but I do make exceptions

#1 is a 1934 $500 bill (no longer printed by the BEP)

#2 (across) is an 1896 $5 Silver Certificate - AKA an "Educational" note

#3 is an 1899 $1 Silver Certificate AKA a "Black Eagle" - for obvious reasons, but also note the TWO presidents on this note......

Ain't they beautiful!!??
Nice.......... are Buffalo Head nickels worth anything? I have a bunch of those.........
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:36 PM   #3
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:03 PM   #4
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I collect Mexican folk art from the Oaxacan state. They are brightly colored, fantasy animals and figures from untrained artists. But I haven't bought any recently since there's only so much space and so many dragons, cats, frogs, etc. that fit ibto a smallish condo!

Here are pieces very similar to mine (but the photos don't do them justice---they are very finely painted with intricate little details):

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Collect some weird old clankers like this one - shoot a systema 45.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:45 PM   #6
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I still have all my old baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards from the 60s and early 70s. I bought a few sets in the late 80s too, but didn't keep up with it.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:46 PM   #7
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I collect "Little Soul " dolls .They are hand made by Gretchen Wilson .They are adorable large dolls dressed in antique children's clothing . Each doll is signed and numbered .Gretchen Wilson has stopped making these dolls and she now only does custom dolls which are a little too pricey for my taste .
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:48 PM   #8
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I collect "Little Soul " dolls .They are hand made by Gretchen Wilson .They are adorable large dolls dressed in antique children's clothing . Each doll is signed and numbered .Gretchen Wilson has stopped making these dolls and she now only does custom dolls which are a little too pricey for my taste .
Nice....is that THE Gretchen Wilson ~ The redneck woman!!??
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:00 PM   #9
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Nice....is that THE Gretchen Wilson ~ The redneck woman!!??

No ,it's an artist who lives in Philadephia !
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I was going to say that somehow I have never been infected with "the collecting bug". But on thinking about it, maybe I DO collect in an informal way.

I love cheap art and sculptures and really enjoy searching through store after store for the rare, hard-to-find pieces that I both like and can afford. To me it is a tremendous triumph to find just the right piece, and it can take months to find something. I think I have more fun doing this than wealthier art collectors. There wouldn't be any challenge if I spent more money, since expensive art is usually pretty nice.

Each piece is different and they are part of my home decor, so I am not sure if this qualifies as a collection. Each piece means a lot to me.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:17 PM   #11
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I was going to say that somehow I have never been infected with "the collecting bug". But on thinking about it, maybe I DO collect in an informal way.

I love cheap art and sculptures and really enjoy searching through store after store for the rare, hard-to-find pieces that I both like and can afford. To me it is a tremendous triumph to find just the right piece, and it can take months to find something. I think I have more fun doing this than wealthier art collectors. There wouldn't be any challenge if I spent more money, since expensive art is usually pretty nice.

Each piece is different and they are part of my home decor, so I am not sure if this qualifies as a collection. Each piece means a lot to me.
The best collection - eclectic. That's our home decor as well.
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I don't collect anything.

Am now in dispersal phase: getting rid of stuff and preparing to live in studio apartment or small RV.
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I too am getting rid of stuff, although I notice I have quite a collection of miniature Santa Clauses on the mantel this season. That's the trouble with living this long - buy something every year or three and suddenly you have a large collection.
Another inadvertent collection I have have is letters and cards people have sent to me. It's really tough for me to throw them away.
My happiest times have been when I was traveling and everything I had was in a backpack or bicycle panniers. Of course I was ignoring the stuff stored in an attic or basement somewhere that I had to come back to.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:59 PM   #14
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I've been an avid model railroader for about 40 years (HO 1:87 scale). I freelance model the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy RR, circa 1950's to 1960's. I also selectively collect some railroad memorabilia & artifacts....mostly lanterns and vintage ads.....and mostly CB&Q and Rock Island...grew up 2 blocks from each. Also shoot & collect RR photos.

This is the latest addition I built (from a kit) for my layout.....Union Station. It's actually based on the old Burlington Station in Omaha, NE.

(I ER'd to work on the railroad.... )
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I collected the entire works of John D. MacDonald, the pulp fiction writer known for the Travis McGee series. I have a medium sized vinyl record collection that I play regularly.

Now that I've looked around the house to see what else I have, it appears that I also collect cookbooks, napkin rings, plus a number of dogs and cats.
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I collected the entire works of John D. MacDonald, the pulp fiction writer known for the Travis McGee series.
I have those too, but to me that's not a collection, that's a staple like food. So I guess I do collect things.
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Goonie,

Model RR is awesome! I've never had the time nor space to get into, but I LOVE looking at different layouts and whatnot. Sheesh... I'm a nerd......

I use to collect 1/18th scale die-cast musclecars... mostly Chevelles. It was starting to get expensive and I was short of room, so I put the ki-bosh on that. Now I'm trying to wean down the full scale version of our vehicle fleet.
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Cookbooks! About 500 of 'em. Mom started the collection when she gave me her mother's (my grandmother's) cookbooks. I collect them on our travels...people give them to me as gifts...now I have my Mom's collection, too.
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Model RR is awesome! I've never had the time nor space to get into, but I LOVE looking at different layouts and whatnot. Sheesh... I'm a nerd......
If you want to see a truly AWESOME model RR layout, find a copy of the December 2007 issue of Model Railroader magazine. They have a layout tour of Rod Stewart's MAGNIFICENT (and HUGE.... 23' x 124') model railraod! He's been an avid modeler for about 25 years. He builds everything himself, mostly while on tour, and then takes it home to his layout.

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If you want to see a truly AWESOME model RR layout, find a copy of the December 2007 issue of Model Railroader magazine. They have a layout tour of Rod Stewart's MAGNIFICENT (and HUGE.... 23' x 124') model railraod! He's been an avid modeler for about 25 years. He builds everything himself, mostly while on tour, and then takes it home to his layout.

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