The jack-o’-lantern comes from Irish folklore where a man called Stingy Jack, a notorious drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree’s trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack then made a deal with the devil. He promised to let him down, […]

Stereo Viewers

 Stereoscopes, also known as stereopticons or stereo viewers, were a popular form of entertainment in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A stereoscope is composed of two pictures each taken from a slightly different viewpoint that corresponds closely to the spacing of the eyes. The images are mounted next to each other and are viewed […]


Margarete Steiff was born in 1847 in Giengen, Germany. At age two, Margarete contracted polio. Although confined to a wheelchair, she attended school like other children, partaking in needlework and sewing classes. Margarete was so competent and skilled at her craft, she began teaching others. Her wages enabled her to purchase a sewing machine, one […]

Jewelry The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion

 One of the easiest gift giving ideas is jewelry. Jewelry comes in all varieties and at a price to fit everybody’s pocketbook. We carry the old and the new as well as costume jewelry too. Although fine gold or platinum jewelry with diamonds, emeralds and rubies can be expensive, there are always choices of the […]


Carryalls—handbags, purses, pouches— have been a daily life necessity ever since man stopped dragging his knuckles on the ground. To free hands from the burden of carrying around essential survival items (rudimentary spears, knives, and hammers) primordial man fashioned “handbags” from the skins of animal carcasses.     Whereas our essential survival items (cell phones, […]

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