Signatures on envelopes – Free franks Benjamin Franklin was a printer, an inventor, and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  He was also frugal.  It was his “mission.” When he hit the ripe old age (for then!) of 20, Franklin decided to embark on what he called “moral perfection.” He created a list of […]

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IRS Charitable Contribution Procedure Way back in February, the IRS released a new version of IRS Publication 561 – “Determining the Value of Donated Property.”   If you have not studied it in detail, it’s time to take closer look. I won’t describe all the changes, but you might find the penalties section of special interest, as […]

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By Leon Castner Wallace Nutting was a nationally known printmaker and furniture expert of the 1900-30’s era.  His work is highly collectible and now recognized by most antique lovers.  Decorators particularly love his simple and somewhat romantic view of the American Colonial era.  Museums as well as collectors avidly seek his furniture, which copied early […]

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Art Deco

~The Era of Luxury and Progress~ Smooth sleek lines, geometric shapes, bright colors and streamlined forms. You know it when you see it. Art Deco style first appeared in France just before World War I, and began to flourish globally in the mid 1920’s through the 1930’s. Its real debut is often attributed to the […]

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By Karen S. Murray, ISA      How do you describe and identify your collectables and treasures? If you buy a toaster at a flea market, can you call it “vintage”, or just “used”?  If you acquire a stunning velvet Elvis portrait, do you view it as “retro” and therefore very valuable? The terms “vintage”, “retro” […]

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