The Paper Trail of Ephemera

By Karen S. Murray Ephemera is defined as “items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.” Interestingly, the term actually stems from a Greek word relating to certain winged insects that lasted “only through the day.” These are items of printed or illustrated […]

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Making Records

What do records tell us about the value of our antiques and collectibles? By Leon Castner This might seem very strange, which is probably why it’s coming from me, but understanding how the market reacts to a specific collectible, like records (you remember them, don’t you? They’re the round, flat, big vinyl discs that most […]

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Many divorce proceedings require the appraisal of spousal property to assist in the equitable distribution settlement.  Most are familiar with the need and procedures for any real estate being valued, but are usually uninformed of the process and practice of having the personal property done as well.  This becomes a somewhat touchier subject since personal […]

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Spotlight on Art: Walter Emerson Baum

Alderfer Auction’s Fine & Decorative Arts Auction on September 28, 2017  featured some exceptional and very collectible works of art. Among them, were several paintings by Pennsylvania Impressionist Walter Emerson Baum (1884-1956) who was part of an esteemed group of artists that were also referred to as the Bucks County Impressionists or artists of The […]

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Jersey Boys have been making music for generations. Bruce Springsteen…Frank Sinatra…Count Basie…John McCormick….and Enrico Caruso. But they never would have been heard by millions of fans if it weren’t for another Jersey boy – Elridge Johnson. Johnson was a resident of Camden, NJ and in 1901, this music maker founded the Victor Talking Machine Company. […]

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