Tank Tags

Tank Tags are a part of the Petroliana category of collecting.


Porcelain or aluminum tags were to be attached to Gasoline and oil storage tanks and/or pumps. Many became station key holders for office and restrooms.

Most date from the 1940s through the 1970s.


Recipe Boxes

Found on the counter or in the cupboard of most 20th century kitchens Recipe boxes are filled with cherished food formulas to feed families!

I have a real love and weakness for these little tin beauties. They just cannot be beat for keeping notes, recipes or what have you the old fashioned way on 3 x 5 cards!

The plaid and Autumn Leaf patterns are my favorites.


The Lego brick in its present form dates to 1958.

By 1973 sets were being shipped all over the world.

A Lego magazine ad from 1982



The name ‘LEGO’ is a mash up of two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

Lego is a family run business founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder.

Over the past almost 80 years the company has come a long way from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now one of the world’s largest manufacturer of toys.

Made it Out to Needles, Groovy

Like the 3 Dog Night song says, I’ve “Never Been  to Spain” but I did visit this well preserved 1970s  7-UP  signage just hanging out, aging (or not) gracefully in place on a side street in Needles California.




Photo from a  Spring trip to Arizona.

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels from Mattel were introduced in 1968 and have remained a favorite toy for kids and collectors alike ever since.

One of the first 16 Hot wheels cars introduced was  Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s creation “The Beatnik Bandit”


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Golden Gambling Ephemera

Vintage Vegas coin cups to hold your nickles, dimes and quarters (oh my!) were once made of paper and the size of a regular drinking cup. These were meant to be used to tote your winnings around the casino in order to feed them back into another one armed bandit then be tossed into the trash on your way out of town.


Gambling memorabilia is another high interest subject in vintage collecting. This category covers everything from antique Wheel of Fortune games dating back hundreds of years up to and including these paper coin cups from the mid 20th century.


Dye has been coloring our world since time began.


Clothing was dyed to give it color and definition. Artists used dye pigments to create pictures on the stone interiors of caves.

Written records of the use of dyes in China date to 2600 BCE and Alexander the Great mentions “beautiful printed cottons” found in India in his accounts of 327 BCE. By 925 CE Wool Dyers’ Guilds were first established in Germany. In 1856 the first synthetic aniline dye was discovered. During the early 1900’s RIT household Dye was formulated and brought to an eager American market. The timing was perfect since most dye had previously been imported from Germany and World War I was in full swing.

The term “Dyed in the Wool”  refers to wool that is dyed before being spun into thread and/or fabric.The color when dyed this way likely to last a very long time. From this we gather the metaphorical meaning of “dyed in the wool” to be  profoundly & deeply ingrained, not likely to change.



Beautiful Buttons


Humans have been fashioning and using buttons on their clothing since they decided to wear clothing!

Primitive humans used bits of bone or wood along with sinew sewn seams to act as toggle like closures.

Buttons of bronze, horn, glass, leather, wood and covered in fabric followed for centuries adorning everything From Boots to ballgowns.


The industrial age and modern machinery brought about a boom in buttons.Carded sets were now available to both the commercial seamstress, garment factories and those who sewed at home.

Quick Quarter Mile


This Quick Quarter Mile Horsepower Calculator is a great example of ephemera from the age of race car tuning before every single thing was taken over by on-board electronics and computers.

A mechanic/driver could learn a lot from a run down the pavement and this little cardboard dial.

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