Entries by Will Adams

eBay Bid Sniping

10 seconds left in the auction. You’re winning! 5 seconds left. You’re still in the lead. 3 seconds left. You have the winning bid. You’ve got this one in the bag. Then it happens. Within the last two seconds of the auction, you receive the message: “You’ve been outbid!” You scramble to respond but it’s […]

Salvaging Collectibles after a Flood

The destruction of life and property caused by Hurricane & Tropical Storm Harvey has been nothing short of catastrophic. “The 3-to-4 day rainfall totals of greater than 40 inches are simply mind-blowing and have led to the largest flood in Houston-Galveston history,” Houston’s National Weather Service office wrote.

Friendships Gained & Memories Made

I’m an unabashed, American History enthusiast, and an obsessed collector of Civil War artifacts. To feed my insatiable appetite for history and Civil War relics, I regularly click thru the seemingly endless items offered for sale on online relic shops, visit the few that still operate brick-and-mortar stores, and attend Civil War artifact shows across […]

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The Civil War In Vivid Color

The Civil War has long been viewed through a black-and-white lens. Photographs taken by the early pioneers of photography; Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner, have greatly impacted our perception of the war. Soldiers, towns, battlefields and political figures are remembered as ghostly figures, draped in drab shades of grey. I’ve often wondered if the nostalgia […]

Toy Soldiers, Prepare for Battle!

In the predawn hours of an eerily quiet Saturday morning, Robert E. Lee’s Virginians, Indians, and Knights formed a formidable defensive line around the Space Station, manned by several dozen Moon Men. To their immediate front, the enemy lied in wait. Composed of American Colonials and GI’s, Cowboys, British Soldiers, and a platoon of Panzer […]

What Kids Learn Through Collecting

Take a moment to reflect upon your childhood and the things you collected. Chances are you amassed baseball cards, rocks, plastic army men, stuffed animals, fossils, coins, and whatever else that may have captured your imagination during adolescence. I’m reminded of those prized childhood collections nearly every time I enter my oldest daughter’s room and […]

DIY Display Cases – Show Off What You Collect!

Whether you collect civil war artifacts, Indian relics, pocket knives, or anything for that matter, you will soon look for a way to display that collection. It seems an almost universal display choice is the black cardboard Riker case with a glass cover and a cotton or Polyfoam liner. They are widely available, relatively inexpensive, […]

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Clark Byers, the Barnyard Rembrandt

While you might not know the name Clark Byers, there’s a good chance you know his work. The former $3-a-week buttermilk bottler turned sign painter, spent more than three decades crisscrossing 19 states, persuading farmers to let him paint their barns. And persuasion was needed. In exchange for a free paint job, farmers allowed Byers […]

Love Tokens: Currency of Love

There’s nothing that screams love like an old, sanded-down dime.  Found all over the world, love tokens are coins that have been removed from circulation, sanded smooth on at least one side, and hand-engraved with letters and/or symbols that represent a particular sentiment.