Entries by Will Adams

9 Tips For Collectors

For more than 25 years, I’ve collected various genres of Civil War artifacts, each with the excitement and fervor of Gallagher at a farmer’s market. Of all the things I’ve collected over the years, my Civil War collection provides me the greatest joy… and pain! Yes, pain! Every time I admire my collection, I’m reminded […]

11 Outrageous Vintage Ads

Like it or not, advertising has long been a powerful force in shaping and depicting our changing moods and social values – for better or for worse. Print advertisements of the late 19th, through the mid-20th century, were notorious for being sexist, racist, and advocating plenty of unhealthy advice. All reasons why collectors flock to […]

Bottle Collecting 101

From liquor, beer, and wine, to soda and medicinal bottles, there are many different sizes and shapes for collectors to collect. Physical characteristics such as embossed lettering, shape, and color accounts for much of a bottle’s popularity and value. A bottle’s age, provenance, and overall condition also impacts a bottle’s collectible appeal. For the novice […]

Savvy Collecting with Google Alerts

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Google here at RelicRecord.com. In a previous article, we demonstrated how collectors can use Google’s Reverse Image Search to help find similar items on the web for research purposes. Now we’re going to introduce you to another hidden gem – Google Alerts.

Yogi-isms and Baseball Cards

Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and most lovable characters, who was an 18-time All-Star, 3-time MVP, and 13-time World Series champion as a player, coach, and manager — but who may be more known for his ingenuous face and the way he masterfully distorted the English language, with what became known as Yogi-isms […]

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Trench Art

Since the time of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815), and perhaps before then, soldiers across every continent have spent their idle time converting military accoutrements and implements of war into decorative pieces of art. Common materials used to create such artwork include bone, artillery shells, lead bullets, canteens, and brass shell casings.

Hobo Nickel

Coins have been altered for centuries for a variety of reasons including boredom, art, love, and mockery. Popular in the 1850’s and 1860’s, love tokens were made of coins that were smoothed and then engraved to showcase a person’s initials, a personal message, or a decorative design. Often mounted as a pin or worn as […]

Stonewall Jackson’s Maxims

The word “Stonewall” is quite arguably the most recognizable name in American military history. It’s synonymous with that of steadfast leadership, devout obedience, and military prowess. Gen. Thomas Jonathon Jackson was adored by his troops, trusted by his superiors, respected by his enemies, and still studied by today’s military leaders. His ascent to such acclaim […]