Entries by Will Adams

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

The most recognized Christian symbol is most certainly the simple sign of the Cross. Such symbols were prevalent in the early era of the Church, especially in the times of Christian persecution. Used to identify oneself as belonging to Christ, symbols were akin to a Christian password in times of persecution.


The History Of Christmas Decorations

A few weeks ago, I made my annual pilgrimage to the garage to sift through the boxes and Rubbermaid bins filled to the brim with Christmas decorations from years past. My family and I started unpacking the boxes to decide which ornaments and other knickknacks would make this year’s decorative cut. As I fumbled through […]


Collection Care Handbook

When you introduce a new item to your collection, your first goal should be record management. Records should include photographic documentation combined with written details that will provide you and future caretakers with the state of the object’s original condition, provenance, value, and location. Your second goal (and responsibility) is to ensure the object’s long-term […]

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 […]