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There are some classic toys that stand the test of time and continue to be given to children long after they were created. Barbie is undoubtedly one of these iconic items. Though she was created in 1959, she has been a staple of many childhoods since then. Let's take a look at how this glamorous doll got her start, and how she evolved to be where she is today.Barbie's...more
Musical instruments can have tremendously long lifetimes if treated well. Certain instruments, like violins, cellos and other string instruments, are even preferred to be older models by many music lovers due to their superior craftsmanship and sound. Even if your instrument isn't a priceless antique, proper maintenance will add years to its life and help keep its sound...more
Now that your kids are all grown up, you may have found yourself throwing out or donating old toys that they left behind after moving out. Watch out, though. Those old toys could actually now be rare collectibles. The Nostalgia Blog, a site dedicated to memorable throwbacks, collected a list of the highest prices that people were willing to pay...more
A longtime favorite of many hobbyists, building a model train can be a lovely way to blow off steam at the end of the day. Hence, the creation of National Model Railroad Month by the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), which declares the month of November as a "Perfect chance to show off our handiwork and at the same time introduce others to the hobby that gives...more
Do you have a passion for automobiles? Attending a car show is the best way to learn about the industry, observe new innovations in technology and design, and meet people who share your interests. Check out this list of some of the best motor vehicle conventions around the world. 1. Detroit Auto Show Detroit has been an important home to the automotive field for...more
Gathering rocks is an enjoyable pastime for both nature lovers and collectors alike. Going rock hunting is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore with the added bonus of a chance at bringing home a pretty piece of natural history. If you're interested in starting your own rock collection, here are a few things to consider before you set out on your first...more
Whether you have one, two or 50 classic cars in your collection, as a gearhead, there's nothing better than walking into your garage and seeing your baby glistening in the sunlight pouring through the window. Because of this, many car collectors take caring for and maintaining their vehicles very seriously - jumping through all sorts of hoops just to make sure there's...more
Vintage cameras are fun to play around with whether you are an experienced or amateur photographer. Film cameras can seem finicky if you are used to digital cameras and being able to take and delete several shots before they're perfect, but film prints have a different look and feel than digital and can really suit certain shots. As an added bonus, collectible cameras can...more
Dragons are among the favorite figures of popular imagination and legend. However, there is some confusion about the different types of these mythical creatures that exist across cultures. Dragons usually fall under two general kinds: Eastern and Western, or Asian and European. A brief look at the general characteristics of the two may help to clarify their differences.Dragons...more
You may have been feeling nostalgic or burdened by the easy convenience of iPods and other modern forms of music-listening. While technology has significantly improved since the days of the 8-track, something is no doubt lost with the passing away of 8-tracks. However, if you're searching for a trip down memory lane, here are some tips on tracking down...more