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Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Dave Markel 
 Article Title :: Wood Panels and Humidity
Coping with wood movement All wood workers need to be aware of wood movement when building furniture projects. Failure to consider this important factor can cause wood panels to crack or split. My high school biology teacher compared the structure of a piece of wood with a bundle of straws. The straws represent the cells and capillaries of the wood. When a tree is growing water and food are transferred up through the cells and are carried throughout the tree. Once a tree is fell the free water in the wood is lost rather quickly but the bound water trapped in the straw like cell is slower to dissipate. As the level of bound water is reduced these straw like cells get narrower in diameter  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Lon Strickler 
 Article Title :: Autograph Collecting: More Questions and Answers
Autograph collecting terminology and common sense are vital for the hobbyist in order to make informed purchase decisions. Question: What advantages does autograph collecting offer as compared to other collectibles? Answer: Autographs have been called “frozen moments in time.” Autograph collectors are curators of history. The most personal item that one person can give is his or her signature. Anything that can be signed can be considered collectible…letters, documents, photographs, books, memorabilia, etc. Few objects give a collector the opportunity to own a unique or one-of-a-kind item that is actually part of someone who is known by millions of people. That is the main reason wh  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Daniel J. Goevert 
 Article Title :: The Top Five Morgan Silver Dollars
Why waste everyone’s time? Let’s skip the appetizers and get to the meaty stuff right now: The Morgan silver dollars poised to increase the most in value in the years ahead are the 1895, 1892-CC, 1894, 1878-CC, and the 1883-CC. Pretty bold prediction, eh? At this point, the reader now has three options: (1) Stop reading and act upon this information, (2) Stop reading and get on with life, or (3) Continue on, evaluate the analytical approach to identify the “Top Five” Morgan dollars, and then implement a variation of (1) or (2) above. If you’ve gotten this far, we encourage you to continue on with option (3). First, a little background info on the Morgan silver dollar… The Mo  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Sharon Lauer 
 Article Title :: From Immigrant to American Toy Producing Leader- The Gund Story
For over 100 years the name Gund has been synonomous with quality, baby-safe plush products. The oldest and leading soft toy manufacturer in the United States, the Gund story is one of a family owned-business leading the industry in quality, safety and unique design. The Gund company was founded by German immigrant Adolph Gund in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1898. The company was one of the first to design and produce teddy bears in the early 1900's. In 1907 Russian immigrant Jacob Swedlin began working at Gund. In 1925 Adolph Gund retired. Not having children of his own, he sold the company to Swedlin for a token sum with the understanding that the name would always remain Gund. Swedlin ran t  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Murray Hughes 
 Article Title :: Rare Depression Glass Pieces
Depression Glass - The Rare Pieces Did you know that if you happen to have a crystal (clear) and pink Depression Glass refrigerator bowl in the Crisscross pattern in good condition and with its original cover, that it’s valued at between $300 and $335? Or that Shirley Temple cream pitcher your grandmother keeps in the back of her upper cabinet could bring up to $1,250 at auction? If you didn’t, then you’ve been in the dark about rare Depression Glass pieces and their values! Here are a few pieces for which knowledgeable Depression Glass collectors stay on constant lookout: The Ruby Red Aladdin Beehive Lamp Made for only six months during 1937, this lamp currently brings anywhere fr  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Murray Hughes 
 Article Title :: Depression Glass Companies
Depression Glass Companies Just before the advent of the Great Depression, more than a hundred companies manufactured glassware in the United States. At the end of the Depression, fewer than fifty percent of these companies remained in business. Of these companies, seven became major players in the production of Depression glass, and these seven companies utilized a little more than 90 patterns to decorate their wares. Indiana Glass, Hocking, Federal, U.S. Glass, Jeanette Glass, MacBeth-Evans, and Hazel-Atlas manufactured hundreds of thousands of pieces of this popular and inexpensive glass, creating a bright spot in the lives of everyday, working-class people during a grim epoch of Americ  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Jon Gammon 
 Article Title :: The Successful Coin Collector
So you want to become a successful coin collector. Well you have some simple concepts that you must learn in order for you to become a good coin collector, and let’s face it, if you don't learn some key rules for collecting coins, you are not going to enjoy collecting coins. •Well I would say that EDUCATION would be the most important factor for anyone to be a successful coin collector. Learn as much as you can about this wonderful hobby. Buy as many books and reading material on all aspects of coin collecting that you can get your hands on. This may even include subscribing to a few coin collecting magazines like Coin World. There are many online organizations, some listed on this sit  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Jon Gammon 
 Article Title :: Why Collect Coins?
So why collect coins? Answer is simple really. Coin Collectors, sometimes called Numismatists, enjoy collecting coins on various levels. Some collect coins for their rarity, some collect coins in the hope that one day their collection will be worth a value. Some just do it for the sure pleasure of having a hobby that is easy to do. Doing a little research and starting off small is the greatest way to get started in this hobby. Learn all you can about coin collecting basics. There are many Coin collecting books and websites (like this one) out there, that will try to put a clearer understanding of what coin collecting is all about, and we are hear to teach you what you need to know about co  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Jon Gammon 
 Article Title :: Interesting Coin Facts
Here you can find some interesting coin facts, from how they were made, to what they are made of. United States coins have been around since the late 1700's, and they have made dramatic changes from then to now. The United States Mint is the largest manufacturer of currency in the world, and since its creation in 1792, they have become a very large entity with the production of not only United States coins, but the coins of other countries as well. One interesting coin fact is, How are coins made ? A design of a coin is made and lots of test models go into making a coin. Once a design is approved for minting, a plaster model of the coin is made. When the plaster model is finished, an exact  (read full article)
Category :: Hobbies Articles Author :: Jon Gammon 
 Article Title :: 1944 Steel Penny
In 1943, copper to a hard hit due to the war and the government decides to use steel in its production of pennies. Well this only lasted a year because they found that steel didn't work very well and resorted back to using copper. Well during the production of both the 1943 copper penny and the 1944 steel penny, some of the blanks used to strike the coins got mixed in with the dates. The rare finds are the 1943 copper penny (not steel) and the 1944 steel penny ( not copper). A 1944 Steel Penny has been found!!! That's Right 1944 was the correct date. It was speculated that a 1944 Steel Penny could have existed, but there have not been many found. Or it could be that people may not be wil  (read full article)
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