November, 2021
In This Issue
  • Bold 2022 AAAA Convention Launched!
  • Membership Survey and Directory
  • Renew Your Membership
  • The Corner Drugstore: A Brief History of Early Soda Fountains
  • Remembering Lorna Sarrel
  • A Smorgasbord of Fun Finds
  • AAAA Crossword Puzzle
  • Wanted Items
Bold 2022 AAAA Convention is Launched!
After a long hiatus, AAAA members will once again meet in person at the 2022 Convention in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio from July 13-16. The event will take place at the beautiful and popular Embassy Suites-Dublin.

The AAAA Board of Directors wants to recognize the loyalty of those who have persevered as members through the long days of the pandemic by making a very bold offer to 2022 Convention attendees:

Each current AAAA member who registers to attend the 2022 Convention will receive $100 in "Buyers Bucks". These Buyers Bucks can be used just like cash in Room Hopping and Silent Auction activities at the Convention.

Yes, this amounts to $100 in free cash to buy new treasures at the Convention! This special gift is for current members only--not new members or non-member spouses/significant others of current members. It is a one-time offer. Buyers Bucks cannot be exchanged for cash--they are to be used for purchases at the 2022 Convention.

All of these special Buyers Bucks floating around the Convention will promote enthusiastic buying and selling! With the pent-up demand among attendees, this should be a wild Convention with record-breaking sales! Sellers and those giving thought to selling, take note!

The Convention registration fee is $125 per person which includes all activities, two banquet dinners and one lunch. The discounted hotel room rate is $134 per night plus 17.5% taxes.

Like past Conventions, participants will be treated to planned activities each day and each evening, including room hopping (room sales), seminars, silent auction, banquet meals, raffles and games, fellowship, and much more. A complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

The gorgeous Embassy Suites location is a very popular Convention setting among AAAA members, having been there previously on two occasions. The spacious two-room suites are perfect for selling since the outer room can be used as a dedicated sales gallery while maintaining the private back bedroom for relaxing and sleeping. Large picture windows facing the hallways enable passers-by to window-shop when you are not present! All sellers will be located together on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel, making it easy for shoppers. The hotel is also much beloved because of the sumptuous free made-to-order breakfasts each morning and the evening receptions with snacks and free beverages (wine, beer, and cocktails).

An antique mecca is located about 35 minutes from our hotel in Springfield, Ohio. Highly regarded antique malls are located there and much in the way of vintage advertising will be available.

Leo Fry will once again open up his home to AAAA members to visit his world-class collection of Vertical Pocket Tobacco Tins and Tobacco Soft Packs.

There is so much more that can be said about the 2022 AAAA Convention and we will do so in each newsletter between now and the Convention.

Convention registration is NOW open! We encourage you to register right away for two reasons:

  1. If you are a seller, those who register early will be assigned the best locations. It will be a "first come-first served" room assignment process.
  2. With the pent-up demand, it is very possible that reservation requests might exceed our room block. To avoid disappointment, PLEASE register as soon as possible to lock in your room reservation.

To register online, simply click the blue link below. It is a very user-friendly and intelligent online form. We strongly encourage online registration because it is more accurate, secure, confidential, and MUCH easier for AAAA staff to process.
To register with a paper form, click the green link below, print out the Registration Form and mail it to us with your payment.
We look forward to seeing you at the Convention! Let's make up for lost time!
Membership Survey and Directory
The data collection phase of our AAAA Membership Survey is almost over. THANK YOU to all of those who completed it! For those that did not yet complete it, please be aware that AAAA needs surveys from EVERY member in order to update its files. We are shooting for 100% participation!

Information from the surveys will also appear in the revised AAAA Membership Directory, if desired. Members have complete control over what gets printed, if anything, in the Directory.

The newly updated Directory will include contact information (as authorized by the member) and areas of collecting interest. The listing of interest areas has been significantly expanded for this edition. Indexes by state and areas of collecting interest will make it possible for you to identify and locate kindred souls in any state in the US. The Directory will also identify members who are open to receiving visitors to their collections. An exciting new feature is that the Directory will include color photos!

If you have not yet completed this very brief survey, you can do so online by clicking here. If you would prefer to complete a paper survey, please contact Amy Vehling at: For those who already completed the survey but did not include a photo, it is not too late! Please email your photo to Paul Lefkovitz at The photo can be of you, you and a significant other, a favorite piece out of your collection, or anything else you!

Upon completion of data collection, lots of work will need to be done editing photos and compiling the publication. It is anticipated that the new AAAA Directory will be mailed out to all current members shortly after the New Year.
Renew Your Membership
Is your AAAA membership current? If you have received a pink renewal reminder with PastTimes, it has lapsed. And if you receive a post card in the mail, it is almost too late!

You don't want to miss out on the updated Membership Directory with color photos that will be distributed soon and the entertaining and informative articles that come to you each month in our newsletters. AAAA membership is an important part of being a collector of vintage advertising and joining with kindred souls.

To renew, you can do it on the AAAA web site by clicking here. Or you can contact Amy Vehling, AAAA Membership Coordinator, at: Amy can also provide information about your membership status.

If your membership has lapsed, please renew it today!
The Corner Drugstore: A Brief History of Early Soda Fountains
By Henry Tankersley
This is the first installment in a new series entitled "The Corner Drug Store". The series will be authored by Henry Tankersley.
Drugstores from the 1870’s to the 1920’s were among the greatest repositories of antique advertising in America.   In addition to their wide variety of merchandise they were among the most visually appealing of spaces.   During the 1890’s, indoor options for fun close to home were limited.   Unless a circus or a traveling show was in town, there might be a dance, live theatre, a boxing match or the local saloon.  Outdoor entertainment might include baseball, a lake or river, riding, hiking, or cycling.    There were no movies, TV, radio, recorded music, swimming pools, or unless you lived in a large city, no amusement parks.  The one thing that did exist in nearly every town was the corner drugstore, and their creators were fully aware of its allure.   Many went to amazing lengths to create a wonderland within their walls.   The amount of marble, onyx, and alabaster making its way into period drugstores was truly astounding, and the producers of tins, labels, and signage hired great artists to create colorful eye catching images.
The pinnacle of all this was the soda fountain, and looking at these late 19th and early 20th century photos it is hard to disagree.   The only remotely comparable places would be fancy confectioneries or saloons.   No grocery store, hardware store, tobacconist, barber shop, butcher shop, restaurant or any other retailer had anything like this.   It all began in 1832 when Englishman John Matthews came to America after learning a method for making carbonic acid gas, the essential ingredient for carbonating water.   Prior to this, druggists sold naturally carbonated spring or mineral waters for good health.    Matthews set up shop making carbonators in New York and was the first to manufacture soda water for the American public.   In 1838 perfumer Eugene Roussel thought to add flavorings, and the American soda fountain industry was born.   In addition to carbonating water, Matthews created the soda fountain “apparatus” as it was called, to dispense drinks at the drugstore.   Soda fountains became big business and major competitors soon followed.   The early flavors were fruit based since the major root beers weren’t created until the 1870’s and the colas in the 1880’s.   Drugstores were transformed from a dispensary for bad medicine to one for sweet treats obtainable nowhere else, and the public was completely transfixed.   As Mongo from Blazing Saddles would say “Medicine Bad!   Ice Cream Good!”
The photos to the right and below were taken at the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the first official world’s fair held in the U.S.  The James W. Tufts Soda Fountain Apparatus Company of Boston created several displays for the show, each of which featured a different model of their soda fountains. The photo to the right shows their smaller “Alhambra” model.   Two of its four sides feature multiple spigots for waters and flavor syrups mounted in an elaborate cabinet crafted from heavily striated marble and carved wood. The upper section, featuring figural Native American light fixtures, is crowned by a fancy silver plated bell tower reflective of the Liberty Bell.   A copy of Tufts catalog of soda fountain products hangs on the side.   Tufts was also famous for their silver items, and the two front bars display fancy silver glass washers and glass holders.   Other international vendors and a sign for Germany can be seen in the background.
The photo to the left shows a MASSIVE display for the Tufts “Flora” model soda fountain apparatus.   Each side has two sets of silver plated dispensers for waters and syrups housed in a huge cabinet cut from various colors of marble.   This is topped by a rectangular “gazebo” displaying flowers and crowned by a potted palm.  The banner claims ”Natural Mineral Waters Select From The Springs…………Straight Here/ Saratoga Vichy/Saratoga Star/Saratoga Geyser” etc.   The front bar, encircling the structure on three sides, displays silver glass washers, glass holders and other silver items.   Other vendors are visible in the background. Upon seeing this, attendees must have been absolutely blown away.
Like the previous photo, the brand new 1908 soda fountain (photo below) in a Riker’s New York or Boston drugstore shows mankind’s attempt to quickly vanquish the world’s supply of onyx and marble. Needing massive floor bracing, this setup likely caused a wobble in earth’s rotation. Installation appears to be ongoing.   The four onyx water dispensers are missing their light fixtures, there are no visible fountain items, and no seating.  This apparatus was the height of modernity for 1908, since it was fabricated almost entirely from stone and has the syrup pumps built into the front bar.   Earlier setups were constructed of wood and stone and had the soda fountain sitting on the back bar.   Note the fabulous artwork built into the crown and the countertop statuary.   Riker’s was a significant drug store chain and this was a showpiece to impress not only the clientele, but potential operators interested in opening a Riker’s drugstore.
This circa 1915 Seattle soda fountain (photo right) integrates a late 19th century carved wood back bar with an early 20th century all marble front bar.   More unusual is that this setup has no soda fountain “apparatus” at all.   An onyx soda water dispenser with three spigots and a beaded, leaded glass lampshade sits on the front bar but there are no syrup spigots or pumps.   Instead, they use enamel labeled syrup bottles with “wind turbine” caps, sitting in special racks on the front bar.   The flavors include orange, apple, chocolate, etc.   On the back bar where the soda fountain apparatus would normally be, are shelves of glassware.   Below is more glassware, flower vases, a large pedestal bowl full of eggs, and bottles of Ginger Ale, phosphates, and flavorings. The two color marble front bar displays numerous silver plated glass holders, a large ceramic dispenser for Armour’s Vigoral, holders for straws and spoons, and an ice filled box holding chilled bottles of grape juice.   It all sits on a tile floor accompanied by a row of bent steel soda fountain stools.   There is a mission style clock at one end and a small counter full of soap bars at the other.  The candy counter is next, topped by a large Dakota Sample candy jar.   Note the row of luggage for sale on an upper shelf behind a brass railing.   Rather unusual for a drugstore!
The 1899 photo (left) from the Miller and Shoemaker Drugstore of Junction City, Kansas shows a very classy small town soda fountain that is about as compact as one could ever find.   The small, Victorian, carved wood, mirrored back bar sits atop a compact marble soda fountain apparatus   The plaques say “Made Expressly for Miller and Shoemaker”.   A small, early, round, chain hung Coca-Cola sign hangs in front of the fancy electric lighting fixture while the marble soda fountain is topped by stacked flare soda glasses and glass holders. The fountain houses two spigots for water and eight for flavor syrups.  A pair of menu boards hang from the delicate ribbon and heart wall décor.   The choice of “Don’t Care” tops other flavors, including “Nectar, Ginger, Banana, Root Beer, Coca-Cola and Sarsaparil” (ran out of room for the final “la”).   The bow tied gents and lady with an umbrella are posing, while the middle guy looks like he just got an electric shock.   The carved wood, marble topped front bar displays glasses and glass holders, a coffee pot on a stand, a large hinged top pedestal bowl for crushed fruit, a smaller crushed fruit bowl, a jar for spoons, and an 1890’s Ceramic Coca-Cola syrup dispenser.   Behind these are bottles of flavored soda fountain syrup.   Through the front window one can see a sign for “Corner Pharmacy” and to the right, the wall cabinet is full of patent medicines.  These include Dr. McLean’s, Maltine, Malto Herbine, Green’s August Flower, and many more. The front cabinet displays boxes of cigars.
Remembering Lorna Sarrel
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lorna Sarrel, long-time, vital member of AAAA and wife of AAAA Board Member, Phil Sarrel. Lorna has been a staple of AAAA and the vintage advertising scene for many years. A few years ago, she served as Co-Coordinator of the Favorite Advertising Exhibit at the AAAA Convention, along with her husband Phil.

Over the years, Lorna and Phil traveled internationally, sharing adventures in pursuit of British Biscuit and other tins. In the process of doing so, they amassed one of the principal collections of British Biscuit Tins in the world.

Although we knew Lorna as an impassioned and gracious collector, in her professional life, she distinguished herself as a pioneer in human sexuality, education, and women’s health. Lorna was an instructor and assistant clinical professor of social work in psychiatry at Yale University for more than 35 years. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Yale Human Sexuality Program which provided therapy, counseling, and education for the Yale community. 

Lorna's amazing professional accomplishments and personal background are enumerated in a beautiful "in memoriam" article that was published in the October 19 issue of YaleNews. Click here to see read that article in its entirety.

AAAA and the world of vintage advertising will deeply miss Lorna and our hearts go out to her devoted husband, Phil.
A Smorgasbord of Fun Finds
Story and Photographs by By Richard Cook
Being a new member of the Antique Advertising Association of America and having only recently started a varied collection of antique advertising, I’m fascinated by the extensive collections of many longtime AAAA members. To say the least, I’ve got some catching up to do. This article highlights a dozen recent finds at antique shops in northern Florida, Renninger's Antique Extravaganza in Mount Dora, Florida, and the Florida Antique Toy and Advertising Show in Eustis, Florida. My collection doesn’t fit any specific category. Rather, I collect anything that’s cool and colorful.
I love airplanes!

I’m a private pilot. I serviced airplanes as a career. I wrote books and articles about airplanes. So naturally, I was drawn to a Daily Mail cigarette tobacco tin depicting a Lockheed Model 14 airliner in Trans-Canada Airlines livery.

The tin dates back to the 1940s and was packed by the Consolidated Tobacco Company in Montreal, Canada, in Factory No.1, Port 10D. Printed on the tin is the slogan: Tomorrow’s Mail Today When Sent By T.C.A.
One of my favorite pieces of antique advertising is a small round tin with the image of a Boeing 314 seaplane and the word Panama spread across a map of the Isthmus of Panama. At first, I didn’t know what type of product the tin was used for (pun intended, as you‘ll soon understand). The reverse side lists the manufacturer of the product as Manifold Supplies Company in Brooklyn, New York, and has the slogan: Panama Your Letters. Research dates the tin back to the 1940s. So what was the product? Typewriter ribbon under the brand name Panama, thus making sense of the pun and slogan.
Another of my favorite pieces of antique advertising is the original cardboard box from a Heddon River-Runt Spook fishing lure. James Heddon invented the first artificial fishing lure in 1898 and started the Heddon Company in 1902. The first River-Runt Spook series was manufactured in 1933 and they’re still produced today in dozens of varieties. Mine pre-dates the early 1950s, when plastic packaging replaced cardboard. The graphics are what sold me on this item. A red border surrounds a colorful lake scene with a huge bass jumping out of the water, with a River-Runt Spook fishing lure hooked in its open mouth. Inside the box is the original Final Bait Inspector No. AK-13 tag and an order form for an 84-page Heddon Deluxe Catalog for only 25c in coin. Although a lure came with my Heddon box, it’s not the original River-Runt Spook, but rather a Chugger Spook.
Foldable cardboard U-Haul trailers were giveaway items handed out to customers of franchisees of the nationwide rental giant during the 1960s and 1970s. When folded, the cardboard trailers became coin banks with the slogan: Save 75% of Moving Costs. Another slogan printed on the cardboard banks was: Save with Safety. The bank I bought lists Allison’s Tool Box in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the franchisee, which rented U-Haul trailers, as well as Puma campers. The owner was Tom Allison, but research produced nothing about him or his business.
The smallest item of antique advertising in my collection is a 1.25” x 1” sliding tin containing about a dozen Best Little Sinkers lead fishing weights. Manufactured by the Horrocks-Ibbotson Company in Utica, New York, these weights were marketed using the slogan: Best Little Sinkers for All Sport Fishing. H-I was started in 1812, got into the fishing gear business in 1863, was once the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing equipment (including rods, reels, and tackle), but went out of business in 1978. The graphics on my tin shows a fisherman about to net his catch.
A small round tin with the image of a cobra ready to strike was used for Cobra shoe polish, manufactured by Blyth & Platt in Watford, England. Inside the tin are a few bits of dried shoe polish. Blyth & Platt had worldwide sales, which caused the company two major problems. First, in countries where cobras were worshipped (such as India), poor people would steal the tins to use them for ceremonial purposes. Second, in several countries where cobras were feared, Blyth & Platt had to market the product under the brand name Crown instead of Cobra, which increased costs. The company went out of business in 1953.
Wow! To be able to purchase an airplane for only $333 down (right images)! That’s what the Piper Aircraft Corporation matchbook cover offered, plus free flying lessons. When I came upon this matchbook cover from the 1930s, I had to add it to my collection of antique advertising. After all, I’ve got flight time logged in a Piper Cub.

During its heyday, the single-engine Cub outsold all other light aircraft. Although Piper’s original manufacturing plant was located in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, the company relocated to Vero Beach, Florida, after a devastating flood of the Susquehanna River destroyed approximately 100 aircraft and most of the firm’s production tooling during the 1970s.
Although I love airplanes, I love trains, too. A colorful matchbook cover in my collection is from Central of Georgia Railway, once based in Savannah, Georgia (images below). The front cover of the matchbook depicts a C of G freight train with the slogans: Fast Freight Service and Serving the Great Southeast. The back cover, meanwhile, depicts one of C of G’s two diesel-electric passenger streamliners (“Man O’ War” and “Nancy Hanks II”), with the slogan: You Travel in Safety, Comfort & Luxury on the Central of Georgia Railway. Inside the matchbook cover is Central of Georgia’s route map, plus a full book of matches in mint condition. Central of Georgia Railway was started pre-Civil War in 1833 under the name Central Rail Road and Canal Company, but the Union Army tore up most of the tracks in 1864. Many mergers and name changes took place during the next 100 years. Because of these changes, I was able to date my matchbook between 1947, when the “Man O’ War” and “Nancy Hanks II” came into service, and 1963, when Central of Georgia Railway merged with Southern Railway, at which time the Savannah operation was shut down. The Georgia State Railroad Museum now occupies the restored Central of Georgia Railway terminal and maintenance facility in Savannah, which includes the original turntable and roundhouse, plus several locomotives and rail cars. All of the buildings and structures in Savannah are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you like industrial history, it’s well worth a visit.
Another matchbook I’ve acquired shows Sheldon Oldsmobile on the front cover and Sheldon Tire Company on the back cover (images below). Both businesses were located in Detroit, Michigan, at a time before zip codes were created. The graphics for Sheldon Oldsmobile immediately caught my attention when I first set eyes upon this matchbook cover. In bright yellow and blue, it depicts a futuristic rocket (pre-NASA) heading into space. Through research, I learned that newspaper advertisements for the Oldsmobile 88 during the early 1950s used a similar rocket to market this automobile, thus putting a date to the matchbook. An Oldsmobile ad in the May 2, 1950 edition of the Detroit Free Press proclaimed: Oldsmobile 88 - Make a Date with a Rocket 8!
During the 1920s, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company issued 2.75” x 2” cards that entitled the bearer to the Contents of a Bottle of Coca-Cola. I recently acquired one of these cards, known as Thomas Coupons due to the card’s printed signature of a man named Thomas. In small print, the card states: FREE at all Groceries, Confectioners, Cigar Stores, Milk Depots, Restaurants, Billiard Rooms, Bowling Alleys, Fruit Stands, Barber Shops, Bakeries, Clubs and other places where drinks are sold at retail. The card, however, could not be redeemed at Soda Fountains.
As you know, I love airplanes. So imagine how excited I was to find a matchbook cover depicting a Boeing B-47 Stratojet nuclear bomber on both the front and back! Issued to personnel at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, during the early 1950s, its main purpose was to warn people that this aircraft could kill you.
The United States military was just then switching over from propeller-driven to jet-powered aircraft. People were used to walking behind and driving behind airplanes without being blown over while working on the ramp. But jet blast was something new and dangerous and people were being killed by it. And so, the U.S. Air Force created the matchbooks at a time when smoking was cool. The back cover warns: Learn your DANGER AREAS. Watch that JET BLAST. A little time can save a life…PERHAPS YOURS! Having spent my entire career servicing jet aircraft, I assure you that warning was for real.
How about a piece of antique advertising that covers three brands all at once? I’m not sure which category of collecting this falls under, but I purchased a sealed letter-sized envelope (image below) that advertises the F.W. Woolworth Company, Hubley Toys, and the United States Government in action. The envelope features Woolworth’s logo from the mid 1950s, as well as Woolworth’s full-page advertisement for Hubley Toys that ran during the 1954 Christmas season in magazines such as “Ladies Home Journal.”
The ad depicts Santa Claus placing toys (airplane, car, tractor, and trucks) beneath a Christmas tree, with the slogan: HUBLEY TOYS give your youngsters all the thrills of LIFE-LIKE ACTION! Above the toys, the ad states: Now at WOOLWORTH’S America’s Favorite Toy Store. As for the envelope, it appears to be a commemorative issue with a United States postage stamp honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Laws, which were first introduced on the Senate Floor as Bill S.88 by Senator Weldon Heyburn (R-ID) on December 14, 1905. The envelope was postmarked on December 1, 1954 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The only connection with Woolworth’s and Hubley Toys is the year 1954.
AAAA Crossword Puzzle
As we start to approach the winter season, here is something to help you while away those long evening hours: a crossword puzzle! This is no ordinary crossword puzzle--all of the clues relate to some aspect of antique and vintage advertising. Some are easy while others are more challenging.

To work this crossword puzzle online, simply click here. To return to a partially completed puzzle, click the link again.

Here are the online instructions:

  • Click a cell on the crossword grid, or click a clue
  • Click twice on a cell to toggle between across and down
  • The active cell is highlighted in blue
  • Start typing in the word
  • Hit enter when you are done typing in the word
  • The word will turn green or red if you got it right or wrong
  • You can use the tab and shift-tab keys to move around the crossword, and the arrow keys

To view the crossword puzzle as a PDF, click here. It can then be printed.

To view the correct answers, click here. (Mea culpa: it is possible that there may be more than one correct answer.)

If you would like to see more crossword puzzles in the future, click here to let us know.

This crossword puzzle was created (by a rank amateur) on a free web site:
Wanted Items
In this column are those sought-after items of desire that seem to be elusive. If you know where any of these items can be acquired or if you have one available, please click the link to reply directly to the seeker. To place a listing in this column, click here. There is no fee for AAAA members. Up to three listings per member are permitted.

Donald Duck Goyer Coffee Cans; One Pound Can & 3 oz Sample Size in Good Condition With Lids. Please Send Email With Photos & Prices to

Morimura Brothers (Japanese import company operating in NYC from 1880-1941) advertising items wanted: trade cards, pamphlets, catalog pages, salesman sample pages, porcelain items with advertising. To reply email at
DeLaval Items and Farm Advertising Signs. Always looking for top quality and unique items. Contact Gregg Hillyer at

Antique Advertising pertaining to Country Store or Drug Store Products or Places. Especially those showing Women or Girls with the product or location shown. I would consider any  Antique Advertising (paper, cardboard & metal Signs). Quality a plus! Dale Peterson at

Wanted top condition: Hard A Port small top tobacco tin; Convention Hall 1 lb coffee tin (green or yellow); Army Navy coffee slip lid canister; Big Horn 1 lb coffee tin; Continental Cubes medium size kidney shape tobacco tin.
To reply, click here.

Unusual one pound peanut butter tins. Tin litho or paper label. To reply, click here.
Marshmallow Tins, Smaller than 5 Pound Size. To reply, click here.
American Cookie, Biscuit and Cracker Tins and Boxes. To reply, click here

Banjo related advertising wanted Pre-1940s. Long time collector buying banjo company signage, catalogs, billheads, periodicals, minstrel banjo items such as posters, broadsides, sheet music ( pre-1870s ) with illustrated banjo covers, early photographs showing banjo players (pre-1915). My main collecting interest is in 19th century material. To reply, click here.

Antique American Medicine Bottles by M. Knapp... soft cover book with price guide. Printed in 2012. or 781-248-8620 also, see my other want ad for Clarke’s ephemera and bottles.

Looking for 3 Vintage Tins: American Eagle "Oriental Mixture" tobacco (dimensions approx. 6.5" long, 2 3/4" wide, 1.5" tall); 1 Gal. Indian Head Hydraulic Brake Fluid; and Packham´s Caramel Toffee. Any offer is welcome and any condition considered. To reply, click here.

Morton Salt, older items, and also Pacific Coast Borax, especially a crate or box. email or call Peggy Dailey 612-522-9211

Comic Book-Related Advertising Items: Must be from before 1980. To reply, click here.

Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters, Sharon, MA & Rockland, ME: All sizes, variants, smooth/pontil base. Especially need labeled Clarke’s any size! Also, any Clarke’s ephemera…trade cards, almanacs, newspaper ads, etc. Charlie Martin Jr., 781-248-8620. Email:

George Petty: Advanced collector looking for unique or rare items. Photo’s, store displays and non paper items. NO Esquire pages. Pete Perrault. To reply, click here or call (502) 290-7661.

Ice Cream Advertising: Mr. Ice Cream desires better graphic ice cream advertising including: postcards (Advertising and RPPC), trade cards, letterheads, billheads, booklets, poster stamps, blotters, magic lantern slides, pinbacks, watchfobs, and pocket mirrors. Allan Mellis, 1115 West Montana St. Chicago, Illinois 60614-2220. To reply, click here.

Stock food, poultry food, veterinary advertising wanted. Posters, medicine packages, give-aways. Email or call (256) 520-5211.

Singer Sewhandy Model 20-Green-regular paint, not hammertone. To reply, click here.

National Biscuit Company, Nabisco, Uneeda Biscuit, Uneeda Bakers, Muth Bakery, NBC Bread toys, signage, tins, containers, displays, historical items. Please Email or call (937) 205-2232.

Early Cigarette Rolling Papers: Pre-1940’s - American, Zig Zag, Braunstein Freres, Bambino, and Ottoman papers wanted. To reply, click here.

Antique/Collectible Banking and Financial System "Give-a way" and advertising items. Specifically from Pennsylvania. Alarm devices and such. To reply, click here.

VITAMINS advertising, displays, signs, bottles, and anything related: Hadacol is an example. Most would come from the 1930’s thru the 1970’s. Also anything related to cod-liver oil and WEIGHT-LOSS, REDUCING, ANTI-FAT, and OBESITY ITEMS. To reply, click here.
Early tin signs lithographed by Tuchfarber, Wells and Hope, Worcester Sign Company, Sentenne and Green, etc. I can pay more for good condition, but would be interested in any condition. Don Lurito also in the directory. To reply, click here.
Dwinell-Wright Co. Royal Ground Spice Cardboard Spice Boxes. One side displays horizontally. Approximately 3.75" by 2.25". Any type of spice is OK. To reply, click here.
ENSIGN Perfect and ENSIGN Perfection vertical pocket tobacco tins to enhance my collection. Feel free to contact me at 614-888-4619 or to see if you can help fill the voids.
Edmands Coffee Company, Edmands Tea Company, 1776 Coffee, American Beauty Tea, Japan Tea, Devonshire Tea, (imported by Edmands, Boston/Chicago): Any items such as tins, signs, paper, or anything else related to the Edmands family of companies in Boston is desired. To reply, click here.
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