November, 2022

In This Issue
  • Something Unique!
  • A Century of Cures: Dr. A.C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Mass., U.S.A.
  • Kovels' 2023 Price Guide Released
  • Pet Product Advertising
  • A Thankful Collector
  • Fun Find: Canned Rye Bread?
  • Wanted Items

Something Unique

According to internet references, the term "off the hinge" is variously defined as "a state of irregularity" or alternatively, "unbelievably good". Both definitions seem remarkably apropos to the unique establishment known as "Off the Hinge Antiques". It is located in Brazil, Indiana, lying between Indianapolis and Terre Haute. This unusual antique venue was established in 2020 by boldly innovative proprietors Michael and Michelle Churchill.

Off the Hinge Antiques is housed in an historic 1905 Masonic Temple. The structure has been totally revamped with loving care, exposing the charming, original brick interior and high tin ceilings. With 5,000 square feet of pristine display space on the main floor, Michael and Michelle have a broad canvas to exhibit their creativity. 

The result is an eclectic blend of antiques, collectibles, furniture, home décor, primitives, jewelry, candles, boutique clothing, and much more.  For those concerned that such diverse inventory would force antiques into the background, rest assured. There is no doubt that this is an antique store. And of special interest to AAAA members, antique advertising is very well represented in their immense inventory, as the photos below illustrate.

The special allure of this place is the way all of that comes together. Cases of old treasures are juxtaposed with new, finely crafted items. You never know what treasures await you down the next aisle. Unlike many antique stores that seem to just throw items on their walls and shelves without any regard to aesthetics, it feels like every item has been carefully placed in the exact spot it was destined for. With the pleasant music playing in the background, at just the right volume, the resultant choreography is experienced as a feast to the eyes and senses. 

You are encouraged to check out this unusual, yes, even quirky, establishment at 201 North Walnut Street in downtown Brazil, Indiana 47834. You will enjoy it! They are open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, from Noon to 4:00 pm. Their phone number is 812-605-8632. E-mail them at The owners are members of AAAA. If you pay them a visit, mention that you are a fellow AAAA member.  

The gallery that follows presents a very limited view of this establishment, with a focus on displays of vintage advertising.

Exterior of Off the Hinge Antiques

Proprietors Michael and Michelle Churchill are on the left.

Chief Cheerleaders (Michelle's parents) appear to the right.

A Century of Cures: Dr. A.C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Mass., U.S.A.

By Cliff Hoyt

"A Century of Cures" is the history of the medical manufacturing company founded by pharmacist James Cook Ayer. The Company existed between 1841 and 1943. The book has 495 pages with more than 750 images. When starting to write the book, in 2004, the authors had two major objectives: (1) provide a method of dating J.C. Ayer & Company bottles and (2) display images of the ephemera they had accumulated over more than thirty years of collecting.

Over the twelve years of writing this book, the number of objectives increased dynamically as well as the amount of ephemera. The history of the company became a detective story. The authors needed to know how J.C. Ayer & Company was established, when they started producing each of their products, whether the products were state-of-the-art or snake oil, how did James Ayer become known as Dr. Ayer, and a myriad of other questions that demanded answers. Every time we discovered information, more questions emerged. There were dozens of mysteries that needed solutions. This book is the result.

The authors collected not only information but accumulated additional J.C. Ayer & Company artifacts with a vengeance. We wanted everything that could help document the company's more than 100 years in business. This resulted in the book containing more than:

  • 75 images of Ayer's products (bottles, tins, and other containers)
  • 130 images of trade cards
  • 140 images of J.C. Ayer posters, signs and display items
  • 20 images of Ayer's premiums such as paper dolls, the four Ayer Statuettes, The House that Jack Built, etc.
  • 110 images of handbills and pamphlets
  • 50 selected newspapers and magazine ads
  • 70 business-oriented items that were required to run their business but did not interact with the end customer. This category contained a number of disparate items including (1) postcards and letters, (2) transfer of funds documents, (3) business cards used by travelers (salesmen), (4) bills/receipts, (5) covers (special class of stamp collecting), (6) box labels, (7) printing plates, (8) shipping boxes, and (9) tax stamps required to pay for the Civil War and again for the Spanish-American War.

In compiling this tome, the authors felt they had to delve deeper into some subjects related to the environment surrounding the company.

  • The book describes the relationship between J.C. Ayer & Company and the current medical establishment. Specifically it reveals the relationship between doctors, pharmacists, and patients; the nature of medicines and their effectiveness; conflict between doctors and patent medicine manufacturers; and the evolution of the definition of patent medicines. This medical research took more than two years and the use of dozens of period (1840-1930) medical books and journals.
  • The book discusses the important part technology played in the Company's phenomenal growth, longevity, and eventual demise. The company grew from a one product (Cherry Pectoral) storefront operation to an international powerhouse in only twelve years. This expansion made use of the rapidly growing newspaper industry to create markets through advertising and the transportation industry (railroads and steamships) to deliver the products worldwide. This speedy expansion and Cherry Pectoral's longevity undoubtedly was also made possible by Cherry Pectoral being a fabulously popular state-of-the-art cough medicine. The company’s demise was also brought on by technical innovation in medicine development that the company did not implement.
  • After the initial start-up, the company continued growing by using printing advancements, such chromolithography, for the production of colorful trade cards, signs, and posters. Additionally, the development of the four-color rotary press allowed magazines to get into color printing. Magazine advertising reduced the need for trade cards and provided the company with expanded advertising distribution.
  • Additional background was necessary for the discussion of Ayer's Encased Postage. Encased postage was used early in the Civil War (circa 1862) to provide small change (1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 24, 30, and 90-cent denominations) and at the same time advertise Ayer's medical products.
  • Detailed bottle dating methods for Ayer's bottles is provided using manufacturing techniques and labels.
  • A deep dive was required to provide the specific impact on patent medicine manufacturers by the 1906 Pure Food and Drug act and related follow-up legislation.

To purchase this volume, send your name and address along with a check/money order for $48 made out to Cliff Hoyt. The book price is $40.00 plus shipping of $8.00 for media mail. Please mail the check/money order to Cliff Hoyt, 35 Showers Ln, Martinsburg, WV 25403. You can also order the book using your credit card at the web site and follow the links. The actual store is secure and the price will be the same as ordering via mail except that the store requires West Virginia residents to pay sales tax.

Selections from the book are presented below.

Page from the Bottles and Packaging chapter

Page from the Encased Postage chapter

Page from the Trade Card chapter

Page illustrating poster images from the Signs and Posters chapter

Page illustrating paper signs from the Signs and Posters chapter

Page illustrating tin signs from the Signs and Posters chapter

Kovels' 2023 Price Guide Released

The 2023 edition of Kovels' vaunted "Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide" is now available. Once again, Terry and Kim Kovel have achieved excellence in producing a volume that observers agree is the undisputed bible of antiques and collectibles. At 600+ pages, it is an encyclopedic tool that lovers of antiquity will refer to over and over.

This year's edition includes 12,500 listings, and over 3,150 full color photographs. It is logically organized by categories most sought-after by collectors. Also included are indexes, cross-references, and expert commentary. A special center section appears in this volume on "Collecting Trends: Twentieth Century American Studio Ceramics." Listed values are based on prices realized at auction over the previous year. They are never based on estimates. AAAA members will be pleased to learn that once again, antique advertising and related listings are very well represented.

The volume would not be complete without the multitudes of trademark "tips" that abound within the pages of this book. These are pearls of wisdom that are rarely found elsewhere and serve to enrich a collector's experience (and collections). For example: on page 251, the following "Tip" is proffered: To clean an enamel or graniteware pan, fill it with water. Add the peel of an apple or some cut-up fresh rhubarb. Boil the mixture for 15 minutes." While we can't vouch for the effectiveness of that tip, it is certainly something you probably didn't know!

The volume itself is a thing of beauty. Thumbing through the weighty book immediately brings attention to the symmetry of page design, with the variously arranged columns presenting listings, descriptions, images, commentary and other material in a manner that is very easy on the eye. The thousands of photos included are lush, with bold colors and clearly defined details.

AAAA members should be aware that the Kovels have been important members and supporters of our club for many years. Terry was even a featured and well-received speaker at two of our recent conventions. Our membership holds Terry and the Kovel organization in the highest regard. AAAA encourages all members to order a copy of this book to add to their libraries. 

Terry and her daughter, Kim, have triumphed once again in producing a tour de force in the field of antiques and collectibles.  "House Beautiful" magazine got it right when they quipped, "What the Kovels don't know about antiques isn't worth knowing".

The 2023 edition of Kovels' "Antiques and Collectible Price Guide" is available at bookstores everywhere. It can also be ordered online directly from Kovels, Inc., along with an additional free gift, by clicking here.  

Pet Product Advertising

Vintage pet food containers are all the rage these days. They represent part of a genre that includes a broad range of advertising items related to the care and feeding of pets of all kinds. Memorabilia includes product packaging, signage, shipping crates, ephemera and much more.

For those collectors, there is an attractive web site that should be of interest:  The Museum of Aquarium and Pet History.  Quoting directly from the web site: "This museum is dedicated to the history of aquarium & pet keeping and includes a huge depository of over 3,000 items that were historically used to keep pets. These items would be antique aquariums, fish bowls and stands, bird cages, squirrel cages, dog, cat, bird, and fish foods and medications, pet advertising signs including neon and automation, pet product shipping wood crates, metal fish shipping cans, etc., etc. The museum also has a library with over 1,000 aquarium and pet books, 5,000 aquarium and pet magazines, and hundreds of original letters from pet companies, pet publishers, aquarium & pet hobbyists, pet stores, etc." 

In addition to the web site, this museum actually has a bricks-and-mortar presence in San Luis Obispo, CA, that includes four buildings. One building is set up for display while the others are used for storage and restoration work. However, these buildings are not currently open to the public. They plan on monthly You Tube videos to feature parts of the collection. They also have an informative and interesting e-newsletter that always seems to include examples of vintage advertising related to pets.

This web site should be quite the find for any collector of pet-related advertising. Content related to the vintage world of pets are presented on various pages such as: Pet Companies of Yesteryear, Pet 'Find' of the Month, Pet Historical Articles, Aquarium and Pet Product Gallery, Dogs and Cats of Yesteryear, Museum Restoration Projects, and more. 

For additional information, visit the museum's web site at: There, you can sign up to receive the newsletter and obtain other information.  

A Thankful Collector

By Jeffrey Woods

This is a story about how I came to be involved in Antique Advertising. But even more importantly, it is an opportunity to acknowledge the people who mentored, aided, assisted and helped me to get where I am. I admit to being a “small fish,” but I am just thrilled to be in the pond.


There are a couple of things I should mention before we get started. I am at the age (not sure if aging is the cause), where my memory (both long and short term) fails me on a regular basis. So, I may or may not be correct on my date/year specifics. Please keep that in mind as you continue reading.


I think/believe that probably four out of five male children, at some point of time in their youth, are collectors of something--possibly many things. I was no different. Early on, I collected rocks, bugs/insects, bottle caps and a variety of other things. My early collections were not-at-all serious collections, but they were nonetheless collections.


Some years later, I advanced my collecting efforts to include canceled stamps, marbles, army men, and so on. I then eventually moved on to 45 rpm records, trading cards, and baseball and football, along with comic books (Marvel comics being my favorite).


They were all popular items to collect, though at that time they were not nearly as valuable as they are today. If I had held onto those items until today, at least some of my financial burden would be somewhat lessened. That being said, I have just about always been a collector.


As time went on, the items may have changed, but my desire to collect did not. It was, however, put on a more than a brief hold, when I began to take a serious interest in the opposite sex, in one young lady in particular, that I would end up marrying. During that time my collections suffered, I gave away many comic books and records, as well as those items that took a “backseat” to my love interest.


Fast forward 30 years of marriage, three children (all grown up) and many grandchildren later, I re-discovered my desire to collect. But this time it was collecting or obtaining items with the intent of resale--“collecting for a profit.” I didn’t have a focus on any specific items at first. Just about anything I could buy for $5 and sell for $10.


Now, the other order of events are somewhat hazy to me and I am not certain about the specifics. But I do remember getting hold of either a Great Lakes Trader (now defunct) or a copy of the Antique Exchange. It was there that I saw an advertisement for a monthly auction held locally by a gentleman named Doug Dalton. I was quite taken with the whole auction scenario, so I attended on a regular basis.


There at the Dalton Auctions you could find limitless items of all kinds. But it was at these auctions that I began to learn about how auctions worked, what to buy, what not to buy, how much to pay, how much not to pay, and so on. After some time, I was purchasing most anything that I felt I could make a profit on. But, all the items that I bought were things that I liked. That still holds true today. Only rarely will I buy an item that I don’t really like.


Now it was from people that I came to know at Doug Dalton's Auctions that I found out about a new antique mall that was being set up to open in Lincoln Park,  Michigan called Plaza Antiques.


It was only about 15 minutes from my home, so I went over to talk to the owner, Bill Lomas. I made the necessary arrangements, rented a booth, and that was my start. Not long afterward, I obtained a second space at Salt City Antiques in Ypsilanti, where Carol McEachran is the owner. I need to pause here and give credit to Ward Freeman and Joyce Ramsey, who have a small shop right up the street from Salt City called Bowerbird Mongo. It’s a fantastic shop with great items and really great prices. It’s only open one weekend out of each month, but it is well worth the trip.


Now that I actually had a business to run, I was constantly on the hunt for products and items to build up inventory for my booths, so I was doing a little bit of everything, going anywhere within a reasonable (sometimes not so reasonable) distance in pursuit. Garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, antique shops, antique malls, auctions, etc.


But it was again in either Great Lakes Trader or Antique Exchange that I saw an advertisement for a company called Showtime Auctions. One afternoon after work I decided to drive there and take a look. They had a preview where you could look at everything on the Thursday before the auction started.


The auction site was located at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds in Saline, Michigan, about a 20 minute drive. The fairgrounds are nothing special--pretty nondescript actually. You go through a fence on a gravel road and make your way to a series of sheds until you find Shed “C”. So I parked, got out, went to Shed “C,” opened the door, and “OMG” it was truly an “AHA '' moment in my world. Never before, not even in a museum had I seen sooo many eye popping items in one space. Framed artwork, slot machine coin op pieces, metal, tin, porcelain signs, paper, plastic, cardboard, flange signs, neon, cast iron, pedal cars, toys--and it went on and on, and on.


What stuck out for me was the lighting treatments they installed making everything just unbelievable to look at. (I use spotlighting on my displays at shows to this day). I was in Antique Advertising Heaven! I walked around in a semi-trance viewing those items. I was there until an announcement came on saying they would be closing in 15 minutes. I had gone back to my car at one point and gotten my digital camera and started to take some flash photos of some of the items. Mike Eckles was working at one of the tables up front and told me to please not take any more photos and that he would give me a catalog. This was great because the auction catalogs cost $40. Time passed very quickly and I reluctantly left and drove home pondering my return visit the next day to attend the auction. After that, I attended every Showtime Auction held up until they sold the business in 2019. Mike and Lori Eckles and their staff always treated me really well in all of our dealings and I have fond memories of all associated with Showtime. I really hated to see it end. But most importantly, it was that day that I decided that antique advertising was going to be MY niche in the industry.


It was in one of the Showtime Catalogs (not sure what year) that I noticed an ad for the Antique Advertising Association of America, also known as “Quad-A”. After learning and loving the business/hobby more as time passed, we (I) decided to join. As I started receiving correspondence and personal emails from Quad-A as well as copies of PastTimes and the Checkerboard newsletters, we decided to take a relatively short drive to Dublin (Columbus) OH to attend the Annual Convention. It was held at the Embassy Suites, so of course the food is always fantastic. The way the rooms are set up, every room comes out onto a balcony and you can set up your displays for room hopping in the front room, which is separate from the sleeping area. It allows your displays to be visible to passersby even when you are away from your room or while you are sleeping.


Quad-A members were (are) quite welcoming, extremely friendly, and in a short time became like family. We look forward to seeing Quad-A members at the conventions and all the Antique Advertising shows in a 3 or 4 state vicinity. There are shows outside that area, but up until now, we have chosen a more limited area. But after we retire from work, who knows? There are a number of members we stay in close contact with, even apart from the hobby and I would like to mention some of them: Marvin and Cindy Gardner, David and Suze Butler, and Damon and Angela Granger.


I became acquainted with Marvin through his eBay store, “Boofers,” where I have made a number of purchases, consisting mostly of calendars and cardboard die cuts. In fact, the first time we went to the old Indy Ad Show at the Fairgrounds in 2017, one of the main reasons for going was to meet Marvin and Cindy. We have kept in contact with each other and he has been “showing me the ropes” ever since. I also have to thank Ted Wahlfeld for sharing his experience with us as well over the years.


And of course, I could never leave out Paul and Michele Lefkovitz and Steve Lefkovitz from Quad-A for being so welcoming and willing to help us in an industry that was new to us. There are many others-- too many in fact to mention--that are very special to us and we are thankful for them all.


We first encountered David Butler from Butler’s Gold Return in Syracuse, Indiana at the Boone County Treasure Hunt in 2018.  (Refer to the article about them in the March, 2022 issue of PastTimes.) Regina was minding our booth while I was busy moving things around, when David noticed an old oval shaped concave glass, wooden frame advertisement for Miller GameCock Rye Whiskey.


I had purchased the item in the un-cataloged portion of the Friday Auction at Showtime. After purchasing that and several other items, I brought them home and placed them in my attic where they remained for a number of years. I was searching the attic for new items to take to the Boone County Show when I came across the Miller Sign and decided to take it along.


David saw it and was asking Regina about it so she called me over and David told me that he thought “this could be something special”. Now David could have simply purchased the item. I probably would have sold it to him for about $300 and that would have been the end of the story. But David said “let’s work together on it”. So he took the item and did all of the work, stripping off the old paint, cleaning the original glass, replacing the etching in gold leaf and reframing the piece.


A picture is worth a thousand words so the before and after versions of the sign appear below.



After sending out a promo for the piece with no real serious buyers showing integrity, the Butlers brought the piece over to our booth and let us display it for a while. We had a couple stop by and show some interest, but I didn’t think they were buyers. A short time later, David came back to our booth with the crate he built for the piece. I didn’t know what was going on until David told me “the “Miller” sold. It was not only the high point for that particular trip, but no doubt one of the biggest moments in the history of our hobby/business.


Most recently, I have focused on high-quality vintage signs and posters.  Many are items of great beauty and it gives me pleasure to pass them along to appreciative new owners. A few of those items are presented in the gallery below.

Fun Find: Canned Rye Bread?

AAAA member Richie Sternfeld reports discovering a rather unusual and perhaps amusing item: a vintage can of rye bread!  He reports: "This unopened can of rye bread was made by Reese Foods, Chicago. It has a paper label and is 4.5 inches tall. The best part is that it is already sliced."

Are you familiar with this product? He would love to learn more about its history, the manufacturer, and possible value. If you have any information to share, you can contact him at 585-256-2038 (before 9:00 pm Eastern Time, please).

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.

Continental Cubes tobacco tin 4.75” tall and the 6.0” tall size. Convention Hall coffee tin (Ridenour-Baker Kansas City) any variation. Big Horn 1 lb or 3 lb coffee tin.

Philip Morris Tin & Porcelain Advertising Signs, thermometers, door push signs. Excellent to mint condition preferred. Daryl Crawford (804) 721-7294 or email

Justrite Pet Foods. The Justrite Company General Office was located in Milwaukee WI. A National Account. Advertising, displays, signs, tins, boxes all with logo on it. Most would come from the 1930’s through 1950’s. Thanks for the help… Gordon Addington. To reply, click here.

Old Topper Brewery Calendar of the late 1940's featuring a pin up artist nude in large format wanted. Always seeking any Rochester Brewery memorabilia. John DeVolder 585-697-4047 or


"Jenny" Genesee Brewing Company's girl of the 1950's. Seeking cardboard point of sale-and other items that feature Jenny, who had a ten-year run from 1953 to 1963. Also interested in any cardboard point of sale items from the 1930's through the 1950's from any of the Rochester Breweries. John DeVolder 585-697-4047 or

Coca-Cola 24" button porcelain sign with bottle in center. Want several in as close to mint condition as possible. Call 336-970-9867.


Books on Oil & Gas Collectibles. Also looking for books on signs. Call 336-970-9867.

Yellow Kid wanted: 50 year collector looking for the unusual. Reply to:

Pedal Cars: Photos, postcards, calendars, catalogs and advertising related to pedal cars. To reply, click here.

Beer cans, soda cans, beer and soda tin-over-cardboard signs, cork-backed bottle caps, key-wind coffee cans, quart oil cans. Please email Jeff Lebo at

Pedal car related items. To reply, click here.

Matchbook holders. To know what these are, see my articles in Checkerboard

for Nov. 2020 and May 2021. I will consider all items, in any material from plastic to gold, and not necessarily with advertising. Email Andy at

Cigarette Packs. Advanced collector looking to purchase vintage packs. Please contact Dheeraj by email: DHEERAJ.KHIYTANI@GMAIL.COM.

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

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, 2.75" 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 "Giveaway" 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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