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Old ads at the antique mall

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Talk about getting something for pennies on the dollar... Stopped by an antique mall Friday on my way back from taking Rita to the Atl airport and ran up on these great old ads in a box. Apparently someone who loves the same years Buicks as I,  had purchased them years ago off eBay. Some of the ebay sales receipts were still in some of the plastic holders. Prices for these ads were probably double back when ebay first started than they are now (typically $9.99). And the majority of these were only $1 each and some in multiples came out to like a quarter each. The highest dollar item was the Buick Eight book at $5.00 and I have always wanted one of them but wasn't willing to pay the price. I paid $14 for all the below pieces.

I left behind a lot of 50's ads as well as a Buick's First Half-Century ($10) as I already have the Half Century book and pretty much all 54-59 ads. 

I spent a good 45 minutes going through the collection and enjoyed it immensely. I may go back Tues on my way back to the airport as there was a couple more items I might "invest" in (a good condition spark plug cover for $15)   The colors and subject matter on these prewar ads is so classic of those days. Simply magnificent.

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REAL LUCKY DOG.  We have a memorabilia auction her in CT in two weeks from now.  If you want to ship me all the stuff, I bet I could triple your money and still pocket a health commission, of a few $100.

 

John.

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Good to see you got them at a reasonable price!

No one should have to pay $10 for a page cut out of a magazine,

when the magazine itself, in total, was probably worth $2 or $3.

 

I like to keep magazines WHOLE.  There are a lot of interesting and

historically insightful articles in old magazines.  But once someone

cuts out a page, he has either damaged the magazine or he 

puts the magazine in the trash.  Car fans are all about preserving history!

Those old magazines,  just like old cars, should be kept for the generations to come.

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35 minutes ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

There are a lot of interesting and historically insightful articles in old magazines.

 

Truth!  I don't mind cutting up a mag for wall art, but I have bought some ads that had things on the back that were *almost* interesting enough to make me want to go out and buy an intact copy of the whole publication.

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Oh my.  What a very lucky guy ... awesome collection you just got!

 

 

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On 3/30/2016 at 8:17 AM, John_S_in_Penna said:

There are a lot of interesting and historically insightful articles in old magazines.

 

I recently acquired some wall art for my cubicle at work.  While the front side is what I display, the radio geek in me really got a kick out of what was on the back.  I think I'm going to write to

 

Electronics Dept.,

General Electric

Schenectady, New York

 

and ask for a copy of "YOUR COMING RADIO - as Forecast by General Electric" - they say it's free!

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On 3/30/2016 at 9:55 AM, SpecialEducation said:

 

Truth!  I don't mind cutting up a mag for wall art, but I have bought some ads that had things on the back that were *almost* interesting enough to make me want to go out and buy an intact copy of the whole publication.

 

Unless I buy a magazine ad already cut out,

I keep the ENTIRE magazine and just put a

marker on the page of the ad (or article) I like.

 

There are many, many old magazines that have

insightful articles, of history long forgotten.  For instance,

do we think that life in the 1800's was serene and quiet 

with only country roads and mothers' aprons filled with blueberries?

A writer of that time called it "the age of noise," with traffic

congestion in the cities and ball-bearingless axles making it

anything but quiet.  Today, in 2016, we need those old records.

 

In the 1890's, Thomas Edison predicted that gasoline cars 

would dominate, because electric cars didn't have the range.

Now, 125 years later, the obstacle of battery range still plagues

electric cars.

 

So keep those magazines, whether 1870's or 1970's,

and preserve the historical record for generations to come! 

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