Old baseball photos launch trip down memory lane

Feb 10, 2016

I can’t help but get a little nostalgic every time I run into baseball memorabilia from yesteryear. I’m transported back to Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium, where I watched baseball’s real home run king, Hank Aaron, swat balls out of the park. I was six years old then. I sat breathless in the same stadium at age nine when Atlanta Braves’ reliever Gene Garber struck out Pete Rose and stopped his consecutive games hitting streak at 44. The six old five-inch by seven-inch black and white photographs of baseball players from the 1930s and 1940s we just turned up is what punched my ticket to my latest stroll down memory lane. I stumbled across them in a random box of old photographs we bought from a woman who inherited the stuff. The American League Service Bureau...

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This Just In: Shaker Chairs, Hope Chest, Global Goodies

Dec 1, 2015

More great finds are coming into Orion’s Attic each day and our December schedule for estate liquidations and estate sales in Maryland and Northern Virginia is going to be exciting, too. A few highlights: Shaker Chairs/Hope Chest/Global Goodies: We found four near mint condition Shaker chairs from Mt. Lebanon, New York that were passed down through a family now residing in Virginia. The three adult chairs and one child’s/doll/salesman sample chair are for sale at Old Glory Antique Marketplace in our booth D-6. All four chairs have been holiday discounted from the initial sticker price we had on them when we took the photos. We have some other great pieces of furniture there, too. You’ve got to see our Burmese hope chest brought back to the U.S. by a career-long foreign service worker. We also added...

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Just In: USS Rochester ship newspaper 1930-1933

Aug 13, 2015

We found an extraordinary five-volume bound set of the official newspaper of the United States Ship “The Rochester” that span from Aug. 23, 1930 to March 25, 1933. The collection was originally compiled by the ship newspaper’s editor, W.H. Humphrey, whose family we have been working with. There are three volumes of “The Rocky” bound in green boards and two in brown. Some issues are duplicates but the set of five tells the full story of the lives of the men and the mission of the ship. This is truly an exceptional find that should be of tremendous interest to military collectors, historians, descendants of the U.S.S. Rochester and anyone with a love for the U.S. Navy. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the set and are now making them available for others to love....

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Bon voyage on the S.S. Great Northern in 1916

Apr 27, 2015

Relive the glamour of old-fashioned steamship travel with this colorful passenger list from the S.S. Great Northern, a ship of the Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company. Now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store (Historical Memorabilia section), the passenger list unfolds into a panoramic view of luxury travel at its finest. Lounge in the sun or cut a rug on the dancing deck. Listen to sweet melodies in the music room. Spend an afternoon on the beach at Waikiki. This passenger list was for Voyage No. 4, which left Honolulu on February 4, 1916 and arrived in San Francisco on Feb. 9, 1916. What makes our latest piece of historical ephemera so great is the typed note that is hand-signed. It was written to Miss M. Miller in care of The City Hall, Kansas City, Missouri....

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Searching the streets of Civil War Boston for a woman I have never seen...

Apr 24, 2015

[Editor’s Note: Orion’s Attic obtained an exceptional group of rare books — three editions of the Boston Almanac for the years 1862, 1863 and 1880. I had no idea that they would take me on an emotional journey. Following is the story these three volumes have to tell. They are now available in the Books department of our eBay store, which you can always access at OrionsAttic.com.] I did some more time traveling this week, going back to Boston early in the Civil War and hanging out there through 1880. I even met a woman whose name I still do not know, a woman I can’t stop wondering about. Boston in 1862 was filled with tension. Business leaders like everyone else were frightened by the onset of what Boston Almanac for 1862 editor George...

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This Just In: Figural Whiskey Decanters and Whimsy

Apr 7, 2015

Our newly acquired 100-plus piece figural whiskey decanter collection is so enticing that it could drive teetotalers to hit the bottles – or at least begin collecting them. The first batch of 25 whiskey decanters and counting is now in our Orion’s Attic eBay store. (We’ve also placed a few in our booth at Emporium Antiques in downtown Frederick, Maryland.) The collection we obtained from an Alexandria, Virginia home during one of our estate liquidations is focused largely on the 1960s and 1970s and covers four of the most prominent makers – Jim Beam, Ezra Brooks, McCormick and the Foss Company. If you’re partial to bourbon, you may already know the story of how these kinds of bottles came to life. If not, sip the basics here. The preeminent maker is, of course, the...

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