Monday, October 15, 2018
Friday, October 12, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
A Review of Toonstyle; Calling all Kids, Collectors, and Parents! It's safe to Holiday Shop for Ideas Here!
Licensed characters and pop culture characters are entrenched in our culture. Children, adults, and collectors all want to wear clothes featuring their favorite character, sip out of mugs and glasses with their image, and even wear jewelry inspired by them.
The site itself is attractive, bright, and well-organized. The blog, in particular, is divided into categories; each category is a link. This makes it very easy to search. So, if you are looking for a product review click on that category. It saves a lot of search time.
The page with franchises is comprised of lots of rectangles with the names of characters or shows. Click on one, and you go to a page of great graphics of products related to that theme. E.g., click on “Walking Dead” and you find a variety of terrific licensed merchandise.
What’s really great is that, not only does Toonstyle tell you where you can find each item; click on the site or store name and you are taken right to the site where you can buy it. Prices are included as part of the information, too.
Imagine a buy mom or dad with only a few minutes to fid a birthday gift or holiday shop; a couple sips of coffee and a click or tow, and you have that much wanted Spirited Away Crocheted Necklace (Etsy) or that terrific Golden Girls coloring book.
The recommended way to search is to type what your want in the standard search box. This works. I didn’t see Corpse Bride, Prince of Egypt, Napoleon Dynamite, Fantastic Beasts or Lion King, in franchises, but when I entered them into the search box, I found mugs, clothing, toys, figures, etc., for all ages. These are fairly popular characters. Once I realized you had to read horizontally, and that you alphabetize under “the” with regard to titles, I was able to navigate it. I love the variety; I only wonder if some would find so many franchises overwhelming, but I think they are just great.
|Black Panther Tee, via Toonstyle|
It’s tons of fun to surf this site; also, you can take a wonderful tour down memory lane and find great collectibles, whether you are 2 or 92!!!
Sunday, September 30, 2018
This is a blog by another type of collector, one who discovers comets and creates observation logs of the heavens and astronomical objects. His passion is equal to our, that's for sure.
It is an honor and a pleasure for us to feature guest blogger, Dr. David Levy, noted author, astronomer, Shakespeare scholar, champion of the planet Pluto, and discoverer of 22 comets, either alone or with Gene and Carolyn ShoemakerDr. Levy was a co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.
Among his many awards, Dr. Levy won a 1998 News & Documentary Emmy Award in the "Individual Achievement in a Craft, Writer" category for the script of the documentary 3 Minutes to Impact produced by York Films .
If you build it…
“If you build it,” said the voice, “he will come.” In eastern Iowa near the town of Dyersville, near a well-kept farmhouse, lies a regulation baseball diamond in the midst of a cornfield. This is the field of dreams from the 1989 movie. On the beautiful Sunday afternoon of September 9, Jeff Struve and I drove down to visit the site as part of the Eastern Iowa Star Party he had so well organized. With impact crater specialist Jennifer Anderson and her husband David, we saw where one of my favorite movies was filmed. Dr. Anderson had just delivered a stunning and lively lecture about her impact crater research at Winona State University’s geosciences department.
The theme of Field of Dreams revolves around baseball. But even though I am a baseball fan, the movie’s influence on me was not about the sport but about the dreams. It is about a dream I began to have in the fall of 1965 just as my interest in the night sky was advancing by leaps and bounds. That fall, two Japanese comet hunters, Ikeya and Seki, discovered what would become the brightest comet of the 20th century. I first saw Comet Ikeya-Seki’s lovely tail rising out of the St. Lawrence River late that October, and I have never forgotten it.
Two months later, I began my own program of searching for comets. It had three goals, to search for comets and exploding stars (officially referred to as novae, to discover a comet or a nova, and to conduct a research project on comets and novae. Over the course of my life I have now discovered 23 comets, and when I co-discovered the comet that collided with Jupiter, I really felt as if I dipped myself in magic waters. And the research part, which connects to poetry and the sky, became my 1979 master’s from Queen’s and my 2010 doctorate from the Hebrew University. Along the way, I have also made two independent discoveries of novae.
When I visited in September, the house and field looked exactly as they were in the movie. The picket fence in front now has a sign that says “if you build it.” The second part is left off. I interpret its absence as indicating that not all dreams come true. Maybe yours will, maybe it won’t. But it is about the dream, whether it is baseball, the night sky, or anything else. At the close of the film Ray Kinsella asks, “Is there a heaven?”
“Oh yeah,” his Dad replies. “It’s the place dreams come true.”
And if somehow your dream does come true, you could add the words of Ray’s skeptical brother-in-law:
“When did these ball players get here?”
|House at Field of Dreams, photo by David Levy|
|Field of Dreams, photo by David Levy|
We are officially Non Profit and can Accept Contributions!
Doll Museum is now incorporated as a 501© charity as .
We can now accept monetary ad other contributions
which are tax deductible. Our collection has taken a lifetime to assemble; we
are in the last stages of completion, and hope to have a building by the end of
next year. Thank you to everyone who has
helped us on this journey. Anyone who
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toys, and objects to tell human history from the dawn of time, please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue our blogs and social media,
and will have a print library of materials in our museum to help everyone learn
more about dolls, perhaps the oldest cultural artifact, still relevant after
all these years! Happy Collecting! American Doll & Toy Museum
Greetings, everyone! Many of us who collect dolls also love toys, dolls, and other ephemera. I am currently in charge of selling the lifelong collection of one of my professors from my alma mater. Currently, he records Rock Island Lines on WVIK and co-hosts Scribble and Saturday Morning Life; check it out at WVIK.org. He has collected paper airplanes, starships, kites, books on the topic, paper models and related items for most of his life. These are all vintage, roughly twenty years and older. There are cereal box premiums, White Wings, books on flying airplanes, some signed, models, gliders and much more. The collection contains 2000+ items. All are priced to sell. Some are on Etsy under Vintage Rose Antiques and Jewelry. Others are pictures on my instagram account under ellen_tsagaris. Any one interested, please pm me, and thank you for reading this blog. You can find my email on this blog as well.