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Thu May 16 2013 16:57:17

Bright, Shiny Collections - Contest Deadline May 24

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Our Collections Contest will wrap up next Friday, May 24. So if you have not gotten your collection entered yet, grab the nearest smartphone, camera, or even a webcam and get that photo entered! You can post it to the AuctionBytes Forum or simply email it to me at

Please try to take a photo with a high resolution…i.e. have your camera on the digital macro setting if possible. But any photo will do.

We have some new and fascinating entries. Longtime EcommerceBytes community member "Al G" shared a photo of his railroad corporate seal embossing machines. 

"These date from the 1880's-1910s," wrote Al in his post.  "From rear to front: New York New Haven and Hartford RR; Hartford & Connecticut Western RR; Northern Pacific Terminal Portland Ore. The certificate in the background has the embossed seal in the lower right corner."

The machine's design varies from rather plain to these more ornately decorated types with pinstriping and shading, Al tells us. "The two styles shown are "rat-tail" and "lions-head.""

And did you know we have a reader who has a look at the changing fashions with time by way of her job with Braniff International Airways?

Gail tells us, "I have every uniform from my twenty-five years of working for Braniff International and its resurrection Braniff II.  My collection is in two cedar closets, but I took out a few of the Emilio Puccis for the included photos.  There is also a pic of a couple of my Halston uniforms."  :)

Wow! Those are some fancy uniforms! Gail tells us she is not entering the contest, but just sharing her collection. 

She also has a web site with more pix, in case you are interested:

We got a better pic in of Lois's ash tray collection. In our previous post, you got a sense of the volume but couldn't see any of the individual pieces very well. Check this out:

Lois, I wouldn't be surprised if you get a call from the prop master for "Mad Men."

Also, we have a correction from Alicia…to wit: "Thanks for including my photo in your blog. I just wanted to let you know that you misunderstood my collection. I started with a miniature perfume bottle but I collect miniatures of anything. (I have very few bottles because I have sold most of them.) I collect mini wood boxes, figurines, vases, cloisonné, etc. I have included some clearer and closer photos. Have a wonderful day!"

Sorry 'bout that, Alicia! You caught me in a "senior moment."

Here is a better one: 

Terri sent us a photo of part of her collection. "This is a very small sample of a huge Dragonware collection. These are My Nippon & Noritake Moriage Dragon Miniature Vases," she says.

Last but not least, we have a gleaming collection of Judy's antique copper, brass, and silver. "Dare I say it -- sometimes I polish it (shhh) to its original glory," she confesses. "I'm downsizing now, but I still have all the pics to enjoy."

That's right, Judy! And I bet that collection of special metals is worth a pretty penny! (Or, really, more than that since I don't think they put copper in pennies anymore).

All right everyone! If you want to enter the contest but have not yet, send that photo (or photos plural) in.

Want to comment on any of the collections? Or put in a few words for who you think the winner should be? Post it here!

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww

Thu May 16 17:50:24 2013

Ina or David, did you say something about sharing a photo? ;) Hehe. (I know; we are not eligible to win). Good luck all!  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Thu May 16 22:26:41 2013

Finally added my pic to the forum. :) I love seeing how people store and display their collections - in my case, it's easy.  

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by: Shawn This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 21 10:00:33 2013

Thanks for giving me the chance to share my collection. :)

Btw, my photo gallery looks AMAZING because of the Flickr upgrade yesterday!

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