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February 13, 2014

Wouldn't it be fun to read a book that featured a full year's supply - 365 days - of unusual collections?

A Collection a Day features artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon's personal and quirky compilation of tchotchkes, collectibles, and curiosities.

Here are just a few of Lisa's unusual collectibles:
 Vintage erasers

 Old lead pencil refill tins

Baby doll hands

 Antique game boards

Vintage clothes pins

The next time you're at the library check out A Collection a Day
to see Lisa's 365 different photos and drawings of her collections.

Let's take a look at some other unusual accumulations.

Maura Graber's collection of antique and vintage wood
clothes hangers was featured in Country Living magazine.

No Pattern Required is an interesting blog and Etsy shop
devoted to vintage items in their original packaging:

Without a doubt, the most popular of collectibles are
those that are still housed in their original packaging.

Collectors are often called eccentric and I'd probably
agree after viewing this photo of hornet nests:

Becky Martz has collected 13,552 different banana labels.
(Seriously?  There are 13,552 banana growers?!)

Children were no different 150 years ago than they are
today - some were afraid to have their picture taken.

The solution?  Hidden Mothers - the mothers were hidden from view
but the children knew they were there.  Collectors of antique and
vintage photographs usually narrow their interest to a specific subject
or type of photograph.  Hidden Mothers are definitely unusual.

Interested in criminal justice?
The website Handcuffs is devoted to antique and vintage handcuff
collections.  There seems to be a site devoted to every type of collection.

Most collectors agree that the "thrill of the hunt" is as important
as the acquisition.  What is your favorite type of collectible?


  1. Very, very interesting post. Thanks for the pics as I will definitely be looking for that book. Before I read the description below the "hidden mothers" pics, I thought, no wonder they were afraid…there is someone sitting beside them under a blanket. Ha! That's a little creepy. Ha! Have a great weekend.

    1. That's what I thought the first time I saw a Hidden Mother! I would have thought that a child would be more afraid to have their mother covered up than standing beside the photographer trying to get them to smile.

  2. The hidden mother ones are so creepy......
    They look like wraiths getting ready to envelope the children.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. The hidden mothers are definitely weird - too bad they didn't have PhotoShop! But what an unusual subject to collect.

  3. Hornet nests.. really! How fabulous :) Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by in Perth, I'm so glad you did, I love everything vintage and slightly odd! We have several vintage markets a year here in Perth, wouldn't miss them.. especially the camera market which is coming up next weekend, life in days gone by has always intrigued me

    1. My grandfather kept an abandoned hornet nest in his barn but I can't imagine collecting them. Kind of like I can't imagine collecting taxidermy animals. Have fun at the upcoming market. Nothing sounds as much fun as traveling the world and visiting foreign flea markets and fairs.

  4. oh my word! the hidden mother photos are just plain scary! :) loved seeing the collectibles. just have to smile at some of them.

    thanks for stopping by today. loved your comment - and your attitude. :)

    1. So glad you dropped by. The Hidden Mother photos creep everyone out - maybe that's why they're so rare. Descendants just didn't want to keep them and probably threw them away. What I can't figure out is why the mothers just didn't pose with their babies instead of trying to hide. Strange indeed.

  5. I have never seen the hidden mother pictures before. The book looks wonderful. Love your blog! I am a new follower.


  6. Oh my goodness....I never knew the mother was under a blanket. I always wondered when I saw a picture with the child next to a mountain of material that there was actually a mother underneth....interesting.
    Happy Valentine's Day.