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Hobbyist Wears Thirty Watches (Jun, 1940)

Hobbyist Wears Thirty Watches
Champion watch-watcher of the world is Charles Brown, an English hobbyist who starts out in the morning with as many as thirty timepieces ticking on his person. In addition to conventional pocket and wrist watches, he wears tiny timepieces in the form of cuff links, rings, and Lapel buttons. For years, Brown has collected watches.

Hunting Miniatures (Sep, 1936)

Hunting Miniatures

24,000 pieces in world’s largest museum of the smallest articles.

ONE of the most remarkable exhibitions of miniatures, which has been collected painstakingly over a period of sixteen years by Mr. Jules Charbeneau, is on exhibition in St. Louis.

The articles come from thirty countries and the collection consists of 24,000 different items.

Dolls Delight Grown-ups, Too (Dec, 1950)

When I first looked at the doll on the second page I thought that the basket was actually inside her chest cavity, which at least made the article seem a little grotesque. Alas, it is simply a 10 page article about collecting dolls. Please try to contain your excitement.

Dolls Delight Grown-ups, Too

LUCY CUNNINGHAM Photographs by Jacoby’s Photo Service and I. Cunningham

“Whether you have one doll or a hundred, whether you buy for yourself or for others, no matter how you do it— doll collecting is fun,” says Lucy Cunningham.

How To Collect Time (May, 1956)

How To Collect Time

Rare, curious and ingenious old clocks are a fascinating and profitable hobby for collectors from every walk of life.

By John Armstrong

ALLEN BARRINGER is only twelve-going-on-thirteen but he’s made a reputation as the Father Time of Richmond, Va. Allen was the boy who set a couple of Richmond’s historic clocks ticking for the first time in years.

One of them looks out from the tower of the Pace Methodist Church and the other from atop the Jefferson Hotel. Starting out with the church clock, Allen devoted Saturday afternoons to the gigantic task of oiling the gears, cleaning and scouring the huge pendulum and generally putting things to rights.



Rings of life and death, love and hate, from one hundred to several thousand years old, make up a unique collection.


IT WAS a beautiful day. The birds and the bees, fluttering about, were busy living up to their reputations. In a cozy corner of an Italian courtyard, back in the early part of the 19th century, two romantic young people were crowding years into brief moments of ecstasy. Again and again their lips made passionate contact as they pledged their undying devotion through all eternity.



WHEN the collecting bug bites a hobbiest, one never knows what the outcome will be. Some victims react the usual way and save coins, stamps, match covers, etc., but others aren’t satisfied with interests so ordinary. They choose unique fields, to say the least. But they are equally as fanatic as their more conventional brothers and sisters and consider their collections just as valuable. Here are some of the curious collectioneers and their strange hobbies.

World’s Champion Old-Car Collector (May, 1950)

World’s Champion Old-Car Collector

LOTS of people like to save old stamps or I fill a corner cabinet with odd pipes, prize toothpicks or Easter-egg shells. But the biggest collector of them all and the world’s heavyweight champion picker-upper is Barney J. Pollard. As a prosperous Detroit dealer in building materials, he collects mountains of cinders for roadmaking. As an ardent hobbyist, he packs shed after shed chock up to the roof with stacks of priceless old autos-including practically every one of the 2000 makes turned out in this country since the first horseless buggies 50 years ago.



SUGAR, snakes and swimming may seem like rather unrelated subjects—but to 69-year-old George P. Meade of Gramercy, La., they are all fields of major interest, and he is a nationally recognized authority in all three.

As a sugar technologist, Meade is manager of the Colonial Sugars Company’s refinery at Gramercy, a director of the Cuban-American Sugar Company and co-author of the Spencer-Meade “Cane Sugar Handbook,” standard reference on sugar technology. As a snake expert, he is former vice-president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. As an aquatics enthusiast, he is former vice-president of the Southern AAU and a member of the AAU Committee on swimming.

Rariatrics… world’s most fabulous hobby (Aug, 1951)

Rariatrics… world’s most fabulous hobby

Here’s a pastime so unusual that only one person in the whole universe can practice it. And nobody has managed to do so yet.

By Lester David

IF you’ve got about $15 million to spare, here’s your chance to become the world’s first and only rariatrician!

What is a rariatrician? Well, don’t rush to your dictionary because you won’t find it there. In fact, we just invented the word. But, if there were such a creature as a rariatrician, he’d be the world’s Number One Hobbyist.

Woman’s Day Dictionary of SANDWICH GLASS (Nov, 1963)

Here’s the exciting article you’ve all been waiting for!

Honestly, I couldn’t even work up the interest to OCR anything but the intro. I feel like the designers at Woman’s Day used this feature to show the world just how many different fonts they had.

Woman’s Day Dictionary of SANDWICH GLASS

Photographs by BILL BEECHER

Pick up a piece of Sandwich glass and you hold in your hand a piece of America’s past. Lacy loveliness, satisfying design, glowing color are all part of its attraction, but it has historic appeal as well. Sandwich, the Cape Cod town which gave it its name, became important with the building of the glass factory there in 1825, but it was never an industrial town. Sandwich glass was the creation of people living in what was then, as it is now, an enchanting little New England village: the men made it, their wives and daughters decorated it, their sons Carried wood for the furnaces.