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1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Montville, CT 06370


Nature's Art Village & The Dinosaur Place: 860-443-4367
The PAST Antiques & Genius Museum:860-437-3615


June’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 44, located on the lower lever of The PAST Antiques Marketplace.
This vendor features furniture and home decor for anyone who loves vintage!

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.

Similar to Pyrex, Fire-King was originally produced in the 1940s by Anchor Hocking. It was given away with bags of flour and could be purchased at gas stations, grocery and hardware stores. This durable, oven-safe glassware was produced in a variety of designs and colors. Popular styles included nesting bowls, dessert bowls, glass beverage containers, casserole dishes, and mugs.

Jade-ite, which is a milky green colored glass, remains one of the most popular styles among collectors. Mugs decorated with advertising and popular characters are also sought-after by collectors.

Although Fire-King dishes are oven-safe, there were no microwaves in existence when it was initially manufactured and it is not recommended for microwave use. It is also best to avoid the dishwasher.

While Fire-King ceased production in 1976, many pieces are still available due to their sturdiness. Their usefulness and timeless style make this kitchen staple a favorite among collectors.

Focus on PhotographyMay 15, 2019

Now that every smartphone is equipped with a camera, there has been a renewed interest in photography. While filters in apps and software are designed to give modern photos a vintage look, they cannot replace the style and quality of a film camera.

Vintage cameras are valued by collectors for many reasons. In addition to their historical significance, many vintage cameras contained high-end optics that modern photographers desire. Leica, Kodak and Polaroid are just a few of the sought-after brands collectors desire.

Camera collecting can be enjoyed by both the novice and professional photographer. With so many interesting models, there are cameras and lenses for every budget.

Visit the “Camera Shop” in the Genius Museum and purchase your own vintage camera at The PAST Antique Marketplace.

May’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 20, located downstairs in the PAST Antiques Marketplace.

This vendor has a large selection of unusual items. Handmade hammered metal items from Martha’s Vineyard, tools, dishes, vintage souvenir glasses and so much more! Stop by and see this fabulous selection today.

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.

Cigarette cardsApril 19, 2019

Cigarette or tobacco cards originated in the 1870s as a way to stiffen cigarette packs. These cards were blank until a businessman decided to use them for advertising. Soon cards were manufactured with images players on the front, and advertisements on the back. These cards were produced as sets to encourage people to purchase more cigarettes and thus collect the entire series.

Each set of cards typically consisted of 25 or 50 related subjects. Popular themes included celebrities, athletes, nature, and scenic images. With the onset of World War II in 1940, manufacturers ceased tobacco card production in order to save paper. While some companies attempted to reintroduce cigarette cards in the 1950s, they never regained their original popularity.

Collectors have been known to spend thousands of dollars for rare cards depicting vintage ball players such as Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. However, more common cards are more affordable to the casual enthusiast. The PAST Antiques Marketplace has an assortment of cigarette cards for purchase. Visit us and pick out one or two or a complete set!

 

April’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 40, located downstairs in the PAST Antiques Marketplace.

This vendor has a large selection of delightful collectibles. Ceramics, glassware, shot glasses and toys. These photos are just a small sample of this vendors fabulous selection. We’re sure you’ll find something that catches your fancy.

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.

February Booth of the MonthFebruary 01, 2019

February’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 106, located on the lower level at the PAST Antiques Marketplace. Lanterns are a fascinating, functional item to collect and this vendor provides both oil and electrified versions.

As far back as 1860, lanterns were used by railroad workers to send messages to each other.

In 1859 Robert Edwin Dietz and his brother, Michael patented the first practical flat wick burner especially designed for kerosene. Over time the R.E. Dietz Company manufactured hundreds of lantern models, and pioneered the automotive lighting industry. Dietz’s lantern division moved to China in 1956, and production of lanterns ceased in America in 1970.

 

 

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gambling PunchboardsJanuary 28, 2019

Punchboards originated in the 18th century. Tavern owners drilled holes into wooden game boards and placed numbered, paper tickets into the slots. These holes were then covered with paper. A patron would buy one of the holes and puncture the paper to reveal a possible prize.

In the late 1800s, cardboard punchboards were introduced. These new punchboards, sold with a metal punch stylus, became popular at drugstores. It is estimated that 30 million punchboards were sold between 1910 to 1915 and 50 million punchboards were sold in 1939 during the peak of their popularity.

After World War II punchboards declined in popularity and many states outlawed this form of gambling. Many manufacturers attempted to disguise the gambling nature of the boards by stating that prizes were “for trade only” and not redeemable for cash. Cigarette, cigar, and beer companies used punchboards as an advertising medium, featuring their products as prizes instead of cash.

Over time crooked vendors “fixed” punchboards and sold the answer keys to mobsters or patrons who would split the prizes. Infamous night club owner, Jack Ruby, was known for selling punchboards.

Eventually gambling punchboards evolved into the scratch-off lottery tickets in use today.

Visit The PAST Antiques Marketplace  on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

Salt and Pepper ShakersJanuary 23, 2019

Previously we discussed how salt cellars were used prior to the introduction of free-flowing salt. Salt and pepper shakers are now a staple in most homes and make a fun, useful collectible. Shaker collecting is so popular that there are clubs and museums dedicated to shaker enthusiasts.

In 1858, John Mason, inventor of the Mason jar, created the first saltshaker by punching holes in a tin cap to distribute salt across his food. In 1871 C. P. Crossman patented an agitator which broke up clumps and kept salt free-flowing. Later salt was more finely milled and ceramic containers with perforations in their tops were invented. Prior to these inventions, salt mills similar to pepper grinders, ground the salt into small bits.

Salt shakers became increasingly common after anti-caking agents were introduced by the Morton Salt company in the 1920s. The Great Depression of the 1930s boosted the popularity of shakers as Japanese ceramics producers concentrated on exporting inexpensive items. By the 1940s and ’50s, novelty shakers shaped like produce, animals and other characters, were in demand. As Americans traveled more by car, shakers became popular road-trip souvenirs.

Whether a vintage find or a souvenir of travel, shakers can add a little charm to your home.

The PAST Antiques Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a variety of salt and pepper shakers and other vintage kitchenware. Visit us on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut to see our full selection of antiques and vintage collectibles!

January’s Vendor of the Month is Booth 100, located downstairs at the PAST Antiques Marketplace.
If you wish to add to your collection, or start one, you’ll love this assortment of vintage items! Ceramic figures, ashtrays, novelty salt shakers, plates and framed art. So many fun and unusual pieces, we can’t list them all.

 

 

 

With more than 90 antique and collectibles dealers between two handicap-accessible floors, The PAST Antiques Marketplace is sure to have something for the collector in all of us.