You can use your collections to celebrate holidays like Veterans Day. Nov. 11, 1919, was the day chosen to commemorate the Armistice, the agreement signed the year before that ended World War I. The celebration, named Armistice Day, featured parades, meetings, a moment of silence, prayers and other events. It also included displays of the flag.
The holiday was changed in 1954 to honor veterans of all wars and the name became "Veterans Day."
Collectors like to own and will pay extra for vintage pieces that picture the flag, Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty or any other patriotic symbols.
During past decades, advertisers could alter a flag with a product name, claim an endorsement from the president, or use the symbols in ways that now are not considered politically correct. Union Leader Tobacco pictured Uncle Sam with stars and stripes in ads and on packages in the early 1900s. By 1920, they redesigned the package and replaced Uncle Sam with an eagle, probably because Uncle Sam had become old-fashioned. This is a clue to the age and value of the Union Leader tins, packages and signs collected today.
On Nov. 11, display some vintage collectibles that praise veterans, especially those that show the flag or Uncle Sam. It is a day of remembrance, and objects from the past help us understand what we celebrate.
Q: I have a 25-cent stamp album issued for the purchase of a war savings bond during World War II. It took 75 stamps ($18.75) to fill the book. The book I have has $12.50 in stamps. Does this have any monetary value?
A: World War II savings bond stamp books were issued by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1942. Once the book was filled with stamps, it had to be held for 10 years before it could be exchanged at the post office for a $25 savings bond. Partially filled savings bond booklets sell online for $5 to $15. You can redeem the stamps for their face value by filling out and submitting form PD F 1522. You can get the form at treasurydirect.gov by putting "1522" in the search box at the top of the page. Send the completed form to one of the addresses listed on it.
For return of a photo, include a self-addressed, stamped (55 cents) envelope. Write to: The Kovels, c/o King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. The website is kovels.com.
Prices from shows nationwide:
Tin cheese mold, punched, diamond shape, rolled rim, triangular feet, 1800s, 5 by 8 inches, $95.
Flying saucer, Sky Patrol, red, tin, plastic dome, astronaut, battery-operated, box, Japan, about 1960, 7 3/4 inches, $170.
Clarice Cliff pottery bowl, Bizarre pattern, triangles, painted black, red, yellow, signed, 5 inches, $285.