Keystone Blog

Here is a log of thoughts, ideas and goings on related to Keystone collecting and / or toy collecting in general.  What is here is as random as whatever my thoughts are at the time.

Thanksgiving at Collectingkeystone

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanksgiving at Collectingkeystone

On this day of thanksgiving we usually give thanks for health, family and friends.  This year I would like to add all of you who have visited Collectingkeystone.  Two days ago the site hit of milestone of 1,000 hits in a calendar month with five days left in November.  Thank you.  The site was never intended to get tens of thousands of hits per month.  The subject matter is too specific for that type of traffic.  I had hoped that the site would hit 1,000 at some point but I thought that would be a year or two into the process.  For seven...

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Seaworthyjacrim.com

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

Seaworthyjacrim.com

Yesterday I went to Renninger’s fall antique show in Mount Dora, Florida to meet Bob Jones who runs the website Seaworthyjacrim.com.   What a great time I had.  Bob and I have communicated by email and phone several times but had never met until yesterday.  I have followed his site for sometime and it was one of the inspirations for starting my site.  Bob and I spent several hours talking “shop” in between the folks stopping by his booth. There were about forty Seaworthy, Jacrim and Keystone toys there for sale.  If I had a...

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Positive Review of Website

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Positive Review of Website

Two days ago I received a glowing review of the website from Old Antique Toys, a daily blog site (oldantiquetoys.blogspot.com).  The reviewer said “definitely one of the best websites that I have ever seen about toys”.  High praise for this site starting just seven months ago.  He went on to say that he liked the  “design, the page layout, photo quality, writing content, and on and on”.  I have always been concerned about my ability to photograph toys for the site but the comment, “Notice how he also likes to...

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Acme, Thomas and Keystone Cars

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Acme, Thomas and Keystone Cars

I thought I might show an interesting comparison between three cars, that look nearly identical,  made by three different manufactures.  Acme, Thomas and Keystone produced these plastic cars.  All three cars are 4.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.  The Acme and Thomas cars are identical and both carry the model number 1-133.  Acme became Thomas so this explains the cars being identical.  Both are made of plastic with black rubber wheels.  The Acme car is made of a slightly heavier, more “flexible” plastic while the Thomas is made...

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Antique Toy Collectors of America

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Antique Toy Collectors of America

Well it is a very exciting weekend for me.  I am now officially a member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America.  The anticipation for this has been building since I attended the May convention in Miami.  There is now the ability to talk toys without the raised eyebrow that says “aren’t you a little old to be playing with toy”?  I look forward to actively participating in the activities that the group has to offer and anything else that I can assist with.  If you are solo collector, as I was for many years, I highly...

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American Horror Story Freakshow

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

American Horror Story Freakshow

I don’t know if anyone is watching American Horror Story Freakshow but I noticed something of interest to Keystone collectors.  If you are into Keystone camera equipment the projector that is used in the dining tent is a Keystone.  Nothing earth shattering but I’m always on the lookout for anything manufactured by Keystone when I watch any period movies or shows. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Thomas Mfg. Plastic Cars

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Thomas Mfg. Plastic Cars

I have in my collection two ferry boats that came with a plastic car.  Both have boxes showing a plastic car and the cars were identical.  The interesting thing is they were marked with a Thomas Mfg. logo.  When I purchased the first one I assumed that someone had just tossed in a plastic car and I put into a box of toys to sell.  When I bought the second ferry boat and found the same car I knew it couldn’t be a coincidence.  I retrieved the first car, that didn’t sell thankfully, looked the two over and started to scratch my...

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ATCA Convention in Miami

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

ATCA Convention in Miami

Over the first weekend in May I traveled down to Miami to my first ATCA convention.  Being that this was one of the requirements of joining and my first opportunity to meet other toy collectors, I was very excited.  This event was on the smaller side in regard to the number of attendees.  This worked to my benefit as one of my sponsors, the only person I had actually met, had to cancel at the last moment.  I was now walking into a group to meet my second sponsor and the other members for the first time without recognizing a single face.  I...

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The Difference Between Toy Collectors of Vintage & Antique Toys

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Difference Between Toy Collectors of Vintage & Antique Toys

I have been thinking lately about the difference between collectors of antique toys and collectors of vintage toys.  For my train of thought antique toys are pre 1970 and vintage toys are post 1970 but specifically the 1980’s and 90’s.  Let me first say that collecting is collecting no matter what the focus is.  My brother was very serious about his collection of plastic drink swords, granted he was five.  I also realize at some point you have to acknowledge that you are getting older because the toys you played with are now...

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Jacrim Tom Thumb Toys Battleship Added

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Jacrim Tom Thumb Toys Battleship Added

I finally found a Jacrim Tom Thumb Toys Battleship in very nice condition to add to my collection. The short production window for these battleships makes it very desirable.  Owning a Jacrim battleship has been on my wish list for quite a while.  When you look at it you can see where the basic design for later Keystone ship came from.    Despite its simplicity this is one of my favorite ships. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in...

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