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Quiz about Rather Odd Collectibles
Quiz about Rather Odd Collectibles

Rather Odd Collectibles Trivia Quiz


Over the years, I have run across many truly odd collectibles, and I thought it might be fun to share a few of them with you.

A multiple-choice quiz by collect. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
collect
Time
7 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
218,576
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
4 / 10
Plays
1852
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Question 1 of 10
1. Dodge Inc. was famous in the 1940's for making the "Hula Girl" lamps for tourists to Hawaii. They had another product which would also interest collectors. Can you figure it out? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. At a stamp show, one person asked me for an 1875 cover (envelope) from Afghanistan to the U.S. with a perfect stamp on it. I had to refuse his request, but I had a good reason at the time. What was it? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. First Editions of some books are hard to identify. I inherited a first edition of 'Ben Hur', by General Lew Wallace. The easiest way to determine this first edition is from its inscription. Can you figure out which one is real? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Stereo views first became popular in early Victorian times. In the U.S. a viewer for stereo slides was produced for many years called "View-Master." Can you recall the original manufacturer of the View-Master? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. U.S. stamps in the old days primarily depicted Presidents of the United States. Can you name the first non-President to appear on U.S. postage stamps? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Coral jewelry has been collected for many years, but a news article caught my eye. They have found a 450 million year old coral reef, and intend to make part of it a public park. Where do you think the park will be? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In a box in the attic, we found a small piece of wood. An old newspaper clipping states where the wood was from, and the fact that it was sold for purposes of preserving its source. Might you know what the wood was from? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Character jugs, (which many people call "Toby Jugs" although Toby Jugs have a full caricature body), are very popular collectibles made by Royal Doulton. Strange to say, the rarest of all was made in an edition of 3 -- of which one is in the Royal Doulton Museum. Who was so honored? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Picture postcards really became popular at the end of the Nineteenth century. One type used thin spots with colored tissue so that the hold-to-light postcard looked like it had lights in it. Mainly these were of famous buildings, but one type, which is a very popular collectible in certain circles, was a lot odder than that! What do you think these really strange hold-to-light postcards showed? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A number of people collect Mihons from Japan. Funny thing is, I wonder if you know what Mihons are? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Dodge Inc. was famous in the 1940's for making the "Hula Girl" lamps for tourists to Hawaii. They had another product which would also interest collectors. Can you figure it out?

Answer: The Academy Awards (until 1983)

Ray Dodge, an athlete at the 1924 Olympics, was involved in the design of the Academy Awards statuette, as well as the more sensual Hula Girl lamps! Dodge Inc. went out of business in 1983.
2. At a stamp show, one person asked me for an 1875 cover (envelope) from Afghanistan to the U.S. with a perfect stamp on it. I had to refuse his request, but I had a good reason at the time. What was it?

Answer: The Afghans canceled their stamps by tearing the corner off.

Indeed -- the method of cancelling stamps in Afghanistan until 1891 was to tear the corner off the stamp. All covers from Afghanistan are scarce, but no genuine one should have a perfect stamp.
3. First Editions of some books are hard to identify. I inherited a first edition of 'Ben Hur', by General Lew Wallace. The easiest way to determine this first edition is from its inscription. Can you figure out which one is real?

Answer: To the Wife of My Youth

When 'Ben Hur' was first published, Wallace had his wife choose the inscription -- and she chose "To the Wife of My Youth." When the book was issued, readers thought she must have died, so he corrected it to read "Who Still Abides With Me."
4. Stereo views first became popular in early Victorian times. In the U.S. a viewer for stereo slides was produced for many years called "View-Master." Can you recall the original manufacturer of the View-Master?

Answer: Sawyer's Inc.

The View-Master was introduced at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Sawyer's had been a publisher of picture postcards, and looked at the stereo views as a postcard substitute. It is now owned by Fisher Price.
5. U.S. stamps in the old days primarily depicted Presidents of the United States. Can you name the first non-President to appear on U.S. postage stamps?

Answer: Ben Franklin

In 1847, when the U.S. first issued stamps, the former postmaster Ben Franklin was an obvious choice. Queen Victoria has never been on a U.S. stamp.
6. Coral jewelry has been collected for many years, but a news article caught my eye. They have found a 450 million year old coral reef, and intend to make part of it a public park. Where do you think the park will be?

Answer: Vermont

News dispatches on Oct. 11, 2005 indicate that a 71 acre piece of coral reef will be preserved and opened to the public -- in Vermont!
7. In a box in the attic, we found a small piece of wood. An old newspaper clipping states where the wood was from, and the fact that it was sold for purposes of preserving its source. Might you know what the wood was from?

Answer: The USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")

Pieces of the USS Constitution were sold to raise money to preserve it from the 1830s on, and the initial effort to save her began with Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1830, and his poem "Old Ironsides." The piece we have is from shortly after the Civil War.
8. Character jugs, (which many people call "Toby Jugs" although Toby Jugs have a full caricature body), are very popular collectibles made by Royal Doulton. Strange to say, the rarest of all was made in an edition of 3 -- of which one is in the Royal Doulton Museum. Who was so honored?

Answer: Toby Gillette

Toby Gillette, a student, won the honor on the "Jim'll Fix It" TV show.
9. Picture postcards really became popular at the end of the Nineteenth century. One type used thin spots with colored tissue so that the hold-to-light postcard looked like it had lights in it. Mainly these were of famous buildings, but one type, which is a very popular collectible in certain circles, was a lot odder than that! What do you think these really strange hold-to-light postcards showed?

Answer: Dancing skeletons with red eyes

I really have no idea why they were made, but those postcards of dancing skeletons with red glowing eyes really sell well! I have no idea how light would make the other kinds of cards sell at all!
10. A number of people collect Mihons from Japan. Funny thing is, I wonder if you know what Mihons are?

Answer: Specimen postage stamps

"Mihon" means "specimen" and Japanese postage stamps are distributed to schools and the media with this overprint. The US and most other countries use "Specimen" as an overprint for samples sent to the UPU.
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