- A tin sign, owned by an Indiana man, embossed with piano graphics, advertising the Steven's Piano & Organ Company Factory in Marietta for sale, sold on eBay recently for $158.50, with seven buyers bidding on it. The factory was once located on Gilman Avenue in the Harmar district.
- An 1898 black and white print newspaper ad for the Hall Chemical Company of St. Louis, Missouri, featuring an image of Mrs. Helen Weber of Marietta as a spokeswoman for the company, stating the product the company was selling had reduced her weight of 40 pounds without sickness or any inconvenience whatever, the ad listing her very much overweight, sold for best offer of $38.95.
- A 7 ounce pop bottle, owned by a Cuyahoga Falls man, advertising the Grubb Bottling Works of Marietta, sold for one bid of $8. It might have sold for more if the seller had known for sure that it was a pop bottle, or a liquor bottle. Anyone remember this company being in Marietta? I'm curious now what this company actually sold, pop or liquor?
- A 1951 Barlow High School yearbook, including a Warren Elementary yearbook, sold for $21.50 total.
- A stereo card photo view of the point from Marrtown and the Little Kanawha River received 18 bids totaling $169.50.
- A Whipple Creamery quart milk bottle, marked Marietta and Jackson, Ohio, owned by an antique shop in Marietta, sold for $32.99 with three bidders bidding on it.
- An old 1902 Marietta football helmet owned by a seller in Marietta sold for one bid of $50.
- An old medicine bottle labeled, "Sweet Oil," by the India Spice & Drug Company of Marietta, and owned by a seller in upper Michigan, sold for $12.95.
- A 1911 Scarborough Columbus, Marietta road map motor guide sold for $27 with two buyers bidding on it.
- 1945 postcard of the Chalfant Realty Company, Parkersburg, $25.
- Ashtray advertising St. Joseph's Hospital, 1902-1952, $10.
- Watercolor landscape by Canton, Ohio, artist Lowell Ellsworth Smith, $225.
- Fairmont Imperial Ice Cream tin can, $10.50.
- Advertising cover, Swann House, Parkersburg $56.
- Milk bottle, Stoops Dairy, Parkersburg $5.50.
Readers, keep those letters coming. Thursday, Feb. 16, marks 22 years I have been writing this column. I will continue to write it as long as you want to read it. Write and let me know what items you collect, and all about your collection. I will mention it in my column.
Larry Koon is the author of several price guide books on antiques and collectibles. His column appears every Monday on Life. Send letters to Treasure in the Attic, c/o The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta 45750; or e-mail him at email@example.com. When writing, send a complete description of the item, along with size, color, any markings on the item along with condition the item is in, and how the item was obtained, and any other information. If possible, send a photograph. Letters will be answered through this column.