Curio & Co. understands collecting and collectors. Each of us can recall that first childhood treasure – a smashed penny, a toy from the bottom of the cereal box, a rubber band with “You’re the bestest” written on it by Jenny McKenzie – and we remember feeling “this is so special that I have to keep it forever.” So we did.
We know that memories have powers so strong they can take you back to a specific time and place in your life that you can live over and over again. And sharing those memories with others can be just as powerful. Mr. Druthers remembers his Great Grandfather – who worked at Curio & Co. side by side with his father – bringing out a collection of matchbooks collected from travels around the world. “Listening to his stories of those matchbooks; well I was right there with him…in places I’d never even seen.”
All of us at Curio & Co. are honored to help you build your collection of memories – to rediscover your own childhood treasures and share in some of our favorite memories of places you might not have seen yet.
Mr. Druthers continues to uphold the family traditions of excellence and dedication to high-quality merchandise and that have made Curio & Co. great for the past four generations.
Margie really runs the show around here, and we just couldn’t manage anything without her. And we’re not just saying that because she’s looking over our shoulder right now as we write this. Honestly.
Head of Acquisitions
Jay’s work tracking down all of our one-of-a-kind collectibles brings him to some unusual places (with unusual expense reports), but buying Rex Ensemble tour posters for a living? Lucky devil.
Head of Archives
Louis and his team in Archives and Restoration ensure that the next generation gets the same chance to drool over Darnell Duffy’s work or hold a Star Cowboy Blaster in their hands. (Louis would prefer gloved hands, but we just can’t help it.)
Head of Sales
Shirley’s job is both the most exciting, and the hardest. Bringing you the coolest products from entertainment memorabilia makes us so happy. But letting go of it is really difficult.
This giclée of the 1986 Roger Believe cover of Past Message (Messaggio Passato) is part...
Friday, Dec 13, 2013
by Ned Wazowski
Putting your finger on the pulse of the toy industry can be pretty tough.
Buying presents for kids is usually pretty easy. Find out what the most popular toy of the moment is, and purchase it. Even easier, just have a glance at Santa’s mail before it goes out and you have a complete shopping list. But as this early drawing by Clarence ‘Otis’ Dooley shows, kids’ tastes can change pretty quickly.
One season, it’s everything space toys. The next season it’s race cars with little interchangeable drivers (and you have to have the whole set). Even something as seemingly perennial as dinosaurs can change quicker than you can say brachiosaur. (“You mean you didn’t get the ones with realistic-stomping-action?!?”)
Fortunately, trends seem to come in cycles, and if you hold on to that cuddly Monkey in a Baseball Uniform, you just might find that he’s back en vogue if you’d previously missed the window of cool.
Even still, it’s the thought that counts; and what kid is going to turn down a chance to rip open a gift, even if it isn’t the exact toy of the moment? There’s always the box to play with.
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