Rewarding Work Ethic: Yenke Peddler Antiques
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Labor Day weekend is upon us, marking the end of summer and acknowledging the organized labor movement. It was Glover Cleveland who brought government leaders and workers together to celebrate the first Monday in September as Labor Day and a federal holiday.
We in northeast Ohio know it as a time to “look up” and watch the National Air Show! Burke Lakefront Airport is starting to offer its airspace, parking and jetways again this year, as the Navy Blue Angels return to do their precision flying.
A word of advice: there will be no sales at the entrance this weekend: Internet tickets in advance only. Adult tickets are $35 and youth tickets (ages 6-11) are $20. Doors open at 9 a.m.; no entry after 3 p.m.
Here’s another type of tip: The tip tray was used in the early 1900s in many restaurants and bars. The small metal trays usually sported an advertising logo, depicting animals or chosen subjects.
Popular from the late 1800s through the 1930s, these images spoke volumes. Whether they represent Coca-Cola, beer or other Americana, these small trays sell for $100 and more.
Manufacturers included art studios, metal specialists and advertisers. Often the trays bear the marks of the manufacturer and the artist. They are antiques now, so please handle them with care. Gently wash with mild soap and pat dry.
We are Chicago fans, coming to this area as recent transplants. The Guardians will also pique our interest! This metal Bear Cub lapel pin has a unique advertisement that is printed on the back. It’s old school – “A shining face and shining shoes – A man’s finest capital.” Use Cub shoe polish. Litho was made in Chicago. We’ve had it for years! Assess?
Your 1907 Chicago Cubs World Series Champions pin is a great piece of advertising. It has a dual application: a promotion for the baseball team and an advertisement for shoe polish. Light wear with some paint missing, but the printed back is perfect. It could fetch over $100.
If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].