Thursday, February 12, 2009

Book on Missouri lures

Dean Murphy, who is mentioned in the cover feature, "Love of old lures" in the February 2009 issue of Discover Mid-America, sent us a copy of his book Fishing Tackle MADE IN MISSOURI History and Identification.

At first glace, Murphy's book in interesting, well organized and a sure attraction to collectors of fishing lures and those interested in the history of fishing.

In a note Murphy included with the book, he mentioned he was looking for a place to house his collection for public viewing, hopefully something along the lines of The Karl and Beverly White collection at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, OK – part of the Feb. '08 cover feature.

"I would like to fnd somewhere in Missouri to get it displayed after I pass on. I am 86," said Murphy.

If you're interested in his book or have any ideas for him to display his collection, email Dean at

Monday, February 9, 2009

More stats has released a report from data collected showing which countries are responsible for the most online sales in 2008 of antiques and collectibles. The report is based on data from, and No surprise, the United States accounted for 91.3% of online sales revenue. The United Kingdom amounted to 2% of sales, "but the average order amount was almost double that of every other country including the U.S.

By states, California led with 12% of total U.S. sales, followed by New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington and Virginia.