The good news is that a friend of the Mercheum that wishes to remain anonymous has started submitting photos for exhibits, of items that are not in the permanent collection. I hope to begin posting these exhibits shortly.
The bad news is that the future of the “theme” that this website runs, Suffusion, is in doubt. I spent a long time evaluating themes when I first decided to use WordPress, and now I am going to have to go through the process again. Once a new theme is chosen, it will take a lot of work to switch over and test everything, and even then there will be differences in appearance and possibly functionality. I hope to put the changes off until after round 2 of the Toy Bloggers United (TBU) contest (which begins on Monday, May 4th, 2015, at 12:01am EST), but resent having to make the changes at all. I would rather be putting my effort into uploading larger images for Retina displays, or taking new pictures for future exhibits. This is one of the risks of using free software, and it will probably not be the last time that this website is affected by changes to WordPress, its themes, or its plugins. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience these changes will cause.
We have what I believe will be the final contributor to the second Toy Bloggers United (TBU) contest, and our first contributor from overseas! COOLANDUNUSUAL (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine) has joined the list of anticipated contributors. All other contributions have been received, and one thing I can say for sure, I am going to go broke paying to ship the prize bundle! Remember, the contest will be starting on Monday, May 4th, 2015, at 12:01am EST.
Today is World Intellectual Property Day. While this year’s theme is music, I would like to encourage you to take a moment to think about the blogs you read, such as this one. The content you enjoy on these blogs is a form of intellectual property, and should be treated as such. Bloggers work hard to generate this content, so please be respectful of copyright, ask permission and give credit. Stealing content steals motivation to generate new content, and that motivation can be hard enough to come by!
Also remember that the second round of the Toy Bloggers United (TBU) Contest begins on Monday, May 4th, 2015, at 12:01am EST!
Today is Record Store Day, but I am sad to say that there are no participating record stores near me. To cheer myself up, and celebrate the day the Harvey way, I was going to post a story record, including digitized audio samples. However, I did some fact checking, and discovered that the “30 second rule” does not actually exist! So I am afraid we will have to settle for the standard photographs and interpretive information exhibit rather than the multimedia extravaganza I had planned for today.
I am very excited to announce that BattleGrip has joined the ranks of anticipated contributors to the second Toy Bloggers United (TBU) contest! This is going to be a great round, and it is not too late to contribute! If you run a toy blog, please consider contributing! If you read a toy blog, encourage the owners of that blog to contribute!
The 2015 baseball season has begun! Harvey Comics was briefly involved with baseball, resulting in the Richie Rich, Casper, and Wendy National League one-shot comic book in 1976. To my knowledge, no licensed merchandise was produced in conjunction with that book. Six years later, today’s exhibit was produced. Between the off-model artwork and the lack of a credited manufacturer, it is almost certainly unlicensed, but it is a charming toy and a great way to celebrate America’s pastime.
How time flies! It feels like the first contest just ended, but the second Toy Bloggers United (TBU) contest has been announced. It will be starting on May 4th, and the Harvey Mercheum is hosting! That means that on Monday, May 4th, 2015, at 12:01am EST, a post will be put up here that participants can leave comments on. The contest will run through Sunday, May 10th, at 11:59pm EST. Then the winner will be randomly selected from the comments on that post, and that post only. The winner must be from the United States or Canada, to keep shipping costs reasonable.
I have just discovered, the hard way, that it appears that Zazzle can substitute or discontinue a product without notice. My blue/blue logo t-shirt has become white/navy. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes…