Sorry for not posting this weekend. I am having some problems on the back end of the website. The good news is the website is still up and available to be browsed, the bad news is that the problems have not been resolved to my satisfaction. I hope to have everything resolved before next weekend. Thank you for your patience.
I try not to stray too far from the topics of toys, comics and running a website in the Mercheum Blog. I am going to make an exception today to answer the second Retro Revival Blog Challenge. This week’s challenge is Event Television: Is there anything that happens on television each year that you just hate to miss? (from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)
I was going to post something different today, but posting the Larami Old Timer Cars to the new Harvey Mercheum Facebook page made me nostalgic for rack toys. I have not had time to take pictures in a while, so I went through my backlog and found something I thought I had already posted, one of the scarcer items in the permanent collection. Today we examine the Richie Rich Sunglasses by Larami!
In my recap of the history of the Mercheum, I mentioned how deciding to start a website caused me to start paying more attention to the websites I already visited. I examined their layout, the features they offered, and tried to determine if they were using WordPress or some other platform. Many of these websites had a date archive navigation in a sidebar. While that functionality is built into WordPress, I felt it was a poor fit for what I wanted to achieve, and did not include it in the Mercheum website layout. Instead, I set up custom taxonomies for manufacturer, copyright date, item type and characters, and used these taxonomies to create the “Browse Collection By” tree found in the left navigation bar.
A number of the items featured on this website would appeal to a variety of collectors. Today’s exhibit is one such item. While most glassware collectors specialize in vintage or antique pieces, modern glasses made as collectibles are still highly desirable. And while many of these modern collectible glasses were offered by soft drink companies or fast food restaurants, this particular series of glasses was not.