057 Decorative Electricity with a Chapter on Fire Risks (1891)

February 13, 2019

Meet the electric Victorian version of Martha Stewart! Mrs. J. E. H. Gordon, aka Alice, is here to tell us all how to best decorate our London townhouses. With electricity! You won't believe what she does to her Chippendale. It will rejoice the heart of your butler.

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056 Cloisonne

February 6, 2019

It's not just a rockin' good They Might Be Giants tune. It's also an incredibly difficult and intricate decoration technique that may have contributed to the collapse of the Byzantine Empire.

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055 Steampunk

January 30, 2019

Get your goggles, cogs, and corsets ready! It's time to delve into the wild wild world of steampunk. Pour one out for all the antique clocks destroyed along the way.

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054 Pin-Up Girls

January 23, 2019

From Gibson to Vargas, the Antiques Freaks discuss the history behind saucy illustrations of ladies.

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053 Antiques Fraud! Keane Big-Eye Paintings

January 16, 2019

It's kitsch gone wrong! Will the true artist behind these weepy-eyed waifs please stand up?

...Because we have to congratulate them on getting an Antiques Roadshow appraiser to say the word "anime" out loud.

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052 Antiques Fraud! Dr. Beringer’s Lying Stones

January 9, 2019

Fraudulent fossils abound in 18th century Germany! Tune in to hear a tale of academic pranking gone horribly awry.

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051 Postcards, Deltiology, and the Berner’s Street Hoax

January 2, 2019

Postcards! It all started with legendary Regency prankster Thomas Hook and only got weirder from there.

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050 Lights, Ornaments, and the Legend of the Christmas Spider

December 26, 2018

Happy Boxing Day! In the second half of our holiday special, we cover lights from candles to bubbles to NOMA and beyond; tinsel, pavuchky, and the Legend of the Christmas Spider; the Yankee Candle Flagship Store Bavarian Christmas Village; Thomas Kinkade; Czech beaded ornaments; festive hospital fires; Dragostea din tei; Repo! The Genetic Opera; "spontaneous" human combustion; the Spider Queen; Goliath bird-eaters; and our future careers as Hallmark Holiday movie writers. Plus spiders. A lot of spiders. Probably too many spiders. Enjoy!

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049 Shiny Brite Ornaments and Kugel Balls

December 19, 2018

It's the first half of our two-part Christmas special, featuring Shiny Brite vintage ornaments and Kugel balls! Other talking points include Charles Dickens, witches, vampire lore, and Martin Luther. Happy Holidays!

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048 The Pope Chest

December 12, 2018

What do the Salem Witch Trials and Benjamin Franklin have in common? A cool $2.4 million at Christie's. With special guest appearance by the Witch Bureau. Eat your heart out, Sabrina Spellman.

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