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  1. Being a digital hoarder pays off sometimes. I am glad I downloaded a copy of the site and can provide it to the community.
  2. Very nice! I had only a couple of scores like that in Southern California in ten years, and they weren't that many mibs.
  3. Did anyone share the @mon thread from 2015 of tweeners? I suppose they are not true oddities, but they are savory rarities!
  4. This hobby attracts many kind souls. The people in it have enriched my life immensely since I picked up marble collecting ~15 years ago. Healthy adults should always have at least one hobby that brings them joy. So my wish for you is that we can bury the bad from 2020, remember the good, and enjoy a spring of happiness and new joys in 2021. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If I were Santa, I'd put these new marbles in your stocking tonight:
  5. Thanks, team! Forums like this are a last refuge for sharing "sticky" history that actually stays. The FaceBook groups are quick and fun, but everything rolls off your front page into oblivion. That's one reason why this old forum is so invaluable, all the work and detail and collaboration by its members to record and share our hobby's history.
  6. I stumbled on this article from 1936 and press photo from 1933 that revealed Harold Lloyd was a serious marble player in his youth who became a serious collector as an adult. It is not every day you hear of a serious marble collector in 1933, especially a famous one. The press photo reads as follows, and I assume the 'cat's eyes' were tiger eyes: I was very curious to find better photos of Harold's impressive-sounding agate collection, so I reached out to his agency in the off chance that somebody still had his collection. After a few weeks, I got a reply. Not the one I had hoped
  7. Sweet marble. It looks terrific complementing those flames. Never held one like that in hand.
  8. Here's two Akro Royals with heavy AV and a middle one without AV. I have also seen someone with a green one with black AV. Here's an unusual cork and matching patch with a scattering of AV
  9. This is all I have so far, the biggest being about 7/8". Compared to the carnelian and "onyx" black banded agates, blue and green are hard to find, with green being the hardest to find in my experience. Books mention yellow being even rarer, but I have never seen a yellow one. I doubt they would hold much eye appeal with the low contrast of yellow on white bands. The Germans knew how to dye them red in the 18th century, but the blue dye didn't start until 1845, then green in 1855 according to "Colonial Period and Early 19th-Century Children's Toy Marbles". Possible other reasons
  10. This forum used to recognize the BBcode for inserting images as discussed in this thread with the img tag encased in brackets, but the recent major update disabled that. Now it works again just like so (I'm copying cheese's original post example):
  11. Well I was right: it was disabled in the update, but there is still an option to enable it, so I checked that. They did warn that it may go away in future versions though.
  12. I will ask support why. There was a major update in the last month that may have disabled this feature. [img]https://i.ibb.co/BCY9hT0/DSC06301.jpg[/img]
  13. bumblebee


    [img]https://i.ibb.co/B2BpQ4t/Copy-of-Presentation-Untitled-Design-49.jpg[/img] how's this
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