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  1. Thanks, Ron. It really stood out in a lot of almost no other WV swirls so I'm glad I picked it up. Sure would love to have seen wet mint bags of these back in the day.
  2. Sounds like a delightful big sorting job. Feel free to share photos here if you can for help.
  3. So it's an Alley posing as a hand-gathered or a hand-gathered posing as an Alley?
  4. Thanks. I've re-uploaded slightly better pictures.
  5. This 5/8" one caught my eye. I assume it's just an Alley Swirl but check out that nine!
  6. I've been playing with this tool for increasing resolution of photos. Results on the old Runningrabbit 200x200 photos are very impressive, although no doubt it could affect the true texture of a marble. So in the photos below, the small photos are the original photos and the bigger ones are resized and enhanced using some math voodoo.
  7. Turns out candy "candy marbles" were quite common in the 30s and earlier, but to your point, the context is toy marbles so my assumption is it was a colorful Akro marble. Here's a story from 1909:
  8. Do you think "candy marbles" were German peppermint types (in 1926?) or jawbreakers or?
  9. From 19-Mar-1926, The Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska).
  10. They have very nice eye appeal. Relaxing to look at.
  11. I'd not seen this game before: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-IDEAL-MARBLE-HEAD-MARBLES-GAME-TOY-RARE-Vintage-ORIGINAL-Large-1960S-NEW/362619006394
  12. A gentleman named John on another forum uses a method I plan to try. He uses "Cornell University" drawers normally used for displaying bug specimens. He then cuts strips of Plastazote foam that he holds down with pearlized pins from Michaels. These strips are put close enough to hold marbles in place (about 200-250 depending upon marble sizes). The trickiest part, he says, is cutting the strips straight and even which he does with a very sharp box cutter and a metal square. Though not cheap at about $85 with shipping, In my opinion the results appear to be the best way to group marbles and show as much of each marble as possible. Be careful not to drop a tray! Here are the products and links: 1012AFP pine hardboard bottom & plastazote foam cardholder/pull 1028P Plastazote Foam Sheet, 16 x 18" Edit: Also while search the BioQuip vendor, I noticed these cardboard trays which may be of interest to collectors: https://www.bioquip.com/search/DispProduct.asp?pid=1025A
  13. Thanks for sharing the photos. I really like the unique construction of these and some of the color combos. Ironic the only one I find is goofy.
  14. Weird. I cannot replicate it in my test. Are you still getting the error when you retry?
  15. @Steph will know more than me about these, but here's a board link to one with the "mushroom construction". The speculation as I understand it is that Canada may have contracted and imported the colorful transitionals from Japan (that seem to show up in Canada) and then perhaps later made a similar arrangement for these "mushroom" machine made types, that also seem to originate in Canada. Is that accurate, Steph? The colors on mine sure did remind me of some of the earlier "Canadian" transitionals which tempts the thought: maybe they used the same glass formulas to make some of the mushrooms? Maybe it was the same company in Japan that made both....? But now I'm just getting too speculative. But maybe with Japan's longevity there's somebody still alive who can tell the story? Shall we raise money for Steph for a research grant to travel to Japan? 😀
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