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Thread Heads #14: Live From The Indy TOR

Another episode of Thread Heads from Jason and Brad, this one taped at the Indy TOR.

Right off the bat they continue the discussion from the last show about what is the difference between a dealer-o-ree and a trade-o-ree. Brad offers his opinions having just been at a pair of TORs back-to-back. One thing that makes this Indy show unique is the army of volunteer staff that do such a good job running the event.

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“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” —George Washington (1786)

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Thread Heads #13: Trade-O-Ree Secret Sauce

Thread Heads is back form hiatus. in this 13th episode, Brad England and Jason Spangler talk about tips for Trade-o-Ree organizers and getting people in the door and other topics of interest to collectors.

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“A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” –James Madison (1792)

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New York OA Trader – Fifteen Years In

Sorry for the lack of recent posting and a belated Happy Birthday to this 15 year old blog. It was 15 years ago on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Now fifteen years later and fast approaching 4900 posts, much has been written since then with thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues I’ve tried to shared with you my readers and followers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles as well as a a few posts of more general collecting interests to my reporting since then.

the actual post count is 4865, 4866 with this post. Should hit 5000 posts later this year.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for many more years to come.

Please keep sending the scans and photos of new issues and discoveries from your NYS lodges even if it just a good story to share about why that patch was issued.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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New York OA Trader – The Teenage Years

It was 13 years ago today on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Now thirteen years later and fast approaching 4600 posts much has been written since of the thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues I’ve tried to shared with you my readers and followers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles as well as a a few posts of more general collecting interests to my reporting since then.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for many more years to come.

Please keep sending the scans and photos of new issues and discoveries from your NYS lodges even if it just a good story to share about why that patch was issued.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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New York OA Trader Turns Twelve!

OK, I’m a bit older than 12, but it was 12 years ago today on January 26, 2004 that the New York OA Trader Blog was born on Blogger, with the following mission statement.

The purpose of this blog is to publish information about new Lodge and Chapter issues from New York State OA Lodges, the discovery of older uncatalogued issues, warnings about fakes, spoof, and reproductions and other information/musings that may be of interest to other NY OA Collectors (or at least amusing to me).

Fast approaching 4400 hundred posts have been written since then with thousands of new and newly discovered NYS OA issues being shared with my readers.  I’ve added NY OA Conclave issues, NY OA neckerchief slides and belt buckles to my reporting since then.

Thanks to all of you who continue to provide information about new and older issues from your lodges through scans, trades, comments and encouragement. I hope to continue this blog for years to come.

So what is new from your lodge and do you have one to trade?

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But there are many ways in which we can work together toward the same goal, and in the present state of opinion there is some danger that our impatience for quick results may lead us to choose instruments which, though perhaps more efficient for achieving the particular ends, are not compatible with the preservation of a free society.”… Friedrich Hayek The Road to Serfdom:

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Thread Heads – Please No Orphans At NOAC

Another episode of Thread Heads where Brad England and Jason Spangler talk about preventing NOAC Orphans and other topics of interest to collectors.

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“[O]f all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty. … History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.” —Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781

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Thread Heads: Collecting Boy Scout Hat Pins

Another video from Jason Spangler and Brad England on collecting Scout Hat Pins, with their guest Doug Chambers.

In the hobby hat pins really broke onto the scene in the mid-1980s and it was at the 1985 National Scout Jamboree that they reached their zenith of popularity. Doug caught on to them much later as he was attending the SR5 Conclave known as the Dixie Fellowship. Not only does the Dixie issue a hat pin every year but also a participation pin. Once he started picking up older issues he just got rolling and before long found a niche in the hobby that he loves.

The Pin Boom seemed to only last for a few years, but you still see them at various TOR’s and on eBay.

What is your specialized collecting niche?



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“Use your strength, but always remember that any strength may become a weakness.” ― Kateryna Kei, Raven Boy

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