Arts and Antiques by Dr. Lori: 1922 Items Now Antiques


Dr Lori Verderame

One of the most common questions I answer is, “What is an antique?”

The word ancient has a simple definition. While many people confuse the word and its definition with other related words like vintage, classic, antique, or antique, the word antique refers to an object that has reached 100 years of age.

Thus, in 2022, many objects become antiques. For collectors and dealers, items that achieve this enviable status are worth more than last year.

In 1922, many major achievements took place in the fields of science, culture and the arts. What was collectible 100 years ago is fashionable now.

For collectors, the Eskimo Pie ice cream bar debuted in the United States with a patent for Christian K. Nelson. Eskimo Pie wrappers and associated advertising memorabilia are of interest to collectors of the delicious ice cream treat and command high prices in 2022.

On James Joyce’s 40th birthdaye anniversary, February 2, 1922, the novel “Ulysses” was published in Paris, France. For bibliophiles and other book collectors, first editions of the book will fetch big bucks at auction and online. A special first edition copy of “Ulysses”, numbered 478/750 on handmade paper with provenance that includes artists Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe sold at Sotheby’s auction for $62,500. Another publication impressed readers around the world in a different way when DeWitt and Lila Wallace released the first issue of “Reader’s Digest.” Today, the magazine itself and other publications under the “Reader’s Digest” publishing umbrella introduced everyone to major events, great books and happenings around the world. Another magazine had its beginnings in 1922 when author and poet, TS Eliot established “The Criterion” magazine, which contained the first publication of “The Waste Land”.

On February 8, 1922, President Warren G. Harding introduced the first radio to the White House. Radios are a major collectible area and remain of interest to many collectors. Radios and their parts are regularly traded online. President Harding would give his first radio address on June 14, 1922 (Flag Day), however, it was candidate and later President Calvin Coolidge who used the radio to help secure his bid for the White House in 1924.

On May 5, 1922, in the Bronx district of New York, construction of Yankee Stadium began. Today, people can buy items from the original Yankee Stadium, including bleacher seats, bases, dugout lumber, and even dirt from the field. Milestones like 100 years make these items desirable.

The Lincoln Memorial is a major American monument that was erected in 1922 in Washington, D.C. Opened on May 30, 1922, related artifacts, memorabilia from our nation’s capital, and Lincoln collectibles are fetching rising prices with history buffs and collectors.

On July 11, 1922, the Hollywood Bowl opened. It will become a major outdoor concert hall in California. Nearby, the famous Rose Bowl sports stadium opened in Pasadena, California the same year. Hollywood Bowl and Rose Bowl collectibles, including games brochures and programs, will increase in value this year.

Probably the most famous event of 1922 was the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. On November 4, in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, a group of English archaeologists led by Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. On November 26, 1922, after more than 3,000 years without disturbance, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first to look inside KV62, the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Statue of King Tut

This historic event sparked a renaissance in fashion, art, and culture of all things Ancient Egyptian. Objects of Egyptomania have appeared in architectural buildings such as theatres, hotels and civic buildings, jewelry design of brooches, necklaces and earrings, art paintings and sculptures have taken on a Egyptian look and the list goes on. Culture turned to Egyptian culture and the early 1920s saw great interest in all things King Tut and the lives of ancient Egyptians.

On December 20, 1922, the play “Antigone” by Jean Cocteau, based on the Greek myth, hits the Parisian stage with sets designed by the Cubist master Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The music for the play was by Arthur Honegger with costumes by Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971). The prints, paintings, ceramics of Picasso as well as the creations of clothing, jewelry and accessories of Chanel remain important collectibles to this day.

A Ph.D. Antiques appraiser, author and award-winning television personality Dr. Lori Verderame appears on “The Curse of Oak Island” on the History Channel. She offers expertise at, or by calling (888) 431-1010.


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