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Poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s death mask, 1882

Top 10 weird and wonderful collecting sites

The Paul Fraser Collectibles staff have voted. Presenting our top 10 weird and wonderful collecting sites



Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we come across lots of weird, wacky and wonderful collecting sites every day, and we thought it'd be fun to share our 10 current favourites with you - as voted by our staff.

10. Bad Postcards

A well designed and often amusing blog about collecting vintage American postcards.

9. Museum of the Weird

Providing plenty of news that has to be seen to be believed - it also has a sensationally strange museum, based in Austin, Texas.

8. The Last Tuesday Society

London's leading curiosity shop, which is best understood as an attempt to recreate a 17th century Wunderkabinett. It also hosts esoteric lectures and events.

7. Jade Doskow's World's Fair project

Photographer Jade Doskow is responsible for this photo series depicting the sites of World's Fairs past. The result shows how quickly we move from one thing to another, all but forgetting that some of the most important and prestigious collections in the world were housed within these structures, albeit temporarily.

6. Wikicollecting

A veritable treasure trove of collecting information, as well as news stories and some very enlightening top 10s.

5. Wellcome Collection

London's world renowned Wellcome Collection hosts some of the most intriguing exhibitions and events in Britain. Its permanent Medicine Man collection (compiled by founder Henry Wellcome 1853-1936) features diagnostic dolls, Japanese sex toys and Napoleon's toothbrush.

4. A Collection a Day

A Collection a Day documents every day in 2010 in terms of collectibles. For 365 days Lisa Congdon posted an image of a different collection, some her own, but many belonging to others - shining a light on people's wide ranging and often idiosyncratic collecting tastes.

3. Mondo Video

Mondo are the new kids on the block in terms of producing limited edition movie posters for both classic and contemporary films. New pieces usually sell out within hours.

2. Picollecta

Picollecta is a fantastic new photo sharing website that enables you to connect with like minded collectors and share your favourite images, items from your collection, news stories, auction lots and opinions. With just one click of the 'pic it' button you can upload images from any URL that you come across. Be warned... it's very addictive!

1. Undying Faces

Spooky blog devoted to collecting death masks. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Goebbels and Marie Antoinette are all present, as is a wealth of information as to how death masks are produced and a number of useful links for the intrepid death mask enthusiast, making this a rare (and somewhat chilling) resource.



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By Paul Fraser
Last updated: 16 January 2013