RARE 1976 Elect Antonio Tony Marino Mayor Lynn MA Political PROMO 5″ Hair Comb
In this article, I’m going to talk about what I call ‘Regionals’. These are items that have historical value that are tied to a particular region or area. Sometimes it can be as small as a city or as big as a country, but there has to be a defining element to the region it is from on the item. This item just happens to be from the political realm, the Democratic Party, a RARE 1976 Elect Antonio Tony Marino Mayor Lynn MA Political PROMO 5″ Hair Comb. It’s a rather neat piece, let’s get started:
Local Historic GOLD
What’s fun about these type of items is the history that unfolds when you do your research with what’s presented. As in the case with this simple promotional comb. It’s just a plastic comb, but what makes it special is the branding. It is the identifier that attaches this simple piece to a historical moment for someone. You ALWAYS have to think that way as a picker. It’s what you love about your job: Reconnecting people to their history. Finding items like this is what makes picking a treasure hunt. Sure the money comes and gets spent, but the REAL treasure is the story you uncover and the journey you had with the item. THAT stays with you forever.
So Tell Me About This Comb Todd….
Well, I actually found this comb in a ‘Grab Box’ buy. Someone had a bunch of stuff in a box, wrapped in fancy paper, at a consignment shop, and had it for sale for $2. How could you go wrong for $2? Sure there were some ‘filler’ items, but there were some gems too, including this comb. So off to wikipedia I went to research Antonio ‘Tony’ Marino. Not too much there, but the first thing I picked up was where he was from: Lynn, Massachusetts. I also found that he served as (what looks to be) interim mayor of Lynn from 1972 to 1973. Not sure what happened, but there was a gap until 1976 where he then served from 1976 to 1985. I guess this comb did the trick as 9 years in office ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at.
Well, as the caption above reads, ‘Tony’ was the longest serving mayor for the city of Lynn. He led the city through a blizzard and a downtown fire, only to be accused of some financial misdealings that led to his defeat in the election of 1985. The Boston Globe has a short article on him (Click Me).
So what’s so cool about ‘Regionals’?
Regionals give you insight into life in other places that you most likely would have never visited. If you’re a picker like me, you love to learn about things and people. You can never get enough knowledge and experience. ‘Regionals’ are most often the most fun pieces I work with. The best is when it gets reconnected with family or friends who have either been searching for that item forever or it triggers a great memory from their life that cheers them up, every time they look at it. I love when my customers tell me their stories about why they bought a regional piece I was selling. They’re special moments and I enjoy being a part of them.
As of the writing of this piece, this item IS for sale in my Ebay store! (CLICK THE LINK BELOW) If you know someone who would like this item, SHARE THIS with them! 😀