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USED & ANTIQUARIAN
BOOKS, MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, POSTCARDS, PAPER COLLECTIBLES, RECORDS, COINS,
ANTIQUES & MORE!!
Dale Mechalas assisting a
customer Stocking shelves WWII Newspaper
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Owner Dale Mechalas, above, moved
his store from its Norristown location to one that was nicer and much larger at
725 W. Second Street. "it's my time right now," he said. "I have five storage
unites and two locations in one building." That amounts to more than a half
million paper and collectible items throughout the store. I'll have everything
under one roof. It's an emphemera eden, a
You name it, and it's there. Animal
books, old lit, poetry, classics, children's books, rows upon rows of books, stacks upon stacks of old
magazines, books on religion, the occult, military, scouting, black history,
local history, travel, and
the list goes on and on!
Got a hankering for old TV guides
like Frank Costanza? Want an old People issue? How about a Mad Magazine from the
1970's, or a Popular Sciece from 1958? The ARCHIVE has them. Need an old auction
catalog? They're there too. You name it, it's likely there.
"I have over 3,000 issues of Life
dating back to 1936. You can get a magaizine for the week that a person was
born, or find that favorite Marilyn Monroe Cover you've been looking for."
Bettie Page, Rita Hayworth, Jean
Mansfield and so many more pin ups are housed at The ARCHIVE. Remember Wink, View, Gala, Jest or Frolic
from the 1960s and 1970s? Those issues and others like them in any catagory you
can think of are at The ARCHIVE.
Collectors of old paper products
may appreciate a 1913 issue of Modern Priscilla, a 1946 Fantastic Adventures or
1932 Amazing Stories pulp, or old articles on The Beatles, Circus
advertisements, Christmas decorations. Even old mumps quarantine signs.
Even old, rare gems like a 1709
mannual on preparing bodies for burial. For the Railroad mania buff- well, he
has that too! Tons of emphmera and books on any subject matter or any author
you can think of! How about General Winfield Scott Hancock's father's signature, or
a Classic Gone With The Wind Book... If you are looking for it, odds are The ARCHIVE has it!
Love new, modern novels? The ARCHIVE has them too. Stephen King to Tom Clancy - it's all
at the ARCHIVE!
Dale Mechalas' love for everything
paper began when a baby-sitter gave him a coin book at 12 years old. That led to
stamps and envelopes. Dales father Gus Mechalas began taking him to auctions,
where old paper items fascinated him. "I found that other people are interested in
it too. I was not the only geek out there," he said. "People are passionate
about paper collectibles. If you are passionate about something, there is
something old and paper is associated with it."
If you are looking for something
particular, Mechalas or one of his staff can tell you off the top of their head
if they have it and where it is. If he doesn't have it he keeps names and
interests on record so when he comes across it, he can let the buyer know.
Mechalas encourages people to come
in and browse, sit back, relax and enjoy your stay. The ARCHIVE building has
nearly 15,000 square feet of space that Mechalas has divide into five rooms and
eventually he plans to include an Internet sales area, where the store will take
items from people and sell them on eBay.
As a plus, vendors of the former
Kulpsville Antiques have opened up shop in the back area of the store under the
name 2nd Street Collectibles.
"People may remember something
attributed to their childhood and as they grow older they want to hold on to the
memories," he said as a reason for people to have interest in books and paper
collectibles. '"I want to have something that not many people have ever done."
The ARCHIVE is a journey to the memories of things past, and
the present ... come visit TODAY!
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