Iconic child star Shirley Temple Black, who sang signature hits like “On the Good Ship Lollipop” and starred in movies like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Heidi and Bright Eyes, passed away at age 85 in the San Francisco suburb of Woodside, Calif.
The adorable curly-haired Temple was a top box-office draw between 1935 and 1938, and saw a cottage industry of products featuring her likeness flood store shelves. A nonalcoholic cocktail was even named after her. The movie-going public largely lost interest in Temple after she grew out of childhood, and she retired from acting at age 21. She then pursued a successful career in conservative politics, eventually becoming a U.S. ambassador.
For the most comprehensive look back at Temple’s short-lived but meteoric career, check out the Shirley Temple Little Darling DVD Collection, featuring restored versions of 18 of her classic films, in both color and black-and-white.
The Harry Potter Chess Set may be the perfect gift for fans. This collectible set recreates Wizard’s Chess as played in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This set is a huge upgrade from the inexpensive Harry Potter chess sets you may have seen. Each of the 32 authentic replica chess pieces is a scaled-down replica of the movie version, and has a thrilling special effect inspired by the film. You’ll see when you watch the video below. The chess board lights up, as does the Queen. Two magic wands mysteriously guide your Rooks across the board. Thirty-two illustrated Harry Potter Chess Manuals are included to introduce beginners to the rules of Wizard’s Chess. As with any fine collectible, each set includes a signed certificate of authenticity that confirms your set is an authentic replica from the movie.
Who first came up with the idea of printing additional graphics on U.S currency in order to create a collectible commemorative? Today’s example uses the U.S $2 bill to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, and features images of the twin towers of the World Trade Center as well as the new Freedom Tower which will be stand in their place. The WTC $2 bill joins the ranks of other customized currency collectibles, including National Parks $2 Bills and Elvis $2 Bill. And even if your decorated legal tender never becomes a valuable collector’s item, at least it’s always worth $2. You can buy the WTC $2 Bill here.
Who would you like to see featured on a $2 bill? I vote for Billy Mays.