Press Releases | Advertising, Toy & Doll Division


Julia’s Conducts its Final Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction

Fairfield, ME ~ June 19, 2015. For over 30 years, Julia’s has been a major force in the antique advertising, toy and doll world but their June 19th sale represents the last such auction to be conducted by this firm. Jim Julia, owner and president of James D. Julia Auctioneers, stated “Andrew Truman, the Department […]

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Small Change Means Big Business by Andrew Truman

A while ago I went to Las Vegas. As I walked into a casino, I was overwhelmed by the lights, the sounds, and the sights of rows and rows of “one armed bandits”. It is so tempting, you get to play for as little as a penny, a nickel, or a quarter – small change […]

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A Taste of the Unusual

I am fortunate to be able to see and touch some of the most unusual objects ever created. But the definition of “rare” takes on a new meaning when you work in the antique and auction business. I mean, we see this sort of stuff all the time, perhaps more than the general public has […]

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20th Century German Toy Innovation

In the early 1880s, at a time ruled by cast iron, Ernst Paul Lehmann revolutionized the toy world in Brandenburg, Germany by producing wonderful and imaginative mechanical playthings out of tin, a material that hadn’t been used as extensively for toys until then. As the new century replaced the previous one, the company began to see great success and was recognized as innovators in the field. In fact, one of Lehmann’s advances was the patenting of the locking mechanism for clockwork motors, a component still used to this day. Using tin was an innovation for a number of reasons especially when compared to the somewhat cumbersome iron toys of most other makers. Besides being less expensive to produce, it meant a lighter and easier to handle item than their iron counterparts. It also allowed for detailed and brightly colored lithographing of the tin toys, which wasn’t possible with iron toys.

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Life on the Road with Andrew Truman

After a 90+ minute delay of our expected departure, we were on the road with what the meteorologists refer to as ineffective sunshine glaring through the windshield. That’s sunlight with all the brightness but no warming effects. Despite encasing ourselves in the cab of a 26’ Penske that we would call home for the next […]

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Julia’s Surpasses All Expectations with Their Latest Fall Toy & Doll Auction

Fairfield, Maine ~ November 7, 2014. As one west coast phone bidder put it, referring to Department Head Andrew Truman’s satisfaction with the auction thus far, “You can see that ear-to-ear grin all the way from California.” To almost punctuate that point, a previewer in attendance testing an antique cash register at that exact moment […]

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Julia’s “Bears All” in their June Toy & Doll Auction

Fairfield, ME ~ June 13, 2014. It was a regular Teddy Bear picnic in Fairfield, Maine recently when the largest and finest collection of antique Steiff animals to ever come to auction in North America was sold at James D. Julia’s spring toy, doll and advertising auction, yielding just under a half million dollars of […]

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Julia’s Ends 2013 Season with Doubleheader Auction Extravaganza

Fairfield, ME ~ November 22, 2013. Praised as one of the fresher and diverse offerings of quality antique advertising, toys and dolls to come to market this year, James D. Julia’s auction team didn’t disappoint buyer or seller with strong prices to match the strong offering. Seeing tremendous online participation, which accounted for a sizeable […]

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Julia’s Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction Hits $1.2 Million

Fairfield, ME ~ June 21, 2013. As auction-goers filed into Julia’s auction hall in rural Maine, one could sense a definite buzz building. In this day and age of modern technology, because of the convenience of participating absentee, by phone, or live via the internet, while participation is up, actual attendance at auctions is down, […]

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Julia’s Ends 2012 Auction Season on a High Note With Local $69,000 Toy Find

Fairfield, ME ~ November 30, 2012. On a mid-September afternoon, the owner of a country auction not 15 miles from Julia’s facilities walked in their door with a toy he had just acquired from an estate. Suspecting it might have some value, he brought it to Julia’s with the intention of consigning it to their […]

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Julia’s Summer 2012 Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction Hits a Cool Million

Fairfield, ME ~ June 22, 2012. Amid the blistering heat of Central Maine in the opening days of summer, things were heating up indoors at Julia’s as well. One could feel the energy of the crowd who assembled to view and bid on a stellar and diverse offering of fine quality antique toys, dolls, and […]

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Julia’s Toy & Doll Auction Hits Over $750K!

Fairfield, Maine, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2011. For three days at the close of November in rural Maine, as many are thinking of holiday preparations, the staff at James D. Julia was immersed in an auction event that showcased an outstanding array of quality antiques to contemporary objects d’art. Combining the efforts of Julia’s advertising, toy […]

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Julia’s Spring Toy & Doll Auction Results Approach $1.4 Million

Fairfield, Maine, May 4-5, 2011. Who knows what treasures lurk in the hearts of homes? The auctioneer knows. There’s something comforting about the familiar. But in the auction world, the opposite holds true. Buyers prefer a fresh to the market selection of goods over merchandise that has been seen, bought and sold by everyone under […]

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Julia’s Toy & Doll Auction Hits $2 Million-Deisenroth Santa Realizes Record $161,000

Fairfield, Maine, June 30-July 1, 2010 ~ Julia’s recent Toy, Doll & Advertising auction was a tremendous success, grossing nearly $2.1 Million! (nearly a half million dollars over a presale estimate of items sold). The Malcolm Deisenroth collection of early American tin toys was touted as the finest and most significant of its type to […]

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Julia’s Toy & Doll Auction Hits 35% Over Estimate

Fairfield, Maine, November 21, 2009 ~ The auction firm of James D. Julia ended their 2009 auction season with a bang, setting the stage for an even more successful 2010. As part of a 3-three-day auction event, Julia’s combined the efforts of Julia’s advertising, toy & doll division head Andrew Truman and glass & lamp […]

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Seiber Collection Smokes and Woods on Fire at Julia’s Recent Toy, Doll, & Advertising Auction

It was obvious from even before the very first lot hit the block that this was going to be no ordinary sale. In an auction world that is very much absentee and internet bid driven, Julia’s Fairfield, Maine auction facility was brimming with one of the largest crowds seen at a Julia toy and doll […]

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