• 10
    Aug

Auction Report: President Garfield Ambrotypes & Daguerreotypes Top Sale

[caption id="attachment_2485258" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Four of the nine ambrotype and daguerreotype images pertaining to James A. Garfield that brought $21,470, highlighting the three-day Philip Weiss Auctions event on July 31-Aug. 2, 2009."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – An historic archive comprising nine ambrotype and daguerreotype images of James A. Garfield—taken in the 1850s and the first known images of the...

Read More
  • 10
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 10, 1943

Tuesday, Aug 10, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485971" align="alignright" width="150"] Aug. 10, 1943 Diary Page[/caption] The wind has been trying to blow us off the map all day. Dust was lying a quarter of an inch deep on my desk and everything else as well. This country is beginning more and more to remind me of...

Read More
  • 9
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 9, 1943

Monday, Aug. 9, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485963" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 9, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning a bulletin on the Sicilian campaign came in and said the German Front has shrunk to 40 miles and was dissolving fast. It also stated that any evidence of evacuations was being watched closely and that it would be...

Read More
  • 8
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 8, 1943

Sunday, Aug. 8, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485963" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 8, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] The captain left around nine o’clock so we had a peaceful day. The boys cleaned up their tools and put their shops in order for the coming week then went their own way. Most of them spent the day in bull...

Read More
  • 7
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 7, 1943

Saturday, Aug. 7, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485953" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 7, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today marks the end of the fourth week of the invasion. My original guess of six weeks may still be good because opposition now is pretty terrible. They have the Nazi forces pinned up in the north east corner and all...

Read More
  • 6
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 6, 1943

Friday, Aug. 6, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485953" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 6, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well last night while I was sleeping there was quite a bit of excitement around here. An officer and a negro enlisted man were shot to death. Here is the story as I got it. Two brand new shavetails* had charge...

Read More
  • 5
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/05/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week's new comics from a collector's point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the hot links for...

Read More
  • 5
    Aug

Provenance Adds to the Value of Antique Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2485180" align="aligncenter" width="533" caption="The signature on this drawer bottom is a good start to establishing a provenance for the piece. But is the signature that of the cabinetmaker, the owner or a hopeful heir? That’s where the fun begins."][/caption] With the large number of antiques and collectibles appraisal shows on television and the increasing number of similar...

Read More
  • 5
    Aug

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

[caption id="attachment_2485165" align="alignright" width="250" caption="Winter weather can play havoc on your outdoor statuary. This 19th-century plaster cast of a copy of the statue of David is showing sings of weathering. Now, before the leaves start falling, is the time to prepare your outdoor art for the winter."][/caption] People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues...

Read More
  • 5
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 5, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485945" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Aug. 5, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today was another one of those scorchers. The only relief we had from it was the ice cream we had for dinner. We send in the ingredients to a place here in Tunis and they make it up for .30 a...

Read More