• 22
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 22, 1943

Thursday, July 22, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485032" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 22, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well, this has really been a rugged day. We started work at 700 hours and finished it at…well that remains to be seen, We finished the day’s work in the shop and I just sat down to fill this little item...

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  • 21
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 21, 1943

Wednesday, July 21, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484776" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 21, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today officially ended my command. Why they didn’t just take my bars away, I don’t know. I’m certainly not interested in being a 1st LT and my chances of being a captain are practically nil, It seems my luck suddenly took...

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  • 20
    Jul

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part I

[caption id="attachment_2484657" align="aligncenter" width="281" caption="This 19th-century painting on canvas of a mother and two children, is listed as having been cleaned and is in very good condition."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484658" align="aligncenter" width="281" caption="The back of this painting shows the aged finish on the stretcher and a dark surface color."][/caption] Steve Dennis in Orlando and Ian Atken in Toronto are...

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  • 20
    Jul

Fontaine’s Civil War & Militaria Auction to be a Sure Fire Hit with Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2484642" align="aligncenter" width="406" caption="The expected top lot at the upcoming George J. Bisacca estate auction is this Civil War-era Gatling Gun, Model 1883, with Accles feed mechanism."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – More than 500 lots of important Civil War items, rare and vintage firearms and all manner of militaria will cross the block in an auction featuring the...

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  • 20
    Jul

Big Ben: The Iconic London Landmark Appears on Thousands of Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2484667" align="aligncenter" width="510" caption="The Big Ben clock tower and the House of Parliament in London, England. Big Ben is one of the iconic images of London and has appears on thousands of collectible items over the last 150 years."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484668" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A close-up view of the Big Ben clock face."][/caption] Big Ben is probably the...

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  • 20
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 20-24, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a beautiful doll sets a record, an auction house expands, another takes a big sales hit and a dumped artist dumps his worldly goods. From The Annapolis (Md.) Capital: Annapolis firm fetches record price for antique doll The little beauty, dressed in the style of the Ballets Russes of Paris, circa early-20th...

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  • 18
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 18, 1943

Sunday, July 18, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484635" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 18, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I had planned on sleeping a little late but was wakened by Sgt. Enright at the usual time. When Enright awakens me I know there’s been trouble as he is always the last man up. Well it seems Cpl....

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  • 17
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 17, 1943

Saturday, July 17, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484627" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 17, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This afternoon I saw a sight I will remember for a long time to come. Just after dinner four flights of over 100 planes each passed over in the direction of Sicily. They averaged about 70 bombers to 30 fighters. The...

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  • 17
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 16, 1943

Friday, July 16, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484621" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 16, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] If it weren’t for this diary I would never in my life be able to keep up with the days over here. They go by like streaks of greased lightening for which I am very thankful. The last few nights certainly...

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  • 17
    Jul

Astounding Five-Pound Pearl to be Auctioned in September

[caption id="attachment_2484342" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This astounding 5-pound pearl, found in the waters off the Philippines, will be auctioned in September."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Sometime in September, on a day and time still to be determined, Philip Weiss Auctions will offer a truly unique object—a pearl weighing an incredible five pounds and measuring six inches across. The brain-shaped specimen—officially...

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