• 27
    Jul

The Cycle Continues: What was Once In, then Out, is Now In Again

[caption id="attachment_2484893" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Beanie Baby"][/caption] As we grow older, we see many things coming back from our early years. Fashion is probably number one; I'm expecting that one of these days soon you will be pulling your leisure suit and Nehru jacket out of the bag in the attic so you can tool around in style. The...

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  • 27
    Jul

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

[caption id="attachment_2484878" align="alignright" width="247" caption="This portrait of a German woman in oil on canvas is in good condition regarding age, with some scratches on frame and one small restoration on canvas. It is dated 1897."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484879" align="alignright" width="240" caption="There is a small strip of paper glued to the back (written in German) detailing the artist’s vitals –...

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  • 27
    Jul

Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting magazines. This really began around 1870, due to the high...

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  • 27
    Jul

Who are the Top 30 American Visual Artisans of the 20th Century?

Who are the 30 most influential American visual artists of the 20th Century? Who made it to No. 1? List a few of your favorites then compare notes with our picks. This list has not been compiled scientifically, though. There are bound to be disagreements and we would like to foster debate. Who was ranked too high or...

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  • 27
    Jul

U.S. Navy Miniature Models

[caption id="attachment_2484779" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The tag on the case reads: “mfg by South Salem Studios, South Salem, N.Y.”"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484780" align="alignright" width="300" caption="When open, the case has 30 compartments, some holding more than one ship."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484781" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A model of a destroyer."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484782" align="alignright" width="300" caption="These models had some fine detail work, including booms and...

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  • 27
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 27, 1943

Monday, July 27, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa The other day I was appointed investigation officer in a case where one of our soldiers is supposed to have stolen a British owned German BMW motor cycle. The kid really has some charges against him. The story goes that, well we will call him Smith, was driving around Tunis...

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  • 26
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 26, 1943

Monday, July 26, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2485081" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 26, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This may be a red letter day in the war. Mussolini finally decided to give up the ghost and let someone else assume the responsibility of all his mistakes. King Imanuel (sic)* is now head of the Italian government and it’s...

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  • 26
    Jul

Watch & Clock Collectors Descend on Grand Rapids for the ‘National’

[caption id="attachment_2485091" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A collection of clocks on sale at the National Watch & Clock Collectors Association's annual show in Grand Rapids, Mich."][/caption] This year the National Watch & Clock Collectors Association (NAWCC) had its annual event/show at the prestigious Devos Convention Center, adjacent to the Grand Amway Hotel in downtown in Grand Rapids, Mich. The "National"...

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  • 25
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 20, 1943

Tuesday, July 20, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484771" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 20, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well it’s a cinch I didn’t sleep much last night. This morning the boys were full of helpful suggestions such as ground glass and a shooting accident. I think Laurie is taking it harder than I am. This morning about 9:00...

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  • 25
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 19, 1943

Monday, July 19, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484766" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 19, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today is the day I’ve dreaded for a long time. This evening when I came out from Tunis after hunting our weapons carrier which had been stolen there were some orders sitting on my desk stating that a Capt. So &...

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