• 13
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Candy Dish, FADA Radio, KKK Book

QUESTION: My grandmother bought a candy dish during her honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C. from her home in North Carolina sometime around 1910. She could not have paid more than 50 cents for it. After poking around on eBay and the Internet, I identified the glass type as opalescent blue pressed glass. It is in beautiful condition with...

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  • 13
    Jul

Any Way You Look At It, the Fiery Opal Is Certainly a Thing of Beauty

[caption id="attachment_2484414" align="alignright" width="258" caption="This large and spectacular vintage opal ring is finely crafted in solid 14K yellow gold. The center opal measures 7mm x 5mm, and surrounding gems are 6mm x 4mm each. The total weight for these colorful gems is about 2.71 carats."][/caption] If you were born in the month of October, then in all probability...

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  • 12
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 12, 1943

Monday, July 12, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484389" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 12, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] In my existence today was just another day. A hundred miles north-east the end of existence for many like myself and few would consider themselves bored. Thousands of _______ are flying around only a few with in the category of possibility....

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  • 12
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 11, 1943

Sunday, July 11, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484383" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 11, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today, I think our boys really discovered a war. We are paying a terrible price for that little bit of an island. This morning a B-26 aircraft took off with 24 planes and came back at noon with 20. They reloaded...

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  • 10
    Jul

A Rail Yard Full Mint Toy Trains Highlights Upcoming Philip Weiss Auctions

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Some 1,200 lots in a wide array of categories—to include toy trains, transportation, advertising, militaria, ocean liner, World's Fair, railroadiana, automotive, Hollywood memorabilia, historical items and more—will be sold at a three-day event slated for July 31-Aug. 2. “We had several well-attended and successful sales in the first half of 2009, and now we'll continue...

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  • 10
    Jul

Locomotive-Shaped Iron Could be a Real Money Train

For WorthPoint member Marilyn Detwiler, this locomotive-shaped iron may be a money train. Marilyn contacted WorthPoint, requesting information through Ask a Worthologist about an iron she owns that is in the shape of a steam locomotive. This figural iron is a unique household collectible, as only two other similar examples have been documented. [caption id="attachment_2484317" align="aligncenter" width="403" caption="This...

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  • 10
    Jul

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

Saturday, July 10, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484279" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 10, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Sicily Invaded And another week ends. As the week ends so begins the invasion. At three this morning our forces began the landing operation and this afternoon when I went to the hospital to get K____ and Schwartz the first casualties...

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  • 9
    Jul

This Week in Geek 7/08/09

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...

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  • 9
    Jul

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

Friday, July 9, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484271" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 9, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Some day I’m going to turn my company loose armed to the teeth and take Uncle Sam’s army apart piece by piece. We have had a truck on deadline for two weeks now because of a bad crankshaft. Today a new...

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  • 8
    Jul

The Workhorse of the Early American Banking System: Half Eagles, Part Two

Half Eagles, or five dollars gold pieces as there are often called, were the workhorse of the early American banking system, as there were so very few quarter eagles manufactured. In fact, of the roughly 2.3 million gold coins made by the United States Mint between the years of 1795 and 1834, 2.1 million were half eagles, or...

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