• 7
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Art Books, Beatles Bazooka Wrapper, Esther Hunt Bust

QUESTION: I want to sell old (1960 and older) hardcover art books. They are in very good condition and still have their dust jackets. In addition, I have old art periodicals. What advice do you have? – TM, Lancaster, PA, via e-mail ANSWER: Selling art reference books, especially if they are coffee table books, is difficult and time...

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  • 7
    Jul

Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm): A Tribute to Those Who Finish Second

Celebrity deaths dominated the news for the past 10 days—Edward Leo Peter “Ed” McMahon, Jr., Farrah Leni Fawcett (Farrah Fawcett), Michael Joseph Jackson, Josephine Owaissa Cottle (Gale Storm), and Billy Mays. The extensive television coverage following the death of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson made everyone, regardless of age, familiar with whom these personalities were and...

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  • 7
    Jul

Collecting Juvenile Book Series: Our Little Cousins

[caption id="attachment_2484174" align="aligncenter" width="168" caption="Our Little French Cousin"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484175" align="aligncenter" width="170" caption="Our Little Russian Cousin"][/caption] Many people like to collect vintage juvenile series books. Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys and The Bobbsey Twins are some of the most popular collectibles. But a charming, old, often-overlooked series is one called Our Little Cousins. From 1901 until...

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  • 7
    Jul

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

Wednesday, July 7, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484156" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 7, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] How such a contrast in weather is possible, I don’t know but I certainly am thankful for it. Today has been lovely. A cool breeze kept the temperature down to a reasonable working medium so we felt like a human being....

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  • 6
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 6 – July 10, 2009

Headlining art, antiques and collectibles news is more bad news from the auction front, an heiress selling some Old Masters, and a craigslist seller getting stung. From Bloomberg: London Auction Total Falls 70% as Auction Houses Cut Guarantees Bad news on the impressionist-auction front. It’s reported that sales dropped 70 percent from last year. The numbers might sound...

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  • 6
    Jul

The Story of the Pre-Tractor John Deere Company

If you live anywhere near a farm or field or orchard, you’ve no doubt seen one of the ubiquitous John Deere tractors at work or at rest, its green and yellow paint scheme telling you exactly what it is. John Deere collectibles are popular across the country, too, as you can find model tractors, old advertisements and hundreds...

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  • 6
    Jul

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

Tuesday, July 6, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484116" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 6, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] In the 26 years of my life I’ve never seen a day like this one turned out to be. It started out nice and cool and calm and we thought we were going to have a let-up from this hot spell...

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  • 5
    Jul

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

Monday, July 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484109" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 5, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning we had another air raid and it was a lovely sight to see from the distance we were. So far they have never gotten closer than 20 miles so all we have is a fourth of July on the...

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  • 4
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard WWII Diary – July 4, 1943

Sunday, July 4, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484102" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 4, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] A diary is a pretty wonderful thing if you are honest in what you put down and read back over it once in a while to see how you change: if for its worse then correct it. Of course like any...

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  • 3
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 3, 1943

Saturday, July 3, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484096" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 3, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] One year ago today I received my commission. It doesn’t seem that long yet in some reports I feel like such an old hand at the game that it must be about ten years. I can remember that morning so distinctly....

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