• 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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  • 8
    Jul

Antique Furniture Tags: What They Say and What They Should Say

One of my favorite pastimes of course is antiquing; looking at and for antique furniture. One of my second favorites is reading the tags people put on antique furniture in an effort to sell it. These can often be much more enjoyable than the furniture they are attached to. Ideally, there are several important pieces of information that...

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  • 8
    Jul

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

Thursday, July 8, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484236" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 8, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] If this kind of weather keeps up there will be no kick from me. Last night was one of the most wonderful sleeping nights you could imagine. I don’t think I turned over once during the entire night and I sure...

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  • 7
    Jul

Collecting Wares Made in Post-WWII ‘Occupied Japan’

When I was a boy I collected postage stamps. That was it. Stamps. They could be from any country, any time period and depicting any subject. My stamp books quickly became full and after spending lots of my pocket money, I soon realized that without some sort of limiting condition, my hobby would get out of hand. So...

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