• 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 […]

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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 […]

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  • 27
    Jul

U.S. Navy Miniature Models

QUESTION: I own a case of miniature models labeled “U.S. Navy Miniature Models, USN Bureau of Aeronautics, Special Services Division.”  I assume that these models were a teaching tool to teach individuals to identify U.S. Navy ships during World War II.  The case measures 27 inches x 14 1/2 inches.  When open, the case has […]

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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 […]

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  • 26
    Jul

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

Monday, July 26, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa 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 a headache I wouldn’t care for. […]

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  • 26
    Jul

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

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” is the premiere event of the NAWCC and this year’s show—held in early June—was a real classy event, held at the […]

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  • 25
    Jul

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

Tuesday, July 20, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa 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 I woke up to see Major […]

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  • 25
    Jul

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

Monday, July 19, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa 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 & So would report for duty to […]

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  • 25
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 25, 1943

Sunday, July 25, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today turned out to be old home week. I took the “Ginnie G.” and went up to Mateur about ten thirty this morning to see if I could locate Lew Waters. I went to A.B.8. Hqs (Headquarters) and dropped in on G-3 and found he was only […]

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  • 24
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 24, 1943

Saturday, July 24, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today stayed cool until about two o’clock as the sky stayed overcast. This is very unusual as the clouds generally clear off about eight or nine each day. I think I could have slept all day. When its nice and cool like that you sure hate to […]

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