• 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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    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 2, 1943

Friday, July 2, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484086" align="alignright" width="200" caption="July 2, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Tonight is Atabrine night. For those of you who have not enjoyed the pleasure of a tour of North Africa under the auspices of Uncle Sam's army, Atabrine is a little yellow pill that tastes like the bitterest fruits of evil....

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  • 3
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 1, 1943

Thursday, July 1, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa July 1, 1943 Diary Page Today I felt much better, in fact almost human. The heat here doesn't go out of its way to make you feel good but there is nothing you can do about that. Today even the breeze is like the breath of a furnace. If its...

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  • 3
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 30, 1943

Wednesday, June 30, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia,  North Africa [caption id="attachment_2484074" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 30 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I felt a lot better. I don't know what it was they gave me but it sure did something. I was weak as hell and spent the whole day lying on a cot in the dispensary but there was...

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  • 1
    Jul

Collectors Shine a Light on Early Lanterns Varieties

[caption id="attachment_2484053" align="alignright" width="132" caption="An example of a pierced “Paul Revere” lantern. This one is made of copper."][/caption] When we see lanterns used as decorative objects, it's hard to imagine that they were once among the only sources for lighting. As such, they were made to be hung, carried, placed on a table or applied to a wall....

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    Jul

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

[caption id="attachment_402" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Antique and vintage globes, even if they are damaged, can have a useful and productive second life with a little work."][/caption] Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed...

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    Jul

This Week in Geek 7/02/09

[caption id="attachment_2484026" align="alignright" width="201" caption="Captain America Reborn #1"][/caption] 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...

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  • 30
    Jun

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

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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  • 30
    Jun

Mitchell & Rammelsberg Bedroom Suite Highlights Katherine Creamer Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2483999" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg, circa 1860 , was the top earner at the living estate sale of Katherine Creamer, a discerning collector from Mobile, Ala., selling for $51,700."][/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – A stunning five-piece rosewood Victorian bedroom suite, signed Mitchell & Rammelsberg (circa 1860), soared to $51,700 at...

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    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 29-July 3, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news, Michael Jackson makes the headlines, a cigarette butt brings in hundreds of dollars and Sotheby’s makes what could be a costly mistake. From Bloomberg: Jackson Items Fetch $205,000 in Sale, Top Estimates Michael Jackson’s death sent waves through the collectibles world along with the rest of the world. Julien’s Auctions had been...

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