• 19
    Jun

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

[voxant 3725250] Saturday, June 19, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483722" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 19, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Last night about ten o clock (sic) I was awakened by a soldier from headquarters. His story was that paratroopers had been dropped in the vicinity of Tunis and that all outfits should be on the alert. Today, all...

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  • 18
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 18, 1943

[voxant 3724162] Friday, June 18, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483714" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 18, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] The temperature tonight would never lead one to believe a person was in Africa. You need a field jacket and then you are a little uncomfortable. Ye gods, when I think of my previous ideas of Africa. Well we...

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  • 17
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Tin Soldiers, M1 Helmet, Semaphore Light, ‘Family Circle’

QUESTION: I have five lead figures that my mother acquired from her grandfather when living in Macedonia around 1950. Her grandfather was born before 1890s, so the figures have to be quite old. Four figures appear to be English soldiers and one a princess dressed in a dress. Some are three-dimensional and others are flat. All are marked...

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  • 17
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 17, 1943

Thursday, June 17, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483687" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 17, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This has been a dull day and it looks like more to follow. We got up at six and ate breakfast down with another MM company with whom we are attached for rations. I don't think I will ever get used...

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  • 16
    Jun

Collecting Political and Low-Number License Plates

[caption id="attachment_2483635" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="New York Governor"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483636" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="Kentucky Chief Justice"][/caption] Ever since the days of early motor vehicle registration there has always been fierce competition amongst drivers to obtain a low-number license plate. In many states, to many motorists, bearing a low-number plate has an instant connotation of status, power, wealth, and even political...

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  • 16
    Jun

Restoring the ‘Rock’ in Antique Platform Rockers

As a nation, we Americans are particularly devoted to a number of artifacts and icons from our past. On the domestic front there is a category of national passion—comfort—and one of the primary instruments of American comfort is the venerable rocking chair. There is even the reassuring fable that we actually invented that handsome little critter somewhere around...

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  • 16
    Jun

All in a Name: Titanic Items (Genuine and Phony) Chase Movie’s Popularity

[caption id="attachment_2483607" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="A creamer in a pattern that was supposedly the same pattern used on the Titanic. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483608" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="A creamer in the pattern (Wisteria) used on White Star Line vessels, including the Titanic. "][/caption] The Wisteria creamer image (above right) is courtesy of Titanic Mementos. One thing that can really raise values...

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  • 16
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 16, 1943

Wednesday, June 16, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483549" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 16, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning we woke up about 6:30 and watched a gorgeous day break forth. It had sprinkled a few drops last night so the town looked fresh & clean. The air was fairly brisk so we all hated to climb out...

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  • 15
    Jun

Red Baron Auction Offers Treasures Gathered from Around the Globe

ATLANTA – They are the things of comic books and Saturday afternoon adventure movies and you can buy them now: A car that looks like a rocket ship; a boat that can fly like a helicopter; an Egyptian mummy and shrunken heads. These and more than 2,500 other rare and amazing treasures will cross the block as the...

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  • 15
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 15-June 19, 2009

Headlining art, antiques and collectibles news is a 1936 sports car designed by an eccentric billionaire, smooching in Times Square and a movie satirizing the art world. From The Associated Press via Auction Central News: Howard Hughes' hot rod Lincoln hits $1 million at auction Howard Hughes, they just don’t make ’em like him anymore. Movie producer. Setter...

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