• 10
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 10, 1943

Thursday, June 10, 1943 Oran, Morocco, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483448" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 10, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning we took our time getting ready as we were going to stay in Oran for the day. It is a town of about 50,000 and reminds me a lot of New Orleans in some sections. The streets are narrow...

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  • 9
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 9, 1943

[voxant 3716976] Wednesday, June 9, 1943 Oran, Morocco, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483369" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 9, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] We pulled out of Guercif at eight this morning and set a pretty rugged pace until we got into the mountains. We crossed about thirty more miles of desert before we started the climb but from then on the...

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  • 8
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 8-June 12, 2009

In art, auction and collectibles news, we have a Lincoln memo mystery, an undercover sting netting a bunch of looters who stole American Indian artifacts and the Russian art auctions with good news and not so good. From The Associated Press: Lincoln document puzzles Hawaiian historians So how did a document with Abraham Lincoln’s signature end up in...

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  • 8
    Jun

Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 2: Women’s Clothing Styles

Many people inherit photographs of ancestors from generations past and often struggle with the frustrations of identifying the age of each picture. An earlier article focused on dating image formats (Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats). This article will help identify the probable time frame by the clothing and hairstyles. It’s surprisingly easy....

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  • 8
    Jun

Magazine Articles Chronicle Circus Life of Yesterday and Today

[caption id="attachment_2483418" align="alignright" width="217"] Time” Magazine, March 29, 1937 – Wild Animal Trainer Clyde Beatty.[/caption] Stories featuring the circus have always been a popular subject for magazines. Collecting these magazines is an inexpensive way to add some spice and details to your Circus Collection. All of the most popular magazines of the past have regularly chronicled circus life....

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  • 8
    Jun

How Much Does the Previous Owner Impact the Value of an Antique or Collectible?

With appraisal work, no one aspect affects value in the short term more for an antique or collectible than an iron-clad provenance. Even the most mundane items can have huge variances in value depending on prior ownership. Items such as a Tiffany’s ladies’ tape measure—which now retails for about $225—can be worth $48,875, or a $250 gold-plated cigarette...

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  • 8
    Jun

What Will The Next Generation Collect?

It is time once again to peer into my crystal ball; at least it would be if I owned a crystal ball. I do not. The lack of a crystal ball does not negate my ability to foresee the future. Predict, rather than foresee, would have been a safer word choice, but I must uphold my reputation for...

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  • 8
    Jun

Auction Report: Error Stamps Highlights Philip Weiss Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2483373" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Block of six rare Canada error stamps (Scott 387A), never hinged, from corner of sheet sold for $50,850 (including a 13-percent buyer’s premium) at multi-estate sale held May 8-9 by Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A block of six rare Canadian error stamps (Scott 387A), never hinged, from the corner of the sheet,...

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  • 8
    Jun

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

[voxant 3716532] Tuesday, June 8, 1943 Guercif, Morocco, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483361" align="alignright" width="150" caption="June 8, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Today was one of the most miserable days that I have ever spent in my life. I must have gotten a touch of Ptomaine poison last night in the "C" rations because I was terribly sick this morning when...

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  • 7
    Jun

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

Monday, June 7, 1943 Meknes, Morocco, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483355" align="alignright" width="150" caption="June 7, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This is what most people would call a screwed up day in every sense of the word. I woke up at six and ate breakfast so I could be ready to head for town alright (sic) to make all final arrangements...

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