• 6
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 6, 1943

Sunday, June 6, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483347" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 6, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This has been a funny day. It started out peaceful and pleasant and ended up in a furor of activity. We slept a little late as it was Sunday and we had nothing in particular to do. The men ate breakfast then...

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  • 5
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 5, 1943

[voxant 3714894] Saturday, June 5, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483337" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 5, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I was one mad officer. I went down to headquarters to make the final arrangements for this convoy and found I wasn't going. Orders had come down from Algiers putting us on the alert so the whole convoy...

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  • 4
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 4, 1943

[voxant 3713869] Friday, June 4, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483312" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 4, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I took eight men and drove down town to see what had happened. I saw Lt. Shaffer and he said we had to go up to the Shell Building to see a certain Col. about getting those trailers...

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  • 3
    Jun

19th-Century Fine Dining Symbolized by Tiffany Flatware

Victorian silver flatware has long been appreciated for their elaborate patterns and exquisite craftsmanship. It is doubtful that the vogue for a utensil for each category of food will make a comeback, but these days the many collectors searching out the various flatware patterns of from that time. [caption id="attachment_2483291" align="aligncenter" width="326" caption="A Tiffany & Co. sterling silvers...

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  • 3
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 3, 1943

[voxant 3712928] Thursday, June 3, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483286" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 3, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This is one day I can truthfully say I have been busy. I rolled out of bed at 7:30, got dressed and went over to the office. I never eat breakfast anymore so that was just one more thing I...

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  • 2
    Jun

Dating Your Vintage Photographs (1840 – 1900) Part 1: Image Formats

Many people inherit photographs of generations of ancestors and struggle with frustrations of identifying exactly who is in each photo. Understanding the time periods for certain image formats can help tremendously, though. It narrows the probable window for a portrait and thus helps determine how many “greats” to add to that unknown uncle! History: Optical boxes utilizing pinholes...

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  • 2
    Jun

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

Wednesday, June 2, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483211" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 2, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This afternoon I walked into headquarters and Capt. Bley said I was just the man he was looking for. When I asked why he said he had a little convoy he wanted me to take and of course I said swell. Of...

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  • 1
    Jun

Kentucky Rifles: How to Gauge the Quintessential American Firearm

[caption id="attachment_2483248" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A Kentucky style American rifle by Blunt & Syms of New York. It features a .44 caliber 38-inch octagonal barrel and a back action lock with a double set trigger."][/caption] Surprisingly, one of America’s earliest triumphs in artistic and functional design, the “Kentucky rifle,” was not invented or generally fashioned in Kentucky. The name,...

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  • 1
    Jun

800 Fresh-to-Market Lots in Leland Little Historic Hillsborough Auction

In the grand opening of Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales’ new, 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gallery facility, the firm will put more than 800 lots of fresh-to-the-market merchandise, in a broad array of categories up for bid at a two-day Historic Hillsborough Auction the weekend of June 13-14. “We spent 10 very successful and productive years at our previous...

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  • 1
    Jun

Ceramics: Wartime Heroes Slip the Collector’s Net

[caption id="attachment_2483233" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A ceramics worker paints a design onto a plate with enamel at the J & G Meakin factory in Hanley. These plates were to be exported to South America to generate income for the battered British economy during World War Two."][/caption] The Second World War has been described and examined from every angle possible...

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