• 26
    May

Rinker on Antiques: What Do Our Customers Want?

On May 12, I attended Western Connecticut State University’s Macricostas Entrepreneur lecture entitled “Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment.” Douglas K. Mellinger, vice chairman and founder of Foundation Source, presented the lecture. He was preaching to the choir, at least the one in which I sing. Point after point, I thought: “I have written about...

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  • 26
    May

Dirty Old Furniture Finish: Is It Seattle ‘Grunge’ or Is It Patina?

A few years ago I had an elderly lady walk into my antique furniture restoration shop with an unusual request. In a slightly embarrassed manner she told me that she knew this was a professional shop and this was how I made my living, but just this once would I sell her just a little of the “patina”...

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  • 26
    May

You Too Can Be a Circus Owner

[caption id="attachment_2483039" align="aligncenter" width="531" caption="Howard C. Tibbals and the Howard Bros. Circus model—the largest miniature circus in the world—that has been more than 50 years in the making."][/caption] Owning your own circus is just a dream for most folks, but for a few it is a reality. I’m not talking about a real circus, but one in miniature....

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  • 26
    May

Weekly News Roundup: May 25-May 29, 2009

From Auction Central News: Wright's June 2 sale goes 'back to the Futuro' with Suuronen house Did you always want to be the first on your block to live in a flying saucer? Now’s your chance. A Futuro house by architect Matti Suuronen is on the auction block in June. The house’s design, which really does look like...

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  • 26
    May

Military Eras: Vietnam War Collectibles on the Rise

Over the last 15 years, Vietnam militaria has become an increasingly popular collectible, with strong collector communities in unlikely places, such as Poland, France, Japan, Australia and Italy. There are still bargains to be had because many sellers are not aware that this era of militaria is steadily rising in price and collectability. Some popular collecting areas for...

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  • 26
    May

Identification of Decoys by Region

Just as fine artists influence each other to create a distinctive regional style, so too do duck decoy makers. Regional similarities are identifiable and include shape, construction methods, wood or other materials used, paint job, etc. Decoy carvers worked in the area they hunted, whether they were professional or gunning hunters or weekend hunters. The regions were created...

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  • 26
    May

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

[voxant 3706775] Wednesday, May 26, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2482995" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 26, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Tonight there are a bunch of soldiers down by the fence here bantering with the Arabs. It's quite interesting to see the gesturing and jabbering as each side tries to make itself understood. A steel knive (sic), hand made is...

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  • 25
    May

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

[voxant 3706177] Tuesday, May 25, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2482981" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 25, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Well by now we are getting used to this sort of life and don't mind it. About the only way to spend what leisure you have is taking sun baths. With these you have to be very careful as this...

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  • 24
    May

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

Monday, May 24, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2482988" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 24, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] So far each day since we arrived has been lovely. It seems that we came in here just at the right time as the rainy season has just passed and the hot season has not arrived. This suits me very nicely although...

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  • 23
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 23, 1943

Sunday, May 23, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2482974" align="alignright" width="200" caption="May 23, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] This morning I slept until about nine then got dressed in overalls and went over to the company to see that the supplies hauled last night were stowed away. I hung around until the typewriters were unpacked then sat down and wrote...

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