• 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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  • 15
    Jun

E. Howard & Co. #61 Astronomical Clock Leads Fontaine Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2483581" align="alignright" width="241" caption="The top lot from the Fontaine’s Auction Gallery two-day clock & watch auction was this E. Howard & Co. #61 astronomical floor standing regulator clock, which sold for $161,000 (including a 15-percent buyer’s premium)."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A rare and fine E. Howard & Co. #61 astronomical floor standing regulator clock sold for $161,000...

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  • 15
    Jun

Collecting Boy Scout Patches and Insignia 101

[caption id="attachment_2483557" align="alignright" width="297" caption="This green long-sleeved Boy Scout shirt, dating from the 1954, displays several patches and pins, including a Westlake “red and white” council name patch, a key and a wheel patch, a rank patch and service pins."][/caption] Many of us collect things that connect us to happy times in our childhood. Collecting Boy Scout patches...

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  • 15
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 15, 1943

[voxant 3721458] Tuesday, June 15, 1943 Tabarka, Tunisia, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483544" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 15, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] Tonight we are in Tabarka of Tunisia. It's nearly the time for the full moon so the night is beautiful. I'm am (sic) writing this by the lights of a truck and it is fresh & cool. We are...

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  • 14
    Jun

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – June 14, 1943

Monday, June 14, 1943 Algiers, North Africa [caption id="attachment_2483540" align="alignright" width="200" caption="June 14, 1943 Diary Page"][/caption] We are definately (sic) under British control. Every control point has, what they call their "pointers" who check your convoy and direct you further on your way. They are all very polite chaps and go out of their way to help you...

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