• 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 […]

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  • 26
    May

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

[voxant 3706775] Wednesday, May 26, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa 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 held up by a native and […]

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  • 25
    May

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

[voxant 3706177] Tuesday, May 25, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa 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 Africa sun is very strong and […]

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  • 24
    May

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

Monday, May 24, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa 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 I wish there was something we […]

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  • 23
    May

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

Sunday, May 23, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa 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 Virginia and mother some letters. I […]

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  • 22
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 22, 1943

[voxant 3704528] Saturday, May 22, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa This morning Ray and I got up about seven and ate our first hot meal since we pulled in here. It sure did taste good. We enjoyed the first storage eggs this area has seen in a long while. A piece of ham and bread were […]

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  • 21
    May

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – May 21, 1943

[voxant 3702999] Friday, May 21, 1943 Casablanca, North Africa Even the ground felt good last night after that hike out. We have pyramidal tents with no floor and as bare of everything else. There is plenty of scrap lumber from crates, that we are getting and making floors and bunks. In fact that took up […]

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  • 20
    May

Military Eras: Top 5 U.S. WWII Collectibles

Most would agree that World War II militaria is the most popular military era to collect, and fortunately, “out of the woodwork” WWII items continue to surface from estates. WWII militaria initially emerged as a collecting hobby shortly after soldiers returned from Europe with Third Reich souvenirs, particularly medals, guns, and headgear. As demand for […]

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  • 20
    May

Auction Report: Cowan’s Spring Fine and Decorative Arts

With more than 450 lots for sale, the Cowan’s Auctions Spring Fine and Decorative Arts Auction promises on June 6 2009 to be both diverse and exciting. Starting off the auction in the first top 10 lots, lot # 10 is an unusual and rarely seen Anna Pottery pig flask. The diminutive 2.25-inch by 4.5-inch […]

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  • 20
    May

My Childhood Keeps Disappearing

All my cowboy heroes died before the 21st century began. Memories of the Korean and Vietnam wars are the purview of senior citizens. Those, myself included, who remember life before television, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, are witnessing the birth of a new generation who will have no memory of television before high definition. […]

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