November 12, 1999
TGIF. It's been a grueling week, packed with intense work. It's such a
pleasure to relax on Friday evening with you!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF BIG BOVINE BUSINESS
Remember those fiberglass cows that were sculpted, painted, decorated, place, exhibited, hyped, photographed, tipped, stolen, vandalized and mourned in Chicago? Sure you do. If not, pop on over to the newsletter archives and read all about them. Well, now they've been auctioned to raise money for charity. The 71 hefty heifers of Chicago's "Cows On Parade" raised more than 1.4 million dollars, at an Internet and a live auction, designated for various charities. The top lot was "Mirroriam", covered with thousands of tiny mirrors, which earned $65,500. My personal favorites:
F-22 Dairy Air Enforcer, a plane that can really handle the milk run - $11,800
This is Not A Cow - $16,001
Double Moo, one with a head at each end. You'll never have to follow this one with a shovel! $22,000
Although the City of Chicago has been milking this for all it's worth for months, the spirited bidding and great prices made for a very moo-ving experience. Udderly fascinating! Shoot me now. Please.
To view all the cows in both auctions, go to http://www.metromix.com
IN ORDER FOR IT TO QUALIFY AS DUMPSTER DIVING, YOU MUST WAIT FOR THE ITEM
TO ACTUALLY BE IN THE DUMPSTER DEPARTMENT
MGM, in order to help ensure that the new James Bond movie, "The World Is Not Enough", will be a big hit, plastered Los Angeles and environs with 280 posters two weeks ago. At least half of them have already been stolen from their display cases. Although, according to MGM spokespeople, this has happened before, with posters from "Batman" and "Space Jam", this is the fastest disappearance act ever.
HIS HOLINESS THE SAVVY MARKETING MANAGER
So far, Pope John Paul has endorsed Christmas tree ornaments,T-shirts, caps, bottled water, fanny packs, glow-in-the dark watches and CDs. Now, a Sarasota, FL company has announced that it will be marketing a series of prepaid long distance phone cards that will feature images of the pontiff. They will also include the Pope's signature, his seal and a blessing. The Vatican will receive one dollar of the proceeds for each $10 card sold. And no, you cannot use the card to call Heaven.
FROM THE LAND OF SILLY LUNCHEON MEAT VEHICLES
From March through October, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile fleet (can you believe they have a fleet of those things?) visited towns across the country, raising money for America's Second Harvest, the largest food bank network in the nation. The project, called "Share The Smiles", ended in Louisville, KY this week, with a Wienermobile Parade and luncheon. Guess what was on the menu!
SITES TO VISIT
If you are interested in vintage advertising, don't miss this site, courtesy of Alert Accumulator, Sherry:
For everything you ever wanted to know about antique cash registers, visit:
APPARENTLY, THEY DON'T KNOW BEANS IN BOSTON
Extremely Agitated Accumulator Winnifred Armour reports that WBPX of Boston has dropped live broadcasts of "Treasures In Your Home", preferring to show re-runs at 12 noon. This, of course, deprives Bostonians of the opportunity to bid during the live show, and to chat while watching the show on their TV sets. If you live in the vicinity, and want to let the station know what a dumb move they made, call them at (617)787-6868, and ask for Maureen Burke.
Okay, Accumulators, time to sign off. This weekend Artie and I will be
attending the Metropolitan Postcard Show here in NYC and visiting with our
dear friends, The Sussmans. Have a great week, everyone. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #105
U.S. Library of Congress
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