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Newsletter #124

June 9, 2000

Greetings Accumulators!

Oh! It finally decided to be June in New York City. Hot and humid here today, after a week of cool weather and severe storms. I hope your week was productive and low-stress.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS THAT IT'S TIME TO ELIMINATE THOSE SIX TWINKIES YOU'VE BEEN HAVING AFTER LUNCH EVERY DAY
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On June 4, a tired visitor to the Minneapolis Institutes of Art decided to sit down and rest for a while - in a 16th century Ming Dynasty folding chair. Which promptly broke. The questionable patron of the arts apparently either did not see or ignored a "do not touch" sign. Museum spokespeople say the chair had previously broken, and that it re-broke along the same break lines as the old mishap. The unfortunate pile of splinters is being sent to the London restorer who repaired it the last time (and this time, use glue, willya?) and no charges are being filed against the unnamed man (well, what would they charge him with? Unauthorized placement of derriere?), who, say the spokespersons, is very embarrassed and apologetic. Needless to say, the Institute's security practices are being reviewed and, in all likelihood, revised. What a tough way to get your fifteen minutes of fame.

ANIMAL HOUSE DEPARTMENT
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Okay, all cities with even the slightest degree of creativity please step forward. Not you, New York, Toronto and Cincinnati! You stay where you are, which is in the shadow of Chicago, who thought of it first (well - not exactly. It actually originated in Geneva, Switzerland). Last year Chicago treated us to a parade of truly bizarre cows, at whose expense we had great fun all summer. This year, Cincinnati is celebrating pigs, and Toronto is doing it with moose. New York can't even come up with an original animal. We're going to be displaying individually decorated cows. And so, we bring you the very first news flash of this year's Extremely Silly Animal Parade Season: From Alert Accumulator Vince Smith comes word that someone has stolen a pig from the Floral Conservatory in Cincinnati. Just can't wait to see the Graffiti Pig in NYC - come to think of it, that could be all of them.

EL PRIMO PUPPET
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I confess I have a serious jones for Pets.com's Sock Puppet. That goofy spokesmutt is my kinda guy. Well, Pets.com isn't stupid - they saw a great merchandising opportunity, and they took it. They are now accepting orders for replicas, complete with a news microphone, wristwatch collar and mis-matched eyes. By July, they expect to launch a licensed merchandising program, to include items like finger puppet key chains, the replicas and stuffed animals. Eat your heart out, Ty Company.

MARKET TIP
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If you like old movie props, there's an ongoing auction by a company that rents the props to the moviemakers. It's at http://www.remarketingassociates.com. Caveat: if it's prevenance you want, you may be disappointed. The company says it threw out the paperwork years ago.

Accumulators, it's time to toddle off now. I have a friend in the hospital to visit, errands ro run, and that pesky deck to finish (and all those yard sales to "do"!). Enjoy yourself, wherever you are. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!

Best,
Judith

2000 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #124
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464

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