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Newsletter #141

February 17, 2001

Greetings Accumulators!

Let's see...Tom and Nicole broke up, Puffy and J-Lo did too. Great. Now for the news we're actually interested in.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FASCINATING BARWARE
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In honor of Valentine's Day, The London Museum has placed a recent discovery from a city cess-pit on display, according to Reuters. The Museum, which has a rather primitive concept of romance,is proudly exhibiting a 300-year-old drinking cup shaped like a penis. They describe it as an "unusual receptacle". No doubt. The cup, estimated to be 300 years old, is approximately six-and-a-half inches long (sure it is!), hollow, and made from a tin-glazed pottery. The museum says it is "rendered with anatomical precision". I suppose they know this because the entire male portion of the Acquisitions Department ran into the men's room to check. Or, perhaps they were working from memory. The museum stated that "a small cup above the testicles suggests that the vessel was used to contain liquid, possibly wine, beer or ale". Certainly not champagne! The female archeologist who discovered the drinking penis said she experienced "a bit of a shock" when she found the object, before bursting into laughter when she realized what it was. This, of course, is exactly the same reaction all women have. Eventually, the cup (how do they know it isn't a spittoon?) will become part of an exhibit of 18th century pornographic tiles. Can't wait for the Queen to do the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Can you imagine the toast at the banquet afterwards?

IF THE COWS ARE BACK, CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND? DEPARTMENT
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We are all, by now, quite accustomed to herds of strange-looking cows standing in the streets of cities all over the world. I speak, of course, about the various artist-decorated fiberglass cows created on behalf of the fundraising efforts of various municipalities, who auction them off to art patrons and milk drinkers alike. Accumulator Lou Johnson informs me that the city of Plainview, Texas has added a new twist that will increase their revenues and undoubtedly result in imitiation everywhere: advertising. That's right, the current exhibit of cows in Plainview includes a healthy dose of product placement, sponsored by the companies receiving the bovine benefits. Thus we see cows representing the interests of fuel companies, car washes, and ice cream stores. There is also a bikini-clad cow, which is very bizarre, considering what we know about cow anatomy. Lou was kind enough to include some snapshots. Just click on the links to see some of them, or copy and paste them into your browser. Thanks, Lou!

Texacow

DQ Cow

Bikini

HELPFUL HINTS
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As I'm sure you all know by now, the book about which you have been relentlessly hounding me is coming out this year. The end of August, actually. This is a good time, I think, to being teasing you with some of the stuff in there. I won't even mention the essays. Suffice it to say that a good chunk of my family will probably not ever speak to me again once it's published. So, I'll just give you one of the countless tips and tricks that make up the bulk of the volume: If you want to get rid of that musty smell in a cabinet or closet, put half a cut onion in there, close the doors or drawers, and leave it for a few days.

Well, dear Accumulators - off to - whatever. I've no idea what He Who Is The Light Of My Life has planned for us today. We would have gone up to the country house, but we've been frightened off by the predictions of extreme frigidity by our friendly weather man. I suppose this would be a great time to work on all those WhatICollect.com sites I've just started up. If you live in a climate where outdoor shows and sales are possible today, get out there and enjoy! If not, there are plenty of indoor shops and auctions to attend. Have a glorious week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!

Best,
Judith

2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #141
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464

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