Newsletter #146

April 20, 2001

Greetings Accumulators!

The hunt is on! Everything's in bloom in the Northeast, and people are beginning to roll up the old garage doors so they can sell, sell, sell!

We have an air date for that Sally Jessy Raphael Show I taped a month ago. It's this Tuesday, April 24. You'll need to check your local listings for a time and station. In addition, as you'll hear Sally announce at the end of the show, there will be a live chat hosted by John Bruno and myself at the website at 5PM Eastern. All are welcome to join us, so please do!

Leland's is auctioning off some of Madonna's - um - personal property, including a bustier (what a relief! She can finally exhale), a peek-a-boo leather bra with studs, and an autographed g-string (eeeeuuuwwww!). A Leland's spokesperson said the bustier "has perspiration and makeup stains." Oh, great.

Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the Alice In Wonderland series, enjoyed a relationship with Louis Carroll that was acceptable by Victorian standards, but is pretty bizarre when viewed within the context of modern times. She was his muse. Consequently she became a pretty big celebrity when his books became best sellers. She accumulated quite a collection of mementoes, including a complete set of the books, photographs and personal letters from the author, among them one expressing dismay at her marriage. I know, I know, this doesn't sound like your average wholesome relationship with a kid, but scholars all say it was perfectly innocent for its day. All that repression during the Victorian era made for a lot of intense pornography, you know. Anyway, Alice's collection will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on June 6 on behalf of her grandaughter, a 69 year old woman who wishes to divide the proceeds amongst her own heirs. Can't wait to see who buys the photo Carroll took of Alice dressed as a beggar, with one shoulder provocatively bared. Another tidbit about Alice: she really did become quite the Big Celeb after the books were published, even having a "courtship" with Prince Leopold, one of Queen Victoria's sons. Alice was too smart to accept his proposal of marriage, sensing that the Royal Mom would not approve. Still, she named one of her sons Leopold, and he named one of his daughters Alice. Sigh.

Yahoo made two related annoucements this week: it is out of the porn business, and hate groups will be forced to endure attempts at not-very-subliminal mind control. Yahoo will no longer sell porn videos, DVDs etc, will not allow anyone else to sell them at the Yahoo site, and will enter into no new contracts for porn banner advertising. It has also come under no small amount of criticism for allowing hate groups to host Yahoo forums. Now, in an attempt to make it up to people of normal intelligence and eyes properly spaced apart, it has announced it will feature anti-hate banner ads in discussion groups hosted by or concentrating on hate, such as white supremacist forums. I know every one of you, Dear Accumulators, is thinking, "Now, if I were a white supremacist or anti-gay jerk, I'd definitely be turned around by a 'Please let's exercise tolerance' banner ad in my forum. It would make all the difference in my thinking." What's next? "Collect Militaria" banners in world peace forums?

So, Acumulators, we come to the end of another newsletter. Artie and I are heading out to a party to welcome the newest member of our family, one Julia Steckler. After that, it's off to the country and, if we can get there in time, Roberson's Auction in Pine Bush, NY. We so enjoy Dell, Lou and John ,and their consistenly great stuff. Get out there and hit those yard sales, those flea markets and those shops - so many "things", so little time! Hope you find something great this weekend. And don't forget to watch The Sally Show on Tuesday. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!


2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #146
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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