May 11, 2001
We're dry as a bone here in NYC. No rain for a month! You'd think that after the exceedingly snowy winter we had, this wouldn't make a difference, but it does. Still, the weather has been pleasant, which means it's great for tag sales and outdoor shows. I've just put a new article up at the Twin Brooks website. It's a survival guide to outdoor shows, and it's called "Living Through The Summer". And, as a Mother's Day gift to all you Moms out there, I've posted another Grandma story. It's called "Grandma And The Spinach Balls". You'll find both articles by going to the index at http://www.msjudith.net/ac.htm. On to the week's yocks and shocks.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE HELP THESE POOR PEOPLE GET A LIFE?
This one comes to you from He Who Is The Light Of My Life, who is, I must say, one of the great scouts of all time. It seems that a man in Muncie, Indiana owns one of the top five antique fruit jar collections in the world. We have this on the best authority: The Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. And they should know. The man wanted to share his fabulous fruit jars with the public, who may or may not be interested, and who wouldn't be? But that's not the point, is it? He lives in an area that is zoned for residential use only, and apparently got some people's dander up when he applied for permission to open an Antique Fruit Jar Museum in his home. Perhaps people were afraid of the traffic jams caused by the mad rush to see the fruit jars. Perhaps they were afraid of an influx of fruit flies. Who knows? You will be pleased to hear that permission for the museum has now been granted, and peace reigns once more in Muncie.
ARTWORK BY EVIL INCARNATE DEPARTMENT
The New York Times reports that among the itmes brought back to the USA after World War II are some stange souvenirs indeed. There are some water color paintings by you-know-who. They've been secretly stored for the past sixty years in a climate controlled basement in Washington, DC, hidden from view by ordinary citizens. The paintings were given by Hitler to his friend and personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann. They were confiscated after the war along with Hoffmann's archive of photographs. And for the past eighteen years, his heirs have been suing the US government to get the paintings back, claiming they have long since lost their power to incite. The US attorneys have been arguing that the US won the war and is therefore entitled to keep "the water colors" (Hitler's name isn't mentioned anywhere in the suit). What I;m wondering is why the US wants to keep the paintings if they're just languishing in a basement somewhere anyway. Stay tuned, folks. This suit could have tremendous repercussions.
Well, I always promise "short", and this week's newsletter is definitely that. We're off to the country for just one day. Tomorrow is my Mom's birthday and Sunday is Mother's Day, so this will be a family weekend. Hope all you Moms out there have a wonderful day, adn that you get to spend part of it at a yard sale or two. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #149
U.S. Library of Congress
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