November 24, 2001
I hope all USA Accumulators had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. And to
those of you around the globe, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving,
Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, the 750th Birthday of Buddhism, or
any of the many holidays I've missed naming, I wish a peaceful and happy
holiday season, surrounded by your loved ones - and lots of great finds.
Here in The Apple today it is pouring down rain. It's been rather dry here
lately, so we need this. The fog is so thick that, here on the 42nd floor,
we can't see the ground. Actually, we can't even see the building across
the way. So, here in our closely enveloped tower, Artie is doing some sort
of electronic-techo-thing to our television, and I am typing to my
Accumulators who live outside the fog zone. That's you!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION WE HAD NO IDEA WE NEEDED TO HEAR
You will be ecstatic to hear, I am sure, that the World Toilet Organization met this week in Singapore. Among all the other important business they discussed (I'm not going there, so don't tempt me!), was this: beginning next year, November 19th has been declared World Toilet Day. I know you are asking yourself three things: (1)"Gee, how can I swing a tax deductible trip to Singapore the way these guys did?", (2)"Wow, what activities do these guys have planned for next year's premier World Toilet Day?", and (3) "Oh boy, what collectibles can I gather in anticipation of the immense advance next year of the market in toilet collectibles?" Well, you may want to put these questions to the WTO yourself. Their web site is at http://www.worldtoilet.org. There you can read about their objectives, and enter one of their contests. There's one called "The Toilet Of a Thousand Names" and another called "Loo's Toons", but the prizes are the best thing of all: designer "restroom earrings" and a pewter collar pin. There you go - toilet collectibles! And don't forget to visit the Toilet Support Centre. You will also find contact information for the organization. My advice: if you ever get to meet a representative of The World Toilet Organization, do not shake his hand.
FINALLY, A CLUB OLDER THAN I AM DEPARTMENT
Here's a collecting organization that's been around for a long, long time. Perhaps it is because they have so much to offer. The American Political Items Collectors is actually 56 years old, is dedicated to the exploration of political history, and includes collectors and scholars with varied interests. Many members have branched off into political issues such as women's suffrage and the environment. Their web site is wonderfully informative and, best of all, they have an electronic newsletter to which you can subscribe at their site. The URL is http://apic.ws/.
YES, ECONOMIC CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING THE MARKET
At Christie's East this week, another auction of celeb memorabilia. Gone are the days when collectors would have paid obscene prices for anything touched by someone famous. At this auction, lots of things were passed over by bidders. The Monroe dress fetched $18,200, but a bust of John Lennon sold for $3,525, $1,500 less than the estimate. And an overcoat worn by Al Pacino in "The Godfather Part II, didn't even get an opening bid. You will, of course, be thrilled to know that the original tablets Charlton Heston carried down from Mount Sinai in "The Ten Commandments sold for $11,750.
Lo and behold, it has stopped raining in New York City. Still foggy as a
window pane in winter, though. I have to stay in anyway - to learn the A
switch from the B switch and cable box 1 from cable box 2. Such complicated
maneuverings! I hope you'll have the opportunity to go out though, and find
some treasures. Have a wonderful week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #163
U.S. Library of Congress
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