November 1, 2002
Reminder: watch The Montel Williams Show today!!! End of commercial. Well, we seem to have skipped Fall this year in New York City. We just went directly from summer to winter. I guess if you love wearing sweaters, it's a good thing.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AT LEAST THEY'RE NOT SILICONE
This item courtesy of He Who Is The Light Of My Life, who found it in a local newspaper: If you thought it was the Puritans who are responsible for prudishness in our culture, you need to go back in time. Reuters reports that there's a church in Rome undergoing restoration work, and the workers have come upon something quite interesting. It is two female statues wearing bronze "bras". However, the bras are not original to the statues, designed by the sculptor Bernini. They are actually voluptuously bare-breasted ladies. The bronze coverups have been in place for more than 100 years. Sounds about as comfy as some of the modern ones, as many Accumulators of the female persuasion will agree. This brings new meaning to the expression "colder than a brass brassiere".
ONE LESS ITEM IN THE COLLECTION DEPARTMENT
York Dungeon, a museum and popular tourist attraction in England will get their skull back. The skull has been a prime exhibit in the museum since 1986, According to the Yorkshire Evening Post. But late last month, a museum staff member accidentally sold the skull to a skull collector. No, I am not making this up. The newspaper says it was an accident. The collector, Darren Lane, used a bank card to buy the skull, so he was easy to find. When interviewed, he said that he'd bought the skull, for which he paid approximately $45, as a gift for his mother. I don't know about you, but when it comes to gifts for my Mom, I try to stick with the old standbys like sweaters and handbags. In any case, the skull made it back to the Dungeon in time for Halloween. Can you imagine meeting Darren Lane in a bar and asking him if he has any hobbies?
WELL, IT'S PROBABLY RATED PG, SO THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN WATCH IT TOGETHER
Worldwide video sales and rentals for Harold Beer's new film have been astronomical. It's called "Ferguson on The Farm" . It's about tractors. Beer owns several Ferguson classic tractors, which his father bought in 1949. The video consists of him trimming hedges and plowing fields with his tractor, and it's a hit. Tractor and Machinery Magazine even presented Beer with their, I am sure, very prestigious award. He is, of course, making a sequel, and may even produce a third video. "Some people watch it for the scenery," he said. "Some are nostalgic about the era and others are interested in the machinery". And more than a few people are buying it because it puts colicky babies to sleep.
Okay, I must be off. Have to watch Montel (oh, will the shamelss plugs never cease?). Saturday evening, we'll be attending the auction at The Old Red Barn in Cuddebackville, NY. What great furniture and accesories Vince The Barnman has for sale! If you're in the nabe, stop by and say "hi". And bring money. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2002 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #196
U.S. Library of Congress
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