May 9, 1998
Sunshine - what's that? Oh! That thing we used to have in the sky here in New York City, more than two weeks ago. It's gone.
MEMENTOS FROM JEFF DAVIS' LEAST FAVORITE GENERAL DEPARTMENT
Today, Saturday, May 9, a very interesting charity auction is being held in Allegan, MI, population 4,500. Among the items for sale are a set of Prussian lead soldiers purported to be the property of the family of General Benjamin Pritchard, the general who captured Jefferson Davis in the American Civil War. General Pritchard was a resident of Allegan. This auction is also special because it is a fundraising effort by a group of volunteer citizens who are trying to save the Old Regent Theatre, a twenties-era movie house with elaborate Art Nouveau detailing. These valiant volunteers had slaved to renovate the old place and, just as they were completing their labors, a freak storm arrived, collapsing the roof and ruining all their work. Undaunted, they began fundraising efforts anew, including this auction. Other items going up on the block today are an antique silk quilt, an oak desk chair from the original Allegan County Courthouse, and movie posters from the theatre. If you've a hankering for a piece of history, or you'd like to make a donation to aid these hardy helpers, you may call (616)673-5138.
I HOPE JERRY USED STRONG ANTIPERSPIRANT UNDER THOSE LIGHTS DEPARTMENT
In conjunction with the final episode of "Seinfeld", Universal Studios is having an auction of memorabilia from the show, and "a portion of the proceeds will benefit 'Jerry's Kids', the Muscular Dystrophy Association". Among the offerings: a J. Peterman catalogue autographed by John O'Hurley, the actor who plays Peterman on the show, a TV Guide autographed by Jerry Stiller, who plays Frank Costanza, a six-pack of chowder from the real man upon whom the character the "Soup Nazi" is based, two tickets to the "Kramer Reality Tour", a script from the show's pilot episode and shirts worn by Jerry Seinfeld. The auction is being held online, at Universal Studios' website at http://www.unistudiosauction.com and bids will be accepted until 5:00PM Pacific Time on Friday, May 15th.
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TIPS FOR SAVVY COLLECTORS
Watch out for these reproductions: shaving mugs (repros have the design going all the way to the top. Originals almost always left a space for the owner's name to go); advertising banks, the kind that look like tin cans with paper labels. These are actually fantasy items, not copies of older ones. They include one with a label for Tick Tock Cling Peaches and one of Havoline Oil; fake cowboy pins: watch out for Hopalong Cassidy pins with a boot. The original Hoppy ones didn't include boots.
One more collecting hint: you know I always say "Collect what you love",
but keep this in mind: since the market runs in cycles, collect what's out
Well, Accumulators, this weekend, considering the weather, we're not going
to get much garage-saling done, are we? But we are going to spend Sunday
with Mom, who will also be celebrating her birthday this week. Happy Hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #41
U.S. Library of Congress
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