July 2, 1998
Coming to you a tad early this week, as we're about to get away for the holiday. I hope you have some excellent plans too, or, if you don't, I hope you will be enjoying your complete freedom from obligation!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOW WILL THEY SLEEP WITH THAT
BRIGHT LIGHT ON ALL
The U.S. Government giveth and the U.S. Government taketh away. They've been turning over the country's remaining lighthouses to state and local governments, and non-profit organizations. However, the Government is not fixing these buildings up before it gives them away, forcing the locals to assume projects that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since, in this age of sophisticated shipboard electronics, lighthouses are now almost completely obsolete, the need to preserve their unique architecture is great. So, some of these local groups have come up with a novel fund raising idea. All you have to do is donate $1,000 to The Lighthouse Preservation Society and you get a night's stay for two in one of 15 refurbished lighthouses around the country. And the contribution is tax-deductible. For more information, call (800)727-BEAM. And bring your eye shades.
THE ORIGINAL DIRTY OLD MAN DEPARTMENT
On July 8, the London branch of Christie's will sell the last known copy in private hands of the first edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", printed in 1477 by William Caxton. The pre sale estimate is $820,000 to $1,100,000. Those of us who were English majors remember struggling through the annotated copy of this book, trying to "get" Middle English. Middle English looks and sounds like a foreign language, which is why few modern folks outside the classroom have ever read this work in its original form. That's why I wonder how many people know that this book has some REALLY DIRTY STUFF in it. It's full of bawdy humor (the Wife of Bath was a shameless character) and frank biological commentary. The head of Christie's book department calls it the "greatest work of Middle English literature". I guess Playboy Magazine hadn't caught on yet.
WHAT'S NEXT - MOUNTAIN DEW AND TINKER TOYS?
Later this month, toy stores and drug chains will begin carrying items that result from the collaboration of Mattel and Coca Cola, two marketing giants. There will be Matchbox cars and trucks with the Coke logo, as well as an UNO collector's tin with the Coke Polar Bears on it. Look for other additions in the near future. Perhaps Barbie in a Coke romper?
GRANDMA RIDES AGAIN
If you haven't yet read any of the Grandma articles, you might want to get some background by going to Judith's Articles About Antiques & Collectibles and reading everything with "Grandma" or "Dr. Bob" in the title. More to come.
So, Accumulators, I wish you all a happy and safe
holiday weekend. Please
drive carefully, and keep your eye on the other guys
on the road. If
you're drinking, give the car keys to someone else
who isn't. If you're
outside the U.S., I should tell you that we're
celebrating the birth of our
nation this weekend, a holiday that traditionally
turns up some frightening
statistics - and I don't want any of my Dear
Accumulators to become a
Artie and I will be visiting the Stormville Airport
Flea Market, and the
Goshen Festival. If you're in the nabe, please say
"hi". Happy hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #48
U.S. Library of Congress
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