September 3, 1998
No, I'm not in some time warp! This is Thursday, I know, and it's particularly strange for you to be receiving this newsletter today, because it's sometimes late. I'm sending it out early this week because Artie and I are leaving for Farmington, CT, where we're doing Farmington Antiques Weekend at The Polo Grounds. Let us pray for fabulous weather there this weekend, as the June show suffered such heavy rain it looked as if it was being held in Venice, not Farmington.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THANK GOODNESS NO ONE WAS
POURING OOLONG AT THE TIME
A thunderstorm in Spring Green, WI caused a tree incorporated into the design of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Taliesin studio to fall and crush it. The studio was used by Wright in the summertime, and the tree occupied an area called the tea circle. It had a large bell hanging from a limb which was rung to signal the 4PM tea time.
NO, NOT THE PORN STAR - AND SHAME ON YOU! DEPARTMENT
Police are searching for fugitive Bobby "Reno" Livingston, who is wanted for sale of unregistered securities, organized criminal activity and bail jumping. It seems he went around claiming to own exclusive rights to "The Godey Girls", images created by Louis Godey in the 19th century. Livingston told people that he was going to produce collectibles with the images on them, and sell them. He actually convinced some to buy lithograph blanks, to be lithographed at a later date. Anyone with information regarding Livingston's whereabouts should contact John Holmes, Jr. at the Harris, TX County District Attorney's Office at (713)755-5836; or Evan Marshall at "America's Most Wanted", (202)895-3147; or FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks (I swear!) at (713)693-5046.
SO CAN WE ALL SMOKE THE PEACE PIPE NOW?
For the first time ever, American Indian artifacts have been returned by a museum to the tribe from whence they came. The Allen County Museum in Lima, OH has returned various artifacts, including a child's buckskin dress, a beaded sheath and some bronze bells to the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho. The return was marked by a ceremony held on August 12. And to what items is the Museum still holding on? 70 skeletons, of which they'll retain possession until some tribe can prove ownership.
Forgers have not contented themselves with making reproduction cast iron toys. Now, they're reproducing ancient artifacts that fool even some experts. The archeological establishment is hard at work developing a method of detecting these fakes (without being specific, it involves the bodies of dead insects - I knew there had to be a use for those!). In the meantime, if you collect such things, be perfectly sure you know with whom you are dealing, and get a written agreement for a full refund if the item turns out to be a fake.
Okay, Accumulators, off to Connecticut for me. Have
a happy, safe, sane
Labor Day Weekend. Drive carefully and watch out
for the other guy. See
you next week. And Happy Hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #55
U.S. Library of Congress
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