July 23, 1999
It's hot and humid today in New York City - so what else is new? Let's see...
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHO APPOINTED YOU THE LEGISLATOR OF MORALITY?
My intention had been not to mention the macabre circus imposed on us by the media this past week. I felt that the untimely deaths of John Kennedy, his wife and sister-in-law were a family tragedy and that, although we all feel awful about it, we're really not entitled to share in what should be a series of private rituals. However, it seems that some folks who acted in bad taste (and apparent greed) by selecting this particular week to market a JFK Jr. figurine on eBay were victimized by some other folks, who posted phony high bids (as high as $9,000!) in an attempt to kill the transaction by scaring away legitimate bidders. Their attempt failed, which is as it should have been. No one, however grief stricken, has the right to interfere with anyone else's First Amendment rights. True freedom of speech includes the rights of those whose opinions we find repugnant, or whose taste and sense of decorum we find lacking. The figure sold to a legitimate bidder for $700.
And, in a sort of related story, a Florida couple has just pleaded guilty
to taking orders for Beanie Babies on the Internet, accepting the payments
for them, and then never shipping the toys. One of them, Kelly Williams,
also pleaded guilty to printing counterfeit money on - get this - her home
computer. Williams and Richard Davis are facing fines of up to $250,000
each and five year prison terms.
RELATIONSHIPS MAY COME AND GO BUT CORRESPONDENCE IS FOREVER DEPARTMENT
Lorraine Wagner, a woman who corresponded with Ronald Reagan from the time she was a starstruck teen in 1943 until 1995, when a form letter arrived telling her about the former U.S. President's Alzheimer's Disease, has sold the 276 letters she received from Reagan. Wagner was once president of the Philadelphia Ronald Reagan fan club, and visited the White House three times. Some of Reagan's letters mentioned politics, as in 1948, when he expressed pleasure at the election of Democratic Party nominee Harry Truman. He also said, in 1976, that he thought Jimmy Carter was "a phony". Ms. Wagner says she hopes the letters will wind up in Reagan's presidential library. Apparently, no one has yet pointed out to her that she could have realized that hope by simply donating them to the library instead of selling them to a dealer.
WOW - WHOEVER IS THE P.R. PERSON FOR THE CITY OF CHICAGO DESERVES A RAISE!
You guys are really milking this one! Another cow-abuse story from Chicago, lest we allow the images of their fiberglass bovines to escape our consciousness for more than a day or two: Chicago police are paying "special attention" to the fiberglass Cows On Parade after continued vandalism, according to spokesman Pat Camden. Last Wednesday someone dragged a cow from the Oak Street Beach to the pedestrian underpass beneath Michigan Avenue, and someone removed a pair of eyeglasses from the cow honoring the late Harry Carey, broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. No word on whether Harry ever expressed interest in being depicted as a cow.
DON'T MISS THIS SITE!
You have never seen anything like this before, and that's because there's never been anything like this before. The site is called "The Century In Shoes", and is aimed at collectors of vintage clothing and accessories. But, whether these topics are fascinating to you, or they're a giant snore, go to this site anyway. The incredible scope of its technical achievement, the quality of its production values will make your head spin! The Century In Shoes
ART GLASS ROLLING PINS: You know those art glass rolling pins you've been seeing everywhere, from eBay to flea markets? They come in various colors, including clear, cobalt blue, red and green, and have threads of contrasting colors swirled through. They're all new. Every one of them. There are no old versions of these. They have hollow bodies and solid handles. A genuine old glass rolling pin has a means by which to fill it with ice water, so the pastry can be kept cold. If you're not going to use it to keep the pastry cold, why make it out of glass in the first place?
CERAMIC BULLDOG HUMIDOR: It's 8 inches by 6 inches, and features a bulldog
in a bowler hat. It is very detailed, even having a place to put a sponge
in the lid. The paint, most frequently olive green on the hat,
black/brown/green head, light brown or white collar, has an antique finish.
I hope you've had some rain where you are, and that the weekend brings
great "saling" weather to you. Artie and I are going to Lake Champlain to
visit our good friends, the Fergusons, and to seek out some of those great
New England antiques. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #93
U.S. Library of Congress
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