Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park

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In 1948, after years as a lumberjack in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Fred Smith (1886-1976) retired to his 120-acre homestead just outside of the small town of Phillips. But retirement didn’t take.

Despite being in his 60s and nearly crippled with arthritis, Smith embarked on one of the most improbable and fantastical art careers imaginable, creating 237 life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of people,…

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Swann Galleries Offering a Plethora of Posters

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Swann Auction Galleries is offering 413 lots of sought-after classics and never-before-seen vintage posters to collectors on Thursday, including the iconic British propaganda poster, Keep Calm and Carry On from 1939.

Leading the sale are two versions of the Keep Calm and Carry On propaganda poster: a large one at 29-1/2 inches by 19-3/4 inches, with an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000; and a smaller size of 20 inches by…

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Discovering Joy and Magical Memories in Antique Shops

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I suppose it all started while searching for deep blue glassware. Tall and short vases, bowls and goblets, enough to decorate and draw all eyes to the center of crisp white tablecloths for my niece’s wedding reception. What an elegant idea!

So, we were on a quest. We had seen a thousand different glasses and teacups over the last four antique stores, as well as patterned plates, old…

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An Illustrated History Of Jeweller B. H. Joseph & Co. With Timeline

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 BARNET HENRY JOSEPH

(1837 – 1907)

Barnet Henry Joseph was born in Penzance, England in 1837. His father was Henry Joseph & his mother was Amelia Emily Joseph.

Barnet married Isabelle Blanckensee, who was the daughter of the well known jeweller Solomon Blanckensee and Julia Joseph. 

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Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Moon Jacket Sells for Lofty Record of $2.8M

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Less than a week after the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the jacket retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin was wearing when he set foot on the moon has sold for a record-breaking $2,772,500.

The in-flight coverall jacket features the historic Apollo 11 mission emblem and “E. Aldrin” for his full first name, Edwin. It is made of a fireproof, tightly woven silica fiber…

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Saying Goodbye to the Beloved Phone Booth

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There are seven of us. Five kids and my parents. I’m the youngest. The low man on the totem pole. I have no say in anything. For the most part, it’s not a problem. Until one day when I am 12.

Here’s the thing. We have one phone. It’s anchored on the downstairs hallway wall, off the one bathroom. One phone. One bathroom. Seven people. The hallway is a high-traffic…

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