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Antiques & Collecting Newsletter 10/01/2002  Ron McCoy
 Sep 30, 2002 19:24 PDT 


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Antiques & Collecting Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 4
October 1, 2002
Ron McCoy, editor [ro-@collectingbuzz.com]
http://collectingbuzz.com

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      (¯`·.¸¸.-> IN THIS ISSUE

BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS FOR THE LOWLY OYSTER
OTIS REDDING HONORED WITH STATUE
AREN'T WE ALL MAP COLLECTORS?
AMERICAN ICON REBORN IN 'THE SPIRT OF AMERICA'
FLEA MARKET FINDS WITH THE KOVELS
BRIEF PRIMER ON ROMAN NUMERALS
UNVEILING THE BUST OF THE VIRGIN MARY
COME ONE, COME ALL: DOME-O-RAMA
ARACHNIPHILIA
EARN $ WITH AFFILIATE PROGRAM
DAVID GETS WASHED
NOTHING TRASHY ABOUT THIS!
MARILYN GOES ON SALE--AGAIN


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BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS FOR THE LOWLY OYSTER
http://www.oysterplates.com

Caroline and Patrick, a couple from Paris, collect and sell a huge array
of oyster plates. For the uninitiated, oyster plates are ceramic
platters designed solely for the serving of oysters in their shells.
Indentations in the plates (typically six) are in the shape of oyster
shells, thus preventing the seafood from slipping off the plate. Nearly
every maker of fine china has had oyster plates in its line, and vintage
plates are now highly collectible. Caroline and Patrick have some lovely
examples for sale on their site, but even more interesting is their
"museum", which displays photos of hundreds of extraordinary patterns
and ceramic styles of antique and modern plates. Nearly all are
European, although a few American producers are represented. Although a
majority of vintage plates shown are majolica, you can also view frail,
intricate floral beauties from Doulton, England, a very rare Lalique
glass plate, and some sturdier, more contemporary plates from Hall
Pottery of the U.S.A. These are interesting collectibles, and a trip to
this site might not only whet your appetite for oysters, but also for
the plates that hold them.


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OTIS REDDING HONORED WITH STATUE
http://www.otisredding.com

Otis Redding, the soul singer best known for "(Sittin' on) The Dock of
the Bay," was honored in his hometown of Macon, GA with a 7-foot bronze
statue that shows him sitting on a dock, playing his guitar. Redding's
widow, Zelma Redding, attended the unveiling ceremony in September in
Gateway Park on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. Redding was killed in a
plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967, on the way to a concert in Wisconsin. A
tribute concert will be held in Macon on Dec. 7, the 35th anniversary of
the song's recording.


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AREN'T WE ALL MAP COLLECTORS?
http://www.roadmaps.org

Maps are one of those items we really can't do without, and yet they're
taken for granted unless we need help getting from Point A to Point B.
The advent of online services such as MapQuest threaten to make the old
paper hard-to-fold variety of maps nearly obsolete. But there is a
group of folks intent on making certain that obsolescence does not come
quickly or without a fight. The 500-member Roadmap Collectors
Association has created a website that certainly isn't only of interest
to collectors of vintage maps. Besides all the important data concerning
the club itself, the site also contains a great deal of information
necessary for those who intend to begin a collection, or even for those
who, like most of us, have a drawer in which we toss our old maps once
our vacation is over. For one thing, some of those castoffs just might
be valuable. Secondly, looking a bit more deeply at a map, not just for
the information it yields, but also for its design and construction, can
be interesting and enlightening. Third, old maps provide a history of
our trails, roadways, paths, and highways that no other source can give
us. The Roadmap Collectors Association site, with its very comprehensive
list of all vintage maps known to exist, is a valuable resource for
those who want to make sense of all those maps in the bottom desk
drawer.


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AMERICAN ICON REBORN IN 'THE SPIRT OF AMERICA'
http://www.goodyearblimp.com/history.html

Four Goodyear blimps came together for the first time in 40 years in
September to celebrate the arrival of the newest airship, the "Spirit of
America." The new ship was christened by Letitia Driscoll, mother of
NYPD officer Stephen Driscoll who was lost on Sept. 11. Joining the
"Spirit of America" were three of the company's most famous airships:
the "Stars & Stripes", based in Pompano Beach, Fla.; the "Spirit of
Goodyear", based at the Akron facility; and the retiring "Eagle", from
its Carson, Calif., home. At 192 feet long and 59 feet high, each blimp
holds more than 202,000 cubic feet of helium and air and has a maximum
speed of 50 MPH with a cruising speed of 30 MPH. It can carry a pilot
and six passengers.


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FLEA MARKET FINDS WITH THE KOVELS
http://www.kovels.com

Antique lovers have always considered Ralph and Terry Kovel to be
national treasures. The second season of "Flea Market Finds with the
Kovels", their award-winning television show, begins Friday, Oct. 4 at
8PM and 11PM (ET) on Home & Garden Television (HGTV). As two of the
world's leading experts in antiques and collectibles they "have never
been dealers, just obsessed collectors" of all types of antiques, from
advertising to bottles, from art pottery to silver, and from printed
textiles to Holt-Howard ceramics. Highlights of the first new episode
include: oak furniture, fishing baskets, Satsuma pottery, Willow ware,
Bakelite jewelry, jack-in-the-boxes, children's books, and bookends. If
you missed last year’s shows, they are being rerun on Saturdays at 7PM
and 2AM (ET) beginning October 5.


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BRIEF PRIMER ON ROMAN NUMERALS
by Peggy Hazelwood [albook-@aol.com]
http://www.albooktross.com

Roman Numerals--I vaguely remember having learned some of these cryptic
math symbols in grade school. But, that was a long time ago! Many older
books used Roman numerals, instead of Arabic numbers, to reference the
year the book was published. Use this chart to decipher them:

M = 1000
D = 500
C = 100
L = 50
X = 10
V = 5
I = 1

For example, MDCLXVI (1000 + 500 + 100 + 50 + 10 + 5 + 1 = 1666) is more
commonly known as 1666.


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UNVEILING THE BUST OF THE VIRGIN MARY
http://www.newrenart.com

On September 6, the Lawrence Gallery in Portland, Oregon became the
first art gallery to unveil limited editions of gold, silver and bronze
sculptures of Michelangelo's Madonna della Pieta, the first
reproductions produced from a master made from the Vatican's mold of the
original. Over five hundred years after the completion of the Pieta, the
Treasurers of St. Peter's Museum has issued an exclusive license for
these identical reproductions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale
of these sculptures goes toward the maintenance and restoration of the
artworks within the Treasurers of St. Peter's Museum Collection.


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COME ONE, COME ALL: DOME-O-RAMA
http://www.domeorama.com

Snowdomes (or snow globes), those liquid-filled, snowflake-shaking
vacation mementos, have become a passion for Jen S., a self-proclaimed
"married broad" from Ohio. Purchased at gift and souvenir shops, Jen's
dazzling domes are presented on her website in "spectacular funkovisn".
From classic, vintage domes to modern adaptations, her enormous
collection includes figurals, bottles, cityscapes, ovals, TV's and more.
There is even a section on the "Care & Feeding of Domes".


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ARACHNIPHILIA
http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/Weird/weird.html

Now that everyone has fallen in love with Spiderman, that sexy arachnid,
we should all educate ourselves regarding the vast variety of
collectibles associated with the comic character. According to the site
itself, most of the items shown are either from online auctions or
people's submissions, and they tend toward the weird, unusual, and in
many cases, rare. You'll find Spiderman inflatable hammers, a $2000
70-pound life sized Spiderman, Spiderman TV trays, Spiderman trash cans,
and the ever popular Spiderman toilet paper. Readers are invited to
submit their own kitchy or absurd paraphernalia bearing the Marvel brand
mark as well, so dig to the very back of your collectibles closet and
see what you can find.


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EARN $ WITH AFFILIATE PROGRAM
http://www.collectingchannel.com/ata/cesEvlDetAffiliate.asp?ata=

CollectingChannel.com's popular online appraisal service "Ask the
Appraiser" (ATA) has established an Affiliate Program which earns a
referral fee by directing appraisal traffic by means of a link on your
web site. You share in ATA revenues with a current commission of $2 per
appraisal.


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DAVID GETS WASHED
http://www.waf.it/museicity/ita/musei_accademia_main.htm

Even world-famous sculptures need a wash behind their ears every now and
then. And Michelangelo's David is getting his first wash since 1873.
This seven month-long public bath at Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia
is wiping away 129 years of dirt and grime from the Renaissance marble
statue. Visitors to the gallery will be able to watch the work. The
five-meter nude, carved from a single block of marble from 1501 to 1504,
depicts the biblical hero who killed Goliath. It established
Michelangelo as the foremost sculptor of his time at the age of 29.


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NOTHING TRASHY ABOUT THIS!
http://www.trashlog.org

We've all heard about or seen the works of artists who collect trash and
sculpt it into interesting forms and meaningful shapes. Although
"Trashlog" indeed also deals in found objects, it is very different.
Nico Van Hoorn, from the Netherlands, has found a way to photograph bits
of trash he finds along the roadside so that each and every piece looks
like a simple, well-planned contemporary work of art. Each day, Mr. Van
Hoorn picks up something that fits his parameters --paper, plastic or
metal, never bigger than 10 x 15 cm, as flat as possible -- then
photographs it and posts the resulting photo on his site. The archives
go back to May of this year, and each day's offering is interesting and,
in its own way, a thing of beauty. The meaning of all this is left to
the viewer. Van Hoorn does not clutter his site with needless words. He
is a collector, but a collector of a very different sort. Apparently he
is looking for a more permanent home for his photo collection, but until
he finds one he will continue to post his works on his website, and we
will be the richer for it.


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MARILYN GOES ON SALE--AGAIN

The "Red Velvet" photo collection depicting a nude Marilyn Monroe will
go on sale once again. After an unsuccessful attempt to auction the
collection on eBay, Ventura photographer Tom Kelley Jr. says he is
continuing his search for a buyer. Kelley inherited the photos when his
father died in 1984. In last year's Internet auction, bidding for the
photographs taken by Kelley's father, Tom Kelley Sr., started at
$350,000. By the end, the top bid was $840,000 - under the $1.25 million
Kelley Jr. wanted. In March, Kelley and found a private buyer, but the
deal fell through. The collection includes six pictures of Monroe
leaning against a red velvet curtain. The photos were on a 1952 pinup
calendar and became Playboy magazine's first centerfold in 1953. They
are credited with helping launch Monroe's career.


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ANY WOULD-BE AUTHORS?

This newsletter is published as an informational resource for
collectors. We encourage our subscribers to help further the knowledge
of other collectors in their areas of expertise by submitting articles.
These could cover a wide range of topics including general information
on collecting, market trends, how to determine condition, value, etc.
Send a query to Ron McCoy via email at: [ro-@collectingbuzz.com] No
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CLICKABLE LINKS FOR AOL SUBSCRIBERS

Oyster Plates - <a href="http://www.oysterplates.com">Click</a>

Otis Redding - <a href="http://www.otisredding.com">Click</a>

Roadmaps - <a href="http://www.roadmaps.org">Click</a>

Blimp History - <a
href="http://www.goodyearblimp.com/history.html">Click</a>

Kovels - <a href="http://www.kovels.com">Click</a>

Albooktross - <a href="http://www.albooktross.com">Click</a>

New Renaissance Art - <a href="http://www.newrenart.com">Click</a>

Domeorama - <a href="http://www.domeorama.com">Click</a>

Spiderman - <a
href="http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/Weird/weird.html">Click</a>

ATA Affiliate Program - <a
href="http://www.collectingchannel.com/ata/cesEvlDetAffiliate.asp?ata=">Click</a>


Galleria dell'Accademia - <a
href="http://www.waf.it/museicity/ita/musei_accademia_main.htm">Click</a>


TrashLog - <a href="http://www.trashlog.org">Click</a>

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