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Antiques & Collecting Newsletter 7/01/2004  Ron McCoy
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Antiques & Collecting Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 2
July 1, 2004
Ron McCoy, editor [ro-@collectingbuzz.com]
http://collectingbuzz.com

We are pleased to continue to send you this free monthly newsletter
covering the latest antique/collectible news, trends, web sites,
articles, tidbits, as well as information about the best happenings for
collectors in the antiques & collecting community.

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


      (Į`∑.łł.-> IN THIS ISSUE

SO TACKY, YET SO COOL
MICROPHONES
REAGAN MEMORABILIA GALORE ONLINE
ROCK 'N ROLL HISTORY IN MEMPHIS
THE AMERICAN PACKAGE MUSEUM
MAGNUM'S FERRARI
TRAGEDY AND RESCUE AT SEA
EBAY SELLERS PLAGUED BY BILLING GLITCHES
FIND DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS
STAR WARS HELMETS
FAKE TINTYPES


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SO TACKY, YET SO COOL
http://home.nycap.rr.com/useless/pink_flamingo/index.html

Love them or hate them, they are just hard to ignore. The plastic pink
flamingo has become a part of the American landscape and has had more
staying power than just about any celebrity. The subject of many jokes,
this truly American object was actually designed by a real artist as a
serious piece of art. Follow the path of the pink flamingo from its
birth through to its gain of legendary status.


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MICROPHONES
http://www.coutant.org

In today's broadcast world, microphones are discreetly tucked under a
lapel or attached to a sports reporter's belt. This site journeys to a
time when pros gabbed into enormous mics that often resembled blow
dryers, magic wands, rolling pins, or shower heads. Enjoy a
behind-the-scenes look at early radio and TV production, as well as the
audio science of vintage mics, some of which are still used today.
Listen to the unique sounds of many of the mics featured, including an
intriguing clip from President Harry S. Truman. Don't miss the galleries
of celebrity mic shots in an era when the likes of Orson Welles, Elvis
Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole captivated people with their
unforgettable voices.


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REAGAN MEMORABILIA GALORE ONLINE

Ronald Reagan's popularity was evident on eBay, with more than 11,000
pieces of his memorabilia for sale in the hours after his death.
Cufflinks, cowboy hats, golf balls, baseballs and a $39 set of parfait
glasses with the inaugural seal all jostled for bids as entrepreneurs
tried to capitalize on ubiquitous coverage of Reagan's funeral and
legacy -- although it's likely some are not genuine. Nearly 150 listings
claimed to include Reagan's autograph, but experts in collectibles
sounded notes of caution. A high percentage are likely fakes,
particularly with Reagan. Political and historical figures' autographs
are likely to be forged.


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ROCK 'N ROLL HISTORY IN MEMPHIS
http://www.50yearsrocknroll.com

On July 5, Memphis will mark its piece of rock and roll history with a
celebration thatís fit for a king. Literally. Because it was 50 years
ago exactly that a local kid named Elvis entered the now-hallowed Sun
Studio and laid down what many consider to be the rock and roll record
that started it all. The tune, "Thatís All Right," forever changed the
face of music and is considered by many to be the flashpoint of modern
rock and roll; a birthplace marked by a black taped "X" on the studio
floor where Elvis stood. Sun Studio has helped Memphis create a loving,
unique tribute to what happened there exactly 50 years ago. To begin
with there will be whatís being billed as a "Global Moment in Time" ó a
moment at which radio stations across the world will be encouraged to
simultaneously play "Thatís All Right." This will hopefully mark the
largest playing of a single song at the same moment in history. As the
song is broadcast from Sun Studio, celebrities and musicians will be on
hand to help mark the event. Of particular note in attendance (to
actually press the "Play" button as the song is sent out via satellite)
will be famed guitarist Scotty Moore. Moore, recently named one of the
50 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, played
lead guitar for Elvis Presley on all of his famed Sun Records recordings
(including "Thatís All Right") as well as such subsequent #1 hits as
"Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog."


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THE AMERICAN PACKAGE MUSEUM
http://www.packagemuseum.com/index.htm

If you're a fan of vintage advertising, here's a great place to view the
old packaging of classic American products, like A& P coffee, Alka
Seltzer, or Wrigley's chewing gum. All images are from the early 20th
century, and there's an alphabetical index.


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MAGNUM'S FERRARI
http://www.ebay.com

Remember the candy-apple red Ferrari Tom Selleck would zip around in in
"Magnum P.I.?" You can own it -- for a price. The car will be up for
auction on July 30 on eBay. According to the owners, the car is fully
drivable and remains in pristine condition, with current California
registration. They say there's been a slight modification made "to
accommodate Tom Selleck's large frame, including the removal of some
seat cushioning so that Selleck would sit lower in the car, and the seat
rails set to the furthest position to give his long legs more room." It
includes a set of original Hawaiian personalized license plates reading
MAG PI.


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TRAGEDY AND RESCUE AT SEA
http://www.andreadoria.org

Anthony Grillo was three years old when he and his mother were rescued
from the sinking Andrea Doria. He's now the webmaster of a site
dedicated to preserving the memory of the ship.


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EBAY SELLERS PLAGUED BY BILLING GLITCHES
by Ina Steiner [in-@auctionbytes.com]
http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y04/m06/i30/s01

Days after eBay vice-president Jeff Jordan publicly apologized for
ongoing billing problems at eBay, online forums were still ablaze with
complaints. Some eBay members report eBay has overcharged their
accounts. Other users report that they are unable to list additional
items for sale, and many also appear to be dissatisfied with the way
eBay has communicated with them. For a comprehensive report on this
issue, visit the above link.


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FIND DISCONTINUED PRODUCTS
http://www.discontinueditem.com

Missing pieces from your discontinued china set? Looking for vintage
Strawberry Shortcakes? This directory lists sites that specialize in
good no longer widely available to consumers. You can search for
discontinued products, hard to find items, and classic articles. They do
not sell the products, but they list the companies who sell the
products.


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STAR WARS HELMETS
http://www.starwarshelmets.com

This site is dedicated to a very specific sub-set of Star Wars
costuming, focusing mostly on the helmets created by Star Wars apparel
aficionados. You'll see some great Boba Fetts and foreboding Darth
Vaders, proof that true craftsmanship and pride are hallmarks of the
costuming crowd. Those inclined to take the helmet plunge can follow one
of the tutorials. Showing even the most ardent devotees can laugh at
themselves, the room of doom displays some creations gone awry.


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FAKE TINTYPES
http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/buzz/buzz074.htm

According to the online Maine Antique Digest, you'd "better take a
10-power loupe with you if you are shopping for old tintypes. Central
Maine is awash with fakes." Subjects noted so far are Geronimo, the
noted Apache Indian, Black Mammys holding white babies, and Civil War
Soldiers standing full-length with their rifles." Their article at the
above link gives more details.


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HELP US GROW!

This newsletter is a private endeavor and not part of some big
publishing empire. It's just me here, working alone, with no budget or
staff to handle promotion. The newsletter depends on word of mouth to
grow. In each issue, I try to offer useful, interesting and amusing
articles to help you enjoy your hobby of collecting. Can you take just a
minute to help me out in return?

If you think the Antiques & Collecting Newsletter is a worthwhile read,
forward the entire newsletter to someone and suggest they subscribe by
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Antiques & Collecting Newsletter
U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1521-1827
Copyright 1996-2004, Ron McCoy - All rights reserved
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