How a Toby Mug Helped Win World War II

Posted on November 15, 2017

    In the movie “12 O’Clock High” (based on a true story), World War II American pilots are shown chatting and laughing in the officers’ club at their air base in eastern England. Suddenly, an officer walks into the room, goes to a shelf in front and picks up a Toby mug that depicts Robin Continue Reading »

Cole Haan – Cool Shoes Since 1928

Posted on October 31, 2017

In 1928, Trafton Cole & Eddie Haan founded Cole, Rood & Haan. Somewhere along the way, Rood lost out and the brand became Cole Haan. They have been in the fashion business for almost 90 years The name has come to mean quality and durability. Cole Haan started with just men’s footwear They focused on selling Continue Reading »

The Ford Mustang’s Place in History

Posted on October 28, 2017

  We were at a moving sale of an artist who works on displays for a high end store. She was moving from her formerly affordable loft to a space in a yet to be gentrified neighborhood of Chicago. She had an unusual collection of avant-garde clothes and art as well as kitchen items and Continue Reading »

LaGuardia’s Marine Air Terminal – An Art Deco Treasure

Posted on September 26, 2017

We stumbled into a time warp on our recent trip to New York. We arrived at LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal. The Pan Am Clipper flying boats of the 1940s took off from the nearby East River. The building itself is an Art Deco shrine. It’s been modified somewhat to accommodate modern planes, but the Continue Reading »

Pretty Girls Pretending Chicago is Paris

Posted on August 20, 2017

These beautiful fashion models are really Iowa City high school students shooting their senior pictures at Water Tower Park, Chicago. Some are wearing berets to suggest a French theme. The ravishing beauties reverted to giggly little girls when they realized they were going to ride in a horse drawn carriage. We talked to the mom Continue Reading »

Why You Should Not Look at the Sun During an Eclipse

Posted on August 18, 2017

From Physlink.com: You actually can safely look at a total solar eclipse while the sun is  totally  blocked by the moon. It looks like the moon has a fiery white aura, and it is one of the more spectacular things I have ever seen. So why do people say it’s dangerous to look at a Continue Reading »

The Time I Met Michael Jordan

Posted on August 16, 2017

Long time readers of this blog know that before becoming an eBay seller, I was an actor. I did mostly commercials and industrial sales & training films.  And when there were no steady gigs, I was happy to get a job as an extra on a commercial. Extras are those people who walk around in Continue Reading »