Category Archives: Historical objects

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 »

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 »

A Coke in Mississippi

Posted on June 23, 2017

A buddy of mine from California saw a map online that showed how much money per hour a person needs to earn in order to afford rent in their state. California is one of the more expensive states and he wondered if he’d have to move. I’m familiar with his economic situation, so I told Continue Reading »

Liberty Bowl for U Penn Med School Ophthalmology Award

Posted on January 4, 2017

There’s an old movie called “Charade” in which a child at a stamp market in Paris mistakenly trades three extremely valuable stamps for some ordinary, but colorful ones. His horrified mother & her friend track down the stamps dealer to try to get them back. They had little hope that the new owner would grant their Continue Reading »

Set of 6 Philippe Deshoulieres Art Deco Cocktail Plates

Posted on December 5, 2016

These are really cool Art Deco style plates from Philippe Deshoulieres of France. The plates depict scenes of young rich people having fun in the 1930s. Not only are they cute, but they’re made of the highest quality Limoges clay. Some of the finest china in the world is made in that region because of the Continue Reading »

Estate Sale in Converted Old Church

Posted on November 27, 2016

  We go to a lot of “estate sales” Often they are in really cool buildings that are more interesting than anything on sale. We recently went to such a sale in an old church that had been converted into a residence. The little neighborhood church was in the middle of a block of formerly Continue Reading »