Vinton part of national show!

Happy Veterans Day to all our past and present U.S. Service People. The history of Veterans Day dates to the end of WWI. Here’s some basic information that I found on the Internet: “Veterans Day originated as ‘Armistice Day’ on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.”

I think it is safe to say that there are no Veterans from WWI still alive; and each day we’re losing Veterans of WWII; many of whom are in their 90s or older. As I’ve written in other Veterans Day columns, several of my uncles as well as my father served in WWII in various branches of the military. As I write this, my uncle Phil, who is also my godfather, is the only one still alive. He was in the Army during WWII and served in Europe as most of my uncles/father did. He’s doing well living with my cousin in Indiana and is still sharp in his late 90s. Another close cousin of mine who was more like an uncle, is Tom Nealon, now in his 80s, and a Veteran of the Korean Conflict. Tom, who we all called Marty, was orphaned in his teens and lived with my extended family with his sister, Patsy. I was 2 when both of them got married from our house and have pictures of me as a baby with them on their wedding days.

My husband, Bob, is also a Veteran who served in the Army during the Vietnam era. Bob was with a Pershing Missile Unit in southern Germany and developed quite a taste for German beer while guarding our interests.

So Happy Veterans Day to all our vets. And if we come across a Veteran in the next few days, be sure to thank them for their service to our country!

Saturday Night Live’s opening skit on November 2, was purportedly being broadcast from Vinton, Iowa! It was a funny skit with Kate McKinnon playing Elizabeth Warren and answering questions about her campaign for President. I was thrilled to see our town of Vinton featured on a skit on SNL!

Check out this issue of Barr’s for information on several upcoming shows and sales. Here’s some information I received via e-mail: Swann Galleries’ Thursday, November 14 sale of Rare & Important Travel Posters marks the house’s twentieth annual sale in the category. A private collection of railway posters forms the cornerstone of the sale; also included are destination and resort advertisements, ocean liners, aviation and rarely seen designs. The extraordinary private collection of American railway posters—the best the house has offered—includes a visual history from the early years of the New York Central Lines to the Streamliner trains of the 1930s and 40s. Highlights include Leslie Ragan’s Art Deco image of one of the last century’s most famous American trains, The New 20th Century Limited, 1939, estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 and Ragan’s first poster for the New York Central Lines, Chicago / New York Central Lines, 1929, at $5,000 to $7,500. More information about this sale is at (212) 254-4710 or online at

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