Vinton part of national show!

Yesterday was Veterans Day and I’m wishing a belated 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 likely 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 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 national interests.

And if we meet a Veteran in the next few days, we should 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 home office town of Vinton featured on a skit on SNL!

Check out this issue of Collectors Journal 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 20th 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

Ancient Resource Auctions' Auction #80, an online-only Holiday Antiquities Discovery Sale is Saturday, November 16th, with a 9 a.m. Pacific start time. Offered will be over 300 lots of authentic items from the Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Pre-Columbian cultures, plus other ethnographic and antique items and a small selection of antiques and ancient-style decorator pieces. Online bidding is via and Ancient Resource Auctions' website. More information is at Ancient Resource Auctions at 818-425-9633; or you can email them at

A two-day Important Fall Estates Auction is November 16th and 17th by Crescent City Auction Gallery, online and at the gallery in New Orleans, La. The 862-lot auction will be an eclectic affair, with items ranging from a fossilized woolly mammoth or mastodon tusk, 93 inches long; a Steinway Model L ebonized baby grand player piano; a collection of Russian icons; a superb pair of men's Rolex wristwatches; and oil painting by British artist Richard Hume Lancaster. Internet bidding provided by and More information about this auction, is with Sully Hildebrand at 504-529-5057; or, you can email her at

The sale of a uniquely American collection of historical amusement park artifacts will come for bid on Monday, November 18th, online and in the gallery at Gray's Auctioneers in Cleveland, Ohio. The venerable Cedar Point amusement park has deaccessioned several pieces from the museum's collection to make way for a new collection that will debut next year, 2020, one of the many events which will mark the park's 150th anniversary. Online bidding is via and More information about this auction with Serena Harragin at 216-226-3300; or, email her at

Weiss Auctions' next big sale, is Thursday, November 21st, online and at the gallery in Lynbrook, N.Y. Headlining the auction is a rare and important silver tankard crafted around 1710 by the Huguenot silversmith Bartholomew Le Roux (N.Y., 1663-1713), made for the Van Rensselaer family and only the third known example ever discovered (est. $70,000-$100,000). Also sold will be lithographs and original artworks by some of the biggest names in fine art, fine jewelry items and wonderful decorative accessories. Online bidding is via information about this auction with Philip Weiss at 516-594-0731; or, you can e-mail him at

 Our next issue will be November 26, just in time for Thanksgiving! Please contact us with mystery items; Auction Action results; club and convention news; unusual collections; and other antiques-related matters at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.