By Kimberley Mathisen


There’s not much more to be said for Covid-19 that most of our readers haven’t heard before. Collectors Journal is halting publication until the threat of the virus has passed.

In the meantime we can only hope and pray for our healthcare workers; police and firefighters; researchers; scientists and our elected government officials to do their best to treat patients and hopefully develop a vaccine to combat this insidious disease.

We at Collectors Journal and Barr’s Post Card News & Ephemera are deeply saddened by the passing of two writers who graced both of our publications.

William Pepe of Massachusetts passed away in late December, and most recently we’ve lost Roy Nuhn, who also contributed articles to both of our publications. Roy Nuhn passed away in late March. The following is regarding William Pepe’s death found on the Internet:

“William John Pepe Sr., age 84, of Weymouth passed away December 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born in the West End of Boston then moved to Weymouth in 1943. He graduated from Weymouth High School in 1953 prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College and a master’s degree from Suffolk University.Bill married his beloved wife of 58 years, Elaine, in 1961 and they started a family together. Bill taught driver’s education and then math at Quincy Schools for a total of 20 years. After retirement he was self-employed as a tax preparer, which he had a total of 50 years of experience. Most recently Bill enjoyed writing both family and local history books. He was a member of various writer’s clubs and enjoyed collecting historical postcards and family genealogy.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Elaine Pepe (Tucker) of Weymouth, his loving children Cynthia Orcutt and her husband Douglas of AL, William Pepe Jr. and his wife Patricia of Avon, David Pepe and his wife Joanna of Kingston, Sandra Mundt and her husband Daniel of AZ, and Franklin Pepe and his wife Pamela of Weymouth. Bill is also survived by his 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and sister Elizabeth Emde of Weymouth.”

The following is an online auction coming up this Saturday:

An Internet-only collections and ephemera auction is slated for Saturday, April 25th, by Neue Auctions, with online bidding available through, and The sale is packed with 340 lots of books, library furnishings, Natural History and orthinological (bird-related) prints, works on paper, assorted estate goods and collectible knives. Start time is 9 a.m. EST. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Cynthia Maciejewski at 216-245-6707; or, you can email her at

Everyone stay safe and when the virus dangers are behind us Collectors Journal will be back with more great articles about antiques as well as special features such as mystery items; Auction Action news; club and convention news; and unusual collections. Reach us at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.