Tractor returns to Indiana family after 7 decades of use

A John Deere ‘unstyled’ Model B tractor. Image by Dake. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

KOUTS, Ind. (AP) – Since he was a young boy, Chip Horn heard stories about the 1951 John Deere Model B tractor that plowed through his family’s history.

“Just stories,” he told me. “I never physically saw it.”

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How museums move and ship fragile artworks

Sir Edward John Poynter, ‘Cave of the Storm Nymphs,’ 1903, oil on canvas. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The nymphs were invited to visit Italy this spring, but they are way too important to travel alone. Curator Lindsay Neal would have to escort them.

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Hi-tech scans get under skin of ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’

Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Researchers using a battery of modern imaging techniques have gotten under the skin of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, but tests haven’t answered the key question about the world famous painting’s enigmatic subject.

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Old magazine sheds light on Texas Trail

Ogallala’s famous Front Street, as it appears today. Image courtesy of

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) – One day last month, a package arrived at the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce offices bearing a long-lost firsthand account of the city’s Old West cowtown past.

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Nan Goldin photo featured at Lyon & Turnbull sale April 16

Nan Goldin (American B.1953) ‘Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a Taxi, NYC – 1991,’ Cibachrome print, signed, titled, editioned and dated verso, unframed 28in x 39¾in. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Lyon & Turnbull image.

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Nan Goldin is an American photographer best known for her deeply personal and candid portraiture. Her photographs serve to document herself and those closest to her, particularly the LGBTQ community and associated heroin-addicted subcultures. One of her photographs is featured in a Lyon & Turnbull Contemporary and Postwar Art auction on Thursday, April 16.

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Green Bay’s title of ‘toilet paper capital’ has long history

A 10-roll group of vintage bathroom tissue sold for $330 to a LiveAuctioneers bidder in 2014. Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Long before a spare six-pack in the linen closet separated the haves from the have-nots during coronavirus pandemic panic buying, toilet paper has been on a roll in Green Bay.

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West Virginia man takes a bite out of history – literally

The aphorism “an army marches on its stomach” has been attributed to both Napoleon and Frederick the Great. These 54-year-old U.S. Army C rations are leftovers from the Vietnam War. Milestone Auctions and LiveAuctioneers image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Not everybody would be up for eating a hundred-year-old piece of meat or a mouthful of corn chips from the golden age of disco, but Gary Mitchell, better known as “Old Smokey,” loves that kind of thing. The 37-year-old Mason County native is the co-host of the History channel’s newest series, Eating History, which debuted at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Mix-and-match decor: In with the old and the new

This Hans Wegner Flag Halyard lounge chair, for Getama, Denmark, circa 1950, sold for $20,000 + the buyer’s premium in May 2015 at Wright. Wright and LiveAuctioneers image

NEW YORK (AP) – An early, painted Swedish sideboard next to a leather sectional. An ornate Italian walnut headboard on a bed dressed in featherweight linen. A collection of colorful 1930s Fiesta ware pottery on a Lucite bookshelf.

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McKinley Thompson Jr.: Ford’s first African American designer

McKinley Thompson Jr., a Ford designer who helped pen the first-generation Bronco, was the first African American designer hired at Ford Motor Co. after graduating from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1956. Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

DEARBORN, Mich. – Bronco is the product of legendary talent, from the teams who won the Baja 1000 to the collectors who restore them today. But there’s one legend in the story of the Bronco who not only helped create the first Ford 4×4 sports-utility vehicle design, he made history, becoming one of the first African American designers in the industry.

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Nebraska rock hound says ‘always a treasure to be found’

Niobrara jasper clovis, 3 11/16in long, found in Keith County, Nebraska. Image courtesy of Bennett’s Artifact Auctions

GERING, Neb. (AP) – Like many hobbies, rock hounding might be slowly fading away. But there’s still something magical about keeping your head down, scouring the earth for that odd-looking rock that could be a precious gemstone in disguise.

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