Eagle-eyed collector stuck on antique barbed wire

Collection of rare 19th century Texas barbed wire. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Auctions at Showplace

 

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) – It can only mean one thing if Mike Call slams on the brakes while driving down the highway – barbed wire.

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Pittsburgh: Warhol, August Wilson and best cake in America

Duquesne Incline overlooking Pittsburgh. Plastikspork image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, you’ll need to learn a few things. Yinz is local for y’all. Carnegie is pronounced Car-NAY-gie (as in Andrew Carnegie, who made a fortune in Pittsburgh’s steel industry, and whose name adorns libraries, museums and more.) And you don’t get French fries WITH your sandwich at Primanti’s. You get fries ON your sandwich.

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Pennsylvania man’s collection of Bibles dates to 1551

‘Biblia Sacra,’ Latin Bible, 1515. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Smythe & Co. Inc.

 

SYBERTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Some of the pages in the books are yellowed and brittle from age, while others remain unblemished. But they’re all gently turned by the hands of a Sugarloaf Township man, their safe keeper, offering a quiet swoosh or crinkle each time he turns them.

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Legacy of Pawnee Bill’s trading post lives on in Oklahoma

May and Gordon ‘Pawnee Bill’ Lillie, wild west show performers and founders of the trading post. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

PAWNEE, Okla. (AP) – Pawnee Bill’s Old Town Indian Trading Post was an idea that catered to the modern world of the 1920s and the growing use of automobiles, with a nod to the past – trading with Native Americans.

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Indiana man restores voice to vintage ‘talking machines’

Early 1920s Brunswick console phonograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Grand View Antiques and Auction

Early 1920s Brunswick console phonograph. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Grand View Antiques and Auction

 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – When Jim Cooper bought a nearly century-old phonograph at a neighbor’s yard sale, it began a two-year love affair that has seen him purchase and restore 30 vintage “talking machines.”

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In the groove: Embassy Vinyl record store reprises hits

A late 20th-century turntable and vinyl record. © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

A late 20th-century turntable and vinyl record. © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – R.J. Harrington started grooving on vinyl records as a teen in the late 1990s.

Albums at that time, nearly dead in the music industry, remained a niche of audiophiles and collectors. But new pressings by small and obscure bands hooked Harrington on the vinyl music medium and partly led to a stint working in a record store.

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Exhibit showcases Kay Sekimachi’s woven fiber art

 

Kay Sekimachi (American, b. 1926), late 20th century, black monofilament, 57 x 14 x 14 inches. Price realized: $7,800. Alex Cooper image

Kay Sekimachi (American, b. 1926), late 20th century, black monofilament, 57 x 14 x 14 inches. Price realized: $7,800. Alex Cooper image

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – When 90-year-old artist Kay Sekimachi was a child in the San Francisco Bay Area, she drew, painted and made hundreds of dresses for her paper dolls. That love for textiles carried into adulthood.

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Ledger art passes down through missionary’s family

An example of Plains Indian ledger art drawn on a page of a 1908 calendar. MBA Seattle Auction image

An example of Plains Indian ledger art drawn on a page of a 1908 calendar. MBA Seattle Auction image

 

HETTINGER, N.D. (AP) – Tom Jacobsen has rare history hanging on a dimly lit wall in his sitting room, dating 130 years ago when Lakota Sioux were first handed colored pencils, watercolor paints and scraps of paper to express their culture.

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Erie Art Museum showcases local decoy carvers of the past

Frank Buchner carved this bufflehead decoy around 1890. Image courtesy Erie Art Museum

Frank Buchner carved this bufflehead decoy around 1890. Image courtesy Erie Art Museum

 

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Frank Buchner made a living working on ships that traveled throughout the Great Lakes in the first half of the last century. He was a captain and engineer on what were then known as “sand suckers,” which were large vessels deployed to dredge channels. The job involved long shifts and plenty of down time. Buchner filled that time with the hobby that made him a household name, at least in households where conversations revolved around waterfowl hunting.

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Political memorabilia collector pushes all the right buttons

Collection of William McKinley political buttons. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Collection of William McKinley political buttons. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

 

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Every day is Election Day in Michael Meiring’s world. With bipartisan zeal, he has led a lifelong campaign to find the perfect candidates for his political endeavor.

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