Round barns becoming scarce landmarks in rural Indiana

The Thomas Ranck Round Barn along Fayette-Wayne County Line Road in Fayette County, Indiana. The barn is on the National Register of Historic Places. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) – A picturesque century-old barn off Indiana 57 is part of a dwindling style of architecture that’s inspired books, road trips and at least one retirement project.

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Jazz Age design shown in textiles, furniture and more

‘The New York (Jazz) Bowl’ designed by Victor Schreckengost. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A multisensory blockbuster of a show at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum here invites visitors to explore Jazz Age design in all its glittering, decadent and innovative glory.

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Apple-1 still tops the list of most-wanted tech collectibles

 

NEW YORK – The allure of possessing No. 1 never grows old, whether it’s attaining the top ranking in college basketball or owning the first issue of Action Comics. Ask just about any collector of late-20th-century electronics and they’ll tell you the ultimate prize is a rare Apple-1, perhaps the most iconic of all devices to emerge during the personal computer revolution.

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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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