Indiana retiree has a sweet tooth for M&M collectibles

Standing about 2 feet tall, these M&Ms were used by retailers to promote the sale of the famous candy. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) – He was known as a “numbers guy” for 55 years. Then, one fateful day, Logansport resident Clarence Kapraun turned his back on the infinite possibility of sums and found favor in letters. But it was only one letter, really. Specifically, the “Ms,” as he said.

“The Ms” are this retired math teacher’s name for his M&M collection.

Read more

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.”

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Right at home: Blankets to put you in the comfy zone

A new Pendleton National Park Series (Glacier National Park Transportation) blanket sold for $327 at an auction in January 2017. North American Auction Co. and LiveAuctioneers image

NEW YORK (AP) – Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame, loved a good blanket.

“I like to hear a storm at night,” she wrote. “It is so cozy to snuggle down among the blankets and feel that it can’t get at you.”

Read more