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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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.”

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Wisconsin city celebrates its aluminum Christmas trees

This 1960s aluminum Christmas tree and motorized color wheel sold for $275 + the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Denise Ryan Auctions and LiveAuctioneers image

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – Barb Bundy-Jost spent 33 years as an art teacher at Manitowoc Lincoln High School. But on this day she was schooling baby boomers from the Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus on the finer points of aluminum Christmas trees.

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Battle Creek hands-on museum attracts pinball wizards

This vintage Wizard pinball machine by Bally sold for $1,100 + the buyer’s premium at Copake Auction in May 2018.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – Terry Groves stood with his eyes fixed on the metal ball as it careened off bumpers and flippers, his face illuminated by the brightly-lit backglass. Classic arcade sounds reverberated from the machine.

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Architectural salvage offers sustainable decor with a story

Approximately 158 running feet of solid walnut paneling and eight walnut columns from the Public Ledger Building in Philadelphia sold for $30,000 and $5,000 respectively in May 2019. Image courtesy Kamelot Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK (AP) – Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy.

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Former Army Ranger new owner of Lake Superior lighthouse

Superior Entry Lighthouse, built in 1913 near Deluth. Image by Mack4439 at English Wikipedia

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – There is no driveway, not even a sidewalk, to Steven Broudy’s new home away from home. To get there requires a long drive through a narrow canopy of trees, then a 10-minute scamper down a third-of-a-mile-long breakwater at the end of Wisconsin Point – first over mammoth boulders, then along a thick concrete pier that juts 9 feet out of the water.

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