New Orleans antiques king M.S. Rau ready for royal expansion

The M.S. Rau storefront on the 600 block of Royal Street in New Orleans. Image courtesty M.S. Rau

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Whenever Academy Award-winning actress and moderator of ABC’s The View Whoopi Goldberg travels to New Orleans, she plans a pilgrimage to Royal Street to shop at M.S. Rau Antiques.

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Baltimore marks 200th anniversary of first gas street lamp

America’s first gas street lamp still brightens a corner in Baltimore. Image by Larry Grim. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

 

BALTIMORE (AP) – It would be easy to miss the street lamp at the corner of Baltimore and Holliday streets, an innocuous green pole topped by three small bulbs.

But the soft yellow light that glows from the glass day and night betrays the site as an anachronistic oddity – home of the first, and one of the last, gas street lights in America.

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138-year-old Peoria courthouse clock miraculously ticks on

The clockface on the tower of the Peoria County Courthouse before the building was razed in the 1960s. Image courtesy of the Peoria Public Library

The clockface on the tower of the Peoria County Courthouse before the building was razed in the 1960s. Image courtesy of the Peoria Public Library

 

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Cellphones didn’t exist in 1878, the year the giant Seth Thomas clock was installed in the Peoria County Courthouse. Long before the invention of the ubiquitous modern timepiece, the courthouse clock served a very important role in most towns – it kept time for the community.

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Detroit art exhibit explores influence of caffeinated drinks

Tea and coffee service, Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Hyacinthe Régnier, Pierre Huard, 1842-1843, hard paste porcelain with polychrome enamel decoration and gilding. Detroit Institute of Arts

Tea and coffee service, Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, Hyacinthe Régnier, Pierre Huard, 1842-1843, hard paste porcelain with polychrome enamel decoration and gilding. Detroit Institute of Arts

 

DETROIT (AP) – A new museum exhibit in Detroit tells the story of how hot coffee, tea and chocolate beverages became popular in the 200 years or so following their introduction as commercial products in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Volunteers gather at obscure museum to restore reed organs

Walnut Palace pedal pipe reed organ made by Loring & Blake Organ Co., Toledo, Ohio. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and John M. Hess Auction Service Inc.

Walnut Palace pedal pipe reed organ made by Loring & Blake Organ Co., Toledo, Ohio. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and John M. Hess Auction Service Inc.

 

HANOVER, Mich. (AP) – Reed organs aren’t expensive, whether you buy them or buy the materials to restore them.

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Researchers cataloging Natchez antique furnishings

D'Evereux is an 1840 Greek Revival-style mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. BobCummings image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

D’Evereux is an 1840 Greek Revival-style mansion in Natchez, Mississippi, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. BobCummings image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – Every year, thousands of tourists flock to see the untouched beauty of Natchez. The houses, the gardens and even some commercial buildings have stood the test of time since the city’s founding.

This summer, representatives from the Classical Institute of the South at the Historic New Orleans Collection are visiting Natchez for the fifth summer to catalog collections at different antebellum houses.

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Group’s reunion shows threshing wheat still a hot hobby in Midwest

An antique threshing machine separates the grain from the husks, which are blown along with the stalks into a wagon and used for bedding livestock. Image by Ben Franske. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

An antique threshing machine separates the grain from the husks, which are blown along with the stalks into a wagon and used for bedding livestock. Image by Ben Franske. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – At Lee Lashaway’s Perrysburg Township farm, the smell of sweet corn and butter drifted through the air, while a long line of people snaked through the front of the field in wait of bean soup.

But if you looked past the crowd, you’d see rows and rows of antique yet functional gas engines and tractors, as well as a crisscross of motors and belts in motion across the field. And behind that, streaks of smoke on the horizon marked the main draw of the Five Point Steam Threshers Reunion this year: people threshing wheat the old-fashioned way, with steam engines.

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Old Sturbridge Village acquires early 19th century portraits

Caroline Hathaway Mead and Tilly Mead, by John Ritto Penniman, April 1831, oil on board, each 21 by 18 inches. Old Sturbridge Village image

Caroline Hathaway Mead and Tilly Mead, by John Ritto Penniman, April 1831, oil on board, each 21 by 18 inches. Old Sturbridge Village image

 

STURBRIDGE, Mass. –  Old Sturbridge Village has recently acquired two portraits painted by noted artist John Ritto Penniman. The portraits, dated 1831, are of Tilly Mead, a cabinetmaker from Hardwick, Mass., and his wife, Caroline Hathaway Mead.

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Statehouse display has memorabilia from Ohio’s 8 presidents

Ulysses S. Grant 1868 campaign flag banner. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and Heritage Auctions

Ulysses S. Grant 1868 campaign flag banner. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and Heritage Auctions

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Rare vintage political ribbons, posters, sheet music and textiles are among items featured in an Ohio Statehouse exhibit that’s marking the 2016 presidential election with a tribute to Ohio’s eight presidents.

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Met exhibit opening July 13 renews interest in Shaker design

Oval box, American Shaker, 1800-1900. Maple, pine. 4 11/16 x 11 5/16 x 8 15/16 inches. Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966 (66.10.36a, b)

Oval box, American Shaker, 1800-1900. Maple, pine. 4 11/16 x 11 5/16 x 8 15/16 inches. Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1966 (66.10.36a, b)

 

NEW YORK – The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – also known as the Shakers – is a utopian religious sect that rose to prominence in the 19th century. The simplicity and utility for which Shaker apparel, furniture and architecture are known stem from the sect’s religious beliefs and customs, which stress social, gender, economic and spiritual equality for all members.

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