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It seems like just a few years ago people were collecting cans of Billy Beer, the beer that was named after President Carter’s brother. However, beer can collecting began long before that. It is believed by some that collecting beer cans began with the advent of the can itself, produced first by the American Can Company. The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company was the first to introduce us to beer in a can in 1933 when they distributed 2000 cans of 3.2% beer.
Mikey wanted to get married again but needed money for the wedding. So he gets the bright idea of asking the lord for help. He goes to church and prays, “Dear Lord, please let me win the lottery tonight.” That evening he goes home and watches the news to see, to his disappointment, he did not win the lottery. The next day, he goes back to the church and prays, “Dear Lord, I don’t know if you heard me yesterday, but I need money to get married, please let me win the lottery tonight.”
Ever hear of Alfred Stieglitz? We hadn’t until we recently read an article about him on the Internet. Seems Mr. Stieglitz is a master photographer who married Georgia O’Keefe, the renowned American painter, in 1924 after a long love affair. Mr. Stieglitz was so in love with his bride, that took hundreds of pictures of her, in many different poses, and in various states of undress.
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This goes under the annals of dumb crook. It was recently reported by Fox News that a man named Gerald Levertt Mack of Kelso, Washington, had stolen antiques as well as many other items from at least 12 different homes. Then one day, Mr. Mack went entered a home and the act was witnessed by someone who called the police. Apparently, when the police went to his home, Mr. Mack barricaded himself in his home. Police however, knew they were at the right place because Mr. Mack had a note on his door that said, “Do not open door and let anyone in! Stolen stuff is visible.”
He took many, many pictures of her hands alone, and recently it is one of these pictures that sold at Sotheby’s New York auction for $1.472 million. According to the article by Carl Schoettler of the Baltimore Sun, “this is the second highest price ever paid for a photograph.” However, Mr. Stieglitz not only specialized in photos of his bride, for his photograph of a moonrise sold at the same auction for $2.928 million, the highest price for any photograph.
Beer can collectors have their own organization, called the Beer Can Collectors of America (BCCA). According to Mark Benbow, owner of rustycans.com, the association has been around since 1970 and by 1976; the association had more than 8000 members. In the late 1970’s and 80’s, with a glut of beer cans aimed specifically at collectors, interest actually waned and many people gave up their collections. The hobby of collecting beer cans is now making a comeback and the BCCA currently has about 3700 members.
Another thing we learned from Mr. Benbow is that Billy Beer cans are pretty much worthless since the market was flooded with about 2 billion cans from four different breweries in the late 1970’s. A can of Billy Beer, whether open, closed, with beer or without is probably not worth more than twenty five cents.
From the 1920’s through the 40’s our streets were teeming with animals; jaguars and lions to name a few, roamed freely and carefree and no one even batted an eye. Other things also traveled our streets, including graceful birds, Indian chiefs and airplanes. No, we are not talking about the real things, and some of you may have already figured out that we are talking about hood ornaments on cars, or mascots as they are referred to by the Brits.
Again he goes home and watches the news, again to his dismay, he has not won the lottery. He goes back to church a third day in a row and this time closes his eyes tighter and prays a little louder, “Dear Lord, I have been her twice and you have not answered my prayers. All I am asking is to win the lottery so I can get married.” Out of nowhere a big booming voice finally answered him, “Mikey, I’ve worked many a miracle, but you cheapskate, you have to play the lottery in order for me let you win.”
There is a brand new flea market opening in New York called the Seaside Flea Market at the Rock. This open air market is scheduled to open on May 14, 2006 and will feature 200 artisans and dealers on 5 acres of NYC Parks Property. Billed as the largest market in the five boroughs, the flea market will operate on Seagirt Avenue between Beach 9 and Beach 17 Street in Far Rockaway, N.Y. There is no admission and there are 500 free parking spaces. Seaside Flea Market will open for business on Sundays and Holidays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Hood ornaments were a work of art commissioned by automakers to distinguish their autos from the others. And they didn’t just use any old artist to come up with a sculpture that would make their cars stand out. No, they used some of the best artists in the world, such as Rene Lalique and Ettore Bugatti as well as Louie Lejeune. Later, others copied their works to supply a growing demand by the public to decorate the hoods of their cars. Hood ornaments were usually cast of brass or bronze and then chrome plated.
Hood ornaments have now become very collectible and collectors pay top money for these great sculptures. But for those of us who are nostalgic and want to put a hood ornament on our car, there is Jud Turner, artist and sculpture. His site features many different types of metal sculptures. However, he can be commissioned to make your very own hood ornament.