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I wanted to be a Cowboy

I wanted to be a Cowboy

I wanted to be a cowboy. In fact, I could claim to already being a part time cowboy. I had the outfit: chaps, boots, rawhide vest, gun belt and six-shooter, hat- I was ready to go. I think I even called my Mom “school marm.” The fact that I was five years old did not...
Why Lindbergh?

Why Lindbergh?

A Life Long Collection Recently Brian and I had the opportunity to view an amazing life time collection. It had been started when the late owner had been a small child, back in 1927, and added to over the years until his passing, just four years ago. It was clear,...
Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

When I was in my twenties, I had the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, the great science fiction writer and poet, Ray Bradbury. I had been reading his stories since I was ten, and had to spend several months in the hospital. My parents gave me a subscription to...
Bits and Pieces of History

Bits and Pieces of History

In our American West sale there is an item that really caught my attention, not because of condition (it is good) nor because of value (it is moderate) but because of where it has been, and the “stories it could tell!” The item is a Colt Single Action, with a 7 ½ inch...
Searching for Treasures

Searching for Treasures

Most collectors are at least amateur historians. The excitement of holding, owning, a real piece of history is irresistible. At the same time, the sense of discovery is truly addictive- especially when the thing that you discover has been overlooked, or even forgotten...