Horse & Field Sports: National Sporting Museum – Fox Hunting

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Located in Middleburg, Virginia, The National Sporting Museum (NSM) is dedicated to horse and field sports. Whatever one might need to know can probably be discovered in its research library. “Its 17,000-book collection covers a wide range of horse and field sports, including foxhunting, Thoroughbred racing, dressage, eventing, steeple-chasing, polo, coaching, shooting, and angling. Over… Read more »

National Fishing Tackle Museum

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In the most unlikely of places, in the center of a continent, far from salt water, there is The Oklahoma Aquarium. “It’s a public non-profit aquarium dedicated to “Conservation Through Education.” Through enlightening exhibits, educational programs and up-close, sometimes hands-on encounters with aquatic life, it is hoped visitors come away from the Oklahoma Aquarium with… Read more »

Market Report: Dead Horses Don’t Twitter

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OCT 09 // General Impression of Retail Market In Northern Virginia. Recently I spent the day at Tyson’s Corner in one of the two large indoor shopping malls. The parking garages were full of new American and imported cars of every stripe, and mostly by manufacturers of the better sort. Brilliant petunias streamed downward ten… Read more »

The National Museum of Health and Medicine in D.C.

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“The National Museum of Health and Medicine, a division of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, was founded as the Army Medical Museum in 1862 to study and improve medical conditions during the American Civil War. The Museum houses a collection of over 24 million items including archival materials, anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments… Read more »

Butterflies, Papillons, Schmetterlinge, Mariposas, бабочки

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Now who doesn’t like butterflies? There’s probably not a single person on the entire planet that doesn’t take delight in watching butterflies dance through the air from blossom to blossom. Only quiet children at play are as charming. Well, in Deerfield Massachusetts there is a dedicated butterfly conservatory. It’s called Magic Wings. Their 8000 square… Read more »

Wine: Collectors Sell as Prices Rise

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Apparently the economy is affecting the collectible wine market, too. In a recent article written by Leslie Gevirtz, a wine topic writer for Reuters and holder of an advanced certificate from the International Wine Institute, she discusses current market trends regarding wines of the better sort. Gevirtz reports that even billionaire collectors are making adjustments…. Read more »

ASA Personal Property Conference in Montreal 29-31 OCT 09

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American Society of Appraisers (ASA) personal property members are gathering for their annual conference this year at the Loews Hotel Vogue in Montreal. The itinerary is informative and educational. Appraisers from other societies welcome. Find out the details from the ASA website – click. PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE Thursday, Oct. 29 Breakfast buffet at hotel with a… Read more »

WWII POW Memoirs: Europe and North Africa

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The Greatest Generation saved us all from the tyranny of fascism. But freedom is not free. Many Americans, Brits, New Zealanders, Aussies, and other Allied servicemen paid the ultimate price and many suffered for years in captivity as POW’s.  There is a website that lists in Excel format the published first-hand POW accounts of these… Read more »