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8 The Julian News Antiques & Collecting By Terry and Kim Kovel Hollywood This unusual round cabinet was made to hold a collection of curios or china. It was sold at a Garth's in Ohio auction for $450. Fifties furniture is very popular with vintage collectors today, but some earlier Art Deco designs from the 1930s are not. in demand. Look at old movies on television to study some of the stranger pieces. The look is sometimes called "Hollywood Deco" because the extravagant rooms with huge round mirrors and sofas were exaggerations of the modern furniture used in average homes. An unfamiliar cabinet was sold recently at a Garth's auction. It was a flat, round cabinet on a base. When placed against a wall, it showed all of the 51-inch diameter of the cabinet and the glass doors and shelves waiting to display a collection. The plain solid base stretched beyond the rounded sides to give safe support for the top-heavy design. This type of cabinet was made in the 1930s, but most for sale today were made in England, not the U.S. Most have no maker's name and the wood choice suggests it was not expensive when new. Some were oak or even mahogany, but many were made of laminate with grain painting. A cabinet like this sold at a Midwestern auction in 2016 for $450. A selection of similar round modernist curio cabinets found online had asking prices as high as $2,000, but most of these are in English shops and prices were cut to less than $500. Q: I'd like some information about a pitcher and washbowl made by Edward Clarke. It's marked on the bottom with two touching shields. The words "Edward Clarke, Tunstall, Trade Mark, Stone China" are above the. shields and "Stone China" below. A: Edward Clarke made earthenware and white ironstone at Phoenix Works in Tunstall, England, from about 1865 to 1877. That's when your pitcher and washbowl were made. They probably were part of a commode set that included a soap dish, chamber pot and other items. Before there was indoor plumbing, a commode set or chamber set was kept in the bedroom and emptied each morning. Q: I came across an old R.C. Allen 10 Key Calculator Model 35 that my dad used for his business. On the front, it says "World Famous 10 Key Calculator, American and Swedish Patents." A: Ralph C. Allen founded his company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1932. It also manufactured and distributed cash registers and typewriters. Your calculator was made in 1948 and originally sold for $397. Old calculators are not very useful and not popular collectibles, so they are very hard, if not impossible, to sell. Sign up for our free weekly email, "Kovels Komments." Terry Kovel writes about the latest news, tips, questions and her views of the market. If you register on our website, kovels.com, there is no charge. The 50th Anniversary edition of "Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2018" has just been published. Along with Terry Kovel's reflections on 50 years of collecting, the book features 20,000 listings and more than 2,500 full- color photographs, plus trends, special events and surprises. Visit KovelsOnlineStore.com for the new price guide and other resources. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc. J Post Notes continued from page 7 skeletons. Nordhausen used the slave labor of the prisoners to operate a huge V-bomb factory. The barracks were partially destroyed and they found more dead than living. The bodies were in the barracks, the fields, lying where they died or stacked in rooms waiting for the crematory. When doors were opened, bodies tumbled out. Most of the dead had died of starvation. Those living were close to death and housed in the same rooms and even the same beds as the dead. The male residents of the town were made to line up the bodies of the dead and bury them high on hill overlooking town. Whenever someone tries to say that the holocaust never happened, I remember the pictures in the album and their testimony to the brutality and sadism of which man is capable. By the time Dad reached Berlin they had been at war 337 days, traveled 1,200 miles (the most was 90 in one day), encountered 51 enemy divisions, destroyed 14 divisions, numerous tanks, trucks and aircraft, and suffered 90,000 casualties. In Berlin he served as an MP in the American sector before being sent back to the states. Had the Japanese not surrendered he would have been sent to the Pacific theater to fight there. During the war my Dad got promoted and demoted. He would laugh a bit and say his stripes were on and off. I asked him. why. He said it was on purpose because he didn't want to be promoted. Again I asked why? He said he didn't want to send men to die but would rather be the one being sent. During this time he also kept writing to my mother and through letters and their shared experience they fell in love. They had grown up together but this brought them closer and when he returned they were married and moved back to San Diego where he had a home and a trade. Mom said that when they were first married, many times he would wake in the night sitting bolt upright in bed and screaming. She would start awake and ask what happened. He said a tank ran over my foxhole and with her help he would realize it wasn't real, but another nightmare. There was no talk of PTSD then. That generation of men came home to a grateful nation. By and large they went on with their lives, secure in the knowledge that they had done their part for freedom, at great cost. As the years went on and my father got older, those memories laid heavier than ever on his heart. When the Gulf war came I could see the terror in his eyes and he pied with us to give blood "because it will be needed." Once, when he was living with us, I came across a picture of his battalion. It was a long picture that rolled out a couple of feet. On the back were seven circles. These were the ones that made it back. I said "Dad, look what I found.", He took it in his hand and silently looked at it. He went into another room and when he came back he held it out to me, rolled up, his eyes blurry, his hand shaking. The words finally came, "1 never want to see this again." I share this personal story because it's estimated that every day we lose 742 WWll Veterans a day. Soon, the ability to talk to those who experience the war first hand will be gone. At the American Legion where I am a member, I had the pleasure of knowing "Special" Ed Coltrin. He was a medic in the 75th and a Veteran of of the Bulge. I spent many times talking with him about his own experience. It was like having my Dad back, talking to someone of his generation who had shared the same experiences. Ed is also gone now and I miss him and our talks. Nothing New Under The Sun by Albert Simonson "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." So was emblazoned across the vast colonnaded facade of a New York post office opposite Penn Station. I remember those same words from the interior of the Williamsburg post office, that very colonial place in the most colonial town of old Virginia. Actually, it was Greek historian Herodotus who wrote those words, but in Greek. He was describing the Royal Road of Persian emperor Darius I and his pony express. It ran from Sardis in Lydia (western Turkey) to the Persian heartland (present Iran). It was a relay system, like our western pony express. I thought about that as I waved a stick at a hungry cat lunging at my tasty goat stew at a no-star roadside stall in Sardis. Whatever you find in history, someone will find almost the same thing from way earlier, like that motto or profound utterances by presidents reading their teleprompters and trying to "act presidential." Right across the quiet road are well-preserved remains of an old Roman-era 2-story gymnasium and synagogue. You can tell it is really old, one of the oldest, because the floor mosaic has a big swastika in the middle. I am not making this up. As I dined and gazed over the old forum and the once gold- spangled stream, now peppered with cow-plops, I pondered rich King Croesus and his tragic defeat by Persian emperor Cyrus, and I thought that Sardis would be a good sister town for Julian. Coinage was invented there and your money goes a lot farther, especially at that dusty roadside place. That fearless cat leapt off my table with a choice chunk of my goat stew. This was a lesser tragedy, I thought benevolently, with the ancient wisdom of a Herodotus. He lived just down the hill by the sea, but got around a lot, even to Egypt. Unlike Julian, Sardis has great goat dish.es and you just point to whatever you want with it, unless you speak Turkish. It's all good. Over where the cat fled are supersized toppled columns of a temple to Artemis, a sort of Virgin Mary with spunk and knowhow. Down the hill, instead of San Diego, is Izmir with its beautiful bay and sunsets and awful traffic. Lydians and Byzantines called it Smyrna. Before Julian's Mack stage, there were the upscale Foster and Frary Concord coaches along with lesser "mud wagons." And the Tweed coaches. And before that, Chester Gunn ran his part-time pony express down the hill in the winter while the Owens Mine was shut down. His regular job was mine superintendent. A letter cost you ten cents. Ramona's Gunn Stage Road was named for his trail to town. You can see one of the actual Concords, now restored, at the history museum in Balboa Park. More downmarket was Albert Seeley's Julian mud wagon, unrestored, at Old Town's Seeley Barn. It has the patina and smell of antiquity and tobacco spittle and long leather springs. Seeley's stages left from the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the plaza, which he owned. You can still stay there and infuse ambience. You can also tour the beautiful Craftsman-style Marston House, where Chester's sister, Anna, lived near Balboa Park. She married retailer and civic benefactor George Marston and they have descendants here in Julian. You can see the site of Chester's Summit Ranch, where he lived after he married Banner City's cute schoolteacher. It is just out Farmer Road by a windmill. It was surrounded by Julian's "first" apple orchard, although some claim James Madison was first. An old lithograph shows it all. Actually, "Cockney Bill" Williams was provably before them both. Maybe the Indians were before him. They were used mainly for hard cider. If you really care about firsts in history, you should go to Turkey and Iran. Our pies are not made with Julian apples, and apples historically came from Persian orchards called "paradise," i.e. a "walled garden" in old Persian. A. great man once said, "There is nothing new under the sun." Another said "history is bunk." Maybe some women like their mothers said it all before them. Not even women in politics is new. The neighbors of Croesus in the Lycian Federation had women parliamentarians and even a woman president. That's not surprising; they hadnice goddesses as well. So, what else is new around here? I mean, REALLY new? In 1874, Wells, Fargo and Co. contracted to have Albert Seeley's stages carry mail to Julian. Time is passing quickly. Talk to those you know, ask questions, and write things down. If it's your family, a friend or neighbor, never forget what they gave and that will honor their service. N At the llth hour, on the 11thI .... ~..~ day, on the llth month, theI ....... - ~' . .... ...... o~ ...... ~:~ ........ American Legion will be having I a full service at theceremonyI to honor our Veterans whoI ~ gave the last of their measure I If a car is traveling at 55 miles per hour it will travel 56 feet before the in service to our nation. J average driver can shift his foot from the accelerator to the brake. Debbie Fetterman REALTOR CalBRE #01869678 debbiellama@llve,com I FISHING REPORT Howdy! From Lake Cuyamaca "Dusty Britches" here along with "Cuss Cussler", "Don Quixote", the "South African Queen", and "Spud". Wright's Rainbows stopped by and planted 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout....a little on the smaller side, but still catchable. Some channel catfish are still coming out, mostly on the 3-1/2 to 4 pound size. They are probably part of the plant we put in back in September. We are hoping some of them stay around long enough to procreate. Motivation at a young age is an amazing thing... Old "Don Quixote" thought it would be better to take some girls to the high school volley ball game than stay at work.., he did ask.., at the last minute.., to go... hmm, I wonder what would motivate him to do that? We had a talk. I wanted to share with you that I got to see an old friend this week at a town hall meeting. He has known me since I was an apple (and booger) pickin, shot gun shootin, wide-eyed high school kid. I heard his voice during discussion regarding the Fire District as I was seated in the front of the room and he was in the back. His voice, very distinguishable.., and his words made sound reasoning.., as always. When I worked on an apple ranch on the weekends during high school one of my favorite things to do was to jump on the Massey Ferguson "50" and drive it down to the "Manzanita Ranch" to pick up the Sunday paper. While coming down the "America Grade" I would get her going as fast as I could in third gear high range, then shift the tractor into neutral and that got the old girl really moving. With the water filled tires, I bounced my way along at speeds not common for tractors, then coasted most of the way through Spencer Valley. When I got to the office of the Manzanita Ranch, there sat Franklin and Lockwood Barnes warming themselves next to a pot belly stove having a cup of coffee and reading the headlines while getting ready for their day. The crisp air, the smell of the smoky "pot belly" stove still rings clear in my mind and senses. Lockwood "Woody" Barnes always has been looked on as the "voice of reason" in this community as he wore the many hats he has worn through the years, and nothing has changed. His words were direct, succinct, and to the point at this latest and most important meeting that he attended. Very little has changed in him, probably never will, and it was a pleasure seeing him. We are still getting a fair number of campers out here at the old pond. The days have been hot, windy, and dry .... but with a cooling trend approaching and the possibility of rain in the forcast, the numbers are starting to ebb somewhat. Thanksgiving weekend is approaching and last year Thanksgiving Day was just so-so, but the rest of last year's weekend we got our respective butts handed to us. So we'll see what this year will bring. The deer are coming out into the meadows now in greater numbers and the acorns are falling in large numbers. The moon is waxing, and we still have skinny dipping November 1, 2017 nceo L T Y going on in the lake in the late evening hours....and they thought they were getting away with something. The restaurant has a new floor in it.. It is a waterproof "Paradigm" fioor....like a hardwood, that has replaced the old carpet. Down in the dungeon (office)... which is located directly below the restaurant, can hear the difference.., but it is a great improvement. There is music every Friday night. Most customers head straight to the deck outside that overlooks the lake and gaze at the waxing moon over dinner, appetizers, a beer, or just a glass of wine. Bobby Morgan's "Chicken Pot Pies" are a favorite to the customers. His only problem is ..... keeping up with demand. And the proportions are fit for a football team. The "South African Queen" (Rosie Babnik) has decided to leave us and pursue her own business thatshe has been working on building up for a while now... "Happy Trails" Rosie ! And because things are slowing down .... We thank you for all your help during the busy times of spring, summer, and the beginning of fall... Viviana Tamariz, Jessica Ramos, and Dominique Cordova. I believe that when one self- aggrandizes, they sometimes agitate others.., both in the dictionary of synonyms and antonyms. "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." - Mark Twain "Tight Lines and Bent Rods" ... Dusty Britches Helping Kids continued from page 5 guidance to organizations all over the country. Called Treehouse, it focuses on giving youth in foster care a childhood and a future. In fact, its Graduation Success program has an 89 percent extended graduation rate. The culmination of a five-year goal for the youth to earn their diplomas at the same pace as their peers, the rate includes both on-time and fifth-year graduates. When the program began in 2012, less than 40 percent of youth in foster care locally were graduating. "Youth in foster care often need extra time to graduate because of challenges out of their control, and Treehouse sticks with them regardless of how long the journey takes," said Janis Avery, CEOof Treehouse. How It's Done Based in middle schools and high schools, Graduation Success introduces consistent education focus into the students' lives, often for the first time. Part coach, part parent and frequently part best friend, Education Specialists meet with their students weeklyglyear in and year out, even during the summer. The students take charge of their own futures by learning to set goals, make plans and advocate for themselves. Learn More Visit www.treehouseforkids. org for further facts, to make a donation, host a drive or volunteer. Note: Treehouse helps youth in foster care throughout Washington state and consults nationally. Roquefort - one of the oldest types of cheese in the world - was the emperor Charlemagne's favorite cheese.