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  • Seven-Plus Films to Watch For the Vintage

    By Scott Daniels The film industry doesn't always get vintage right—and this doesn’t just apply to twentieth century set pieces. If you’ve seen the 1963 Cleopatra, which star Elizabeth Taylor found particularly embarrassing, you’ve seen some of the worst damage Hollywood can do, with 1960s hairdos and clothing styles all the rage in ancient Egypt. When a film misses the mark completely, coming up with costumes, settings and hairstyles which in no way reflect the period they are attempting...
  • A Tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force

    By Scott Daniels It was a matter of perfect timing: I found myself in Dayton, Ohio, with an unscheduled morning ahead, and I’d just finished up my copy of David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers. It’s a book in keeping with the rest of this author’s extraordinary work, telling the story of the first powered, heavier-than-air flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright at the opening of the 20th century. I had hopes of visiting the Wright's bicycle shop downtown somewhere, but Henry Ford made off...
  • The Legendary.... Pencil. The Blackwing 602.

    By Scott Daniels $2,000 worth of pencils. There are, among everyday possessions, those objects which are cherished by their devotees and described with the kind of prose generally reserved for particularly enthusiastic lovers or memorable bottles of scotch. Some may speak of the perfect glide of their favorite, now-obsolete razor. Or the perfect smartness of eyeglass frames sported by the jet setters of the 50s. There’s the fellow with the wristwatch he could not bear to be without, the...
  • Diehl Marcus & Company: LA’s Curious Goods

    Like the fabled shop Curious Goods from a TV show on long ago, there is a new shop in LA that delivers the rarest of classic sartorial wears, historical curiosities, better umbrellas, safari accouterments, classic books, Victorian atmosphere and a game of chess oft paired with a historic cocktail at their ever growing parties; This latest one being an honorable tribute to Ricky Jay, a man that opened the eyes and changed the lives of perceptive individuals through my own lifespan and...
  • Vintage as Investment?

    By Scott Daniels Anyone with a collection of anything, be it baseball cards, record albums, autographs of the famous or vintage neckties, will eventually find themselves looking around at their treasures and running numbers in their head. And in many collecting fields, those numbers aren’t good. A stamp collector we spoke with recently at an annual show was an inadvertent poster child for the decline in collection value over the last couple of decades. “We’re all in our 60s and older now....
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