Simpson is in Lovelock because he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in Nevada in 2008; he's serving a sentence of up to 33 years, with the possibility of parole in 2017. He will turn 67 next month, but the O.J. personage who remains a cultural touchstone is much younger. That one was born 20 years ago this week, on June 17, 1994, a day that spawned a series of events that are as ingrained in Americana as anything that happened at Valley Forge or in Dealey Plaza. Sports Illustrated tackles Orenthal James Simpson.
In all the discussion over gun collections, one subset is often overlooked - the few, the rare, the heavy armament collectors. With a television presence
, they are beginning to get more notoriety - but among them all, one stood out - the eccentric Jacques Littlefield
. He passed away in 2009
, but his estate has now listed several of his tanks for sale.
If you've got a cool 3 mil, you could pick up this fully restored Panzer tank
. On a budget? Try this Sherman tank
instead, for only $250,000.
The 105th annual Chicago Auto Show
has come and gone. Did you miss it this year? Have you missed it for the past 105 years? Enjoy this collection of programs covers and photos from every show, sorted by year.
Warning: The '70s got a little bit brown. [more inside]
"Now, in 2012, it’s possible the women’s vote could effect the outcome the U.S. presidential election. You would think we’d also have moved beyond gender stereotypes depicted in these postcards, but they’re still strong."
War on Women, Waged in Postcards: Memes From the Suffragist Era
is a website packed full of evocative, interesting and historical pictures of old ships from A
. It's a feast of all kinds of other vintage maritime images
, including ports
, docks, ferries
, harbors, paintings
, canals, rivers
, maritime scenes, onboard pictures
, shipboard menus
, lots of great postcards
and other old historical nautical memorabilia
(even the ship's cat
). [more inside]
For sale: Philip K Dick's Bible
, with handwritten annotations.
of rare and obscure Alan Moore material from Slovobooks
is dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns
and the U.S. presidency
. While this site's
appearance may not be, some people's collections
are impressive. [more inside]
Surely one of the most memorable musician photos ever is this one: Johnny Cash
, making his feelings known with customary aplomb. But did you ever notice he was wearing a jumpsuit in that photo, and not his more standard black shirt/trousers ensemble? Well, that very jumpsuit
just went for a handsome $120,000 at auction. Someone else just paid $300,000 for one of Elvis' peacock-emblazoned jumpsuits
. And remember that little necklace
John Lennon wore on the cover of Two Virgins
? Yep, the only
thing he wore. Fetched a cool $528,000. Meanwhile, in Japan, a bunch of grapes
just went for $910. What a bargain! [more inside]
: Bill Graham
, of Fillmore
fame, was born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin. He grew up to invent, more or less, the modern rock 'n' roll promotion industry. He also had an eye for the future, stashing away posters
, backstage passes
, and photography
for posterity (us).
Now, 15 years after his death, you have him to thank not only for $350 Rolling Stones tickets
but also for $3800 Rolling Stones posters
Satan at a crossroads
Clear Channel a few years back, the vault also contains a bunch of audio and video that Clear Channel didn't know it had
and which we may or may not ever get to experience.
Own a piece of national tragedy.
Rehnquist's original signed decision on the 2000 election recount, throwing the country over to the loser of the popular vote (and, quite possibly, the loser of the electoral college) is up for auction.
Man buys tatty suitcase for $36...that's actually filled with Beatles memorabila.
Believed to be the lost "Mal Evans archive," the suitcase bought at an Australian flea market contained precious photos, concert programs and unreleased recordings. Everything is yet to be authenticated, but if the items are bonafide, this could be THE Antiques Roadshow
showpiece to end all showpieces.
Last minute shopping?
Still looking for the right thing for that special geek in your life? Perhaps you might cater to the fetish for the modern-day Mona
? Or maybe a propeller beanie
? Some sophomoric seasonal gag
gifts? Some retro kitsch
? Some religious memorabilia
? Some odd surplus
? Or if money is no object, gadgets
are always a safe bet. But you better hurry - you're down to the wire! thanks, amberglow!
Find old family photos. Slap them on greeting cards with hilarious captions. Sell them. Make many people very happy and entertained. MikWright rules.
Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl.
There are lots of vinyl sites out there, but some of the items in this collection had me floored.
And the quantity is just as impressive as the quality -- several pages of unintentionally funny Christian vinyl you have to see to believe. MP3 samples too! Via BoingBoing
, but got lost under a lengthy EFF post (which was also good).
US Soldiers' dogtags
are sold on the streets of Vietnam. An American backpacker bought as many as she could find and is now trying to find their owners. Interesting story.
- Martha Cooper began her love affair
with photography when her dad gave her a Kodak Baby Brownie sometime around 1946. A professional photographer, for the last 25 years she's also been an avid collector of photographica. Her focus is on images of women
with cameras. Browse through more than a century
of historic photos, quirky memorabilia, advertising, toys, comics, movie stills and figurines - it's a fascinating site!
In her own photos, Ms. Cooper favors art, anthropology, and urban folk culture. Her colorful work can be viewed at NYCity Snaps.
Dan Goodsell and Dallas Poague
bring my (and maybe your) childhood back to life
with page after page filled with images of delightful
(and sometimes creepy
) memorabilia. Oh, the hours I spent commanding a Mission to Mars
while sugared-up on Dinky Donuts
and Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry FunnyFace
Down-to-Wire Deal Heads Off Book Burn
As a follow up on This Thread
, Victor Kamkin
Inc., the Rockville bookstore that became a mecca for those in search of materials on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, got a three-week reprieve so the Library of Congress
can look through the bookseller's 1 million-piece collection to determine what should be saved.
Here’s a nice addition
to your movie memorabilia collection. Would that I had the spare £15,000 lying around. If you could owe one little piece of a favorite cult film, what would it be?
Mom and Dad went to the Execution and all I got was this stupid t-shirt.
Timothy McVeigh execution on your t-shirt. I am buying three. They'll make great stocking stuffers. Seriously, this may be the tackiest thing I have seen since Grandma's potholder dress.
Court orders Yahoo to block French access to Nazi memorabilia.
Does it bother anyone else that the French courts think they can regulate an American business? I dislike Nazis as much as the next guy but this seems to be a bit much on the part of the French.