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"Ten, nine, ignition sequence start, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero. All engines running. Lift
off; we have a lift off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift off on Apollo 11."
That’s how it all started on July 16, 1969 as Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center headed for the moon. Four days later, it was an uneasy atmosphere in Mission Control as the spacecraft neared its destination. NASA scientists were confident they could get Apollo 11 to the moon, but landing it was a whole different story. If the spacecraft tipped over during landing, the crew would be stranded, unable to return home.
Mikey decided he was going to take his girlfriend on a romantic getaway to Virginia Beach. Just the two of them . . . all alone. He was really excited and couldn’t wait to get there. On Friday evening they checked into the Marriott and Mikey told his girlfriend, “I going to jump in the shower.” She told him, “That’s a great idea honey. I want to go down to the bar though and have a nice drink. Will you join me after your shower?” Mikey says he will and off to the shower he goes.
Last week at The Lodge Auction House in Buffalo, New York, an “I Love Lucy” doll sold for an unexpectedly high price of $880. A local toy collector faced competition from an antiques dealer from Ohio and a Lucille Ball Fan Club member. The blue eyed, red haired doll was a collectible piece of memorabilia from the 1950’s era show that starred the comedienne.
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Although Letty & John's Vintage Collection are better known for Fine European Designer Vintage
Clothing and beautiful unsigned items they pick up on anything interesting from Collector R John Wright Felt Dolls to Vintage Cars and
Trucks. They have been selling to the UK, Dublin, France and NYC, New England and South East Florida. Through Vintage
Shows in Europe and the USA and also have friends and customers in the Far East.
Lucille Ball who was born in August 1911 was from the town of Jamestown, New York outside of Buffalo. She made her debut in television in 1951 after more than twenty years and over 80 motion pictures on the big screen. She was an Emmy award winner, the first woman inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame and the recipient of many other awards and honors. Lucille Ball passed away in 1989.
Their fears were silenced on July 20 as the spacecraft safely touched down. Commander Neil Armstrong climbed out and down the ladder.
He was standing on the moon. “I thought that when I step off it's just going to be a little step, you'll step from there, down
to there,” Armstrong said. “But then I thought about all those 400,000 people that had given me the opportunity to make that step
and thought it's gonna be a big something for all those folks, and indeed for a lot of others that weren't even involved in the project.”
All over the world, a sense of triumph filled people. If landing on the moon was possible, anyone could reach the stars. Everything
was possible. Collecting space memorabilia is as close as most people will ever get to the moon. It’s also their chance to own a piece
of American space history. Baby-boomers who grew up with the moon landing are big collectors. The field includes everything from astronaut
autographs to stamps, photos and pieces of real space hardware. Tens of thousands of NASA-licensed objects sell at space center and
museum gift shops, like limited edition coins or photographs, many for under a hundred dollars.
On March 18, 2006 Swann Galleries, New York, held their fourth Space Exploration auction. They featured artifacts, emblems, medallions, books, charts and maps, postal covers, photographs, equipment, posters and more. Among the most desirable lots in the auction were flown items that were the property of astronauts. This included Apollo 11 artifacts from the Buzz Aldrin collection. An official 8 inch by 10 inch color photograph of the crew in space suits signed and inscribed by Armstrong sold for $5,750.
On April 27, 2006, Gary Thomas of Mechanicsville, Virginia reported the theft of approximately 175 antiques and collectibles items from his garage. Mr. Thomas who owns Governor’s Antiques was storing the items in his garage until they were ready for sale at his store. The total cost of the lost booty is estimated at about $150,000 to $200,000 and included parts for a classic 1959 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
An hour later, his girlfriend is sitting at the bar, sipping on her wine, getting annoyed that Mikey is taking so long. She calls the room and Mikey is sobbing. “Baby, what wrong?” she asks. “I can’t get out of the room,” says Mikey. When she asks why, he proceeds to tell her, “Well, there are only three doors in the room. One is the bathroom, another is the closet and the last one says “Do not disturb.”
In a Body Shop in Milan Italy there is a Vintage 1928 Citroen Fire Truck of the type you see in those old silent movies. The Truck was built by Citroen Spa, a Sister Company to the French Citroen Giant. The Fire Truck was used in the Internal Fire Service of a big Match Company near Milan. This Fire Truck has already participated in Vintage Shows and Pageants. The Fire Truck comes with a Cosmetic Checkup but more detailed work is available at extra price.
In addition to the motorcycle parts, the stolen inventory included Pepsi, Coke, Mountain Dew and other rare and hard to find signs and neon clocks. One clock was a 1930’s Pepsi double dot clock made by the Sessions Clock Company in the early 1930’s. This clock is unique and measures about 14.5” square. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals involved.
eBay recently announced the acquisition of Tradera.com, which is an online auction site in Sweden. Tradera, which was launched in 1999, has averages about 750,000 listings in many different categories including antiques and collectibles. Jonas Nordlander, the Director of Tradera said, “By joining forces, Tradera and eBay can help provide Swedish consumers with more opportunities to trade on a national and international basis.”