Maintain The Free Flow Of Information On The Internet

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Today websites all across the country will be posting messages to stop the FCC from allowing the likes of Comcast and Time Warner to slow down our internet.
The internet has become part of our Commons, our shared communal space.
Small businesses depend on it for customers.
Families depend on it for information for daily life.
Artists, Writers, and Educators use it to share the ideas that can change our world.

You might know that the Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules to allow Internet providers to discriminate based on content to provide separate and unequal connection speeds, effectively creating “fast” and “slow” lanes for the Internet. This means that website owners and entrepreneurs like myself may be forced to pay an arbitrary fee to ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner if I want you, my visitors to be able to access your website at regular speeds – or at all.

This is a big issue. ISPs want to extort money from websites they deem profitable enough to pay them extra. We must convince the FCC that this is a terrible idea.

#StopTheSlowLane is an initiative to raise awareness about this issue.

If you care about the free flow of information then please follow this link and make your voice heard to your member of Congress.

If you have a website please follow the link and put up the message on your site.

Together we can maintain our claim on our Online Commons!

Almost Time For The May Run of the Brimfield Antique Show By Lori Stabile | Special to The Republican

Brimfield 1800 from a sketch by Colonel John W. Foster
Brimfield 1800 from a sketch by Colonel John W. Foster

Great article on the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show next week. Go for the Brimfield Paper & Postcard Marathon beginning May 9th and stay for the Antiques blitz!

By Lori Stabile | Special to The Republican
It’s almost time for the May installment of the Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Shows, a thrice annual event that draws antique lovers from near and far to the tiny town of Brimfield, Mass. for six days at a time.

The May show – known as the largest antique show of the three – opens Tuesday, May 13 and runs through Sunday, May 18.

What is usually farmland transforms into a giant outdoor antique sale, featuring thousands of dealers on 23 fields selling almost everything imaginable – giant Ronald McDonald heads, garden items, 1950s dishes, postcards from various eras, music equipment, furniture, vintage jewelry and clothing and more.

It was 1959 when Gordon Reid got the idea to hold an outdoor antique show.

His daughters, Judith R. Mathieu and Jill R. Lukesh, continue the tradition their father started, on the J&J Promotions field, which is open only on Friday and Saturday and hosts 400 dealers.

Opening times vary according to field, with most opening Tuesday. Check www.brimfieldshow.com for specific field opening times.

The first “show” featured 67 dealers selling items on tarps in front of their station wagons, Mathieu said, describing the event as “rustic.”

Asked what Reid would think about Brimfield has become, Mathieu replied, “Oh my gosh, he would be thrilled. He would be quite honored, I’m sure.”

She said that she and her sister have maintained the quality that her father wanted on his field, ensuring dealers are selling antiques and not new items.

Because the family has been involved in the shows so long, Mathieu has plenty of advice for first-timers to the shows (the next show is in July, followed by the last one in September).

Dress comfortably, she suggests, and bring cash, as many dealers do not accept credit cards.

And bargain. Dealers expect it, Mathieu said, “but be fair in your offer.”

Even though Brimfield has been around now for many years, Mathieu said they still hear people tell them that this is their first time.

“People are just thrilled to be here,” Mathieu said.

Celebrity sightings are not unusual at Brimfield – home decor maven Martha Stewart, hockey great Terry O’Reilly, singer-actress Barbra Streisand and director-actress Penny Marshall all have been spotted in recent years.

Donald G. Moriarty, co-owner of Heart O’ the Mart with his wife Pamela, predicts that the May show will be “great.” They have been involved in the antiques show for the past 32 years, and he said he’s been seeing more international buyers at the shows.

“Each year seems to get a little bit bigger,” Moriarty said.

His field opens Wednesday at 9 a.m. with approximately 450 dealers. Like Mathieu, he advises people to dress “for comfort, not style” and in layers.

“Bring your wallet . . . Allocate as much time as you possibly can because it’s a huge, huge show,” Moriarty said.

Some fields charge admission. The next shows are July 8 to 13, and September 2 to 7.

Here is where to find maps and brochures for the Brimfield Show

Re-posted from Mass Live

Everything Is On Sale This Week at 9MilesOfWonder on Etsy

9 MILES OF EPHEMERA & ANTIQUES by 9MilesOfWonder on Etsy.

Everything is 25% off this week!

Find something for Mom today and it will be shipped to arrive by Saturday.

Or buy Mom and Etsy Gift Card and point her towards 9 Miles Of Wonder on Etsy so she can choose her own gift!

Listings will be added throughout the day and tomorrow so if there is a special item you are looking for don’t hesitate to email me. I have a ton of items available which aren’t listed.

Enjoy your shopping on my and the other great shops on Etsy.com.

Sale ends May 17th!!!

Cheers!
cdavid

Hooray for Subscriber Number 700!!

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Congrats to User: MelindaWenger

For being the 700th Subscriber Melinda will be receiving a 50% off discount coupon to
9 Miles of Wonder on Etsy as well as a free packet of vintage ephemera.

Thanks and all current Subscribers should check your emails for your discount coupon in acknowledgement of your support for 9 Miles of Ephemera & Antiques!

More chances to win:

But wait there are more chances to win:

The lucky person who is the 600th Like on the 9 Miles Of Ephemera Facebook Page will receive a 40% off coupon for my Etsy shop 9 Miles Of Wonder as well as a pack of Ephemera.

If you are already a follower…Fear not there is still a way for you to be WINNER!
Simply share with a friend who joins as number 600 & you will receive an additional 30% off and a pack of 10 pieces of Ephemera.
(Please make sure your friend tags you in their post or mentions you).

The second part of the contest is for my website & blog.

The 750th Subscriber on this site will also receive a coupon for 50% off and a packet of Ephemera.

If you are already a Subscriber on this website and you share this site with a friend who signs up, you will win an additional coupon for 30% off and a packet of Ephemera. Make sure your friend sends along your Subscriber name or email after they sign up.

Also as always, please send me your suggestions for the site as well as comments on what you like about the site.
Cheers & Thanks!
cdavid

Dive Into The History of Neon With Len Davidson

Recently restored 1950's Levis Hot Dog Sign
Recently restored 1950’s Levis Hot Dog Sign

Hosted By Philadelphia Center for Architecture there will be a series of talks, tours, and classes led by my friend and fellow Philadelphia Dumpster Diver, Len Davidson.

Len has been collecting, preserving and restoring neon since the 1970’s and is a master at all things Neon.

Be sure to check out the programs he is offering by going to the website here

One of the many signs that Len Davidson
One of the many signs that Len Davidson has restored.

Nine Unopened Dead Sea Scrolls Found : Discovery News

 Seven of the recently rediscovered unopened phylactery scrolls from Qumran.-photos/#myeGwE6tMYRMHE8Y.99 Israel Antiquities Authority/Shai Halevi
Seven of the recently rediscovered unopened phylactery scrolls from Qumran.-photos/#myeGwE6tMYRMHE8Y.99
Israel Antiquities Authority/Shai Halevi

Nine, newly found, penny-sized pieces of parchment belonging to the Dead Sea Scrolls laid unopened for nearly six decades before they were rediscovered in Israel.

The scrolls went unnoticed for years until one scholar came across them while searching through the Israel Antiquities Authority’s (IAA) storerooms, the Times of Israel reported.

“Either they didn’t realize that these were also scrolls, or they didn’t know how to open them,” the IAA’s head of artifact treatment and conservation Pnina Shor explained.

Read more about the amazing find!

Nine Unopened Dead Sea Scrolls Found : Discovery News.

A Huge Stamp of Approval for the Phila Mercury

    Providing A Permanent Census of U.S. Stamps & Cover Images


Early Baltimore stampless, straightline handstamp. Letter is datelined from Baltimore on July 2, 1774.
Early Baltimore stampless, straightline handstamp. Letter is datelined from Baltimore on July 2, 1774.

If you love Postal History, this is a wonderful site that I hope you already know about. He probably needs no introduction, but Richard Frajola is a giant in Philately. His personal journey has taken him from collecting, to exhibiting as a junior collector in the 1966 SIPEX international show in Washington D.C, to working professionally in the field. In 1968 he began working for a series of several auction houses, including as a consultant to Sotheby’s. Frajola also to ran his own auction house from 1980 till 1995. He has served as a consultant to several leading auction houses in the United States and served private clients. Credits include serving as an expert consultant to the Philatelic Foundation, Professional Stamp Expertisers and Philatelic Stamp Authentification and Grading (PSAG).

His site, rfrajola.com, is a treasure trove with more than a few gems inside for philatelists, historians and lovers of old paper.
The Frajola Phila Mercury Project is a permanent census of United States cover images from and descriptions in a single, searchable database. It’s a participatory site with collectors and dealers pitching in to share the covers they own, or have available for sale. The site is viewable by all but only approved registered users can add images and descriptions to the database. Dealers can designate if the item is available for sale and collectors can have their ownership of material identified if they chose to do so. It can be used for research, as an imaged record of a collection, or to list covers available for purchase.

Samples of what you can view on the census:

Free Frank of "Samuel Huntington" and "/public service/"on stampless front of wrapper addressed to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth late Commissary General. Partial docketing establishes date as 1780. Huntington at this time was still President of the 2nd Continental Congress, while Wadsworth, Commissary general of purchases, had resigned the position, on January 1, 1780.
Free Frank of “Samuel Huntington” and “/public service/”on stampless front of wrapper addressed to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth late Commissary General. Partial docketing establishes date as 1780. Huntington at this time was still President of the 2nd Continental Congress, while Wadsworth, Commissary general of purchases, had resigned the position, on January 1, 1780.

Each item features a clear description with high resolution images:

 Philadelphia & N.York Express Steam Baot Co, Wm. P. Clyde, Agent, Philadelphia, blue embossed, steamer illustrated, cameo advertising cover, Clement imprint, used to New Jersey, 3c rose (#65, light gum stain) tied by large geometric cancel, matching "Old Point Comfort, VA" postmark to left, minor reduction at right, ex Jarrett
Philadelphia & N.York Express Steam Baot Co, Wm. P. Clyde, Agent, Philadelphia, blue embossed, steamer illustrated, cameo advertising cover, Clement imprint, used to New Jersey, 3c rose (#65, light gum stain) tied by large geometric cancel, matching “Old Point Comfort, VA” postmark to left, minor reduction at right, ex Jarrett

Another section of high interest to myself is the Postal History page which has:

1} Searchable PDF files of United States Post Office Acts and postal rate summaries.

2} An annotated page of links useful for research including newspaper archives, and period source documents.

3} Stanley B. Ashbrook’s Special Service page of links. A cornerstone series, written between 1951 and 1957, relating to the analysis of United States covers.

There is also the Frajola Board For Philatelists:
a public discussion forum where philatelists from around the world can chat and ask questions about everything Philatelic.

If you haven’t tasted from this site then I especially invite you to feast on the sumptuous table spread of postal history on rfrajola.com
Kudos to Mr. Frajola and all who have helped to make this resource available to the world!

PhilaMercury – Permanent Census of United States stamps and cover images.

#philately #postal_history #frajola #covers #census #phila_mercury #stamps #antiques #vintage

Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse – The Denver Post

Postcard from Dr. Martin Luther King to Ms. Parks and a photo of her.
Postcard from Dr. Martin Luther King to Mrs. Parks and a photo of her.

Ephemera of the Civil Rights struggle from the estate of Mrs. Rosa Parks is locked in legal limbo and waits in a storage locker until a decision is made. Historically valuable ephemera such as “her photographs with presidents, her Congressional Gold Medal, a pillbox hat that she may have worn on the Montgomery bus, a signed postcard from King, decades of documents from civil rights meetings, and her ruminations about life in the South as a black woman.”

Read more from the article by Jesse J. Holland in the AP article in the Denver Post.

For further info on the scope of the estate’s 8,000 items go to the Detroit Free Press video report by MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 9/1/2011.

Giving New Life To Old Paper

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