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.
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.
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Providing A Permanent Census of U.S. Stamps & Cover Images
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:
Each item features a clear description with high resolution images:
Another section of high interest to myself is the Postal History page which has:
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!
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.