Iowa child porn case has comic book collectors reeling
Just one week ago a 39-year-old Glenwood man entered a guilty plea in federal court to child pornography charges. The man, Christopher Handley, unlike others who have faced similar charges, did not e-mail or transfer nude photos of himself to a minor, nor did he engage in viewing online child pornography videos or pictures. His crime centered around a shipment of seven graphic novels from Japan, known as manga. And that has prompted a firestorm of activity within the collectors’ community.
Labor of Love
She said that “preservation” and “sustainability” describe the goals of the people being honored this year. Theme of National Preservation Month is “This Place Matters,” also the name of a photo-sharing campaign that was created to help people share the places that matter to them, to illustrate that heritage is local and that history is all around. “This is what Randy Roberts and Janette Mauk did in their book,” Carlson said. The book and postcard set are part of the “Images of America” series published by Arcadia Publishing. The firm first contacted Carlson, who referred them to Roberts, archivist and curator of Special Collections at Axe Library, Pittsburg State University. Mauk also works in Special Collections. They were in exactly the right place to compile the book — Special Collections has a huge number of Pittsburg photos.
Center goes to the source to collect area histories
LSU has its own version of StoryCorps in the guise of the T. Harry Williams Oral History Center. The center, with offices in the Agnes Morris House on Raphael Simms Drive, collects oral histories on a variety of Louisiana-related subjects. Jennifer Abraham is director of the center, which is part of LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. “We were founded in 1991,” Abraham said. The center was named for historian T. Harry Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime LSU professor who used tape recorded interviews to collect information for his Huey Long books. Williams developed interview techniques that were used to collect information about the university itself.
As a teenager, Pierre-Jean Chalencon was given a motorcycle as a birthday present from his parents. The relationship lasted five minutes. He sold the cycle and used the proceeds to buy an engraving of the first decision by then French Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte, the "Coup d' Etat of the 18th Brumaire." "It was important. It was his first proclamation as commander," Chalencon suggested some two decades later as he escorted a reporter through a collection of some 400 Napoleon artifacts that he has gathered. The collection is currently taking temporary residence at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Christie's New York to Offer Five Centuries of Botanical Books in June
Christie’s presents the sale of Important Botanical Books on June 24 featuring many of the most significant medicinal herbals and fine illustrated botanical books from the 15th through the 19th century. Over 200 works, including many of the most celebrated in the history of the field, document the development of the scientific and artistic studies of plants throughout these four centuries. What distinguishes these works from other scientific books are the quantity, and John Hill, The Vegetable System, London, 1773-1786 Estimate: $200,000-300,000 outstanding quality, of illustrations they contain, from the earliest woodcut illustrations of the 15th century to the many extensive of hand-colored illustrations of the 18th and 19th centuries. The present collection comprehensively reveals the development of the simultaneous pursuit of artistic representation and scientific accuracy.
'Ancient' artifacts, cyber scams
But a funny thing happened on the way to EBay's boom as a new forum for very old collectibles. [Charles "Chip"] Stanish says that contemporary inhabitants of ancient lands soon learned that many online antiquities shoppers were, shall we say, a tad lacking in connoisseurship, not to mention in basic consumer sense. It became apparent, he says, that people on the Net could be fooled into buying knickknacks dressed up to look plausibly ancient. Why should local diggers break their backs and risk arrest when they could stay home and make a cottage industry out of copying, with less or more verisimilitude, what their ancestors had wrought? Stanish published his ideas in an essay in the May/June issue of Archaeology magazine, entitled "Forging Ahead, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love eBay."