Antique Trader February 1, 2021

Whether you're looking for a trusted place to bid in auctions, buy or sell, Antique Trader is the top resource to find online auction sites, auction houses, and expert advice about antique furniture, jewelry and collectibles. Thousands of antiques and collectibles are for sale in each issue as well as hard to find items to buy, sell, or trade. Antique Trader also contains the most current and comprehensive information on antique shows and stores and earns best-selling honors year after year by providing precise descriptions and current pricing.

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a champion of all arts for all people

Ruth DeYoung Kohler II saw the arts as a driver of positive social change, upholding the pillars of diversity, inclusiveness and community involvement. She was a tireless champion of under-recognized artists and art forms, and for most of her career, served as Director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Kohler died on November 14, 2020, at home in Kohler, Wisconsin. She was 79. Born October 24, 1941, to Herbert V. Kohler, Sr. and Ruth DeYoung Kohler, Ruth believed passionately that the arts, in all its iterations, reveal who we are as a people: past, present and future. Through her work at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler Foundation Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, among others, she promoted equitable and inclusive access…

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my new year's resolution new year's resolution with strings attached

MY WASHBURN ACOUSTIC GUITAR is propped up in the corner of our second-floor bedroom. It’s a good-looking guitar, with a golden spruce top and dark mahogany sides and back. A little dusty, a little out of tune, certainly, but quite handsome nonetheless. Last summer I put new strings on it. Sounded great, from what I remember. Every once in awhile I pick it up and play an awkward chord or two. Do you know that you can play a lot of songs simply by learning the G, C and D chords? It’s true. Three chords unlock a treasure chest of guitar songs like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” or John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” or, if you’re in the mood for some head-banging, AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Three…

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divers discover rare piece of history

German research divers recently looking for abandoned fishing nets along the Baltic seafloor that threaten marine life, found a rare piece of history: an Enigma machine — the German encryption device used by Nazi forces to send secret message during World War II. Designed shortly after WWI by the engineer Arthur Scherbius for commercial usage, the cipher engine was adopted by many national governments and militaries. The device was found off the coast of northeast Germany in the Bay of Gelting, which is part of the Baltic Sea, after Submaris — a company based in Kiel — used side-viewing sonar technology to identify the net that it was caught in. “A colleague swam up and said: ‘There’s a net there with an old typewriter in it,’” Submaris lead diver Florian Huber told the…

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a closer look at the enigma machine

The Enigma machine is an encryption device developed and used in the early- to mid-20th century to protect commercial, diplomatic and military communication. It was employed extensively by Nazi Germany during World War II, in all branches of the German military. They are rare machines and when one comes to auction, it sells for thousands of dollars, as did the ones featured in this story, which have sold within the past year. Designed shortly after World War I by German engineer Arthur Scherbius for commercial usage, the cipher engine was adopted by many national governments and militaries. The portable device is best-known for its use by the Axis powers to encode military commands, for safe transmission by radio, as part of their rapid “blitzkrieg” strategy. The Enigma has an electromechanical rotor mechanism that scrambles…

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mathematician cracks the enigma code

The work of British mathematician Alan Turing is credited with shortening World War II by several years, but until the release of the Oscar-winning film, The Imitation Game, in 2014, not many people knew who he was. Acknowledged as one of the most innovative and powerful thinkers of the 20th century — and sometimes called the progenitor of modern computing — Turing and his team of fellow code-breakers at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire carried out secret work to decipher the military codes used by Germany and its allies and ended up cracking the Enigma code. Born in London in 1912, Turing studied at Cambridge and Princeton universities and was already working for the British Government’s Code and Cypher School before WWII broke out. In 1939, he took a full-time role at Bletchley…

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club approves sale of prized monet

CHICAGO — The Union League Club of Chicago, home to one of the most significant private art collections in the American Midwest, is reportedly planning to liquidate a portion of its collection, including a coveted Monet painting, Pommiers en fleurs (Apple Trees in Blossom), worth millions, to alleviate economic hardship from the pandemic. The historic private social club, a 501(c)(7) tax exempt organization, has already made moves to deal with financial fallout from the pandemic. The organization has cut around 75 percent of its full-time staff, from 275 to 67 employees, and issued 10-20 percent salary cuts for management figures and raised $520,000 in member donations. Politico first reported news of the potential sale. According to that report, Union League president Nancy A. Ross confirmed the board’s approval to sell the Monet.…