Archive for April 2011
Continuing the series, here we have a B.E.P. video showing the production of the $20 note.
Most people have a love affair with their first car, and I am no exception. Looking through the classified ads day after day, waiting for the day I was able to take my drivers test, which I did pass the first time! After looking at MGB’s, Fiat X19′s, and Triumph TR6′s all cars which would have been cool to drive, but a nightmare mechanically, and no fun in the Ohio winters. I found a 1980 Mercury Capri RS in The News Herald, one test drive and everything came together. So coming across this TV ad for my first car, was a good find, and gets a “Cool Stuff” stamp. Keep in mind this car was five years old when I bought it and I certainly couldn’t have pulled off the leisure suit as well. My car was black with neon green accents and badges, pictured below.
Here is another cool find from a collection I bought at one time or another. I came across it the other day and thought it would be a fun thing to post. This is a great piece of American history and as you read through it you can feel the innocence of our country in the early twentieth century. Signed by Frank J. Wilson, who was the Director of the Secret Service from 1937-1946. Wilson was the lead agent with the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Internal Revenue against Al Capone, and insisted that the serial numbers of the Gold Certificates in the ransom money for the Lindbergh kidnapping be recorded, which lead to the conviction of the kidnapper, and has become the common practice of “marked bills.” He had nearly eliminated the production and distribution of counterfeit money through a nationwide education program by the end of his retirement, which I’m sure this booklet was part of, and didn’t now about till I did the research for this post. Not only does this talk about how to detect counterfeit bills, but describes how to detect counterfeit coins as well.
This three-part series of the U.S. Gold Bullion Depository at Fort Knox is a must see. These videos are a rare look into this famous fortress. I urge you to take the time to indulge yourself!
This is the famous Apollo 8 “Earth Rise” photo taken in December 1968, which was a first for any human. Today is a good day to remember this planet we live on, which has provided us with the precious metals that drive our passions and livelihoods.
The love of the American Muscle Car will only continue to grow and flourish. The 1977-78 Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am is at the heart of this following, and an original car with the right options can bring up to $50,000. I have a love for this car, I guess I would have been eight when it first arrived at dealerships, but I had an epiphany no less. Somewhat like the fist time rock and roll registered in my brain, which was The Police, Spirits in the Material World, while driving somewhere in South Dakota, while my older Brother played his cassette at my Fathers lack of enthusiasm. So back to the car. I must have seen it in a magazine, cruising down the road, or the movie Smokey and the Bandit itself, which gave this car timeless fame. I just knew I fell in love for the first time. The 1977-78 Trans Am’s front air dam was unique for those two years, which in my opinion is the best looking. I’m sure there are restorers all over the country, but my research came across Trans Am Specialists of Florida. They seem to know their way around these classic cars of the seventies. When a car was more metal, glass, and rubber, than plastic, powder coat, and computer chips. These were the days when Pontiac did built excitement!