Author: Collectors Weekly

Antique vinaigrettes and pomanders used for ca…

Antique vinaigrettes and pomanders used for carrying scents. 

On May 21, 1979—40 years ago this week—the Whi…

On May 21, 1979—40 years ago this week—the White Night Riots erupted in San Francisco after a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for Dan White, who killed Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk. A peaceful rally descended into vandalism and violence at City Hall and the SFPD retaliated by targeting LGBTQ protestors and patrons in the Castro district.

“Architecture is the very mirror of life. You …

“Architecture is the very mirror of life. You only have to cast your eyes on buildings to feel the presence of the past, the spirit of a place; they are the reflection of society.” ~ I.M. Pei (1917 – 2019)

Handmade medical-themed chess set, made from c…

Handmade medical-themed chess set, made from clay and wood, c. late 20th century. 

“I spend a lot of time thinking of the Hereaft…

“I spend a lot of time thinking of the Hereafter – each time I enter a room I wonder what I’m here after.” ~ comedian Tim Conway (1933 – 2019)

“Aero Loop” indoor radio antenna made by Utt-W…

Aero Loop” indoor radio antenna made by Utt-Williams, 1924.

The Milky Way: Back in the Day, Milk Cans Deli…

The Milky Way: Back in the Day, Milk Cans Delivered Dairy From Cow to Consumer

“I never had confidence – never. The hardest t…

“I never had confidence – never. The hardest thing to know is your own worth, and it took me years and years to find out what mine is.” 

~ R.I.P. Peggy Lipton (1946 – 2019)

Arm Reliquary of Saint Sahak Partev, Armenia, …

Arm Reliquary of Saint Sahak Partev, Armenia, c. late 17th – early 18th century. 

(Via the Met.)

“Once I got into the guitar, everything …

“Once I got into the guitar, everything went by the wayside. I was really, really into the guitar. I had actually wanted to play the guitar ever since I was little. I was probably 6 or 7 when I got some records as a gift, little children’s records, all cowboy songs. The records were made of cardboard with pictures printed on them and then a clear acetate overlay with grooves on top of that. They were like 7-inch 78s, little, small 78s. And they were all cowboy songs. My parents’ record collection was all classical music. I’d listened to their classical records for a long time, so I thought I knew all the instruments. But here was this instrument I’d never heard before. I said, ‘What’s that?’ And my mother says, ‘That’s a guitar,’ and she points at this little picture on the front of the record. It’s a cartoon of a cowboy sitting on a horse, and he’s got a guitar across his knee. There’s a moon in the sky and he’s serenading these sleeping cows. I said, ‘That’s what I want to do when I grow up.’ Well, she laughed, I think because she thought I wanted to be a cowboy. But I wanted to be a guitar player, too." 

~ Mike Wilhelm (1942 – 2019)

We were saddened to learn today of the passing of Mike Wilhelm of the Charlatans, who Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead considered the best guitarist of the 1960s San Francisco music scene. [Photo of Wilhelm by Herb Greene.]