Archive for April 17th, 2013

This past Sunday I made my way (with my lifelong friend Lynda) to Todd Farm to officially kick-off another great flea market Season. Todd Farm, a seasonal antique and collectibles market north of Boston, is one of our favorite places to browse and pick up some great finds and hidden gems.

The weather was dry, although still a little brisk, but it did not keep us or the dealers away. Our visit to Todd Farm capped off a weekend of treasure hunting. On Saturday Lynda and I trolled the shops lining scenic Route 6A on Cape Cod and had a great time.

In the coming days I will be presenting a few of my “Favorite Finds” from this great weekend. In the meantime, this sign spotted at Todd Farm this past Sunday says it all:

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Here are a few more shots of some of the items on display this past Sunday down at Todd Farm (click on thumbnail to see larger image):

Learn more about Todd Farm in Rowley, MA here.

VOTThis past Monday marked 101 years since the sinking of the Titanic and the story of the doomed voyage and its passengers still enthralls us. I enjoyed the James Cameron film version of the Titanic story as much as anyone, but I have always been more interested in the stories of the real life stories of the people on board – with all due respect to Kate and Leo, er Jack and Rose.

The stories of the people whose lives were attached to the Titanic is some way – passengers, builders, etc. are all featured in this wonderful book: Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines.

About Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines: “It has been one hundred years since the sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in the North Atlantic, yet worldwide fascination with the epic tragedy remains as strong as ever. With Voyagers of the Titanic, Richard Davenport-Hines gives us a magnificent history of the people intimately connected with the infamous ship—from deal-makers and industry giants, like J.P. Morgan, who built and operated it; to Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor IV, and other glittering aristocrats who occupied its first class cabins; to the men and women traveling below decks hoping to find a better life in America. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the great disaster, Voyagers of the Titanic offers a fascinating, uniquely original view of one of the most momentous catastrophes of the 20th century.”

Instead of a forensic accounting of what may or may not have happened to the ship on that fateful night like many of the books about Titanic in recent years focus on, Mr. Davenport-Hines profiles the people who put a human face on the disaster. In Voyagers of the Titanic we realize more clearly than ever that the loss of the Titanic was a human tragedy not just an engineering failure.

Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.