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Saturday, 05 June 2021


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I’m not sure that any country has a penny any more. We (U.K.) do still have coin with “One Penny” written on it but it’s been in imminent danger of withdrawal for years and is currently worth less than the equivalent of one-fifth of a half-farthing (one eighth of a real pre-decimal Penny) which was withdrawn in 1870! Nobody refers to pennies or pence these days, instead we have something rather inelegantly referred to as a “pee”, the plural is also “pee”. That’s my two penn’orth anyway, I couldn’t give tuppence for anyone else’s ;)!

Wow that's a good episode of Pawn Stars. The seller was smart to take the $100K. He won't be cheated (it's TV!) and no auction house will take its cut, either. Quite a return of investment from whatever he paid at the neighborhood estate sale. That's why you put in the shoe leather work visiting such sales.

I found a Nikon 35ti for $30 once and a Yashica T4 for $5. You gotta show up, though, to meet luck.

Your selling advice is excellent. How do you avoid scams when you sell on eBay? Do you limit to North America? I hear of so many horror stories where ebay sides more often with the buyer.

I’ve reserved The Bohemians at my local library - thanks for the tip. I find the first person narrative conceit appealing and fun.

As for Meatyard, I discovered him in the mid-1970s while devouring photo books and magazines at the London (Ontario) Public Library. I think I’ve told the story here before, so I won’t repeat it, but the short biography of Meatyard at the end of the book made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Literally. There’s a 2007 Meatyard book at the local library that I will have not seen, so I’ll check it out as well.

Perhaps those who know of Meatyard know that by profession he was an optician (or maybe optometrist - I can’t recall exactly) and was a quiet, unassuming man. My father was one of his classmates in high school (that’s a part of the story that I’ve told before) and was quite surprised when I told him that Meatyard was a recognized and celebrated photographer.

This could save you a lot of time is selling used gear. It's a meta data site that does pretty much what your doing manually for you.


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