Bertoia’s to auction magnificent Aaron and Abby Schroeder antique bank and toy collection, March 5-6

Francis, Field & Francis (American) Omnibus, mid-19th century, 15.5in long, painted tin with original coachman figure. Perhaps the nicest of very few known examples. Provenance: Perelman Antique Toy Museum, Philadelphia. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

J. & E. Stevens (American), Girl Skipping Rope cast-iron mechanical bank. Book example depicted in Blair Whitton’s 1981 reference ‘Clockwork Toys.’ Pristine to near-mint condition. Estimate $70,000-$100,000

One of few known examples of Ives’ (American) Monkey Perambulator clockwork toy. Cast-iron horse head and wheels, painted wood cart. Excellent to pristine condition. Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Lehmann (German) ‘Boxer Rebellion’ wind-up tin toy with original pictorial box and instructions. Inspired by Boxer Rebellion of the early 1900s. One of the rarest and most desirable of all Lehmann toys. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

Museum-grade Althof Bergmann (American) ‘St. John’ ferry boat, 14in long, highly detailed with two decks and very ornate railings. Exquisite and well-preserved original example, one of only a few known. Pristine to mint condition. Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Partners in music publishing, record production and artist-management businesses, the Schroeders became collectors in 1963

In terms of quality, rarity and importance, the Schroeder collection is among the greatest antique toy and bank collections we have ever seen.”

— Michael Bertoia, President, Bertoia Auctions

VINELAND, N.J., USA, March 4, 2021 / — Another illustrious entry will soon join the list of legendary collections that have passed through the portals of Bertoia Auctions’ New Jersey gallery. As confirmed by company president Michael Bertoia, the Aaron and Abby Schroeder mechanical bank and antique toy collection – considered by many to be in a league of its own – will be auctioned by Bertoia’s on March 5-6, with Part II scheduled for fall of 2021.

The vast private collection encompasses the finest of late 19th- to early 20th-century American cast iron, including incomparable mechanical and still banks, horse-drawn and bell toys, and rare cap guns and cap bombs. An extraordinary selection of early American tin and clockwork toys, including museum-worthy classics made by Ives, is beautifully complemented by an array of European tin that includes many boxed Lehmann and Martin character windups, tin autos, aeronautical toys and penny toys.

The Schroeders’ impressive Schoenhut wooden toys are ceremoniously ushered in by a grand 46-inch horse-drawn Humpty Dumpty Circus Bandwagon with driver and six liveried musician figures, estimate: $14,000-$18,000. Other American toy highlights include a circa-1906 Carpenter deluxe Burning Building with provenance that includes a descendant of the Carpenter family, $16,000-$24,000; a scarce Ives Monkey Perambulator, $20,000-$30,000; and a mid-19th-century Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus that was formerly in the Perelman Antique Toy Museum’s fabled collection. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The spotlight will also be shining on Aaron and Abby’s many spectacular cast-iron mechanical banks, including the pristine to near-mint J & E Stevens Girl Skipping Rope that appears in Blair Whitton’s 1981 reference book Clockwork Toys. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000. Other prized banks include Bread Winners, $40,000-$60,000; Bowing Man in Cupola, $30,000-$50,000; Presto 5 Cent to 25 Cent, $25,000-$35,000; and a book example of Preacher in the Pulpit, $30,000-$50,000.

“In terms of quality, rarity and importance, the Schroeder collection is on par with those of Donald Kaufman, Max Berry, Dick Claus and the Perelman Museum,” Michael Bertoia observed. “The core of the collection was amassed four to five decades ago, when it was still possible to find rare banks and toys in shops and at antique shows and flea markets. In fact, Aaron and Abby made their first purchase – a Stevens ‘Magic Bank’ – for a mere $40 back in 1963.”

The many rare and whimsical European toys in the collection include coveted productions by 19th/early 20th century manufacturers Gunthermann, Marklin, Carette, Lehmann, Martin, Issmayer, Ernst Plank, Bing, and many more. An early-20th-century Lehmann (German) “Boxer Rebellion” wind-up tin toy that was inspired by the Chinese Boxer Rebellion is one of the most desirable of all Lehmann toys. The boxed example could command a winning bid of $15,000-$25,000. A charming circa-1894 Fernand Martin (French) “Flemish Dog Cart” wind-up tin toy, pulled by a dog figure and stocked with copper milk cans, retains its extraordinarily rare original box – the only one of its type that Bertoia’s expert consultants have ever seen. In excellent to pristine condition, it comes to auction with a $5,000-$7,500 estimate.

The late Aaron Schroeder (1926-2009) and his wife and business partner of 49 years, Abby Steinberg Schroeder, wielded influence and garnered worldwide respect both in business and philanthropy, just as they did in the playful world of antique toys and banks, for which they had a great passion.

Aaron’s multifaceted career in the music industry was one that grew from his prodigious talent as a songwriter. Many prominent vocalists recorded his songs, including Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, Carl Perkins and the Beatles. Elvis Presley recorded 17 of Aaron’s songs. Five became No. 1 hits. In 1960, Aaron launched music-publishing and record-production companies and, together with Abby, developed, guided, produced and/or managed the careers of numerous top-tier artists, including Gene Pitney, Barry White, Randy Newman, Al Kooper and Jimi Hendrix.

As vice president of the Schroeder businesses, Abby established 12 overseas corporations from the ground floor up, participated in the recording process of their artists and became a master at artist representation, copyright law and contract negotiation. Today, she continues her work as a crusader for songwriters’ rights and uses her business skills and connections to benefit The Actors Fund. She also gifted The Actors Fund with some of the toys that had been displayed at the Schroeders’ American Museum of Antique Toys in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. That particular collection will be auctioned by Bertoia’s in fall 2021 to benefit The Actors Fund, during the same week that Part II of the Schroeders’ private collection is offered.

All traditional forms of bidding will be available for the March 5-6, 2021 auction, including in person at the gallery, by phone, and absentee or live online through Bertoia Live or LiveAuctioneers. Auction seating will be available by reservation only, and in full accordance with CDC safety guidelines. Private previewing in advance of the sale is available by appointment only. For additional information on any item in the auction, to book a phone line, or to make a preview or auction-day seating reservation, call 856-692-1881 or email Online:

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Vaginal Mesh Scandal Ongoing as Adverse Events Continue

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna comments on the Maude Adverse Event Report involving a woman who was implanted with a harmful Prolift device.

It is inexcusable that the manufacturers do not warn of specific neurological pain syndromes known to be caused by transobturator slings and mini-slings that are showing up in MAUDE reports.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES , March 4, 2021 / — On April 5, 2019 MAUDE Adverse Event Report 141104027 involved a woman who was implanted with the Prolift +M Total (anterior and posterior system in 2010). In 2011, she experienced persistent constipation, pain in the buttock, pain in the perineum, vaginal pain, and pelvic pain. In addition the woman had ongoing dysuria and required morphine and psychological follow-up and underwent a sacral neuromodulation in 2013.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, pharmaceutical injury attorney, practicing physician, and Certified Life Care Planner comments, “Unfortunately for this woman her symptoms are consistent with pudendal neuralgia caused by the Prolift device. The pudendal nerve is in peril both by the four anterior transobturator arms caused by damage to the obturator internus muscle which is adjacent to the pudendal nerve at Alcock’s canal and two posterior arms that are implanted into the sacrospinous ligament which is adjacent to the pudendal nerve.”

The symptoms of pudendal neuralgia and pudendal nerve entrapment include the following as described by the Nantes Criteria:

1) Pain in the territory of the pudendal nerve from the anus to the clitoris
2) Pain is predominantly experienced while sitting
3) Pain is relieved by a diagnostic pudendal nerve block
4) Burning, shooting, stabbing pain in the perineum
5) Pain in the perineum while wearing tight pants/underwear (allodynia)
6) Foreign body sensation in the rectum or vagina
7) Suprapubic pain, bladder pain, urinary frequency, and urethral pain
8) Dyspareunia (pain with sex) before and after

Dr. Vigna adds, “We are filing latent pudendal nerve injury cases caused by transobturator (TOT) slings, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) devices including the Prolift, and mini-slings that insert into the obturator internus muscle. It is inexcusable that the manufacturers do not warn of specific neurological pain syndromes known to be caused by transobturator slings and mini-slings that are showing up in MAUDE reports from the FDA. Clearly, a warning would allow for a more informed consent by physicians and allow for earlier diagnosis and effective treatment when the inevitable neurological pain syndromes occur.”

Dr. Vigna concludes, “Physicians appear to be shifting away from the transobturator device to the retropubic sling, a move that is recommended by Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in April 2019 and in the recent Joint Position Statement on the Management of Mesh-Related Complications by the American Urogynecologic Society and International Urogynecological Association that finally admit nerve entrapment from transobturator polypropylene devices occurs as it is stated that ‘some patients report pain that may be attributed to nerve impingement from the mesh arms that are outside the pelvis (in the groin).’ In addition, we are seeing women with symptom of specific neurological injuries caused by retropubic slings and are filing these cases.”

Dr. Vigna is a California and Washington DC lawyer who focuses on catastrophic neurological injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, and ilioinguinal neuralgia. His cases are filed around the country with Martin Baughman, a Dallas Texas firm. Ben Martin and Laura Baughman are national pharmaceutical injury trial attorneys in Dallas, Texas.

The Vigna Law Group targets the below transobturator (TOT) slings and mini-slings that cause pudendal and obturator neuralgia:

• Ethicon: TVT-O, Abbrevo
• Boston Scientific: Obtryx, Solyx
• Coloplast: Aris, Altis

The Vigna Law Group targets the below retropubic slings that cause ilioinguinal neuralgia, pudendal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

• Ethicon: TVT, TVT-Exact
• Boston Scientific: Advantage Fit, Lynx
• Coloplast: Supris

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Small Business Coalition Calls For Cutting Red Tape

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The SBAC and a coalition of business groups are calling for Chicago policymakers to cut unnecessary red tape.

Cutting unnecessary and burdensome red tape will help Chicago’s small and local businesses recover from the pandemic. Much of this red tape should have been eliminated long ago.

The Small Business Advocacy Council and a coalition of business groups are advocating for such reforms. We are calling on Mayor Lightfoot and every Chicago Alderman to:
• Eliminate the requirement that simple signs protruding over the public way by less than one inch (1”) be voted on and approved by the Chicago City Council;
• Eliminate the requirement that awnings, canopies and other structures on the public way be voted on and approved by the Chicago City Council;
• Eliminate the requirement that business owners attend hearings with attorneys for minor ordinance violations which do not impact the health, safety and welfare of the public. These should be paid by willing business owners without requiring a hearing;
• Legalize A-frame/sandwich signs placed safely in front of small and local businesses to help them bring back their customers.

There is an ordinance languishing in the committee on Transportation and Public Way that will eliminate the requirement for public way use permits to receive the approval of the Chicago City Council. This should be passed immediately.

“These reforms are long overdue and there is no time to waste”, states Elliot Richardson, President of the Small Business Advocacy Council. “Policymakers cannot make this about aldermanic privilege or settling scores. Cutting red tape for the small business community is about helping local businesses and Chicago’s economy recover.”

Kim Schilf, President & CEO of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce explains, “After a devastating year, it’s time to make it easier for our business community to operate in Chicago. This agenda cuts the red tape our businesses currently face and allows them to focus on rebuilding, rehiring and getting back to business.”

Executive Director of the Logan Square Chamber Nilda Esparza states, "Our small business community is the backbone of our neighborhoods and our City. This one-time in a century experience should allow us to institute reforms that will set the tone for the future. We've witnessed the devastation – let's make it a priority for small businesses to easily push through today so that tomorrow's unprecedented times have a solid guide to turn to."

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CBD/Water stock American Premium Water ($HIPH) Announce Engagement of Just Logistics Group for Cali Bear Product Launch

American Premium Water Corporation (OTC: HIPH) announces engagement of Just Logistics Group, Inc as distributor/logistics provider for Cali Bear product launch

American Premium Water Corp (OTCMKTS:HIPH)

PLAYA VISTA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 / — Breaking CBD/water stock news from Newswire- American Premium Water Corporation (OTC: HIPH) announces the Company has engaged Just Logistics Group, Inc (“Just Logistics”) to be the launch distributor and provider of logistics and fulfillment support for the Cali Bear ( product launch in April. The products included in this launch will be CBD nano-infused water, CBD gummies, CBD lip balm, and other CBD edible products. In addition to an online launch, the Company will look to leverage Just Logistics' network of over 2,000 smoke shops between Fredericksburg, VA and Portland, ME in the I-95 corridor. The terms of the engagement are non-binding and are subject to final changes, terms, and conditions.

Ryan Fishoff, CEO of American Premium Water, commented, “I am excited to announce that the Company has engaged Just Logistics to support the Cali Bear launch in April. Just Logistics will act as not only a distributor, but also provide logistics and distribution support to the Company. This is a tremendous opportunity to not only build our distribution network, but also develop an infrastructure to support sustained long term growth. As I outlined in my letter to shareholders, establishing a foundation for growth is a key objective for 2021, and I believe that Just Logistics can provide that for the Company. Their (Just Logistics) location in Dayton, NJ is centrally located along the I-95 corridor, providing the ability to deliver products same-day as far north as Portland, ME and as far south as Fredericksburg, VA. Just Logistics has identified over 2,000 smoke shops along this corridor that could be potential direct and/or drop ship customers for Cali Bear. With recent legalization in New Jersey, the appetite for ingestible products, especially CBD infused water, is growing. These specialty smoke shops are just the first phase in a multi-stage regional and national distribution strategy that Just Logistics has outlined for us. I was very impressed with their experience, and how they leverage their logistics expertise into a strategic asset for distribution. I look forward to presenting more on this distribution plan to our shareholders as we finalize the agreement with Just Logistics and get closer to the 4.20 launch date.”

Just Logistics, located in Dayton, NJ, is an established provider of distribution and logistical support for Fortune 1000 companies and emerging businesses. Just Logistics has had over 20 years’ experience in the beverage, cosmetic, beauty, and sundries business. The Company has established partnerships with all the country’s major freight, LTL, and parcel shippers, as well as established relationships with logistical providers Sunterra Group, Mode Transportation, and CSS.

About American Premium Water Corp.
American Premium Water (OTC: HIPH) is a diversified luxury consumer products company focused on businesses in the health and beauty and biotech sectors. The company is focused on harnessing the powers of Nano technologies paired without cannabidiol (CBD) to treat health disorders and enhance quality of life. The company’s portfolio includes the LALPINA Hydro and LALPINA CBD brands (, Cali Bear ( Vanexxe ( plant + body essentials (

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New Study Suggests Semen cuscutae May Repair Spermatogenic Dysfunction Related to Male Infertility

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Semen cuscutae is the seed of a vine used in traditional Chinese medicine to invigorate the kidneys, nourish the liver, and improve eyesight

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Studies suggest Semen cuscutae extract supports sexual and reproductive health, brain health, and central nervous system health

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Semen cuscutae extract may invigorate the male reproductive system and endocrine function.

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Semen cuscutae’s many health benefits suggest that it provides support for issues with sexual and reproductive health, the endocrine system, the immune system, kidney health, vision and eye health, and liver and spleen health.

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Studies show Semen cuscutae extract may support men’s sexual and reproductive health by improving the availability and use of testosterone in the male body.

We sell Semen cuscutae extract because it supports sexual and reproductive health, brain health and central nervous system health. It may also provide support for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”

— Michael Van der Linden

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 / — A January 2020 study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that Semen cuscutae and Goji berry (Fructus Lycii) may repair spermatogenic dysfunction, which is related to male infertility. Male infertility can be caused by genetic defects that increase in prevalence when spermatogenesis is severely impaired. Currently, a specific causal diagnosis can be attributed to about 28% of unselected infertile men according to the large dataset used by the Journal of Medical Genetics.

Semen cuscutae extract may invigorate the male reproductive system and endocrine function. While it is not a direct stimulant to either the pituitary or the testes, it may improve the function of the gonadotropin/luteinizing hormone (LH) receptor. It also enhances reactivity of the pituitary to gonadotropin-releasing hormone. In men, LH causes the testicles to make testosterone. Using Semen cuscutae extract may result in improved testosterone and LH secretion and improved expression of the androgen receptor gene.

In addition, Semen cuscutae may promote men’s sexual and reproductive health by showing the ability to improve in vitro human sperm motility. Sperm membrane function may become more stabilized after incubation. As a result, Semen cuscutae decoction may effectively promote sperm motility and membrane function. Semen cuscutae may thus be beneficial in helping to support treatment for male sterility and may raise success rate in artificial insemination.

“Semen cuscutae is the seed of a vine used in traditional Chinese medicine to invigorate the kidneys, nourish the liver, and improve eyesight,” says Van der Linden. “We selected it as one of the handful of global extracts we sell because studies suggest it supports sexual and reproductive health, brain health, and central nervous system health. It also has strong antioxidant properties and shows an immunosuppressive effect on dendritic cells, meaning it has potential to provide support for chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”

Semen cuscutae properties found statistically significant include adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-senescence, cardio-protective, neuroprotective, immunomodulatory, neurotrophic, nootropic, and osteogenic. Its neuroprotective benefits include helping to protect nerve cells against damage, degeneration, or impairment of function.

Semen cuscutae’s many health benefits suggest that it provides support for issues with sexual and reproductive health, the endocrine system, the immune system, kidney health, vision and eye health, and liver and spleen health. There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to health will benefit from support with Semen cuscutae as a health supplement.

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An 1862 Lincoln silver Peace Medal and an 1865 tintype of Custer by Brady are part of Holabird's huge Feb. 11-15 auction

1862 Lincoln silver Peace Medal, 62.5 mm, About Uncirculated, the only Presidential peace medal issued in a year other than the inauguration date of the president ($18,750).

Original tintype of George Armstrong Custer in a non-political case, 3 ¼ inches by 3 ½ inches, taken in 1865 by Matthew Brady, the famous Civil War-era photographer ($5,750).

Spectacular collection of 42 original folio lithographs drawn by artist David Roberts (1796-1864) during his visit to the Holy Land in 1838-1839 ($18,125).

Leadville (Colo.) presentation silver ingot, inscribed, “From Geo. W. Cook to Col. J. J. Slocum Leadville Col June 1881 965 fine”, about 23 troy ounces, 3.5 inches long ($15,062).

Stock certificate for the New York and Pennsylvania Blue Stone Co. (1870), signed by president James Fisk, one of the fabled “Robber Barons” who ran New York in the mid-1800s ($10,937).

The auction was held online and live in the Holabird gallery in Reno, Nevada. It was bursting with nearly 4,000 lots in a wide array of collecting categories.

We broke nearly every record anybody’s ever heard about for a multiple consignor Americana sale. We enjoyed a nearly 90 percent sell-through average.”

— Fred Holabird

RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 / — An 1862 Abraham Lincoln silver Peace Medal in About Uncirculated condition sold for $18,750, an original 1865 tintype of George Armstrong Custer from a photograph taken by the iconic Civil War-era photographer Matthew Brady rang up $5,750, and three scarce and historically significant ingots (two silver, one gold) brought a combined $86,792 in a five-day Sweetheart Express Auction held Feb. 11th-15th by Holabird Western Americana Collections.

The auction was held online and live in the Holabird gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno. The sale was bursting with nearly 4,000 lots in a wide array of collecting categories. “We broke nearly every record anybody’s ever heard about for a multiple consignor Americana sale,” said company president Fred Holabird. “We enjoyed a nearly 90 percent sell-through average.”

The auction was titled The Sweetheart Express because it was loaded with sweet deals right around Valentine’s Day and contained thousands of great gift ideas. The sale was headlined by two major collections: the Gary Nelson collection of railroadiana and the Stewart MacKenzie collection of Montana mining. Both attracted great interest as bidders added to their collections.

The Lincoln silver Peace medal dated 1862 was one of just 200 made at the Philadelphia mint, 100 each in two sizes (the one in the sale was the smaller size, 62.5 mm). The reverse showed that the medal was an Osage Indian Award. The Peace medals were given to tribal Chiefs, or sometimes to Indians involved in friendly treaties by the various regional superintendencies.

A collection of 42 original folio lithographs drawn by artist David Roberts (1796-1864) during his visit to the Holy Land in 1838-1839 was from a catalog that was published in two forms: as a book titled The Holy Land, Syria, Ideuma, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia: From Drawings Made on the Spot, and as folios, which he sold on a subscription basis. The collection sold for $18,125.

The three ingots attracted attention because they were gold and silver and for their historical significance. They were as follows:

• Vulture Mine gold ingot ($37,355) – an important discovery from the Vulture Gold Mine near Wickenburg, Arizona, circa 1911-1914, one of two ingots that were sold from an old Arizona family to an Arizona coin dealer in 2020. This was the larger one (423.04 grams)
• U.S. Assay Office (San Francisco) silver ingot, 1016.70 troy ounces and weighing about 60 pounds. This was a rarity, as most of the U.S. Mint of Assay office bars were usually smaller. The ingot, from the 1940s, was held by the same family since its initial pour.
• Leadville (Colo.) presentation silver ingot ($15,062), inscribed, “From Geo. W. Cook to Col. J. J. Slocum Leadville Col June 1881 965 fine”, about 23 troy ounces, 3 ½ inches in length. Cook was the one-time mayor of Leadville and later a wealthy railroad financier.

Day 1 featured general Americana (jewelry, marbles and toys and geographic sort), bottles and saloon collectibles (including brewing items and drug ephemera), mining collectibles and Part 1 of stocks and bonds (to include mining paper). Featured were stocks and bonds (especially oil stocks) from Ken Prag’s sizable collection of U.S. businesses other than mining and railroad.

Gold Rush and Western mining collectibles included a gorgeous gold quartz watch chain, 14 inches long, with six rectangular sections of one-inch-each California gold quartz ($9,062); and a James Marshall autographed card ("The Discoverer of Gold in California January 19th, 1848", signed Jas. W. Marshall"), with a vignette of Sutter’s Mill and a photo of Marshall ($2,250).

A custom album containing 31 photographs of mining in Nome, Alaska from 1900-1902, all taken by photographer Otto Daniel Goetze, plus a small male portrait (possibly of Goetze) sold for $3,125. Also, a classic California Gold Rush pocket scale in a black case with gold letters, the small scale itself made of brass and in extremely fine or better condition, brought $1,250.

A California Mining Association brass lapel pin showing a pick and shovel with a grizzly bear and labeled “California Mining Association”, suspended by a chain, possibly from the 1800s, realized $1,125. Also, a classic ceramic liquor jug (“J.J. Carollo Liquor Dealer Diamondville, Wyoming”), 9 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, with a small chip, changed hands for $1,937.

Day 2 contained Part II of stocks and bonds (oil, railroad, transportation, agriculture, banking, brewing and industrial), as well as firearms, military and political collectibles. The firearms and military section featured the tintype of Custer, housed in a non-political case, 3 ¼ inches by 3 ½ inches. Matthew Brady took dozens of photos of Custer in various poses that day in May 1865.

Stocks were led by a certificate from 1870 for the New York and Pennsylvania Blue Stone Co., noteworthy because it was signed by company president James Fisk, one of the fabled “Robber Barons” who ran New York in the mid-1800s ($10,937); and an 1883 certificate for Petersen’s American Aerial Navigation company, very rare and with an amazing airship vignette ($1,875).

An 1893 stock certificate for the Yellowstone National Park Transportation Company with a nice pictorial of Old Faithful, signed by company president and famed Montana entrepreneur Harry W. Child, fetched $750. Also, an original photograph from around 1885, showing a stage coach and driver, taken at Fort Grant in the Arizona Territory by Daniel A. Markey, went for $1,312.

Day 3 featured railroadiana and transportation, numismatics, tokens and sports. In addition to the Lincoln silver Peace Medal and three choice ingots, the session also featured a brass Southern Railroad Engine bell, 12 inches in diameter, circa 1920s, mounted on a wood base ($2,250); and a Lionel #773 locomotive 4-6-4 and tender, O scale, both like new, circa 1957-1960 ($1,750).

Day 4, Valentine’s Day, featured art, Native Americana (to include a collection of 19th century photos and documents, including photos of Apache leaders such as Geronimo and two Apache Scout Medal of Honors winners), philatelic and the Albert Cauchon sculptures collection, featuring over 1,000 Chilmark pewter statues by artists such as Don Polland and Michael Boyett.

An original 1883 "Wanted" handbill/poster with a $1600 reward for the "Arrest Stage Robber" offered by Sheriff A. J. Doran, Florence (Arizona Territory), and a handwritten letter by Sheriff R.H. Paul from his Tucson office, earned $4,875. Also, a group of four cabinet cards and one stereo card, all depicting the legendary Apache Indian Chief Geronimo, commanded $3,000.

Internet bidding was provided by,, and Telephone and absentee bids were also accepted. The full catalog could be viewed online, at For those attending the auction in person, all state and CDC regulations and protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus were strictly enforced.
Holabird Western Americana Collections is always in the hunt for new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,00 lots sold since 2014.
To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, visit Updates are posted often.
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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Virginia Council on Problem Gambling — Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Virginia Council on Problem Gambling — Problem Gambling Awareness Month

~ Virginians seeking help with problem gambling: it’s right here ~

RICHMOND, VA., U.S.A., March 4, 2021 / — This was a historic year in many aspects for Virginia, but particularly in terms of gambling in the Commonwealth — as what once used to be a state with limited gambling options, is now an epicenter for it. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) continues to spread the message to Virginians that support and resources are available.

“This is considered a hidden addiction with devastating consequences, and it will become even more noticeable as the multiple pathways of access to gambling in the Commonwealth expand,” emphasizes Dr. Carolyn Hawley, Ph.D., President of VACPG. “Across the state, we’re promoting awareness initiatives to reach people who need to know that help is available. VACPG exists to guide those individuals to that support.”

Virginia’s Council, in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling, dedicates this month of March to helping individuals with gambling problems and their families. The 2021 campaign theme “Awareness + Action” is all about taking the specific steps, having the right conversations about problem gambling and ensuring individuals are directed toward the help they need. Approximately two million adults in the United States (one percent of the population) are estimated to meet criteria for gambling disorder. Another 4–6 million (2–3 percent) are considered to meet criteria for problem gambling. And yet, for many residents of the U.S., gambling remains a hidden addiction.

As the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation which made multiple new forms of gambling legal, it’s important for Virginians to be aware of the signs of problem gambling — whether it’s for themselves or someone they know.

Virginia’s legislative expansions for gambling include online and mobile sports betting, the framework to build casinos in five cities, the potential continuance of skills games, the growth of historical horse racing parlors as well as new forms of playing the Virginia Lottery,” Dr. Hawley states.

Using the tagline/hashtag #AwarenessPlusAction, Problem Gambling Awareness Month (#PGAM2021) is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. This grassroots campaign brings together a range of stakeholders such as the Virginia Lottery and new VACPG members, WynnBET and Caesars Entertainment.

“As plans for Caesars Virginia in Danville continue to move forward, Problem Gambling Awareness Month provides a great opportunity for Caesars Entertainment and other industry stakeholders to reaffirm VACPG’s mission to improve awareness of gambling disorders and ensure that effective prevention, treatment and other resources are available across the Commonwealth,” says Dean Hestermann, Director of Issues Management and Strategic Communications for Caesars Entertainment.

VACPG aims to increase public awareness of problem gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education. VACPG maintains a neutral stance on gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call, text or chat, our confidential and toll-free helpline at: 1 (888) 532-3500.

Carolyn Hawley
Virginia Council on Problem Gambling
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Tony Nominated Performer Joshua Henry Releases Debut Neo-Soul EP "Guarantee" On S-Curve Records/BMG

Joshua Henry "Guarantee" EP cover

Joshua Henry “Guarantee” EP cover

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 / — Neo-soul musician and Tony nominated performer Joshua Henry releases his debut EP 'Guarantee' today via S-Curve Records/BMG. Produced by close collaborator Theron “Neff-U” Feemster (Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat), the EP showcases Joshua’s immaculately powerful voice and his intelligent storytelling background, brilliantly pairing themes of vulnerability, love, and hope born out of the pandemic. “This EP is full of my heart, but I also want people to jump and groove to it, to feel it cerebrally, spiritually, and bodily,” Henry notes. “There was a blank canvas that took me back to when I was seven years old, just writing from my heart, with nothing to lose.”

Stream / download 'Guarantee' here:

Henry also shares the album’s title track “Guarantee” today, noting “‘Guarantee’ is about the things we look at as certainties in life. Is it a thought, a person, a gadget, a belief system? I had to ask myself that question in 2020 when I wrote it, and I have to keep asking myself that question now.” Hear 'Guarantee' here:

The EP’s lead single “Hold Me” explores the balance of the relentless pursuit of a dream while needing to ask for love and support. The track pairs Henry’s regal falsetto with a rippling and kinetic neo-soul production and was added to numerous playlists including Spotify’s “New Music Friday” (US, Canada, World) and Amazon’s “The New Black.” The vibrant video for “Hold Me” was filmed in his beloved New York City and can be seen HERE. His most recent single “Stand Up” is a cover of The O’Jays’ 2019 track calling for love and unity, and portion of proceeds will be donated to the DoSomething organization — the largest organization exclusively for young people and social change, activating over 5 million young people to make positive change.

'Guarantee' is Henry’s latest artistic endeavor, following his success as an actor including his three Tony-nominated turns on Broadway (Scottsboro Boys, Violet and Carousel), performing as Aaron Burr in the first touring company of Hamilton, and his upcoming performance in Lin Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated directorial film debut Tick Tick… Boom! featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Andrew Garfield, Judith Light and others. Joshua’s passion for music was rooted in childhood though and, as he progressed through Broadway, TV and film roles, Henry’s heart beat out rhythms, his voice ringing with clarion emotion. But the entire time, he longed for an outlet to express his own story.

01 – Hold Me
02 – Stand Up
03 – Guarantee
04 – Possible


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Angela Barkan
S-Curve Records / BMG
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“Hold Me” music video

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New AI tech makes news and entertainment accessible for those with sight loss

‘’We are thrilled to be able to welcome so many of the country’s leading sight loss organisations to our platform and assist in making their information more accessible to blind people.””

— Louise Humphreys

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, March 4, 2021 / — Launching today, a new AI personal assistant for blind and visually impaired people will for the first time deliver news updates, over 27,000 books, the latest official Coronavirus information podcasts, and helpful information from a range of UK sight loss charities all on the one platform. Developed by RealSAM, the new Smart Speaker solution is innovative technology bringing previously inaccessible news and entertainment content to its subscribers.

For those shielding or simply in need of entertainment in an audio accessible format, the RealSAM Smart Speaker platform ( hosts thousands of books including the latest releases, radio stations, podcasts, resources from charities and the latest Covid advice ensuring those who are blind or visually impaired don’t miss out on the latest information or launches.

The RealSAM Smart Speaker was trialled extensively ahead of launch by members of the blind community. One member who is registered blind, Roger Wilson-Hinds commented; “The RealSAM Speaker is the companion in the home that blind people need. And to be able to access specialist information from sight loss organisations really is the icing on the cake’’.

As the first accessible hub tailored for those with sight loss, the RealSAM Smart Speaker is a fully voice-controlled media player tool that, once subscribed to, is available to use on your existing Google Home device from today and on an existing Alexa device from May 2021.

Calibre Audio – the national charity providing an audiobook service for anyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult – will be accessible via RealSAM making it the UK’s first audiobook library for blind people on smart speakers. Subscribers to the platform will get access to the latest Calibre book releases, which can include books released on the same day as the print version. The Calibre collection with RealSAM is split into 69 categories including: classics; biographies; crime and popular fiction. Parents looking for additional resources for children who are blind or have visual impairments can utilise over 3,000 audiobooks specifically for children and young people, including Key Stage 1-4, GCSE and A Level texts to assist with studies.

To access the RealSAM Smart Speaker content, a customer simply signs up to the subscription service online to access the Action that is added to your Google Home. To start, people can say “Hey Google, talk to RealSAM”, followed by prompts such as “read me a book” or “find podcasts on Covid-19’’ or ‘’play football results’’ to get the latest information. You can also say ‘’tell me about Henshaw’s’’ for up-to-date information from Henshaws Society for Blind People.

The RealSAM AI technology goes beyond the voice controls normally used on smart speakers through its ability to be multi command controlled. This allows a user to ask a series of building questions – not just a single question and answer, a tool that is particularly useful for anyone needing to operate technology fully by voice. For example, you can search for books by genre, then an author, then a title.

Utilising the latest in AI technology, the new RealSAM Smart Speaker starts from just £19.90 for a 10 month subscription and also hosts content from leading UK sight loss charities such as the RNIB, Henshaws, Galloways, Torch Trust, Blind Veterans UK, and the Peterborough Association of the Blind.

Commenting on the new service, Louise Humphreys, UK Country Manager for RealSAM said ‘’We are thrilled to be able to welcome so many of the country’s leading sight loss organisations to our platform and assist in making their information more accessible to blind people. We developed this service in response to feedback from our partners and customers and hope our dedicated hub will reduce some of the complexity in accessing information for people with sight loss.

The RealSAM Smart Speaker is the latest product to launch from RealSAM. The global leader in developing artificial intelligence powered solutions for people who are blind or visually impaired and the business behind the established accessible smart phone “RealSAM In Your Pocket” launched with the RNIB and O2 in 2018. The RealSAM Smart Speaker subscription is available from £19.90 for new customers. Ask your Google device to ‘Talk to RealSAM’.

The Alexa version will be available from May 2021. For more information, please visit

Media enquiries please contact: Katie Wright – 07771 825 069

Phoebe Van Den Bergh
Siren Communications

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Scripture Scenes Launches New Web Site Combining Art and God’s Word for Inspiring Décor and Gifts

Our logo shows the parted waters of the Red Sea with an open bible in the center, signifiying that when God speaks, miracles happen. We all need miracles!

Visualizing God’s word through original artwork gives people a different perspective about scriptures.

A tomb in the hilly side of Elah Valley, in Israel shows the round stone of the opening rolled open. Whlle this tomb is not in Jerusalem, it is NOT the tomb of Christ, but shows what a wealthy Jewish family tomb  was like.

First Century tomb in Elah Valley, Israel, showing the round stone which has been rolled away. A perfect example of what a wealthy family tomb looked like. Of course we know He only borrowed it for three days and the stone was rolled away!

This shows the variety of printed products we offer churches to promote their church or ministry. This package shows postcards, flyers, bookmarks, doorhangers and a banner.

This is a collection of printed products available to promote events and holidays for churches, customized for your church.

Whether church, home or office, Scripture Scenes provides inspiration and Bible verses to visualize God’s Word in a unique way.

We have so many wonderful photos from around the globe and in the USA, we decided we wanted to share them while helping others to literally ‘visualize God’s Word’ in a different way.”

— Patricia Stirnkorb

FAYETTEVILLE, OH, UNITED STATES, March 4, 2021 / — Scripture Scenes recently launched their new web site providing a glimpse of original photography from around the world. Each photograph has a bible verse that corresponds with the photo to help people visualize God’s word in a unique way.
The original photography collection has been assembled by photojournalists Rick and Patricia Stirnkorb. After being on assignment and traveling for multiple printed publications over the last 30 years, they have created Scripture Scenes, providing a way to share their talents while combining it with their faith.
“We have so many wonderful photos from around the globe and in the USA, we decided we wanted to share them while helping others to literally ‘visualize God’s Word’ in a different way,” Patricia said.
Over the last few years, they have shared their art with friends and family. About a year ago Patricia launched Printing4.Church, which has now been combined under the banner of Scripture Scenes. This on-line business provides churches the chance to order premium printed products for special events and holidays. Their baisc products include brochures, postcards, bookmarks, doorhangers, flyers and a variety of products that churches use on a regular basis.
Banners has been the bulk of the business, but also printing packages for Christmas, Easter, Mother and Father’s Day, Patriotic holidays and more. When a church purchases five sets of products (five orders), Scripture Scenes/ will donate an exact set of printed materials to another church or ministry of their choice. The idea is to give back to a church who may not be able to afford promotional materials. Their way of “paying it forward.”
“Our banners have been enjoyed by many and so we decided to add other forms of media: Metal Prints, gallery wrapped canvas, sign materials and photo plaques in smaller size for tables or walls. Of course, all of our work is available in various sizes of high-quality canvas banners up to 6’ x 20’ and everything in between.”
While banners are available in several sizes, not all photographs are adaptable to every size. Their web site details the sizes and types of media for each of their prints. Their idea to help all people be inspired by the beauty that God has created for everyone and draw them closer to Him.
An original piece of art from Scripture Scenes provides a great gift for any season. For more information, sizes and types available check out their web site at
For more information contact:
Patricia Stirnkorb

Patricia Stirnkorb
Write Words Media
+1 513-910-0510
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