June 6, 2021

Author: Bill Burton

Peter Wolf Toth and His Trail of Whispering Giants

Bill Burton

Peter Wolf Toth

and His Trail of Whispering Giants

While Toth was born in Hungary in 1947, his family left there during the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956 and eventually settled in Akron, Ohio. In 1971 at age 24, Toth carved a statue of a native American (locally dubbed

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Ozzie and Harriet and David and RICKEE!

Bill Burton

Ozzie and Harriet and David
and RICKEE!

The Big Band era spanned roughly the time between the World Wars. Not that it didn’t have roots in the Jazz Age of the ’teens, and not that it didn’t linger into the 1940s, but big bands were a major form

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I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like

Bill Burton

I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like

“I never met a man I didn’t like” is probably a shortened version of what he wrote, and while the actual source is unclear, the meaning of this epigram is not. It sums up what people saw in Will Rogers:

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Factories that Printed Postcards

Bill Burton

Factories that Printed Postcards

“Every postcard has a story,” we say. Well, so too does every postcard have an origin.

That origin is the place where it was printed. While many local black-and-white cards were produced by local printers and all real photo cards were uniquely made by

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Two DelMarVa Sketch Artists and Their Postcards

Bill Burton

Two Delmarva Sketch Artists

and Their Postcards

The DelMarVa Peninsula is only 70 miles wide by 183 miles long. The state of Delaware is bound on its eastern side by the Delaware Bay while the western side of the peninsula is composed of seven Maryland counties and two

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The Amazing Output of Cobb Shinn

Bill Burton

The Amazing Output of

Cobb Shinn

As World War I loomed, a varied group of talented Indiana illustrators, comic artists, and cartoonists were beginning their careers. While none of these Hoosiers are household names today, Cobb Shinn of Indianapolis became the most prolific and collectible postcard artist of

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Balanced Rocks and Other Improbable Formations

Bill Burton

Balanced Rocks

and Other Impossible Formations

It never seemed to me logical that rock formations that looked too good to be true — were. Sometime, somehow, an enthusiast, an artist, or a Neolithic people had gone to a lot of effort to build them.

In North Salem, New

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A Couple Walked Into a Bar . . .

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The Civil Rights Movement and Its Anti-Communist Opponents

Bill Burton

The Civil Rights Movement
and Its Anti-Communist Opponents

The organized fervor that developed into the American civil rights movement that emerged following the U. S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision (1954) can be traced back to at least the American labor movement. Opposition

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The Maud Adams You Don’t Know

Bill Burton

The Maud Adams You Don’t Know

The Maud Adams you do know was born in Sweden in 1945 and became famous as the title star of Octopussy, the 1983 James Bond movie with Roger Moore. She had previous been the villain’s doomed mistress in The Man with

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