This day in history: Lewis & Clark

205 years ago today; August 31, 1803, at 11 a.m. local time, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (Lewis and Clark) left Pittsburgh. Their destination was the Pacific Ocean.
On November 20, 1805, they achieved that goal.

A significant day in history, and worthy of a tribute like this one by NW Limited…History in VogueTM:

Lewis & Clark framed historic map with USPS Stamps and first-day-issue postmarks commemorating the Corps of Discoverys journey $275 (click the image for ordering info)

Lewis & Clark framed historic map with USPS Stamps and first-day-issue postmarks commemorating the Corps of Discovery's journey $275 (click the image for ordering info)

503-338-6056 or
Remembering Lewis and Clark 205 years later Brittanica Blog article

Money. Power. Respect.

Al Pacino’s portrayal of Tony “Scarface” Montana 25 years ago has had far-reaching effects on entertainment history. These are reflected in the truths of real life, and of course inspiration from life is part of the reason this movie was made.
It stands to reason, then, that NW Limited…History in VogueTM would find a way (by request as a gift this time) to immortalize this pop culture icon:

14 X 11 framed, autographed by the star of Scarface, Al Pacino

A NW Limited...History in Vogue custom 14" X 11" framed, autographed by the star of Scarface, Al Pacino - sold

You need to see this one in person to appreciate it. There’s even more to this one than you see here, so click on (the pic) to see everything else that Bill assembled to create the ultimate Scarface gift!
To discuss your custom, or find “the one” within our History in Vogue editions, call 503-338-6056 or email

The greatest stuntman who ever lived

To quote Evel Knievel, “I’m a jumping son-of-a-bitch. I’ll jump anything.”
On Dec. 31, 1967 Evel would attempt to jump the fountains at Caesar’s Palace.
See the video here:

Own the history here:

A photograph taken directly from the video above, and signed by the man himself, Evel Knievel crashes at Caesars Palace - $425 click to go to our website for purchase info

A photograph taken directly from the video above, and signed by the man himself, Evel Knievel crashes at Caesar's Palace yours for $425

The jump and subsequent crash depicted here resulted in Knievel suffering a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist and both ankles and a concussion that kept him in a coma for 29 days.
He would attempt to jump 15 Mustangs little more than five months later.
There will never be another like him.
Evel Knievel and his legacy are a sure bet to be included in NW Limited’s line of American Motorcycle tributes.
Truly his heroic feats are History in VogueTM!

Mary Tyler Moore

…is ready:

14 X 11 Autographed by Mary Tyler Moore  $250

14" X 11" Autographed by Mary Tyler Moore

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Living History & Civil War Re-Enactment at Ft. Stevens

Ft. Stevens State Park in Hammond, Oregon is preparing to host their annual Civil War Re-enactment and Living History event over Labor Day Weekend, August 30-Sept. 1, 2008.
From the Northwest Civil War Council’s website:
The Northwest Civil War Council and the Friends of Old Fort Stevens will host their annual Battle Reenactment event on Labor Day Weekend.  As you may know, the Fort Stevens Reenactment takes place in the historic area of the fort each year.  This is the Northwest Civil War Council’s largest event, drawing reenactors from all over the northwest, including Washington, California, Nevada, Canada and Idaho.  The reconstructed earthworks originally built in 1863 – 1865 is Oregon’s only direct link to the Civil War.  It’s appropriate that this is the site of a battle and living history encampment honoring that link.

The battlefield is located in front of the Spanish American War concrete batteries.  The public will be able to view the battles from the top of the west battery near the park museum.  It is a crowd pleaser and a great camera viewpoint.

See our Spectator’s Guide to getting the most enjoyment out of this event! “

Those interested should direct questions to Event Coordinator John Frenzel at or 541-451-2436.
Park Historian: Gail Hemmen 503-861-2000

If you’d like your own piece of history (Lewis & Clark map, Jamestown, VA or Dead Reckoning) to take home with you, or give as a gift, then contact Bill Brooks, Historian in Vogue at the following phone: 503-338-6056 or email him at

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No parking!

Soggy Sunday Market:
The air was thick and close as the van was packed this morning, which quickly changed to a soaking drizzle-turned downpour and back and forth between the two for the duration of this weekend’s Astoria Sunday Market.

This was the view from NW Limited, today on Hood to Coast weekend at Astorias Sunday Market

This was the view from NW Limited on Hood to Coast weekend at Astoria's Sunday Market

Bill was ousted from his usual booth location next door to Delectables by Phyllis and in front of Lucy’s Books, because someone thought not enough and left their very dirty truck parked there. 
Two different tow trucks tried, but none could budge the marooned mudball.

A Sunday Market first?

A Sunday Market first?

Its owner nowhere to be located, there it sat dribbling mud glops into the street.

Bill set up the booth kiddie-corner from his usual location, but the upshot of a day like this is that no one shops.
Instead, they hurry from place to place sheltered by umbrellas or hats, and clutching their sacks or coats around them, eager to get in out of the damp.
The gutters ran to overflowing with the runoff from vendor tents at Sunday Market in Astoria, Oregon this weekend The rain comes from every direction on a day like this. Puddling in the roofs of vendors’ tents, awaiting the right moment to spill down the hapless’ backs, and rising in the gutters, then splashing back upward even on the sheltered items, splattering everything.
What doesn’t get soaked that way is not overlooked by the gusting winds.
Beer bottles at the nearby Rogue Brewery booth would shatter on the wet
pavement as boxes absorbed the ubiquitous moisture,

The empty center rows had just been swept up and washed away after falling to the ground.

The empty center rows had just been swept up and washed away after falling to the ground.

sagged and the table ultimately betrayed its load.

Spirits were remarkably buoyant, but the effect of the liquid sunshine was definitely felt: Sales were low, as was overall attendance noticeably so.
Cello music added to the ambience, and when it was time to leave, the process was hastened as much as possible by the impatient vendors.

Run, Phyllis!

The truck next door

Now that you’re home and dry, shop our website while we dry off and gird ourselves for the coming busy week.
We are expecting Dylan and Mary Tyler Moore to join the newly-finished Woodstock piece as unique customs.
Let us not forget that last year’s Market delivered 16 rainy, blustery Sundays.
Look for us next week in our -usual- location.

Press: Coast Weekend

NW Limited…History in VogueTM is what’s happening:

Click here to read the online article in the Daily Astorian’s Coast Weekend.


Here’s a list of our flash galleries illustrating a sampling of the vast range of historic events we cover, and have covered.
From one of ones to one in a thousand, all are unique, and any can be customized for you (click on the big, bold words to be transported):

An overview of all editions and customs: WOW
Our shipwreck chart of the Oregon and Washington coasts: Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard
American Motorcycle edition of 90: American Motorcycle
And a sampling of the builds to date within our edition of 90 Beatles tributesThe Beatles

Email Bill Brooks to inquire, or phone 503-338-6056
More soon…

Three Days of Peace and Music

Bethel, New York….. August 15, 16, & 17….. 1969. Were you there?

Woodstock photo framed, matted with original 3-day ticket

Woodstock photo framed, matted with original 3-day ticket

Included in this newly-finished one-of-a-kind are a photo signed by 13 original Woodstock performers and a rare authentic $6.00 3-day pass to attend the event.
Signatures are as follows:Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, Doug Cosmo Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Constanten of Grateful Dead, Sha Na Na including Bowzer & Donny York, Ten Years After including Ric Lee, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill, Sly & the Family Stone including Jerry Martini, Rose Stone & Cynthia Robinson.”
A stellar assembly of History in VogueTM ! Available for purchase.
Inquire: 503-338-6056 or

How Woodstock Happened
Concert for Big Red