“You can be a king or a street sweeper…

…but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.”
              -Robert Alton Harris.

A little Halloween-time history on our favorite guy in black:

Death is often given the name the “Grim Reaper.”
Depicted as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe, and wearing a midnight black gown, robe or cloak with a hood.  When portrayed in the black-hooded gown, death’s face is not seen, instead a mere shadow beneath the hood.

In some cases, the Grim Reaper is said to actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life.
Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving only to sever the last tie from the soul to the body, escorting the deceased to the next world. In some interpretations, he is present as a new life arrives as well as for departure.
The Grim Reaper is as at home in a graveyard as he is at a carnival. Death is everywhere.
For better or worse, when the Grim Reaper points at you, nothing can forever allay the chill of death.

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Oct. 25, 1906: Wreck of the Peter Iredale

On October 25, 1906, the bark Peter Iredale was wrecked on the Oregon coast at Clatsop Spit near

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

The Peter Iredale shortly after grounding in October, 1906

Warrenton attempting a Columbia River entrance.
The grounded ship was unsalvageable.
Over a century later, only her rusting bones remain.

Peter Iredale revealed by the storms of December. Photo taken January 2008 near Ft. Stevens

Peter Iredale in January 2008 near Ft. Stevens. The wreck is one of several hundred casualties of the Pacific Graveyard and appears as the most familiar landmark on "Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard" shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in VogueTM.

 
Oft-photographed, endlessly visited by tourists, the Iredale’s weathered skeleton is testament both to the forces of nature and folly of man. 

There are countless more like her that have disappeared, shipwrecked forever by virtue of lucky salvage or the relentless pounding of waves, wind, tide and time.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” documents these, lifting them from conscious memory, and marking them in historic record.
Anecdotes from each wreck are provided, stories which are entwined in the foundation of a region rich with maritime activity.
As the newest and most complete shipwreck chart of the SW Washington, NW Oregon coast and lower Columbia River, it is also the most aesthetically-minded.
Printed on high-quality paper, the lithograph (detail shown below) is built to stand the test of time both as a collectible, historic tribute and an artful display. 
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River click on the image for larger, readable version

"Dead Reckoning" Shipwreck chart detail showing the wreck of the Iredale as well as several others at the mouth of the Columbia River

For information on ordering a shipwreck chart directly from the creator, please contact bill@nwlimited.com or call 503-338-6056.

Commune with the Dead

This weekend at Ocean View Cemetary in Warrenton, Oregon, the Clatsop County Historical Society will be hosting the fifth rendition of their popular “Talking Tombstones” event.  If you love history, it’s an event not to be missed.
From the Historical Society’s website:

Talking Tombstones V, “Friends In Low Places”

Ocean View Cemetery, Warrenton, OR
10/26/2008
Event Fee: FREE

The Clatsop County Historical Society with sponsorship from Astoria Granite Works is excited to once again present Talking Tombstones. This year’s sequel, “Talking Tombstones V, Friends In Low Places” will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 1:00 p.m. until dusk at the Ocean View Cemetery, SW 18th Street, Warrenton.

Ten former citizens are expected to return from the great beyond for a graveside chat with any and all willing to visit their tombstone.This is a FREE event, however donations are welcome.

Visitors should plan to arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. as the deceased begin to fade from view as the darkness of night draws near.

To learn more about Talking Tombstones or how you might assist with the event, please call 503-325-2203 or e-mail: cchs@cumtux.org.
 

 

Links:
Talking Tombstones Coast Weekend – Daily Astorian
Talking Tombstones at the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Website
Where’s Grim
Tales of the dead written in stone Daily Astorian article w/video

Ryne Sandberg – Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg $400

#11 of 198, Ryne Sandberg kicks off our “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” edition of 198 pieces commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the song’s birth.
Included in this loaded piece are the USPS first-day-issue stamp and Washington, DC postmark dated July 18, 2008 commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, and custom-matted and framed is a March 16, 1992 edition of Sports Illustrated (color, readable article is included), an originally autographed (COA also included) Upper Deck Baseball Heroes card #15 of 99 which celebrates his home run record, a 2006 comeback pin #0446 of 5000 AND a Hall of Fame induction postmark (the year Sandberg’s number was retired) of Cooperstown, NY dated July 31, 2005.
Hard-backed, all of the provenance items will be included in a sleeve and your piece is ready to hang! The ultimate Ryne Sandberg tribute, ever.

For more, see our website at www.historyinvogue.com call 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com

Conquering the (Columbia) River

Pacific Graveyard Week is happening now, and “Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard” is part of

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard  $500 as shown

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard $500 as shown

the happenings.
Bill has loaned the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park a sunken ship chart to be hung in the “Conquering the River” exhibit where there are historic artifacts from the area’s wrecks displayed in rooms overlooking the Pacific Graveyard itself.

Other events throughout the region include tours of North Head Lighthouse in addition to the exhibit at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which will run through December at Cape D.

Ft. Columbia State Park is hosting a sea shanty camp on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ft. Stevens State Park in Oregon is hosting free, ranger-led talks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the wreck of the Peter Iredale.  The Iredale wrecked Oct. 25, 1906.

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria  will host “An evening of Maritime Music,” featuring the instructors of the “Sea Shanty Camp of the Columbia,” at 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission for this event is free.

Links:
NW Limited…History in VogueTM
Dead Reckoning slideshow
Tours, displays reveal dramatic “Graveyard.”
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment
Columbia River Maritime Museum

Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil.

Low on gas…

Army of Darkness 11 X 14 framed photo autographed (COAs always included) by star Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi  and a 1992 original issue Army of Darkness pin by Leading Edge Games of California.  All this for $250 ready to hang (please click image for a larger version)

Army of Darkness 11" X 14" framed photo autographed (COAs always included) by star Bruce Campbell and director Sam Raimi for sale (please click image for a larger version)

Army of Darkness” (1992) Ash (portrayed by Bruce Campbell), the hero, is pictured at left in this newly finished, framed event by NW Limited…History in VogueTM of Astoria, Oregon.
Completely custom-built, it also features acid-free matting, Studio molding and conservation glass so that it will last long into to the future.
Nothing else like it anywhere, it is signed by the builder, Bill Brooks himself.
If you’d like to purchase this as a gift or for yourself, contact us at 503-338-6056, or email bill@nwlimited.com

For more framed entertainment fine art, historic maps and shipwreck chart, visit our website:
NW Limited…History in VogueTM

Oregon Historic lecture at Ft. Clatsop this weekend

 

On Sunday, October 19, 2008, Robert Hamm’s free lecture, “Becoming Oregon: A Printed History,” will be in the Netul Room at the visitor center at Ft. Clatsop.

Black Lewis & Clark map by NW Limited...History in Vogue $275 (click to see more)

"Black" Lewis & Clark map by NW Limited...History in Vogue $275 (click to see more)

One of the stories he’ll tell will be about how — in the 1830s and 1840s — the United States was prepared to wage war on Great Britain about a disputed territory boundary.

“Hamm will share information from newspapers, woodcuts, accurate and inaccurate maps, and early photographs, telling stories ranging from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) to the Lewis and Clark Exposition (1905).”

For more information, call the park at (503) 861-2471.
Links:
Lewis & Clark Maps at NW Limited…History in VogueTM
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Alive or Dead?

Great website with definitive answers to these questions: Dates, and living or dead status of celebrities, political and sports figures.

In case you were wondering…

Ron Perlman - alive (click to see more at our website)

Ron Perlman - alive (click to see more at our website)

Jimmy Stewart - Dead

Jimmy Stewart - Dead

Frank Sinatra - Dead

Frank Sinatra - Dead

James Earl Jones - Alive

James Earl Jones - Alive

Christian Bale - Alive.  Heath Ledger - Dead

Christian Bale - Alive. Heath Ledger - Dead (this piece is sold)

 These are just a sampling of the historic events we have included in our limited editions.
Alive or dead, they are super-exclusive with original autographs (COAs always included) the USPS first day-issue stamps and postmarks as the limiting factor.
Interested in learning more? 
Click on any of the above images to be transported to the category they belong to, or email bill@nwlimited.com or call 503-338-6056

Mickey Mouse

and his squeeze, Minnie, on ice:

USPS stamp and first-day-issue postmark create a limited edition of only 50 pieces by NW Limited...History in Vogue.  This ones number 21 and features a limited edition cel from the 1935 short On Ice  $300

USPS stamp and first-day-issue postmark create a limited edition of only 50 pieces by NW Limited...History in Vogue. This one's number 21 and features a limited edition cel from the 1935 short "On Ice" $300

The Disney edition has arrived, and what better way to kick it off than with a limited edition cel from the circa September, 1935 cartoon “On Ice”
Watch the original, here:

To find out how to arrange shipping for this piece, call 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com
Disney at NW Limited…History in VogueTM

Astoria, Oregon historic photographs

 These five will join another set of framed, historic photographs and of course a Dead Reckoning shipwreck chart that Bill built as customs to hang in the Clatsop County Courthouse in Astoria, Oregon.

Various images depicting scenes from Astorias rich, historic past

Various images depicting scenes from Astoria's rich, historic past - a custom, part of a set to accompany a framed, shipwreck chart

The first three with framed chart

The first three with framed chart

Nobody frames history like we do!
Wander on over to the website and see what’s available.

We have Oregon, Washington local historic events and autographed, entertainment events with national, even global appeal, all made right here in Astoria, OR.

 

Email: bill@nwlimited.com or phone 503-338-6056