AT Inbox: No such thing as a ‘good war’

‘Good War’ headline was insensitive and showed poor judgement

There is … no such thing as a “Good War.” That headline on the cover, and then on page 22 (see Nov. 3 edition) has to be heart-breaking and sickeningly offensive to millions of people and families literally around the world who lost loved ones in what you call “The Good War.”
There never, ever has been a “Good War.” For a publication that is based on the business of buying, selling and collecting “historical items” this is incredibly poor judgement … to use the word “good”  as an adjective for  war.

Clara M. Lawver,
Weston,  Neb.

Dear Clara,
Thank you for sharing your passion on this important subject. My inspiration for the headline was to pay homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning work written by Studs Terkel. His history book titled “The Good War: An Oral History of World War II” is one of my favorite of all time. The book was called “The Good War” because, in the words of  one soldier, “to see fascism defeated, nothing better could have happened to a human being.” I don’t believe Mr. Turkel selected that title because he believed the deaths of 50 million people worldwide was “good.” Nor do I. However, I should have been more judicial in assuming everyone was familar with Mr. Turkel’s book and the title’s implication. And frankly, I could have been more creative than ripping off the title to a famous work.
Thanks again, Clara.
-Eric, editor.

More details on slot machine

In her ‘Ask Antique Trader’ column, Anne Gilbert addressed a slot machine for a reader in our Oct. 27 issue. — Editor

Anne I have a little more info for you in regards to that slot machine.  Its a 1946 Mills Black Cherry.  Worth $500 to $750.  The silent series was started by the War Eagle in 1931 and not the Diamond front which came out in 1939.

Bernie Lasiewicz
via email

Mystery Item Identified?

This Mystery Item appeared in the Sept. 15 edition. It was purchased in a box lot of stove parts. Here’s one idea as to what it might be.– Editor

My Dad, Wes Brede, asked me to send you an e-mail. He believes the mystery item is part of a cistern pump. He told me the pump was secured to the top of a pipe using the set screw under the handle and a rod attached to the round portion. Dad said he could remember when most kitchen counters included a cistern pump. He also went on to explain how it worked. I could try to relay that information to you but my limited knowledge of drawing water consists of turning a knob.? ?

Rick Brede
via e-mail


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