I bought this for a dollar at Mile High Flea Market in the early 1980s. I remember some guy walking up to me and offering me two dollars for it, and I wisely refused. This person, I can imagine, either thought that I was going to abuse this unique antique since I was just a little kid. That’s fair. Or, he wanted to sell it for a lot of money. I’m not actually sure what this is worth, but it is most likely from the time period, which puts it at over a hundred years old.

It’s basically a drawing (original?) that has been sealed onto wood with some sort of clear coating. This kind of artwork is something that was common at the time, especially on postcards, and I think it is a pretty good piece of artwork. Imagine a time before television and radio, where the only knowledge of anything came through heresy, books, and newspapers, what this kind of image impressed on a person.

Thanks to my many bookshelves, I have only two pieces of art on my wall, and this is one of the two. I’m never taking it down!

Russo-Ukrainian War Links

Here are the sources I follow daily for information and analysis of the current Russo-Ukraine war:

MilitaryLand.net – Daily details regarding the war in Ukraine.

Artur Rehi – An Estonian soldier/YouTuber with great insight into the war’s events.

Preston Stewart – US Army veteran with an interest in historical topics.

Ryan McBeth – Army vet with amazing analysis of the war’s minutia.

Denys Davydov – Ukrainian pilot with news and current map analysis.

Combat Veteran Reacts – American combat vet with news and current map analysis.

Vlad Vexler – Moral philosopher with deep analysis on the war and associated topics.

Anders Puck Nielsen – Military analyst from Denmark.

Zeihan on Geopolitics – Geopolitical strategist with insight on global issues.

James Ker-Linsay – Professor from the University of Kent, who holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis.

The Russian Dude – Daily updates on Russian Ukrainian war. 9-12 minute summaries of all the major events that happened that day, including footage from Ukraine.

TIKhistory – One of my favorite military history channels.

Binkov’s Battlegrounds – Another of my favorite military history channels.

NFKRZ – A YouTuber who I’ve been watching for a few years, who recently fled Russia.

Natasha’s Adventures – Natasha is from the Far East, right next to China and Japan, but fled Russia recently.

102922 • Thrift Store Finds

We only went to two thrift stores, and I went to a third. We’ve been to zero for a long time, so this was fun. Almost made it to a fourth store, but something came up and we had to call it a day. Amazing that I found no music, but that’s okay as I have plenty keeping me busy.

Western Apache Raiding & Warfare • I have read a bit of this already, it is full of first-hand accounts, including the 100-year-old woman, born in 1830, daughter of an Apache chief!

War at Sea • Full of fantastic paintings by the same artist, illustrating a history of the World War at sea.

United States Navy Destroyers of World War II • The different classifications for ships has been explained to me a lot, but I still don’t understand exactly what the differences are, which is made far more difficult in that different countries have different definitions, and there are a lot of gray areas. But it looks to be very interesting and I wasn’t going to see it again if I passed it up.

Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia • I almost didn’t get this one, but it goes into a lot of authors and has a lot of great book covers in it. Maybe I’ll keep it, maybe I won’t. But I will read it!

Hellfire Boys • This looks to be a very interesting book on the logistics of trying to kill and maim the enemy in new, innovative ways. So glad I wasn’t a part of this war.

Churchill By Himself • A big book full of quotes big and small and in context. Not many people can have a book like this made about them, and this is the only one I know of like this. There might be one on Abraham Lincoln in my dad’s library, but other than that, this is it!

Grant • I saw this when it was on television, and it was great. Thanks to this, I have an interest in learning more about Grant. Picked it up on DVD at Walmart for three bucks!

Act of Valor • I did see this a long time ago, and all I remember is that all of the action was really, really good. After watching Open Range last month, a movie I saw years ago and only remembered it as boring, that movie upon re-watch was very good, so maybe this will be the same for Act of Valor. Also, I’m far more interested in this kind of movie after American Sniper, 13 Hours, 12 Strong, Lone Survivor, and Hurt Locker.

Lone Survivor / American Sniper • I didn’t have a copy of Lone Survivor and only the DVD of American Sniper. Considering that all of the Blu-rays I found today were two dollars or less, it was time to get them.

Lord of War • I watched this years ago, and every once in a while catch a little bit of it on cable. It’s a bit depressing, but interesting and like I said, it was two bucks.

1883 • Paid full price for this at Walmart today, on the strength of Yellowstone. Just finished the first episode, and it’s very good so far. I don’t buy full-price, new Blu-ray series very often, it has to be something I know will be really good.