Featured Member Antiques: April 18

This evening's selection of antiques and things vintage were chosen for no other reason than that they stood out, like they wanted to say something.  All come from our readers' recent posts.  Most of us know that feeling when a piece seems "to speak", although we know it is only our own lively imaginations.  Maybe these will "speak" to you, too.

We'd like to thank Cassandra, Joanne and Time Travelers for sharing these with all of us. 

from: Time Travelers - come travel back in time: "I Got this CC Print from the Estate of AP Photographer Charles Kelly last Weekend :-)"

As we all know, Charles Chaplin (known as Charlie or just CC) was the most famous of all the comic actors of the silent era.  His image, as seen here, is iconic.  He's forever the little Tramp, struggling in his black suit and derby hat, against the machine.  Films like "City Lights" and "The Gold Rush" made him famous. His "Modern Times" was a silent epic of one small man's attempts to survive in a industrial world.  Like the Lucy episode in the candy factory, Charlie is forced to work ever faster with a cascade of catastrophes and a maybe love with an orphaned girl as desperate as himself. 

Strongly opposed to fascism, he made "The Great Dictator" in 1940, satirizing Hitler.  After the war he was accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee of Communist sympathies.  He openly refused to cooperate with McCarthy and the committee.  When he went to London for the premiere of his film "Limelight" his re-entry permit was revoked by the US Attorney General.  He spent the next 24 years in Europe, living in Switzerland where he died on Christmas Day, 1977.   He had won three Academy Awards and, later, was made a British Knight and was awarded the French Legion of Honour. 

We'd like to thank Time Travelers for sharing this wonderful print with us all at Dusty. AP Photographer Charles Kelly was probably best known for his photography during the Civil Rights Movement.  One of his photos, of Martin Luther King in Memphis before his murder, is among the most notable of that period. 

from: Cassandra Eckert: "Rolled Gold Victorian Brooches"

The brooches are exquisite!  They have a simple refinement.  Something as pure as gold doesn't need glitz. 

from: Joanne Powers: "My early Volland Raggedy Anne with a wooden heart."

Nothing speaks so strongly as a loved doll, even if her heart is of wood.  Raggedy Ann dolls go back to 1915.  The creator, Johnny Gruelle, made the first doll for his daughter who later died at age 13.  Gruelle introduced the Raggedy Ann books, with their wonderful illustrations, in 1918.  The early dolls were handmade, but since 1920 a number of companies have produced them, with or without permission from the patent holder.  McCalls pattern company also produced patterns, beginning in 1940, for homemade versions.

The key, however, for any doll is how much she was loved and how much she kept a little child company.