Geer, Moritz and Lion Brothers

No its not the modern version of Tinkers to Evers to Chance, nor is it the members of your favorite band.  It is the names of three embroidery companies which made hundreds of the classic OA flaps in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Each of these companies,  Lion Brothers (LB), The Moritz Embroidery Works (MTZ), and the Geer Company (GER), had their own distinctive shape.

If you have ever wondered about the Blue Book abbrieviations (MTZ, GER, and LB); John Pannell has written a post describing (and showing) these three flap stlyes.  Check it out.


In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.
Jose Simon



Update to Ebay Fees

Ebay LogoIt seems that eBay has listened to some of its users at least in the media category and has amended its previously announced pricing changes.

1. To make immediate changes where we believe it benefits the health of our marketplace: We heard your comments about the need for media and category-specific pricing. Today, I am pleased to announce we are accelerating our plan to phase-in category-specific pricing for media. This fee cut will coincide with the site-wide pricing changes previously announced to take effect on February 20. In the Books, Music, Movies and Video Game software categories, we will be offering even lower insertion fees for the first three insertion tiers as follows:

$0.01 – 0.99 (auction-style only)
Original Categories Insertion Fee: $ .20
New Media fee: $ .10

$1.00 – 9.99 (auction-style and fixed price)
Original Categories Insertion Fee: $ .40
New Media fee: $ .25

$10.00 – 24.99 (auction-style and fixed price)
Original Categories Insertion Fee: $ .60
New Media fee: $ .35

These were the sort of reductions I thought eBay would announce for all categories rather than the $0.05 reduction that would apply for most lower priced Scouting collectibles.


Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?
Philip G. Hamerton, “The Intellectual Life”