HURRAH'S NEST

Located in the Austin Antique Mall
8822 McCann Dr.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 459-5900
and at 4102 Vall Located in the Austin Antique Mall
8822 McCann Dr.
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 459-5900
and at 4102 Valley View Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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09/06/2021

"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." - Mark Twain
Happy Labor Day

"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." - Mark Twain
Happy Labor Day

08/23/2021
Photos from HURRAH'S NEST's post 07/04/2021

Photos from HURRAH'S NEST's post

06/20/2021
06/19/2021

A solemn pose
Delightful scene
An auto stationed
In between
The gulf behind
Committed pride
To have the dream
And take the ride . . .

Juneteenth

A solemn pose
Delightful scene
An auto stationed
In between
The gulf behind
Committed pride
To have the dream
And take the ride . . .

Juneteenth

Photos from HURRAH'S NEST's post 06/14/2021

Flag Day

There's so much so many gave
For The Land of the Free
Just so she could wave
Oh say, can you see?

06/10/2021

Today’s collection

Today’s collection

05/31/2021
05/28/2021

Hurrah’s Nest will be at the Uncommon Flea this Sunday, 10:00-3:00. Guaranteed to have something you don’t need! Weather permitting, stay tuned.

Hurrah’s Nest will be at the Uncommon Flea this Sunday, 10:00-3:00. Guaranteed to have something you don’t need! Weather permitting, stay tuned.

Long-lost van Gogh masterpiece ‘discovered’ by NYC collector 05/22/2021

Long-lost van Gogh masterpiece ‘discovered’ by NYC collector

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Long-lost van Gogh masterpiece ‘discovered’ by NYC collector “This is the only major art discovery made in our lifetimes, apart from the occasional Caravaggio or something,” Stuart Pivar says.

05/18/2021

A bookshop owner in Southampton, England has asked for help as he moves his library due to high rent and wants to move the books to the new location. The person is surprised by the presence of more than 250 young people, elderly and special needs people who were also involved. They form a human chain where they take thousands of books and transfer them hand in hand from the old place to the new place at a distance of 500 feet. The job was done in just an hour.

04/17/2021

But I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road, there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

(Book: The Brothers Karamazov https://amzn.to/2Q75Pja)

04/07/2021

Do not accept any friend requests from me. I love you, but I have been hacked‼️

Do not accept any friend requests from me. I love you, but I have been hacked‼️

04/06/2021

From The New Yorker

From The New Yorker

In Memoriam Antiquarian Bookseller Dorothy Sloan | Fine Books & Collections 03/20/2021

In Memoriam Antiquarian Bookseller Dorothy Sloan | Fine Books & Collections

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In Memoriam Antiquarian Bookseller Dorothy Sloan | Fine Books & Collections We learned earlier this week about the death of antiquarian bookseller Dorothy Sloan, “a pioneering woman in the book trade,” according to fellow bookseller John Windle. Kurt Zimmerman, a collector who worked for Sloan during his graduate school years in the early 1990s, said, “Her research an...

Photos from uncommon OBJECTS's post 03/19/2021

Photos from uncommon OBJECTS's post

03/17/2021
Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history 03/06/2021

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.

The first photograph of a human being 02/23/2021

The first photograph of a human being

https://mashable.com/2014/11/05/first-photograph-of-a-human/?fbclid=IwAR1LEJRNHkZhMb7ytM4Z9j3kUntfBWLWRfkM1h7BVzur2p2Oxv8XDYs5RCw

The first photograph of a human being Although the street would have been busy, it appears deserted. Everyone was moving was too fast to register after the long exposure — except one person.

02/22/2021

Happy Birthday, George!

Happy Birthday, George!

02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day ❣️

Happy Valentine’s Day ❣️

02/11/2021

February 11th is National Inventor’s Day

February 11th is National Inventor’s Day

Boomtown Bohemian: Basil Clemons' Photographs at the Old Jail Art Center | Glasstire 01/24/2021

Boomtown Bohemian: Basil Clemons' Photographs at the Old Jail Art Center | Glasstire

Boomtown Bohemian: Basil Clemons' Photographs at the Old Jail Art Center | Glasstire Basil Clemons photographs epitomize life in and around Breckenridge, TX, an American boomtown of the 1920s and 30s.

01/24/2021

An unopened box of first edition Pokémon cards sold for $408,000 at auction. (Polygon via numlock)

An unopened box of first edition Pokémon cards sold for $408,000 at auction. (Polygon via numlock)

01/01/2021

[12/31/20]   The Things
by Donald Hall

When I walk in my house I see pictures,
bought long ago, framed and hanging
— de Kooning, Arp, Laurencin, Henry Moore —
that I’ve cherished and stared at for years,
yet my eyes keep returning to the masters
of the trivial — a white stone perfectly round,
tiny lead models of baseball players, a cowbell,
a broken great-grandmother’s rocker,
a dead dog’s toy — valueless, unforgettable
detritus that my children will throw away
as I did my mother’s souvenirs of trips
with my dead father. Kodaks of kittens,
and bundles of cards from her mother Kate.



“The Things” by Donald Hall, from The Back Chamber. © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

12/26/2020
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michaelcorcoran.net 12/19/2020

East Side Stories

PASSING THE TORCH: SIMON SIDLE’S ANTIQUE FAMILY

Charles “Lucky” Attal looks back to 1959 and wonders if his life would have been different if he’d happened upon that garage sale on East 11th Street just a few minutes later and the bowl marked 50 cents had already been sold. Would he have gone into the antique business if he hadn’t brought his find to Red River Street antique dealer Theresa Mays, who took a long look at the beautiful blue glass-cut bowl and offered the skinny Austin High School student $100.“That was when I realized I could make a living buying and selling antiques,” says Attal, who had aspired to be a criminal defense attorney after college. Instead, he opened his first antique shop in 1965 and today is one of the state’s most prominent appraisers.
A hundred bucks was a lot of money in the ’50s — Attal says he would’ve been happy to get $10 — but Mays was guided by a simple philosophy: “Buy right, sell right.” And Attal kept coming back to Tannie’s and Theresa’s Antiques at 1122 Red River, one of several black-owned shops on the strip north of East Sixth Street. “Theresa knew the business inside and out,” Attal said.
That a soft-spoken Lebanese American teen-ager and a spunky middle-age African American would form a bond is not unusual when you realize that the antique business is built on intersecting lives. As the chair once owned by a blacksmith sits in the foyer of an Old Enfield mansion, it holds a connection to the past.
Theresa used to say you’re never alone in a room with antiques. They talk to you. They tell you their stories.
The tale of Theresa Sidle Mays Hardeman, who passed away in December 1999, will be told through her artifacts next month when Attal Galleries handles her estate sale. Helping Attal, the student going full circle on his mentor, get ready is Theresa’s niece Dorothy McPhaul, who says, “I’m the last in the line.” Her family has been in the Austin antique business since grandfather Simon Sidle opened a shop on Red River in 1920. McPhaul owns Johnnie’s Antiques, the shop at 911 E. Sixth Street where Theresa and Dorothy’s mother Ilesta moved in 1973 after their Red River storefronts were torn down. On the side of the building the pair proudly painted “Simon’s Daughters.” Today the shop is open on an appointment-only basis.
McPhaul remembers going to her grandfather’s shop at 1302 Red River when she was 8 or 9, not to marvel, but to manipulate. “Papa was kinda tight with his money, so whenever I needed a dollar to go to a show or something, I’d start picking up his finest items. Papa loved his glassware and his figurines and he’d get so worried that I’d break something that he’d give me a dollar just to get rid of me.”

Dorothy McPhaul worked for the La Grange school district for 38 years before devoting herself to the antique business fulltime.
They called him Ole Simon even when he was middle-aged because he seemed to have a way about him that suggested wiseness beyond his years. Simon Sidle (originally spelled “Seidel” after the Brenham family that owned his parents, Isaac and Mary, as slaves), moved his wife, Emma, and family from Pflugerville to Austin in 1918, just months after the birth of his ninth child, Theresa. After working for a white junkman named Mr. Noyes for a couple years, Sidle pioneered the Red River antique district, opening at 807 Red River in a building, ironically enough, which is currently co-owned by Charles Attal Jr. It was there that, while polishing for her father, a love for ancient objects rubbed off on Theresa. But even as the eager 6-year-old wanted the merchandise to sparkle, her father was telling her to leave it alone. McPhaul says her grandfather always believed that a little bit of dust added atmosphere to the shop.

“Ilethia (Theresa’s real name) was definitely Daddy’s girl,” says McPhaul. While the rest of the brood, which would reach 13 kids, loved to climb trees and watch the cattle being driven up East Avenue (now I-35), Theresa jumped at every chance to accompany her father on buying trips out in the country. Theresa began a lifelong passion for old photographs and tintypes when, at age 11, she took care of an elderly white woman whose son was a photographer. “I cut her toenails, combed her hair, played with her. She was my baby,” Theresa said in the book “African American Photography In Texas,” which devoted a chapter to her. “I always loved old folks a lot.”
Sidle often used games to teach his daughter the finer parts of the trade, covering his eyes and telling certain materials apart using only the sense of touch. It was a skill Theresa soon picked up, identifying woods by their grain. As he turned the corner on 70 , Simon’s eyesight started failing and his fingers guided him through his transactions. Unable to drive, he sold his second shop, at 1302 Red River, and opened a place closer to home, at Chicon and 12th streets. “Papa always said that when he left Red River he would pass away,” says McPhaul. “That street was his life.”
In January ’54, a year after moving, Simon Sidle died in his sleep at 74.
The patriarch of Austin’s first family of antiques lived on in the street that had become a reflection of his passion. Today the strip is one of trendy clubs, restaurants and Symphony Square, but in the ’60s there were more than a dozen antique stores and junk shops on Red River from Sixth to 13th, with such colorful names as Snooper’s Paradise, Fairyland Antiques and William’s Do-Rite Shop.
But no shop had quite the personality or merchandise of Tannie and Theresa’s Antiques. “Her hands were undoubtedly Theresa’s greatest assets,” says former Huston-Tillotson administrator Margaret McCracken, a friend for 50 years. “She handled objects as if she possessed magical sensitivity.”
Theresa and Tannie, who never had children together, opened their first storefront at 1204 Red River in 1946. The place was a veritable shack, with no electricity, no water, no gas. But it did have a rat that the couple named Tweety. Tannie and Theresa, who collected racist knicknacks as a reminder of their roots, also set up at antique shows all over the country. Among hundreds of exhibitors they were often the only African Americans.
After inheriting her father’s antiques, Theresa and Tannie found a bigger shop at 1122 Red River and remained there for 19 years. In 1963, after losing her leg in an automobile accident, older sister Ilesta had to quit her job as a domestic for the H.R. Northroup family and find a new line of work. The family business beckoned, so she opened Johnnie’s Swap Shop with with her husband Johnnie Alexander, next door to Tannie and Theresa’s.
The buildings, which sat on the edge of what is now Waterloo Park, were condemned and torn down in 1973 as part of the urban renewal campaign that accompanied the building of Brackenridge Hospital. It was a rough time for Theresa, who a year earlier had lost her beloved Tannie to tetanus poisoning after he stepped on a rusty nail. After a period of grieving those two losses, Theresa dug into a project she’d dreamed about for years. In 1974 she married longtime family friend George Hardeman and with material she and Tannie had been collecting, including railroad ties for the beams and signed bricks for the floor, they went to work building a house like none other. The patchwork architecture, which included woodwork from the old Scarbrough House and a pressed tin ceiling from the old Lampassas Court House rated a two-page feature (“In the House That Theresa Built”) in a 1980 issue of Antiques USA.
“Everything in her house was antique, right down to the kitchen utensils and the wood stove,” says Dorothy, who plans to put the house in far East Austin on the market next month.
Theresa Mays Hardeman became wheelchair bound in 1993, but she rarely missed a Citywide Garage Sale or any other antique show. Against doctor’s orders, Theresa set up at a show one week before her death at age 81. “It was just in her blood,” says McPhaul. “Antiques and the Lord, that was her life.”
It takes a certain drive, a voracious appetite for the old and authentic, to make a living in the antiques business. “The hunt is a bigger thrill than the sale,” says Attal summing up the allure. That’s why Ole Simon liked his precious items to sleep in the dust. That’s why his daughters loved to watch their customers squeal after pushing aside a crate to find that missing item for their collection.
As a little girl putting pieces of wood in the hand of a blindfolded man, Theresa Sidle understood just how important the sense of touch is in all this. After all, what are antiques if not history you can hold.
Three generations in the antique business
The patriarch
Simon Sidle opened his first shop, Simon’s, at 807 Red River in 1920. Nine years later he moved to 1302 Red River, where he remained for 23 years. In late ’52, he moved Simon’s Antiques to the corner of 12th and Chicon streets. He died in January 1954.
Simon’s daughters
Theresa Sidle Mays Hardeman and her first husband Tannie Mays opened their maiden storefront at 1204 Red River in 1946. After eight years in the shack without lights or heat, they relocated to 1122 Red River. That shop was torn down in 1973, and Theresa and her sister Ilesta operated out of the storefront at 911 E. Sixth St. until their deaths. Theresa passed away in December 1999.
Ilesta Sidle Alexander was a relative latecomer to the antiques trade, opening Johnnie’s Swap Shop with husband Johnnie Alexander next door to Tannie and Theresa’s in 1964. Looking for a new location in ’73, Ilesta moved into the 911 E. Sixth St. shop discovered by her daughter Dorothy. Ilesta died in 1997; husband Johnnie died in ’99.
Simon’s granddaughter
Dorothy Alexander McPhaul, who was a coach and teacher in the La Grange ISD for 38 years, worked weekends in her mother’s shop on Red River and then East Sixth. When she retired from teaching in ’92, she devoted herself to the antique business full time and is currently training her son Tanny (named after his great-uncle Tannie, though opting for a different spelling) to take over the store.

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Swiss Roll: Hidden for 70 years, these photographs were recovered from an ancient Leica film cassette - Macfilos

Interesting article that began a sleuthing adventure that is still ongoing

macfilos.com Leica - Swiss Roll: Hidden for 70 years, these photographs were recovered from an ancient Leica film cassette

12/07/2020

Posted by a friend.... Christmas 1918 - original poster at Fort Devens (Massachusetts) Museum

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Paper Dresses Annie Lopez

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Shropshire field gives metal detectorist 'one-in-a-million' find

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