Thanks, Si, it sure seems like it, doesn't it?
To me, this is very ironic because I’d been out of the hobby for so long when I got back just a few years ago, I had to re-learn everything as the products, techniques and methods used and had completely changed in my absence.
It’s really funny that among some of the people I learned from when I got back, a few are asking me to share my techniques with them, now! And several have asked me how I got into these publications. That’s simple; I have written for several other (mostly historical-related) magazines over the years and have plenty of writing credits. I think so many people in the hobby are scared to put their work out there. The worst that can happen is an editor shoots you down and I’m not the least bit scared of that. This MRH magazine photo was funny, in that the editor saw this shot from a posting I’d made on his forum and asked to use it in his publication. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before!
I got this reproduction 1939 poster yesterday in the mail from the Avery County Museum in NC. It dropped right into the Wal-Mart frame I bought this morning with ease, and it was up on the wall in a few minutes. Note the certificate to the lower right, that's an original stock certificate from the Linville River, a ET&WNC subsidiary.