Al Hunter’s Story Archive

The World’s Longest Yard Sale Eclipsed

2017 was the 30th anniversary year for the 127 Yard Sale, a.k.a. “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” which started in 1987. I’ve written about the yard sale before and my wife and I have taken this long strange trip several times now. The 127 yard sale bills itself as the … Read More

James Brown’s Hair

James Brown is remembered as the “Godfather of Soul” for his many contributions to music made during a six-decades-long career. Brown’s influence is a little more complicated than that. Truth is, not only was Brown a music legend, he was a civil rights pioneer. For a time in the 1960s, … Read More

Osborn Oldroyd — Keeper of the Lincoln Flame, Part 4

I have spent the last three weeks retracing the steps I have taken chasing one of my heroes, Osborn Oldroyd. In early June of this year, I was contacted by a Marshalltown, Iowa auction house who informed me of a small group of items they were auctioning off that came … Read More

Osborn Oldroyd — Keeper of the Lincoln Flame, Part 3

In the past two columns I’ve introduced you to Osborn Oldroyd, king of all Lincoln collectors. Over the years, I have chased Oldroyd from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and most recently to Marshalltown,Iowa. In Gettysburg, I purchased a collection of Oldroyd memorabilia assembled over two decades … Read More

Osborn Oldroyd — Keeper of the Lincoln Flame, Part 2

Abraham Lincoln collector and self-appointed curator of the Lincoln legend, Osborn Oldroyd, was not the type of man to stay down for long. After being unceremoniously kicked out of the Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois in 1893, he soon found a new home for his “Lincoln museum”  in Washington, D.C. … Read More