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    famous customers that I have had the privilege to sell to ,or do business with.

    In about 1982/83, 5 people came into my shop. One was dressed in a North American Indian / cowgirl clothing, studded leather etc. They all spoke in a American Southern drawl and had all made their way through the shop towards a large French Bedroom suite that I had bought in Manchester from Harry Zammit. I was asked the price and I replied. Then I noticed that one of the ladies turned away as though the price was too high. I commented that only a film star could afford this set. In the reflection in the mirror I saw that two of the woman had a big grin on their faces. I then realized that may be these people where famous. I then said "may be you are film stars." Then on of the ladies said "being English you probably know my husband better than me." Then I heard a mans voice call out "CARTER".
    The voice I recognized instantly.... Johnny Cash.
    The lady was June Carter Cash.




    This is the way I like to remember them.

    They became good customers and good friends ...delivered many items to their home. If I remember right 7 major pieces of furniture, Dinning room wind out table, large set of chairs and a very large side board, a server, a French bed room suite. a few large chests

    It is sad that they are no longer with us. R.I.P.

    June Carter died May 15, 2003, and Johnny died Sept. 12, 2003.


    The other two ladies where part of the Mandrel sisters







    why not sing with June and Johnny


    We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
    We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
    I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around,
    Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson,
    Look out Jackson town.

    Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.
    Go play your hand you big-talkin' man, make a big fool of yourself,
    You're goin' to Jackson; go comb your hair!
    Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson.
    See if I care.

    When I breeze into that city, people gonna stoop and bow. (Hah!)
    All them women gonna make me, teach 'em what they don't know how,
    I'm goin' to Jackson, you turn-a loose-a my coat.
    'Cos I'm goin' to Jackson.
    "Goodbye," that's all she wrote.

    But they'll laugh at you in Jackson, and I'll be dancin' on a Pony Keg.
    They'll lead you 'round town like a scalded hound,
    With your tail tucked between your legs,
    You're goin' to Jackson, you big-talkin' man.
    And I'll be waitin' in Jackson, behind my Jaypan Fan,

    Well now, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper Sprout,
    We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
    I'm goin' to Jackson, and that's a fact.
    Yeah, we're goin' to Jackson, ain't never comin' back.

    Well, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout'
    And we've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzhzCF77GDo




    This is the way I remember Johnny Cash

    note the chair is from the dinning room.

    He loved carved furniture from the Victorian period.

    He did not like the genuine 17th century Cromwellian oak look but he did love the look-alike.

    He always said it looked newer and had less chunks out of it.

    His wife June loved the French look and silver.

    seven major pieces of antique furniture I sold them + lots of accent pieces ,




    Singer-songwriter Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees has purchased Johnny and June Carter Cash's former home in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tenn.

    The 13,880-square-foot home was officially purchased by Balinda LLC, a Florida company wholly owned by Gibb and his wife, Linda. The couple plans to restore the home to its original condition.

    "This place will always be the spiritual home for the Cashes," Gibb said in a written statement. "My wife, Linda, and I are determined to preserve it, to honor their memory. We fell in love with it. It's an incredible honor for us. We plan to use the home to write songs because of the musical inspiration."

    The house on Old Hickory Lake served as the Cashes' home for 35 years. The primary residence throughout the couple's marriage, the house itself plays a major role in Walk the Line, the film biography starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. June Carter Cash died May 15, 2003, and Johnny Cash died Sept. 12, 2003.

    The property, which includes a 4.6-acre lakefront lot, was placed on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million but reportedly sold for $2.3 million. The home was sold by Robert L. and Catherine C. Sullivan, the estate trustees, as part of the directives left by the Cashes.

    When the property was listed, real estate agent Tommy Cash, the singer's brother, said it would be sold "as is" and would include seven pieces of antique furniture, I wonder if the 7 pieces of antique furniture are the same 7 pieces as I sold them including the couple's bed. Built in 1968, the house includes seven bedrooms, five full baths and an outdoor swimming pool.

    The Bee Gees scored their first hit in the U.S. in 1967 with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and followed it up with a series of pop favorites, including "To Love Somebody," "I Started a Joke" and "Massachusetts." The trio, which included Gibb's younger brothers Robin and Maurice, became even more popular in the '70s with disco-driven songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, including "Stayin' Alive."

    Barry Gibb produced Kenny Rogers' 1983 album, Eyes That See in the Dark, that contained Rogers' duet with Dolly Parton on "Islands in the Stream," a song written by the Gibb brothers. The Bee Gees charted one country single, "Rest Your Love on Me," that peaked at No. 39 in 1978.
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    Hey Vanman (should I refer to you as Vanman, Antiqueman or John?)

    You are talking about the Cash's visiting your store in Atlanta, aren't you? I can't see them visiting Southport!

    I know the song "We Got Married in a Fever..." well. My favorites are "I'll Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire".

    June Carter was as famous here as her hsuband--she was one of a famous singing family--The Carter Family. She helped Johnny through some very bad times.
    Vivra

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    Atlanta it was.

    I also sold to Kenny Rogers.



    His interior decorator came in to the shop, recomended by Johnny Cash and bought some Moorish antique items.

    I said I had a 2 seat couch in the same style in my house.
    They went to my home, loved the couch and we delivered it to SC.
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    Interesting read.

    Perhaps if they visit you in Southport one day you could ask them to get together as a band and sing and promote your store?

    Just an idea.

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    mighht be abit hard though advanced

    unless the mormons have been correct all along.

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    I sold a refectory table to Kenny Dalglish and his wife Marina. Now an M.B.E





    http://www.aintreehospitals.nhs.uk/L...a%20Kenny2.jpg


    Marina came into my shop and ordered and purchased a new reproduction refectory table. Marina wanted it to look old but wanted new.

    So we made a great oak table. She loved it and Kenny and my self helped carry it in to their Queen Anne style home in Birkdale Southport. Kenny got his pen out to sign the delivery note. I said Kenny put the pen back every one has your autograph. I handed the pen to Marina and she signed. I said to my self. "now I am the only person with Marina Dalglish autograph."

    This was at the time he had left management at Liverpool FC to manage Blackburn FC.
    After a while I got a complaint from Marina, that the table had warped. This now was the time Kenny was the manager of Newcastle FC, they where still living in Southport. While they had been away on holiday they had had the floor tiled and the tile people had up ended the table next to a radiator and left the radiator full on to dry the grouting. This had warped the table.
    We made another top, but this time I got a local french polisher to polish the table top. I delivered it and every one was happy.

    After a while I got another call from Marina that the table had gone GREEN. This was the time Kenny was the manager of Celtic FC, again they where still living in the same house in Southport...... I said you are having me on. (thinking Celtic play in Green... this is a wind up, a joke).

    I visited the house to view the so called green table. Yes, it had gone green. What had happened the maid had been cleaning and wiping the table with chemicals. This is something you do not do with a french polish finish. French polishers to get the right colour brown used a pigment of green and the chemical cleaning had left the green showing.

    I re-did the table top with a polyurethane finish

    Every one was happy except me

    By the way the warped top of the table has made a great door in my house.






    I should get Kenny to autograph it or better still his Wife Marina.



    I love this picture
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    The Carter Brothers - Jimmy Carter and Billy Carter

    The Carter Brothers

    Billy Carter.



    and Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy the Democrat Governor of Georgia became President of the USA and Billy his younger brother became an embarrassment to his brother and America.

    but even so, both became my customers.

    Billy, the younger brother who dabbled in antiques with other family members, so when I rented Jimmy Carter Headquarters as my first shop at Colony Square Peachtree Road in 1976 in Atlanta, Billy was one of my first customers.


    Jimmy Carter - Walter Mondale sign I personally took down and replaced it with JOHN NOLAN ANTIQUES.

    "I hope this place will be as good for you as it has been for me" was the word spoken by Jimmy Carter




    Jimmy Carter lasted only 4 years as President. I lasted .... well I am still selling in the USA today.

    Jimmy Carter's chrome and orange plastic seated arm chair with his signature on the under part was left for me as a memento from Jimmy Carter in 1976.

    Billy Carter was neither the first nor the last brother to embarrass a president, but he was surely the most colorful. From the time Jimmy Carter started running for president to the end of his term in office, his younger brother was never far from the spotlight. In 1976 he provided humor and a charming contrast to his straight-laced candidate sibling. But by 1980, Billy's act had worn thin, and a major controversy over his dealings with the Libyan government and his urinating in the street.
    I visited Plains, Georgia many times, a very rural town, a bit of "back of beyond", but they loved the English and Irish Country pine down there.

    "Ye all come back "


    I did many times.

    On one of my visits Billy paid part of his bill with boxes of cans of his own beer "Billy's Beer"




    In late 1975 I met an antique dealer Jenny Low in Chester who had moved to New Brighton England. She was the first stripper I had ever met and she was so good at it.
    I am referring to stripping pine by hand in a bath with caustic soda and then neutralising it with vinegar.

    Everything I bought on that first trip from her shop in New Brighton went strait to the White House.... I am joking but it did go strait to Plains.
    Jenny had a great eye for seeing an item in the paint and imagining it finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by briana5125
    mighht be abit hard though advanced

    unless the mormons have been correct all along.
    Oh sorry. I did not fully read the original post and only skimmed through it. RIP.
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    30th Dec 2010.

    I have just come across a novel written by Fannie Flagg.

    Was she the same Fannie Flagg who was a successful actress on the Broadway stage and the big screen as well as a TV star.

    It would seem it is.



    In about January 1977 Fannie Flagg appeared in whay I think was a Tennessee Williams play at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, USA.
    My shop was located just over the road from the Alliance on Peachtree, so when they needed unusual props for a production I was their first stop. Michael who was the production manager would regularly use my antiques in his shows.
    One day a very good looking red haired sophisticated woman dressed very casual but acted as she owned the place walked into my shop. I wished her a good morning and said to her "if you need any assistance she only had to ask." She took no notice of me and from her body language I took it she wanted no communication with me at all or may be she was deaf.
    After about 15 to 20 minutes I decided I would use a soft approach, to see what she collected or what she was looking for.

    I approached her and said "did you see my advertisement in the local newspaper" she said NO and turned her back on me.
    After about another 5 minutes I then said "how did you come across and find the shop". She then said that that Michael from the theatre had told her about the shop. My reply was "O' do you work for Michael." She looked at me then looked at the floor and then to the ceiling and said and this shocked me.

    " I AM THE STAR."

    After a moment, I said as she was walking away, "I was the star once, I had to stand on a big box with my hands stretched out wide for about three quarters of an hour. I was the Star of Bethlehem a nativity scene at my school when I was six years of age."

    At this point she smiled and came down from her aloofness and laughed.
    She asked me where I was from ... LIVERPOOL ENGLAND and I asked her where she was from..... Alabama USA.

    We got on very well from that point. It was obvious that she was gay by her mannerisms. I asked her was she married and she said no, but I have a girl friend. I asked her was her girl friend a star as well, she laughed.
    She gave me her card and said why not come to the show and afterwards come back stage and I will introduce you to my friend. May be Michael will make up a four some and we can go out for some supper.
    Way Hay........... " Come up and see me some time,"

    What a turn around from one minute not wanting to know me and then 25 minutes later fixing me up with Michael who also was gay or may be she fixing me up with her gay girl friend

    A bit too much for me.

    All I wanted to do was Antiques.

    She choose quite a few antique items for the show which was collected and returned. I used to charge 10% of the asking price for a loan of a minimum of 1 month. 20% for a minimum of 2 months. They had to cover the insurance.

    When the items were returned the set designer said that Fannie Flagg was very disappointed I had not gone to the show and gone back stage.

    I never saw her again

    http://www.mahalo.com/fannie-flagg
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    diva..

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    briana............. You summed up my whole post in one word


    A diva is a celebrated female singer. The term is used to describe a woman of outstanding talent in the world of opera, and, by extension, in theatre, cinema and popular music. The meaning of diva is closely related to that of "prima donna".

    The word entered the English language in the late 19th century. It is derived from the Italian noun diva, a female deity. The basic sense of the term is "goddess",the feminine of the Latin word divus (Italian divo). The word is thus distantly related to the Hindu term deva and the Zoroastrian concept of the daevas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanman
    briana............. You summed up my whole post in one word
    i'm economical if nothing else

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    This years list will appear in January2012

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    Fascinating stuff John, give us more please, I love it.
    Please be aware that due to visual impairment I will occasionally post typos in error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieRoy View Post
    Fascinating stuff John, give us more please, I love it.
    If any one has a copy of the "News of the World" dated ?

    there is a story of another one of my customers Michael Jackson

    Dixie I leave that nightmare in the paper

    He, I must say was most famous customer to visit my shop

    beside Blondie


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