Posted 03/04/13

By special invitation only

Exquisite vintage lithographs from the golden age of New Orleans's Carnival

Posted 01/23/13

Wendell D. Garrett, 1929-2012

The editorials that Wendell Garrett wrote for this magazine over forty years radiate a quiet confidence in American democracy. But if you read a great many of them alongside the notebooks of quotations he kept throughout his life you begin to see a man who was actually turning over the topsoil of our democracy in search of solid ground to justify that confidence.

Posted 01/23/13

Living with antiques: A California family gathers its history in a coast-to-coast collection of Americana

You might say that this story begins with a canary-yellow jug...

Posted 01/23/13

Bay State riches: The Magazine ANTIQUES and Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

Anxious and awestruck, I waited outside Wendell Garrett's office in the spring of 1971. He was the managing editor of The Magazine Antiques and I was a nervous twenty-three-year-old graduate student in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.  

Posted 01/23/13

Spirit Feel: A New Orleans Collection

Africa feels close in New Orleans. You hear it in the blue notes and polyrhythmic drumming of jazz. You taste it in the okra-laden gumbos and rice dishes of the local cuisine. You see it in a host of tra­ditional arts, from the richly beaded parading costumes of Mardi Gras Indians to the near-ubiquitous "shotgun" house-a form that derives from African models and is perfectly suited to the sultry climate of a Gulf Coast port.