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  1. The fountain pen and the stick shift are two 20th-century inventions that hold their appeal for purists. A beautiful writing instrument, after all, affords a tactile satisfaction not unlike the...
  2. Fancy colored diamonds are gaining prominence as awareness of their extreme rarity and value spreads. The inaugural Palm Beach Jewelry and Antique Show ( www.palmbeachshow.com ), from February 13...
  3. She lies nude and asleep upon draperies of red and white, one arm coiled around her head. A small cluster of buildings is in the distance, but she has chosen to nap here, in the open, under a cloudy...
  4. Clothes may make the man, or woman, but what about their upkeep? Too often, little, if any, thought is given to the maintenance of these valued image shapers. With the best of intentions, most...
  5. The career of furniture designer Maxine Snider is a case of life imitating art. Snider first became enamored with early-20th-century French furniture while eyeing the sketches by furniture designers...
  6. The competition depicted in the following pages marks several milestones. First, it denotes the beginning of the second decade for Robb Report ’s "Car of the Year" event (our 11th annual). While the...
  7. For a stretch of time in the mid-1990s, the U.S. Coast Guard was confronted with a dilemma that the Italian-made Agusta A109 Power helicopter eventually helped solve. Caribbean smugglers were using...
  8. Purchasing perfume as a gift always frustrates me. Every time I walk away watery-eyed from the trendiest boutiques, assured that I’ve just acquired the latest and most exotic, I am later told in no...
  9. Although he became a legend for his amorous proclivities, Casanova was also a renowned adventurer and writer who authored epic memoirs depicting his exploits in 18th-century Venice. Last year,...
  10. Unless a restaurant is especially busy, most chefs are willing to accommodate a patron’s special request. One dish, however, is often craved but seldom provided: an ashtray. As he steps outside a...

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