News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

A Proctor woman unknowingly harbored a painting in high demand by collectors for 30 years in her attic. She needed some money to help pay for her daughter’s wedding and decided to have the painting by Jessie Wilcox Smith appraised. The original appraisal valued the painting between $7,500 and $12,500. It was later sold at auction for a whopping $96,600. The painting, titled “Curly Locks,” was part of a series dealing with Mother Goose and done for Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1914. Smith, who created great many covers for the magazine, was a prolific illustrator at the turn of the century. She is best known for her Good Housekeeping covers and her work with children’s books. This should give you incentive to finish your late spring cleaning.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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