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Q. I am looking to date two American Seating Company chairs that I have owned for quite some time. They are a Bishop's chair and an assistant/side chair—part of the past Ecclesiastical/Church Department of the American Seating Company. They … more
I wish I could put my hands on the New York Times article clipped for me by a friend in which the author, or maybe it was an interviewee, shared the reason behind his lifelong passion for gardening. The gist was, through all of life’s upheavals … more
Q. Can you tell me anything about the artist John Sisson? I have several black and white sketches by him including the “Seagull Restaurant, Succotash Rd., East Matunuck, Rhode Island”. A. John Sisson was a self taught marine artist who … more
Q. I read your recent article about the Eames chair and I have a chair and ottoman which is similar. It bought it in 1960 at Roitman & Son. It is upholstered in white leather. Can you tell me anything about it? A. The Roitmans were … more
For most of our history, the dining room did not exist. Most of the space in homes had to be multifunctional and most homes consisted of one big room. Even castles built in the Middle Ages, although large, were mostly one very large banquet hall … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.