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Florida’s Best Newspaper for Antiques & Collectibles

                                  MAY 2017 • Volume 30 No. 9         

                                        Memorial Day Remembrance

                            THE BATTLE OF THE IRONCLADS
        by Roy Nuhn
          A bit over 150 years ago, the famous fight between   Christened “Virginia,” she was built upon the ruins
        the world’s first ironclads, “Merrimac” and “Monitor,”   of the “U.S.S. Merrimac,” which had been abandoned
        took place. It was an epic battle of the Civil War and   by fleeing federal troops in the opening months of the
        forever altered naval warfare.                war.  In  March  of  1862,  “Merrimac,”  as  she  would
          One of the earliest military strategies by the Union   always be called by the North and by the history books
        at the start of the conflict in 1861 was a naval blockade   ever afterward, steamed out to sea and began disabling
        of the South. Its purpose was twofold — economic   the warships blockading Southern ports.
        strangulation  and  the  prevention  of  incoming   The North’s response came quickly. On March 9, a
        armaments from Europe.                        startled “Merrimac” crew encountered the “Monitor,”
          Along  with  privateers  running  the  blockade,  the   the Union’s own experimental ironclad. Two hours of
        Confederacy  came  up  with  the  idea  of  building  an   battle followed, ending in a draw. Both ships withdrew,
        ironclad warship. Such an armored vessel, completely   and never fought again.
        sheathed in iron plates, would be invincible against                    Continued on Page 2          Tuck’s “Decoration Day Post Cards” Series No. 107
        the wooden ships of the day.

                                                                      Wildwood Antique Malls features hundreds of Vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage finds and
                                                                   decorative art. Items of all history periods and styles. It is our mission at Wildwood Antique Malls to provide
                                                                   our customers the best shopping experience by having a staff that is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient so
                                                                   the customer can spend time shopping and not spending their time in long checkout lines.
                                                                      They bring new concepts to the antique malls by being bright and spacious  with large aisles for easy
                                                                   accessibility.  We  are  noted  for  our  friendly  and  knowledgeable  staff,  as  well  as  cleanliness  and  security.
                                                                   Wildwood Antique Malls are professionally managed malls that offer new marketing opportunities to both
                                                                   established  and  part-time  dealers.  Established  dealers  enjoy  the  benefit  of  additional  locations  without
                                                                   significant overhead costs, while new dealers gain access to a full complement of retail services, as well as
                                                                   extensive advertising through billboards, antique magazines, and newspapers.
                                                                      Wildwood Antique Malls has 4 locations: 364 Shopping Center Drive, Wildwood; 3530 Hwy 98 N., Lakeland;
                                                                   3550 S. Washington Ave., Titusville; and 1240 Sarno Road, Melbourne.  All locations are open 7 days a week. For
                                                                   hours and telephone numbers visit their website,

                                                                                                              In This Issue . . .
                                                                      The Feed Store Antique Mall is located in an
                                                                   8000 sq. ft. old Florida Feed Store in Ellenton, FL.            Mother's Day 15
                                                                   We  have  a  wide  variety  of  antique,  vintage  and
                                                                   collectible items. Visit and experience old Florida             Pickle Castors...
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                                                                   charm 7 days a week. The Feed Store is wheelchair
                                                                   accessible with plenty of parking.
                                                                      The Feed Store is located at 4407 US Hwy 301
                                                                   North, Ellenton; just 1 mile west of I-75 at exit 224.
                                                                   Stop by soon  for a fun shopping  adventure. You
                                                                   can also find us on facebook or visit our website,
                                                          Call us 941-729-   Collecting Horse
                                                                   1379. We're always Buying!                                  Racing...
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              Antiques, Collectibles                                                                                       1-800-765-1628
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