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Decoy Magazine - Nov./Dec. 2015 issue -- Vol. 39, No. 6:

(ON THE COVER): In 1941 Lou Rathmell of Stratford, Connecticut made a rig of cork-bodied black ducks that were expertly crafted and deadly effective. He was later encouraged by his mentor, Shang Wheeler, to try his hand at competition decoys, which earned Lou numerous ribbons and awards. He also lived most of his adult life in a castle. Most collectors of Connecticut decoys would agree he is definitely among its royalty. Not a subscriber? You can read the fascinating story of Lou Rathmell by ordering our Nov./Dec. 2015 issue or subscribing now to Decoy Magazine.




 

 
 IN THIS ISSUE

CHESAPEAKE ON THE DELAWARE • 8
Decoys from the McKeag, Hildebrand and Brummett rigs
SNAPSHOTS • 14
Photos from the 2015 Waterfowl Festival
VINTAGE COMPETITIONS • 17
Winners from the Core Sound Decoy Festival
BUNN/BOWMAN CONTINUED • 18
The final chapter on Charles Sumner Bunn
LOU RATHMELL • 24
A decoy maker who lived in a castle
WARD ALLEN • 30
An eccentric Savannah River market hunter
JIM BROCKMAN • 36
Renaissance man
GUYETTE & DEETER AUCTION • 40
Wheeler old squaws top Maryland auction

  

DEPARTMENTS

PUBLISHER'S NOTE • 4
A week of summer camp
SHOWSTOPS • 14
The final shows of the season
UPCOMING EVENTS • 20
Southern decoy exhibit at SEWE
CALENDAR • 22
Upcoming shows, auctions and vintage competitions
MUSEUM NEWS • 34
Shelburne Museum displays temporary exhibit
CLASSIFIEDS • 44
Buy, sell and swap your favorites

  
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