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Fantasy Art and Comics: Uncle Henry's classifieds on History Channel's Down East Dickering.

Aunt Celest

© Brian Vigue

Uncle Henry's Swap or Sell-It Guide is a popular classifieds publication that for its four decade history has been called "The Maine Bible". This buy-sell-and-trade booklet is still going strong and has evolved into a powerful form of cyberspace buy-sell-and-trade, too. Stephen King paid tribute in his book Full Dark, No Stars, and there's more. Uncle Henry's latest claim to fame is History Channel's Down East Dickering TV show in which teams of bargain hunters, for whom dickering is a way of life, travel across New England for the best flippable opportunities. A snowmobile for an ATV, a used car for vinyl siding; Maine's colorful locals grab their Uncle Henry's on Thursday morning and make their dickering rounds.

Uncle Henry's little advertisement paster guy and his dog are New England-wide icons, so being a lifetime Mainer myself, I offered my own tribute to the Weekly Swap or Sell It Guide. Fan art can be way overdone at times, but no one has done Uncle Henry's fan art before! Celest role-plays as the classic advertisement paster guy, albeit in a more air conditioned outfit, and the pup portrays himself.

Uncle Henrys Swap or Sell It Guide featured on History Channel Down East Dickering
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