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After a long pause, some struggles and heartbreaks, but also some miracles and joys, getting back to work on the website.

Navigate the pages by clicking on the subjects listed above.

The large portrait of Mr. C.G. Hoffman is also a clickable link to more of the Garrit Storm Narrative.

There are a very few ads throughout. Any purchases made through them will be greatly appreciated.

Portals to the Past / Ephemera Etcetera is a website built on my interests, in nature, in history, my Christian Orthodox faith and my grandson's love of airplanes and railroads. 

I will be adding a few, last pages to the Narrative of Garit Storm.

I have a link to my ebay store. I have a variety of antiques and collectibles and welcome you to visit:  My eBay Store .

If anyone is in the Middletown, New York area, please feel free to stop by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church for an in person visit!

The first weekend in June, the church holds it's annual Holy Cross Greek Festival, featuring great food, a Yia-Yia's Attic, raffles, kid's games and the wonderful Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, so mark your calendars!

I have included photos and video of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery and their museum, on the following  pages. St. Tikhon's is an OCA, Orthodox Church in America, monastery. It has roots in the Russian Orthodox Church, the "Saints" traveling and establishing churches in Alaska and finally the lower states. The museum at St. Tikhon's features many fascinating

 Orthodox Christian relics and icons. The Icon Museum attracts the faithful, as well as those interested in the art, theology and history


I have posted a slide show of our 2008 trip to Poland on the "Travel Olsztyn Poland" page. It was a wonderful experience and I hope that you enjoy the photos.

 For the history or genealogy buff, I am in the process of posting some pages of Garrit Storm's Memoirs. He was one of  the Hoffman family ancestors, having settled in New Amsterdam in the late 1600-early 1700s, he started the real estate business that the Hoffman's eventually made their fortune by. The family originally owned much of the land that is now Manhattan, New York. Many of the items that I have offered on eBay come from this family's estate. My grandmother married into the family in the 1960s. Mr. C.G. Hoffman, her husband, was a most fascinating man. He attended Oxford where he made the aquaintence of many famous individuals: Josiah Royce, George Santayana, John Masefield, the Prince of Wales. He knew the "blue bloods" of New York society. " Govey" was a flight instructor during WWI. He flew for the RAF. He drove in the Harjes Ambulance Corp in France. 


Mr. Charles Gouverneeur Hoffman's portrait by artitst Linzee Prescott, appears below. Prescott was also a veteran and painted some of the murals at West Point Museum. The plane represents the plane that Mr. Hoffman flew in WWI, the volcano is Mt. Etna in Sicily, where my grandmother and Mr. H. had a villa, the pipe was something that he enjoyed. The portrait is a click through link to the Garit Storm Narrative page.


Thank you for stopping by and sign my guest book if you are so inclined!


The nature and wildlife photos, birds, salamanders, interesting plants, etc. were taken on our Sparrow Bush property or areas nearby.


Portals-to-the-Past was started years ago,  as a way to liquidate many of my Grandmother's estate items. I began with selling books, fine crystal, lighters and aviation memorabilia on AOL. I migrated to eBay where I continue to sell the many antiques, jewelry, books and collectibles that I had inherited. I wanted to find "good homes" for all the treasured heirlooms, saving a few as mementos. Our little house was just too small to keep everything!


The antiques, books and memorabilia items are truly  "portals-to-the-past", taking one back in time. 

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Below is a slideshow featuring some of the wildlife that we encounter on our Sparrow Bush property.

The above envelope contains a rare set of Revolutionary War documents handed down through the Hoffman family. The documents are: Oath of Allegiance by Jacob Wendell and his commission as an ensign in the Continental Army. The "In Congress document is signed by John Hancock and Charles Thompson. Note: These documents were sold at auction some years back.