That's a Good Question:
Phone rings I answer.
Woman: I have a painting I need you to appraise.
Me: Well, what kind is it?
Woman: I think its on wood and its a black background. Really thin.
Me: How big is it?
Woman: About one by thirty six.
Me: One by thirty six what?? Inches?
Woman: Yes, one inch by roughly thirty six inches.
Me: One inch high? OK, what's the design of the painting?
Woman: I don't know what you mean?
Me: What's it a picture of?
Woman: Ohhh. Its got all kinds of flowers and vines and a few butterflies and green leaves.
Me: Uhhhh. It sounds pretty but I still can't wrap my mind around the size.
Woman: I think that it belonged to an elderly aunt or something. So its old. I can bring it over in a few hours.
Me: But that size is strange. I mean was it a yard stick or something?
Woman: I'll be over as soon as I can.
She brings it in in a few hours.
AND IF DAMNED IT WASN'T!
It was a gorgeous, folkly floral painting PAINTED on a yard stick! It measured roughly one inch by thirty six inches. I dated it to the 1890's to the early 1900's. Obviously was a handcraft of one the delicate lady painters. It was beautifully done and I said that it would be priced in a store for maybe $75.00. I begged her to let me photograph it and put in one of the newspapers. But she didn't want other family members to see it. So, I'm here to tell you that you never know what may come your way.