I have over 150 different collections, mainly all types of vintage paper, vintage cards, early magazines, illustrated and children's books. Also smalls, including canes, clowns, elephants, pipes, bottles, patent medicines, pinbacks, miniature guns and rifles, miniature whiskey and beer bottles, Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, still and mechanical banks, Maxfield Parrish prints, African-American, etc. Cards include postcards, trade cards, playing cards, business cards, tobacco cards, early baseball cards, postal cards and Rewards of Merit. Paper features menus, calendars, stocks, illustrated letterheads and covers, sheet music, photos, posters, bank checks, Coca-Cola, U.S and Canada stamps, postal history, silks, advertising, blotters, and more. They are starting to overwhelm me, so I am selling most of the paper, cards, magazines and books. If anyone's interested out there, let me know on Antique Week Community or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Stan, It has been a while, hasn't it?
Ken and I were travel editors for a few years for a regional magazine (travel radius: 5 hours from DC by car). We rediscovered the Brandywine River Valley and the Wyeth connection on one assignment and were charmed. Meanwhile, Berkeley Springs, WV, is on our "circuit" of antiquing stops. When we saw the books in Bert's shop last year, we made the connection and decided it was a story (as well as a really cool and affordable thing to collect). Ken's ruptured appendix/emergency surgery/complications from infection stood in the way for a while (he's fine now), but we got in touch with our travel contact in Del/Pa, and she made the story happen on that end. If you ever think you might like to visit Chadd's Ford, let us know -- we can steer you in the direction of superior accommodations and an outstanding itinerary. It's just lovely there. And, yes, to answer your question, Bert's shop is way cool, as is the town in which it is located. Thanks for the kind words. More later, Barbara
Stan -- I was just checking to make sure you were paying attention! One hundred-fifty is a lot of stuff. We had first-time visitors to our house on Saturday, and we started saying things like, Well, we have about 500 more of these in the basement, and I think they were working on their exit strategy! Kidding aside, I can't imagine living in a house that looks like Holiday Inn. Good luck with finding an auction house. Sad to say, but there comes a time when we have to part with some of this stuff. In the meantime, thanks for the inspiration. Loved your Harry Rinker story. I interviewed him last year at Connie's request and can still remember the colorful phone chat we had. What a character.
OOOOooooo, this is scary! One hundred collections! I would hate to start to count up what we're doing here. I like to think that Ken is the collector, but that makes me the accumulator, which is even worse! But now that I have my assignment, I think we'll spend tomorrow night's Happy Hour (too late for tonight) counting up our collections. Thanks for the kind words -- we'll get back to you with our count tomorrow! --Barbara
I'm a retired physician who has been a collector of vintage paper and cards for over 50 years. Had been selling my wares on eBay for the past 7 years, then closed my account when all sellers were coerced into using paypal as the ONLY means of being paid. Now I'm moving on to greener pastures.