Category Archives: Great Collections

Great Collections: October 2018

Great Collections: October 2018

Just Like Dad’s! Pedal Cars On Display Reprinted with permission by the McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, IL by Dan Craft The potent allures of toys and nostalgia are about to turn the third floor of the McLean County Museum of History into a garden of childhood delights. The occasion: Pedal Power!, a new […]

Great Collections: September 2018

Great Collections: September 2018

Museum of Appalachia: The Primitive Objects of Everyday Life in Rural Southern Appalachia By Maxine Carter-Lome The Museum of Appalachia, founded in 1969, is a 65-acre living history museum in Clinton, Tennessee that reflects early life in a pioneer mountain farm-village in Southern Appalachia through a unique assemblage of buildings, artifacts, and stories amassed over […]

Great Collections: August 2018

Great Collections: August 2018

Baskets in Miniature: An Interview with Collector Jan Duggan Although Native American tribes throughout North America were hand-crafters of baskets for a variety of utilitarian purposes, it is the Akimel O’odham River People (Pima) of southern and central Arizona that are known for their superior basket weaving techniques. In the late 19th century, basket weaving […]

Great Collections: July 2018

Great Collections: July 2018

The National Bottle Museum Inside an unassuming, historic 1901 three-story brick commercial building in downtown Ballston Spa, NY, you will find The National Bottle Museum, and its Director and Collections Manager Gary Moeller, on a mission to preserve the history of bottle making and the story of a time when glass was made by hand […]

Great Collections: June 2018

Great Collections: June 2018

Winter Soldier Originals: Collecting Steve Epting’s Captain America Art An Interview with Two Key Collectors by J.C. Vaughn In many ways, Nick Katradis and Jason Versaggi are as different as could be. Katradis, a successful mortgage broker, husband, and father of three, switches between English and Greek instantaneously (even if the listener doesn’t speak Greek) […]

Great Collections: May 2018

Great Collections: May 2018

Photography & The American Stage: The Visual Culture of American Theater 1865-1965 Broadway Photographs (broadway.cas.sc.edu) is a website and online resource for students of American Theater, devotees of performing arts photography, historians of American visual culture, curators of image collections, and collectors of dramatic, operatic, balletic, and vaudevillian visual memorabilia. Its mission is to provide […]

Great Collections: April 2018

Great Collections: April 2018

On View: The Lauzon Collection at the Clark Art Institute There are two words that can thrill museum curators and collectors alike when it comes to sharing knowledge and enthusiasm for a collection – “on view.” Making this happen is an opportunity for both to see and learn more about those items they are passionate […]

Great Collections: March 2018

Great Collections: March 2018

The Gift of George Wetzel to the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C. (reprinted from Blueprints, with permission from the Department of Marketing & Communications at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., nbm.org) Acquired by the Museum in 2006, the Architectural Toy Collection is one of the largest and most sophisticated of […]

Great Collections: February 2018

Great Collections: February 2018

Seeing Double: The Stereoview Collection of Tom Prosser Managing Editor Judy Gonyeau recently got a tour of collector Tom Prosser’s amazing collection of stereoviews. A semi-professional photographer, she admits a great deal of time was spent viewing the images with many “oohs” and “ahhs.” The pictures, equipment, and overall collection were worth well over a […]

Great Collections: January 2018

Great Collections: January 2018

A Conversation with Janice E. Kelsh Founder of the Miniature Piano Enthusiast Club She may not be as famous as dimpled, sequined fellow collector Liberace or as funny as Schroeder, the miniature piano man of the Peanuts comic strip; nor is she as well-known as Barry Manilow, who features a Bencini sculpture (#63 Pianist) on […]