Category Archives: Great Collections

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 […]

Great Collections: December 2017

Great Collections: December 2017

The Grimminger Collection of Hymnals With Dr. Daniel Grimminger Since the time of the 16th-century Reformation, hymn singing has been very important in Western civilization. Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote hymns, some of which were newly composed while others were adaptations of ancient Latin chant melodies and texts. Over the next 500 years, German hymns found […]

Great Collections: November 2017

Great Collections: November 2017

The Glove Collection Trust Gloves have been found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, on the hands of newly crowned monarchs, and running the entire length of woman’s arms to help demonstrate that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But it was S. William Beck who wrote an intricate book on gloves in 1883 who stated […]

Great Collections: October 2017

Great Collections: October 2017

Match Safes and Little People A Conversation with Dr. Howard Knohl of The Knohl Collection by Judy Gonyeau, Managing Editor It is said that Museums showcase only 5% of their collection at any given time; however private collectors Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl are able to keep their over-80,000 items across 17 collections on view […]

Great Collections: September 2017

Great Collections: September 2017

J. Pierpont Morgan Hartford native John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), founder of a banking dynasty still in operation today, was one of the great financial figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Well known for his successes as a banker, railroad tycoon, and steel magnate, he was also an important philanthropist and avid art […]

Great Collections: August 2017

Great Collections: August 2017

Historic Deerfield’s Textiles Collection A conversation with David E. (Ned) Lazaro, Curator of Textiles Please give us an overall sense of Historic Deerfield’s Textiles, Clothing, and Embroidery Collection. Historic Deerfield’s fashion and textile collection is a significant part of the museum. Numbering about 8,000 items, it is nearly 1/3 of the entire artifact collection. Items […]

Great Collections: July 2017

Great Collections: July 2017

Dr. Ken Kallin: Signature Collector Photos by Chloe Powell Dr. Ken Kallin has amassed what is widely acknowledged to be the world’s largest Autographed Book collection – one that is in the process of begetting the official Guinness World Record. With over 16,109 autographed books already qualified, according to the strict Guinness criteria/guidelines, and 300+ […]

Great Collections: June 2017

Great Collections: June 2017

The Eric C. Caren Collection Photos: Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017 Eric C. Caren has been called the “Babe Ruth of private historical collecting” and compared to the 19th century collector Sir Thomas Phillips. His collection, The Caren Archive, is acknowledged as one of the largest and most important private collections of Paper Americana in the […]