Conviviality was a big feature of the 2018 SBCS Convention in Worcester, Mass.Billed as a Boston / Brimfield / Building Bash, the Convention delivered on all accounts.The fields of Brimfield, the local (or nearly local) antique malls and shops, the Convention Swap Meet, Raffle, and Auction all contributed to the friendly competition among attendees.Here’s a look at SBCS Boston 2018.
Members contributing photos to the slide show: Carolyn C, Tarrun V, Joe K, Wynn W, Jerry I-H, Steven C.
Our facebook page has been quite active in recent weeks covering all sorts of souvenir building topics and all sorts of souvenir buildings – with lots of pictures.
Collectors are riffing on plastic, ceramic, and wood buildings, Apple Park, Ukranian Churches, James Dean, Fallingwater.New members are posting pictures of their collections.Joe K. has a discussion question up for Boston attendees about the use of the Antiques and Collectibles guide that was available. Check it out here: Souvenir Building Collectors
The next Journal of The Souvenir Building Collectors Society will contain an article and an offer from the Kneisel Committee.The offer of 5 Kneisel Collection buildings for a mailing and packing fee of $25 will be open to all who are current (paid-up) SBCS members as of September 30, 2018.Specific details will appear here on the SBCS website soon and in the SBCS Journal.“Watch this space” and be sure your membership is up-to-date.
When we think of a souvenir building, one thinks of the impressive memorials, towers and skyscrapers from around the world. A lot of cities in our world today, however, would not be as successful or famous without a different kind of structure: the bridge.
Sometimes, a bridge can be the more well known than the buildings it connects. The Golden Gate Bridge has become synonymous with San Francisco, the London Bridge even has a song (though the original no longer lives in London). Believe it or not, a lot of bridges are worth a souvenir, and traveling around the globe, one can find many miniatures to bring home. Beautiful, strong, and impressive—bridges are an excellent addition to any building collection.
Back in 2002, the Souvenir Building Collector, Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, published a part travelogue, part historical, and part descriptive article by Bill Trainer on The French Worsted Company, Woonsocket, RI. A miniature replica of this company’s buildings and campus is sought after by souvenir building collectors. In just a few days one of these replicas, from the Bob Kneisel collection, will be auctioned off at the SBCS 2018 Convention in Worcester, MA.
Monuments, Mountains, Banks, Carillon………. Bring an empty bag to the 2018 SBCS Boston Convention! Take a look at these additional pieces from the Kneisel Collection that will be available for purchase through the Swap Meet and the Auction on Saturday, July 14. Don’t miss out! Click here for Registration Information!
A selection of approximately 25 souvenir buildings from Bob Kneisel’s Collection will be among the many offerings at the 2018 SBCS Convention SWAP MEET and AUCTION. Ten of Kneisel’s buildings are shown below. Don’t miss out on this opportunity at the 2018 SBCS Convention in Boston, July 13 – 15.Here is a link to the Registration Information.
Start planning TODAY! The 2018 SBCS Convention has something for everyone! The convention hotel, Worcester HILTON GARDEN INN, is situated between the treasure-filled meadows of Brimfield and the historic buildings of Boston. Worcester is the where the SMILEY FACE was born, a sign of the good times that await SBCS conventioneers.
The Convention is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 13 – 15. Visit the 2018 Convention Tab/Page for the hotel details and make your reservation early. The Convention Schedule and Registration details will soon be available.
The MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURE at TDCP Changa Manga Resort, Punjab, Pakistan is the first recipient of souvenir buildings from the Kneisel Collection.
In June of 2016, Robert Kneisel willed his collection of some 4000 plus souvenir buildings and statues to the Souvenir Building Collectors Society. The SBCS formed a Kneisel Collection Team spearheaded by Chris S. to address the disposition of such a magnificent gift. The team quickly determined that the bulk of the quality buildings could form the basis of a permanent display of souvenir buildings in one or more museums. Planning toward this end began in August of 2016.
Serendipitously, in March of 2017, the Society was approached, through the SBCSociety website, by Muhammad Raza Kahn, President of the Cultural Foundation of Pakistan. He told of the establishment of a Museum of Architecture and requested, from the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, the donation of architectural models of world landmarks for a display to be entitled “EXPLORE CULTURE THROUGH ARCHITECTURE.
Joe K. and Chris S. took the lead in contacting and working with Mr. Kahn, who provided the Kneisel Collection Team with a powerpoint presentation detailing the plans for the Museum of Architecture and how it our small buildings would become part of the larger exhibit. Click below to view the presentation (remember to hit the arrow to make it run):
The team confirmed the suitablility of the request and selected an array of iconic world miniature buildings as the donation. The selected items made their way from Los Angeles, through Canada, and on to Pakistan, where they arrived in September 2017. They will be displayed at the ModelTown Museum in Lahore, Pakistan.
Souvenir Buildings on their way!
Empire State Building
Houses of Parliament
Knoxville Sun Tower
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Russian Orthodox Church
Sears Willis Tower
Seattle Space Needle
St. Peters Basilica
Statue of Liberty
Trylon and Perisphere, NYC 1939
Unisphere NYC 1964
United States Capitol
While this story is about the donation to the Museum of Architecture in Pakistan, it is also a reminder that SBCS is looking for other museums or appropriate institutions (library, university or college, city hall) who are interested in permanently acquiring souvenir buildings for display. If you have a suggestion or two – Send the Kneisel Collection Committee an email.
Newly installed SBCS President Carolyn Curtiss recently issued a challenge to the friends of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society Facebook page: “Let’s have some fun. Buildings alphabetically. Here’s my A from my collection. Aschaffenburg Germany Bank. Tomorrow I’ll post a B. Anybody else have an A or B?”
So……. while waiting for the next SBCSociety website post – lots of convention pictures, head on over to the SBCS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/47920772123 and check out the growing number of alphabetically posted pictures from numerous contributors.
Here is a sample:
A: Aschaffenburg, Germany. Bank (Carolyn C)
B: Barcelona, Sagrada Familia and Gaudi Apartment Building (Carolyn C)
C: Castillo De San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL. (Nina)
D: Disney Concer Hall, Los Angeles, CA. (Chad)
E: Equitable Building, Chicago, IL (Mark F)
F: Freedomland Amusement Park Saucer, Bronx, NY. (Steven C.)
Why not join the fun and add your own photos. Let’s see the variety of souvenir buildings that can get us all the way through the alphabet to Z, or if you prefer – Zed.
Memories of: Architecture, Friends, FLW, the Bean, Museums, the River, Shopping, Swapping, and lots of Little Buildings! They’ve all been packed up and are headed for home ……………….
Elizabeth and Joe selling Souvenir Buildings at Chicago’s Randolph Street Market.
Alaska State Bank, Museum of Science and Industry, Grand Coulee Dam
Jay at the Swap Meet checking out the buildings.
Hollywood Bowl and Big Ben from Raffle 2017.
Chris delivering the Kneisel Report at the 2017 SBCS Business Meeting
One of the Dog Sculpture guarding the entrance to the Homewood Suites, Downtown – the SBCS Convention hotel.
Lincoln, Wrigley Building
Carolyn’s haul is photographed in front of the iconic parking garage.
Magic Mountain Coaster
Kudos to Mark and Michael for a well-executed Convention with lots of options, camaraderie, and plenty of opportunities for acquisition of small buildings. As plans for the next conventions crystallize they will be conveyed via The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society and this website.