ANNOUNCING ……. A New SBCS “Experience”…….

Coffee Pot Monument, Winston-Salem, NC

 Bring a full cup and join with SBCS members on ZOOM in a virtual “MEET & GREET” at 2PM Eastern on Sunday, June 14th. 

Not wishing the Society’s camaraderie to languish during the 2020 Pandemic, cancellation of Convention 2020 and the long wait for Convention 2021, the Executive Team is working to establish a series of virtual programs to bring members together.  

The platform is ZOOM.  The moderator is Mark Fine.  The length of time is 45 to 60 minutes.  The loose plan for the initial meeting includes:

 

  1. EMAIL INVITATION: An invitation to all paid-up members will be sent via EMAIL on Wednesday, June 10th.  Members wishing to participate will need to REPLY to this EMAIL  and indicate their interest in attending the virtual “MEET & GREET.”   This email will explain how to sign up for free ZOOM (if not already a user), and the steps you will need to take when you sign into the meeting. 
  1. EMAIL REGISTRATION: A 2nd EMAIL will be generated by ZOOM and sent to only those members who responded to the 1st email.  This 2nd email will contain the PASSWORD for the meeting.  On the day of the meeting sign in at 2PM or a few minutes earlier.  Refer to the instructions in your first email.
  1. MEETING: The MEET of this initial meeting includes self-introduction (Name, locale, collection specialty) – in other words – short and sweet!
  1. SHARE:  Several short pre-selected building presentations by members.
  1. GREET:  A few minutes for discussion.  

THIS “EXPERIENCE” IS LIMITED TO CURRENT MEMBERS OF the SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTORS SOCIETY.   If you are not current with your membership or are interested in joining, click here to be taken to the Membership Application page. 

THERE ARE PLANS FOR FUTHER MEETINGS.  We have some ideas, but let us know your recommendations for topics.  The suggested recurring date and  time is the 2nd Sunday of the Month at 2PM Eastern.  Be sure to stay tuned.  

FLASH SALE # 6: more of BOB’S BETTER BUILDINGS!

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This slideshow consists of photos taken at Bob Kneisel’s home during the 2009 SBCS Convention in Pasadena and of photos taken in 2016 of the emptied cases.  Some of the buildings depicted could be in your FLASH SALE Box. 

If you missed out on the Bob’s Better Buildings sale last year – here is your chance to score!  And for those who did score – a second opportunity to add more wonderful buildings to your collections. 

The up-coming Kneisel Collection Flash Sale #6 is Monday, March 16th.  This Flash Sale will consist of more of Bob’s Better Buildings and be limited to 30 boxes (with an average of 4 items per box). The cost will be $60 by check or $65 by PayPal ($60 plus $5 processing fee) per box.

As a reminder, each SBCS Member in good standing (membership paid through 2020) can order only ONE box.  If you are part of a Family Membership and wish to purchase TWO boxes (one box for each Member), please include BOTH names and pay double the box price.

Keep an eye out for the official FLASH SALE Notice on March 16th and remember to follow the instructions.

KNEISEL COLLECTION UPDATE 2020

The View From the “Committee”

It has been three years since the SBCS was willed the Bob Kneisel Collection.  As in every other aspect of Life, Time marches on.  The Kneisel Committee, an ad-hoc group designated by the SBCS Leadership in 2016, was organized.  The Committee started a series of meetings to determine how to best use Bob’s Legacy for the benefit of both the SBCS and the Souvenir Building Community.  

Initially, the goal was to donate the entire Collection to an Organization that would curate, and display all or part of the Collection in a public setting.  This would allow both SBCS Members and the public at large access to the comprehensive Collection and provide a fitting Memorial to Bob.

There were several interested candidate Organizations.  Most were non-profit and required that SBCS include an ongoing endowment for curating and managing the Collection, something SBCS is not in a financial position to support.  Other interested Organizations wanted to market the items as a fundraising plan for their own organization thus splitting up the Collection.

School Children at the Architecture Museum in Lahore, Pakistan

One Institution that did receive the benefit of a donation of buildings from the Kneisel Collection was the Cultural Foundation of Pakistan, Museum of Architecture.  The Museum used the souvenir buildings as part of a larger display of world architecture aimed toward school age children.  This was a rewarding donation for SBCS, but was not a venue available to the North American public or SBCS Members.  

 

In 2018, the National Building Museum announced the pending acquisition of a Souvenir/Miniature Building Collection like Bob Kneisel’s Collection.  This event changed the focus of the Kneisel Committee.  With the other Collection becoming available in a National Museum at a national level, the Committee looked to other ways to utilize the Collection.

Discussion at both the 2017 Chicago and 2019 Kansas City SBCS Conventions revealed that many Members in attendance wanted a chance to obtain pieces from the Kneisel Collection.  The Committee then looked for ways to honor this request.

Bob’s Collection had over 4000 pieces and was very eclectic.  At each SBCS Convention since 2015 a selection of items was presented and distributed to SBCS Convention Members through auction, sale or raffle.  For these events items selected from the Collection were themed toward the Convention location.

These distributions only benefited the small percentage of SBCS Members who attend the SBCS Conventions.  The Committee wanted other ways to start the distribution of the Collection to benefit as many SBCS Members as possible.

The Committee started offering Category and Flash Sales to all qualified Members.  Initial offerings were specific categories in the Collection including certain levels of souvenir building quality and/or other types of Collectibles categories such as human and animal figurines, snow globes, charms, stadiums and crested porcelain.

These sales allow for an expanded group of SBCS Members to participate, but do not meet the desire of the SBCS Organization to distribute the remaining Collection into the hands of more SBCS Members or the Collecting Community at large.

Moving Forward in 2020

As the Flash Sales end in Spring 2020, we will be moving to the next and final phases of distributing the Kneisel Collection.  It will happen in two phases that will start concurrently.   

Phase 1 will be the offering an expanded selection of items from the Collection at the October 2020 SBCS Convention in Jackson MS.   This selection of items will be offered in the traditional way items have been offered at past Conventions including a Swap Meet,  a silent or live Auction item or as raffle items.  

Phase 2 will be the offering of the entire remaining Collection through an Auction House.  The actual scheduling of this event is still in the planning stages, so it may or may not happen in conjunction with Phase 1.  One Auction House under consideration utilizes Live Auctions allowing a greater number of souvenir building Collectors (and SBCS Members) to have access to the auctions without having to travel to the auction site.

Through these two Phases, SBCS Members will reap the benefits of the Kneisel Collection

SBCS Management and the Committee will be holding one part of the Collection as a legacy SBCS Collection.  The SBCS Convention Souvenir Buildings from 1999 through the 2019 Kansas City Convention will be held by the Society for historical purposes.  Bob Kneisel had collected all of the Commemoratives through 2015, and the Kneisel Committee has added each year’s Commemorative since. 

All fees charged to date, and all future fees charged from remaining Flash Sales and the profits from the two final Phases are used to defray costs for distributing the Collection and support other SBCS activities.

KNEISEL COMMENTARY on CHARMS as Souvenir Buildings in 2003

I had a hard time getting these images up and readable.  Please click on the second and third photos to see their full image.  Here is a link to a pdf of the material.

 

A COLLECTION OF SBCS UPDATES

 

NEWSLETTER: 

The SUMMER 2019  edition of SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTOR has been mailed, emailed, and is available in the Member Section of this website. 

There is a glorious “Photo Essay” rendering of the SBCS / SBCCA joint 2019 Convention in Olathe, KS for your viewing.  

You will want to read Howie Gelbtuch’s (with help from Anton Tremblay) take on “DOWNsizing UPgrading.”

Statue of Liberty 1953

For those of you who bask in SOLs – you know who you are – there is a tid-bit. 

And …..  Joe Kopitz contributed “Souvenir Buildings of Classic Sites.”

KNEISEL COMMITTEE:

The next round of SBCS member opportunity to capture some of Bob’s Better Buildings was detailed in the newsletter.  One box per member, but …   If we do not get full Member response, we will open it to additional boxes after the first round.  You can click here for a printable copy of the order form.  The LAST DATE for participating is OCT. 19. 

Coming in November will be a series of HOLIDAY FLASH SALES – Each Flash Sale will feature a single category of souvenir building collectible, the number of boxes in the offering will be limited by the number of items available in that category.

Photo of SB_D_Lites_of_America

Keep these sales in mind as gift boxes to that special collector. The Flash Sale will be via email blast and a post.  Be sure Joe has your email address on file.

FACEBOOK:

The SBCS FaceBook community is a hive of activity and pictures.  Souvenir Building collectors (SBCS members and non-members alike) have been sharing photos, tips, stories, and exchanges, sales, wants, etc.  Click here to join in the fun.  Be sure to answer the questions asked of all who request membership in this closed group.

SBCS WEBSITE NEEDS A WEBMASTER / EDITOR:  Donna must step down.  This site is a wordpress.com site.  The site is registered to SBCS.  

REMINDERS ! ! ! !

Spring Cleaning Time is Now!
DEADLINE FOR ORDERS is  APRIL 20 ! ! !  
Boxes will be shipped out by May 10.
This is no ordinary offer!   Last year’s Bob Kneisel Committee’s Box Metal Pot Luck offer was a tremendous success.  This time they are offering items from Bob Kneisel’s Collection that are NOT BUILDINGS.  This offering will be souvenir statues, busts, animals, transportation items and other non-building items.  Here’s the link to ALL the information.
GET YOUR ORDER IN NOW!
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CLICK YOUR HEELS AND FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO THE SBCCA AND SBCS 2019 COLLECTORS CONVENTION IN KANSAS

Photo of Dorothy's Red Slippers on display in the Smithsonian. Photo is courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.

The 2019 SBCS Convention in Olathe, Kansas is getting closer:  June 4 to 8.   If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, head over to the Convention Page for all the details.
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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES and AN EASY WAY TO FIND THEM

Researching the 25 years of the SBCS Journal newsletter is made so much easier by the Indexes supplied by member Tom DiNapoli.  There are three: Authors, Articles and Featured, and Topics.  Tom has modernized for the most recent set. Take a trip over to the Newsletters page and check them out.
 

SBCS: Convention, Kneisel, and facebook

CONVENTION

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.

 

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Members contributing photos to the slide show: Carolyn C, Tarrun V, Joe K, Wynn W, Jerry I-H, Steven C. 

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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 

KNEISEL COLLECTION

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.

CHICAGO 2017 PHOTOS: Rare Souvenir Buildings and More ……..

The stories are swell at a SBCS Convention “Show and Tell.”

Original Irish Hill Tower and Gray Tower, Lenawee County, MI. Souvenir Buildings / Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Bill H. and Michael E. brought the tale and the evidence of the IRISH HILLS TOWERS saga.  Apparently in the 1920s a farmer,  who owned part of a hill that the Michigan Observation Company (MOC) sought to purchase for a tourist-based observation tower, refused to sell his portion.  Whereupon, the enterprising company purchased the adjoining piece of land and built the IRISH HILLS OBSERVATORY and opened it to the public in September of 1924, to great success.   By November of the same year (just 2 months later), the envious nay-sayer had built his own tower adjacent to the first and made it a bit higher to attract the tourists to his site.  Reacting to challenge the Michigan Observation Company added a second observation platform atop the first and called their tower the ORIGINAL IRISH HILLS TOWER.  The farmer then evened the height of his tower with the “Original” and named his tower the “Gray” tower.  MOC then countered with the threat of tearing down their tower and erecting a metal edifice so large that the challenge would be over.  From then until the 1950s the towers were competing attractions.  In the 1950s they were operated as one attraction with a gift shop between.   As of today, they are on the US National Register of Historic Places.  Bill’s and Michael’s Salt and Pepper Shakers depict the Original Irish Hills Tower and the Gray Tower.

Sofitel Hotel (a former City Hall), Amsterdam; Dordrecht City Hall, Netherlands.

From the KLM and Goedewaagen collection of Simon H. comes a pair of rare Goedewaagen porcelain buildings.  The building on the left is the Sofitel Legend Grand Amsterdam Hotel, the site and building has a long and storied history, prior to it’s re-incarnation as a hotel.  The building on the left is the City of Hall of Dordrecht.

 

Steve B. and Terry M. went building hunting with Joe K. at the start of the weekend in Chicago.  To the delight of all, the finds were special and the swapping even better.  Terry found the very nice St. Peter’s Basilica in the same mall that Joe found the University Hall and a mutually-agreed-upon swap was executed.

McPherson Opera House souvenir building and as pictured in a iPhone photograph.

Steve also shared his acquisition of the McPherson Opera House and the photo he had taken of the actual building.

There are lots of convention photos to be seen in the Members Only portion of the website.  Head on over to MEMBERS ONLY / CONVENTION PHOTOS and click one of more of the links under 2017.

KNEISEL COLLECTION: Initial Museum Donation

The MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURE at TDCP Changa Manga Resort, Punjab, Pakistan is the first recipient of souvenir buildings from the Kneisel Collection.

A portion of the Cultural Foundation of Pakistan powerpoint presentation.

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):

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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.

 

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.

 

CHICAGO 2017: It is in The Bag!

Convention Goodie Bag with brochures, maps, and schedule. 2017 Convention Building Souvenir: Wrigley Building Bank

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 ……………….

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.