Don’t Miss Out. October 15th.

Pot-Metal Box-Luck


Just a friendly reminder to all current 2018 members to take advantage of an opportunity to get mystery buildings from one of the best collections in our history.

For just $25 you get up to 5 minor items from Bob Kneisel’s estate.

Cool, huh?  Details are below on the original post




Just a few things for you to know about. 

Ward Smith’s collection is being offered by BP Auctions this Friday and Saturday September 14-15. It is listed on  Absentee biddings is open to those who register. 

Also, the 2019 Convention Hotel-the Embassy Suites in Olathe Kansas is now accepting reservations. Details: the Embassy Suites, Olathe, KS  (913)353-9280. Code SBC.    Dates:  June 4-8 (The $139 rate is good Sunday June 2 thru Sunday June 9). It can also be booked online. Just add the code. 

For those who like the home visits, the two big collections are on Thursday.  I know, it is not convenient for those of us working but….

Just thought I’d let you all know of these events. More on the this later. 





Bob Kneisel relaxing at the 2015 SBCS Convention

There once was a collector called Kneisel

Of souvenir buildings he had a houseful

With generous foresight

To SBCS members’ delight

His Legacy provides surprise by the boxful!

A single box containing 5 items from Bob Kneisel’s bequest to SBCS is being offered to each paid-up SBCS member for $25 a box. The $25 covers packing and shipping.

The contents of each box will be randomly selected from some of the lesser or duplicative pieces in Bob’s collection.  They will be selected to fit 5 items into a USPS Medium Flat Rate Box. 

No member may purchase more than one (1) box from this offering.  Household memberships can purchase two (2) boxes.

This offer is time-limited.  You must be a paid-up SBCS member by October 1, 2018.  The Pot-Metal Box-Luck order must be received by October 15.  The boxes will be mailed the last week of October. 

So get your order in early.  You will be able to place your order starting September 1, 2018.

Click Here for Order Form

SBCS: Convention, Kneisel, and facebook


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. 


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.

Buildings, Banks..and Bridges?

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.

Here are some exmaples of souvenir bridges:


A painted metal Golden Gate Bridge. Collection of Seamus McMahon

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The Ponte Sisto Bridge of Florence and Charles Bridge of Prague. Both Resin. Collection of Seamus McMahon

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The Chain Bridge of Budapest. Resin.  Collection of Seamus McMahon

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Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. Resin, with cars running through it and lit with holiday lights. Collection of Seamus McMahon

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Sometimes a brdge can be featured in a cityscape, like the Brooklyn Bridge here of New York. Resin. Collection of Seamus McMahon

Have some bridges of your own? We’d love to see them! Please feel free to post in the comment section or on our Facebook page at


The French Worsted Company: will be at the SBCS Auction

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.

Here is the beginning of the article.

French Worsted

To read the whole article and peruse a copy of Volume 9, No. 4, Winter 2002 journal, click here.

Full copies (24 years) of the Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors are digitally available to members of SBCS.  Join today.

There is still time to register for and attend the July 13 – 15 Convention in Worcester, MA. To visit the registration page click here. 

SBCS 2018: Kneisel Collectibles

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!


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The Deadlines are Coming! The Deadlines are Coming!


Paul Revere

Hey Everybody! This year’s convention is almost upon us, and that can only mean that deadlines for hotel and convention registration are even closer. The Preferred Rate of $129.00 for Hotel Rooms is this coming Sunday, June 10th. If you have not done so and are planning to book a room for the convention this year, please consider doing so before this date. You can either call or reserve online, here are the details:

ANNUAL CONVENTION – July 13 & 14 2018 is at the
Hilton Garden Inn, 35 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester, MA 01608 Call: 1 508 753-5700

Hotel reservations at special convention rate of $129.00 per night (plus tax) including parking must be made by June 21 or a higher rate will apply.

Group name: SBCS Annual
Group Code: SBCS


Online Hotel Booking Page

And separate from hotel booking, please also note that the deadline for preferred registration for this year’s convention is Thursday, June 21st. If you register for the convention after this date, a late fee of $20.00 will need to be added. If you have not registered yet, you can do so either by mailing the form you should have received with your newsletter, or follow the instructions on our Convention 2018 section of the website. For all of those who have already registered, thank you for joining us, and no need to worry about those looming deadlines docking in Boston’s Harbor.

Look forward to seeing you all soon for a “Wicked” good time!



Compliments of Old North Church Gift Shop




Photo Credits: Revere-; Old North-

Bring Your Buck$ to Boston

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.


2018 Boston/Brimfield Convention: Hotel Booking and Faneuil Hall


Oh look at the time! Only 2 and a half months before the next SBCS convention is upon us. With the great combo of Boston, Brimfield, and the home base of Worcester, this convention is bound to be another great celebration of souvenir buildings and our fun group. While we wait in anticipation, we’ll be posting about some of the great landmarks to look out for as you stay in the Massachusetts area. Our first stop, Faneuil Hall.
An hour away from our hotel in Worcester, MA, Faneuil Hall has been a staple in the Boston cityscape for more than two centuries. First constructed in 1743, the building was funded entirely by merchant Peter Faneuil as a meeting place and market for the city.If you look at the top of the hall’s cupola, you will see a grasshopper—though not known for sure this appears to be an homage to the the Royal Exchange building in London  that has a similar weather vane.  A fire in 1761 completely gutted the building, and a reconstruction soon followed after. In 1806, the hall was expanded and the cupola moved to the other side of the building, creating the structure that we know well today.
Though unfortunately one of its first purposes was for slave trade, the hall has worn many hats over the years. It was the site of revolutionary speeches meetings by Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty, a theatre during British occupation, and now a top tourist attraction and market. A part of Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail, thousands of visitors walk through the building to take a look into the Great Hall, walk through the market stalls, and maybe buy that Boston souvenir you’ve been waiting for!
If you have not looked into booking yet, we recommend you do soon! As stated previously, rooms will only be held until June 21st, which will be upon us before you know it.
Please go to our convention section on the website for more details. The schedule for the convention should be arriving soon, and once details are hammered out, look for registration information on our site and in the newsletter to RSVP your attendance this year.
Photo Courtesy of Seamus McMahon