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2015 Convention Finds and Membership Alerts

Membership Alerts:


  1. Volumes 1 to 5 of the JOURNAL OF THE SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTOR SOCIETY are now available for download in the Membership section of the website.  Members Only / SBCS Newsletters / Listing of Back Issues.   Go to the bottom of the page.
  2. Jay M, Michael E, and Joe K have contributed photos from the 2015 Convention that can be viewed at Members Only / Convention Photos / 2015.  Roll over caption to get full captions. If you have pictures to share, please forward them.  Also, check out the public tab, 2015 Convention Redux.  We’ll keep it up for a while and could use some photos.
  3. We could use some more pictures of buildings and monuments acquired during the convention to post and increase the number of buildings that will come up in a internet search.
  4. Lance Oldham’s definitive work Banthrico Buildings, Then and Now. Check it out and download it for your research files.

    Front Cover of Bantrico Buildings, Then & Now
    Front Cover of Banthrico Buildings, Then and Now by Lance G. Oldham


Photos and descriptions of your souvenir buildings / monuments / statues with a Los Angeles City, Los Angeles County, or Orange County location. We will start posting some of these photos as a run-up to the June 10 – 12, 2016 SBCS Convention in Los Angeles. A further intent is to create a locale (LA and Orange Counties) specific checklist for members. Email your photos to


Head over to the Souvenir Building Collectors Facebook page and keep the conversation lively.

2015 Convention Fun and Finds:

Elizabeth L. and Joe K.  took advantage of the “First to Fly” promotion for the Orlando EYE and got the birds-eye view of the Orlando countryside.  Joe took 2 flights and received 2 commemorative “First to Fly” pins.  Joe said, “While there is not that much to see while up in the sky (after all, it is in central Florida – not on the edge of the Thames), there are several worthwhile sites to discover and see from a different perspective”.

Katherine and Jerry tickled Frank Lloyd Wrights’ fancy.

Frank Lloyd Wright Statue
Frank Lloyd Wright Statue, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

Donna S. picked up 2 keys to the 1933 Century of Progress, Chicago’s World Fair, at an antique mall in the city of Winter Park.  Of course, the keys had buildings depicted on them.

Keys to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Keys to the 1933 Century of Progress, Chicago World’s Fair. Gray Metal, 8 1/2″ and 10″ in length.

On his way out-of-town, Joe K. found a $1 treasure at the Belville Corner Old Time Market in Bushnell, FL.

The Swap and Shop tables, the after dinner raffle, and the auction yielded more treasures for the 2015 convention attendees.

Photo of Auction/Raffle Items
Checking out the Auction and Raffle Items
Photo of miniature General Motors Building
Even a bashed up General Motors, Detroit, MI miniature building is all good if you don’t have one in your collection. Grey metal, 3 1/2″ in height.



Buildings, Events, Miscellaneous, Monuments, News, WHERE IS IT?

2015 SBCS Convention is IN THE BAG!

The Souvenir Building Collectors Society 2015 Convention in Orlando, Florida is in the bag. The next gathering will be June 10-11-12, 2016 in Los Angeles.

As SBCS members trickled out of Orlando, they carried bags of memories and packed suitcases of small buildings.

SBCS 2015 Commemorative, Orlando City Hall, pewter, Height 2 1/4
SBCS 2015 Commemorative, Orlando City Hall, pewter, Height 2 1/4″, Width 3″, Mfg. Infocus Tech.

Early arrivals were treated to a walking tour of historical downtown Orlando, which included the SBCS & SBCCA Exhibit of miniature buildings in the Orlando City Hall Rotunda. This exhibit runs until May 9th.

SBCS Attendees caught up with each other at our hosts’ Meet & Greet soiree. Many shared stories of their newest or their special souvenir building finds.


More memories were added to the bag with the fantastic tour of one of the largest collections of buildings by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, FL.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright architect
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright architect
Just in case you get lost!
Just in case you get lost!


One member found a photo of a cast metal model of the the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel that was sold to raise money for building the chapel.  Have you seen one?

Cast Metal Model of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
Cast Metal Model of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

The Swap Meet on Saturday gave everyone a chance to trade, sell, or buy souvenir buildings. More treasures were added to the suitcases with the annual auction and raffle. It was hard not to go home with more real estate!

Buildings, Miscellaneous, News

SBCS Convention Commemoratives

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The Souvenir Building Collectors Society meeting is in Orlando, FL on May 1, 2 & 3, 2015.  Click here to be taken to the website page about the 2015 Convention.

Click here to visit THE BUILDING COLLECTOR’s website and post on the SBCS Conventions’ Commemorative miniature buildings.

Click here to see the listing of the SBCS Convention locales and activities.