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.

Pot-Metal Box-Luck: Packed and Shipped!

 

 

Chris had 55 “If it fits It ships” mid-size priority mail boxes taped and ready for packing this Friday morning.  After braving the flood of cars on the infamous 405 Freeway at peak drive-time of 7AM, Donna and her sister Alice arrived, were reinvigorated with coffee and cake, and taken to the basement.  In the short time of about 5 hours, storage boxes were unpacked, buildings distributed assembly-line fashion among the prepared shipping boxes, efforts made to balance the quality of the items, and make sure of the correct count in each box.  Then the items in each box was carefully wrapped, the box sealed and placed in a stack.  By the end of the process we had no idea what was in each box.  After all were boxed the mailing labels were printed and affixed and on their way to the Post Office.  Good Luck to all of you who ordered a Pot-Metal Box-Luck shipment.  The Kneisel Committee thanks you.

 

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.

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:

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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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/47920772123/

 

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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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.

 

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.