HIT THE ROAD, BOB! Courtesy of Chris Spry

148…149…150…151…152…Done!

The last box was loaded onto the U-Haul rental.   All items fit snugly in the 10’ Box truck.   The Bob Kneisel Collection was ready to travel 2600 miles across country from Los Angeles to Oldwick, New Jersey.  The trip was planned and executed to complete the planned dispersal of the Collection four years after it was bequeathed to SBCS by Bob Kneisel.

The destination was RSL Auctioneers in Oldwick, where Leon Weiss and his Associates, Julian and Andrea will take over and prepare the items for a “cyber” auction later this year.   

The travel plan included a drive-by stop at Steven and Ethan Chevalier’s home in Ridgewood outside of Jackson MS.   There, eight of the boxes were unloaded to await the 2021 SBCS Convention in Jackson.  

The route was simple but a jumble of interstate routes.  First it was I-10 to I-20 straight into Jackson.  Then, back on I-20 to Birmingham, northeast on I-59. East on I-40, northeast again on I-81 and then due east on I-78 to New Jersey.  The road trip included several picturesque parts of the country, including the Mississippi and Alabama forests, The New Mexico and Arizona Sonoran Desert, and the Shenandoah Valley.

All this done in 5 days.  And yes, we were employing best social-distancing practices in accordance with our current National situation.

51..huff…99….huff….118…..huff…..135……hufff……144……HHUUFF….YEAH!

The STAIRS and the RSL crew plus Joe Kopitz

At the New Jersey location, Joe Kopitz met me, and we unloaded the truck along with Leon Weiss, his son Julian, and Andrea Abernethy.   But, as a surprise to Joe and me, it included unloading and moving those 144 boxes up a flight of stairs.  Yes, RSL Auctions is on the second floor of a commercial building with no elevator.   Even though fitness centers are starting to reopen nationally, no StairMasters were needed that day.  

After the delivery, Joe started his meandering way back to Brooklyn, intending to stop at several New Jersey thrift shops that he had not visited in the past.

Me?  I chose to relax until my flight from Newark to Los Angeles the next day.   Up to that point the trip was extremely satisfying.   However, commercial flying today is challenging… but that it another story.

RSL intends to issue the Kneisel Collection as an exclusive two-day cyber-sale, meaning that is will be on-line only for two days and only include items from Bob’s Collection.  Look for announcements regarding the sale on the SBCS and RSL websites and by email blasts from SBCS.  

Update from Chris Spry.  The Kneisel Collection Committee Mediator, Moderator, Maintainer of Decorum, Boxes, Documents, and Long-Haul Deliverer!  Thank you!

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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.

SBCS – SBCC CONVENTION 2019

 

OLATHE, KANSAS

 

In June of 2019 collectors on the trail of souvenir buildings and collectors of still banks will converge in Olathe, Kansas, where once The Oregon Trail, The California Trail, and The Santa Fe Trail overlapped.

Have YOU mapped out your route yet to the 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society?

Here are some milestones you’ll need to consider to along the way:

  1. The Still Bank Collectors Club (SBCCA) are hosting the event.  To participate in ALL activities you will need to join the SBCCA (fee is $45.00).  Here is a link to their website.
  2. Convention Registration is through the SBCCA. The registration fee is $175 and is inclusive of all events.  New members of SBCCA are entitled to a $45 reduction in the registration fee, thereby making Registration and Membership total $175.  There are no separate fees for SBCS attendees.
  3. Accommodations are at the EMBASSY SUITES, Olathe.   Convention rates are for the dates June 3 – June 8,2019.  Use the code SBC
  4. The Convention Commemorative is a building shaped still or coin bank and is included in the registration fee.  An SBCS Silver Anniversary Commemorative will be offered later in this year AND to all members in good standing at the time of the subscription.
  5. Pick and Pack your Souvenir Buildings for sale or exchange during the convention.  The process is a little different this year.  SBCCA tradition is “Room Hopping” a practice which goes on for the duration of the convention.  SBCS members will be able to participate in this exercise.  SBCCA and SBCS will hold separate Auctions at each end of Saturday.  As an attendee you will be able to participate in both auctions. 

HOP on over to the 2019 SBCS Convention Page to view the Convention Schedule and further details. 

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. 

facebook

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.

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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ARE YOU READY? CAN YOU DIG IT? – SBCS Convention June 10 – 12

The 2016 SBCS Convention is almost here!

  • Locals are readying their collections for your inspection.
From the 2003 SBCS Convention

From the 2003 SBCS Convention

  • Swap Meet Masters are checking their inventories for those pieces they hope to make a deal with.

SBCS 2014 SWAP Meet

SBCS 2014 SWAP MEET

  • The FREE-4-ALL at the FREEBEES table where  a selection of buildings from upgrading (or downsizing) or just generally generous members are giving everyone else a chance at those duplicates, or triplicates, etc. etc. etc.

The original Freebees table started by Bob Kneisel at the SBCS 2009 convention

  • Clever Collectors are planning their assault on the “Paper Bag Raffle” – Strings of Raffle Tickets decorate the landscape at the Saturday Evening Festivities.
  • Who knows what will be up for Auction at the end of the evening? Some past goodies have included the Travelers Insurance Co. Hartford, CT; The Peoples United States Bank, St. Louis; and a Mike Merwine re-cast of The Gotham Bank Building.

What souvenir or monument find are you bringing to share with the group?

If you haven’t yet registered for the convention there is still time. Click here for the details.

EXPAND YOUR COLLECTION: Sept 25 & 26 Auction

Here’s your chance! That one special building or many sought-after pieces from noted SBCS member Howie Gelbtuch’s collection and other consignors! All you have to do is have a winning bid!

The bricks-and-mortar auction will be held in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Click here for the four-page flyer (pdf) from BP Auctions.

Catalogued items can be viewed now by clicking on these links for LiveAuctioneers: September 25September 26.

BP Auction, Sept. 25-26, 2015

Page 1 of four page flyer for BP Auction of Banks and Souvenir Buildings