2014 Convention Finds

Stadhusett - Stockholm (City Hall - Stockholm), Sweden, height - 3”, Cast Metal.  Sticker on bottom reads, “Washfobik, Konsthantverk, Varby, Sweden.”  The City Hall was designed the National Romantic style by the architect Ragnar Ostberg and was completed in 1923.

Stadhusett – Stockholm (City Hall – Stockholm), Sweden, height – 3”, Cast Metal. Sticker on bottom reads, “Washfobik, Konsthantverk, Varby, Sweden.” The City Hall was designed the National Romantic style by the architect Ragnar Ostberg and was completed in 1923.

Russell K. shares the following: “These are two acquisitions that I consider as the most unique added to my collection as a result of the SBCS event in Nashville. Both represent major architectural monuments in Stockholm, Sweden. My wife and I have visited them during our travels to Sweden. I had not previously seen these souvenir buildings. They were formerly part of the collection of Pat Smith. Based on the number of other Swedish souvenir buildings I purchased at the swap meet that were part of her collection, I would assume she bought both pieces in Sweden. Joe K. had also brought a large number of pieces of travel literature that Pat had collected and my wife and I were pleased to be able to take a number of them that related to Scandinavia.”

Kungliga Slottet - Stockholm (Royal Palace), Sweden, height - 1 1/8”, Cast Metal, Maker unknown.  Since completion 1974 it has served as the official royal residence of the Swedish Royal family.

Kungliga Slottet – Stockholm (Royal Palace), Sweden, height – 1 1/8”, Cast Metal, Maker unknown. Since completion in 1774 it has served as the official royal residence of the Swedish Royal family.

Convention Finds!

SBCS’s 2014 Convention is over. There were some good souvenir building and monument finds associated with the attendees’ travel, Nashville antique-ing, SBCS swapping, raffle and auction. Here are the first pictures sharing some of the take-homes.

Carolyn C. found the David sculpture, in perfect condition, at the “Big One” Nashville Flea Market on Friday. She was happy to grab it for $15.

Photo of David. Souvenir Monument.

David, Michelangelo, Italy, 5” tall, pot metal. Onyx base 2.5 “

 

Wynn W. scored one from his wish list at a flea market on his way home from the convention. “On the way North I made a few stops, including a flea market where I found this treasure. It has been near the top of my want list since I saw a photo of it well over 15 years ago. The finish is in excellent condition, but It looks like the Washington Monument was glued on at one time, and put on a bit crooked. I look forward to doing some major rearranging on my Washington DC shelves to make room for this piece. “

Washington DC cityscape

Washington DC cityscape, 4 1/2 inches tall, made in Japan, makers mark – Initials KT in a circle with wings, MM #246.

 

Many attendees left Nashville with a pocket full of refrigerator magnets that featured buildings and monuments. They were a final gift to members of SBCS from Pat Smith, who passed away earlier this year.

Refrigerator Magnets from Pat Smith

New York, Asturias, Maltese House, Wells Cathedral, HaNoi, Ellis Island, Museo Chillida, Unknown, Quebec CN.

 

SBCS President, Joe K did quite well and sent the following pictures of the loot with which he returned home.

Joe K. Souvenir Building Finds

Top row – United American Bank; Singing Tower – Mountain Lake, FLA; Havoline Tower – Chicago World’s Fair 1936 – 1934; Metal Sunsphere, Knoxville, TN; St. Jacob’s Stone Church, Brodbecks, PA; Statue of Liberty. Bottom Row – Oil rig – Wellington, TX; Locomotive Pencil Sharpener; Mount Rushmore; Neuschwanstein; oil rig on State of Texas outline; Befreiungshalle

 

Joe K Finds

Top row – Capitol Records 45 record sleeve (great graphics); Singing Tower – Lake Wales FLA; Knox County Court House; plastic Sunsphere, Knoxville, TN; Jefferson Standard Life Ins. Co., Greensboro, NC; R do Sevilla; Park Bank thermometer; United Nations cup & saucer. Bottom row – State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA (ceramic bank); Royal Manchester Exchange (porcelain box); Steamtown – Bellows Falls, VT (ceramic bank); Castillo De San Marco; The Hermitage (metal letter holder); Pikes Peak or Bust (S&P metal tray).

 

Joe K. Finds

Top row – Buckingham Palace; SBCS 1994-2014 Parthenon; 3 monkeys on Savings Bank. Bottom row – Seattle Space Needle pen; Blackpool S&P set; 2 unknown metal buildings; Rehberger basketball player statue

 

Time is Passing Fast – SBCS Convention Hotel Discount Ends Sept. 30!

Hotel Room Discount ends on September 30. Rate goes up significantly. Good idea to make your reservations now.

Convention Late Fee is $20 for 2014 SBCS Convention registrations received after October 1st. Since registration (as of now) is by snail mail, it is time to get moving.

Click here for Registration Form and link to Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

A quick review of the SBCS 2014 Convention Highlights:

Friday, Oct 24: Registration, Downtown Walking Tour, Meet & Greet with host and lots of Show & Tell.

A 1930s view from the State Capitol.  SBCS Walking Tour will cover this area.

A 1930s view from the State Capitol. SBCS Walking Tour will cover this area.

Saturday, Oct 25: Annual Business Meeting, The Swap Meet, afternoon Driving Tour, Dinner and featured raffle and auction.
Sunday, Oct 26: Foot-Loose and Fancy Free. Options include sight-seeing, flea market, antique shops.

 

1939 Postcard of Maxwell House, Nashville, TN.  Burned down in 1961.  Teddy Roosevelt is credited with coining the phrase, "Good to the last drop" while having coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.

1939 Postcard of Maxwell House, Nashville, TN. Burned down in 1961. Teddy Roosevelt is credited with coining the phrase, “Good to the last drop” while having coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.

Patricia Scherf-Smith (1930 – 2014) Early Member and SBCS Contributor

Photo of Pat Smith and miniature buildings 1996

Pat Smith with her collection of houses and buildings. Souvenir Building Collector, Journal Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring-Summer 1996.

Patricia Scherf-Smith, avid collector and documenter of miniature buildings, was an early member of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society and a frequent contributor to the Souvenir Building Collector Journal. She wrote about hunting souvenir buildings in the Middle East, at Estate Sales, on the Internet, and in catalogs. Click here to read about her 2001 adventures collecting souvenir buildings in the Middle East. A frequent attendee at the SBCS Annual Conventions, she shared her enthusiasm and interests with all. Tributes to Pat can be found at Mason City Glove Gazette and The Building Collector.