SBCS Convention 202ONE

SBCS Convention 202ONE

Jackson, MS

Oct. 8 & 9 

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WHERE MEMORIES WILL BE MADE, FRIENDSHIPS RENEWED, and BUILDINGS SWAPPED, BOUGHT, and  AUCTIONED!

Items from the Bob Kneisel Collection will be for sale and auction, including highlights from his MICROCOSMS trove.  

There is still time to register for SBCS 202ONE !

Health and Safety:

Many SBCS members have voiced health safety concerns about the upcoming convention.  The SBCS Executive Committee has made the decision to go forward with the convention with some sensible health safety protocols in place.  Hopefully these guidelines will give comfort to all attendees. 

We expect ALL attendees to be fully vaccinated.  We will ask for your proof of vaccination at check in.  Make sure to bring it with you.   No proof of vaccination – no entry to any convention events.

A Covid PCR test will be available on site if interested. Registrants can receive further information regarding this. 

ALL attendees must wear masks during the Friday bus tour and at all inside events.  At outside events and with indoor informal contacts – please social distance at least 3’ – use good judgment and wear or have masks available at all times.

Our hope is that these safety protocols will help us feel safe while enjoying each other’s company during the convention.   We will continue to monitor the health situation and these guidelines are subject to modification if necessary.

Our hosts have planned a full schedule.  Buildings, Buildings, Buildings will be the focus. 

Thursday October 7:

5pm – 7pm Convention check in.  Hotel lobby.

Friday October 8: 

10am – 12pm Convention check in. Hotel lobby

1pm – 5pm bus tour of Downtown and guided tour of the Capitol building (Bus will leave from hotel)

 6:30pm – 9pm Dinner and Show & Tell at our host’s home

Saturday October 9: 

9am – 10am Business meeting in hotel

10:15am – 12pm Swap Meet in hotel

1pm – 3:30pm walking tour/museum tours 

6pm – 10pm Dinner/Raffle/Auction at local restaurant near hotel

Our hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Click here for more information and the link to make reservations. 

It’s also time to send in your convention registration form. Click here for the blank form

SBCS 202ONE Convention Update

 

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, here we come!

Health and Safety update:
Ridgeland, MS is in Madison County, which has a higher vaccination rate than the rest of the State.  We respectfully ask that all attendees be fully vaccinated.  For everyone’s safety, we will encourage all to wear masks for indoor events.  Here is a link to COVID safety at Hilton:  Hilton.com/en/corporate/cleanstay/

 

Our hosts have planned a full schedule.  Buildings, Buildings, Buildings will be the focus. 

Thursday October 7th from 5-7pm Convention check in.  Hotel lobby.

Friday October 8th from 10am -12pm Convention check in
                     1-5pm bus tour of Downtown and guided tour of the Capitol building.
                                  Bus will leave from hotel
                      6:30-9pm Dinner and Show & Tell at our host’s home
Saturday October 9th from 9-10am Business meeting in hotel
                           10:15am – 12pm Swap Meet in hotel
                            1-3:30pm walking tour/museum tours 
                            6-10pm Dinner/Raffle/Auction at local restaurant near hotel

Our hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Click here for more information and the link to make reservations. 

It’s also time to send in your convention registration form. Click here for the blank form

We look forward to catching up with old friends and welcoming new ones.  This will be a terrific opportunity to buy and sell little buildings.  Hope to see you there.

A SBCS VALENTINE: Paul Goldberger

 

Paul Goldberger

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, 2021.  SBCS’s first Zoom meeting of the year features a very special guest, Paul Goldberger, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, former Architecture Critic for the New Yorker, recipient of the Pulitizer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, and souvenir building collector. Learn more about Paul here https://www.paulgoldberger.com/biography/

Congratulations to Mark Fine, SBCS Zoom Ringmaster, for starting the 2021 ZOOM Calendar with this distinguished guest.  Mark’s stewardship of the Zoom gatherings that were established to bridge the loss of 2020 activities has morphed into a well-received benefit of membership in the Souvenir Building Collectors Society.   The 2021 Zoom meetings are scheduled bimonthly on the 2nd Sunday at 2PM Eastern Time.  The 2021 Calendar is below. 

The first Zoom meetings in 2020 were based in our classic Show & Tell format from the annual meetings.  Participants shared stories about their new finds and long held treasures.  In October Mark interviewed Jon Merwine soon after his publication of Replica Buildings – A Visual History was published.  Then in December Anton Tremblay, long-time member and founder of Microcosms was featured.  

These interactive Zoom meetings are only open to current members of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society.  All current members are sent an email a few days before the event.  Registration is by reply to the email.  The emails contain instructions for registration and for accessing Zoom.   Memberships are now due for 2021. 

2021 Zoom Bi Monthly Meeting Calendar

 

ZOOM In for the October SBCS “MEET and GREET”

The newly published REPLICA BUILDINGS, A VISUAL HISTORY will be the focus as Jon Merwine is interviewed by Mark Fine, ZOOM Master.



You will have an opportunity to ask your own questions of Jon.

Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2 PM EDT, 1 PM CDT, 12 Noon MDT, and 11 AM PDT.

This opportunity is open to current members of SBCS. Check your October 7 emails for your invitation and directions on how to respond to confirm your attendance.

Jon has graciously provided printable downloads of the KEY and INDEX pages of REPLICA BUILDINGS, A VISUAL HISTORY. These are available in the MEMBERS ONLY section of this website.

A RESPITE from VIRUS, FIRE, HURRICANES and MEDIA !

SBCS members Mike and Jon Merwine have produced a book for us to savor in our hunkered down, isolated state.  

“Replica Buildings: A Visual History”, contains over 2400 items cataloged with clear, high resolution images along with material, maker, size, location, function and age information per piece. It is over 340 pages with a hard cover – detailing pieces from the Grand Tour all the way to the modern miniatures made by InFocusTech.

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“What started as a hobby in 1998, quickly became the Merwine family business – what many collect today as Cast Metal Buildings by InFocusTech. Over these past 22 years, the company has created over 1000 building replicas from all over the world in various shapes and sizes. This hobby was greatly influenced by the souvenir building collecting obsession – one held by both Mike and Jon. While the collection was around 300 very common pieces in 1998, it rapidly grew over the past two decades and currently sits above 4000 items. Being a family of collectors and creators we felt a great way to express our passion for the hobby was to create a guide using our collection.  And also to inspire others to take up the mantle of collecting as “Monumental Miniatures” by Majua and Weingarten did for us 21 years ago.” Jon Merwine.

Link to Book: https://www.replicabuildings.com/book/index.html

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! SBCS ZOOMERS

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  SBCS September ZOOM Meet & Greet is cancelled.

These friendly monthly ZOOM gatherings will resume on Sunday, October 11th.  Mark your calendars. 

An official invitation to this upcoming meeting, with more information, will be sent via email to all current SBCS members in early October.  Remember that you must respond to the email to be included in ZOOM meeting. 

In the meantime, the Souvenir Building Collectors Society Facebook group continues to engage with photos, conversations, and collections,  everything from a Sunsphere throwdown to a staid Lincoln Memorial.  Check it out. 

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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ANNOUNCING ……. A New SBCS “Experience”…….

Coffee Pot Monument, Winston-Salem, NC

 Bring a full cup and join with SBCS members on ZOOM in a virtual “MEET & GREET” at 2PM Eastern on Sunday, June 14th. 

Not wishing the Society’s camaraderie to languish during the 2020 Pandemic, cancellation of Convention 2020 and the long wait for Convention 2021, the Executive Team is working to establish a series of virtual programs to bring members together.  

The platform is ZOOM.  The moderator is Mark Fine.  The length of time is 45 to 60 minutes.  The loose plan for the initial meeting includes:

 

  1. EMAIL INVITATION: An invitation to all paid-up members will be sent via EMAIL on Wednesday, June 10th.  Members wishing to participate will need to REPLY to this EMAIL  and indicate their interest in attending the virtual “MEET & GREET.”   This email will explain how to sign up for free ZOOM (if not already a user), and the steps you will need to take when you sign into the meeting. 
  1. EMAIL REGISTRATION: A 2nd EMAIL will be generated by ZOOM and sent to only those members who responded to the 1st email.  This 2nd email will contain the PASSWORD for the meeting.  On the day of the meeting sign in at 2PM or a few minutes earlier.  Refer to the instructions in your first email.
  1. MEETING: The MEET of this initial meeting includes self-introduction (Name, locale, collection specialty) – in other words – short and sweet!
  1. SHARE:  Several short pre-selected building presentations by members.
  1. GREET:  A few minutes for discussion.  

THIS “EXPERIENCE” IS LIMITED TO CURRENT MEMBERS OF the SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTORS SOCIETY.   If you are not current with your membership or are interested in joining, click here to be taken to the Membership Application page. 

THERE ARE PLANS FOR FUTHER MEETINGS.  We have some ideas, but let us know your recommendations for topics.  The suggested recurring date and  time is the 2nd Sunday of the Month at 2PM Eastern.  Be sure to stay tuned.  

CHALLENGING TIMES – Solace in Souvenir Buildings

Souvenir Building Collectors under “STAY SAFE” guidelines are finding a myriad of ways to stay busy.  Are you one of those surfing the netways to find the next acquistion?  Are you actually dusting your collection?  Or maybe you are organizing it into themes, or countries, or materials, or by size.  Some are even going to the effort of cataloging.  

The participants in the Souvenir Building Facebook Group are finding ways to share their collections with other members via various challenges: the A-B-C challenge, a castle challenge, a multiples challenge.  Come join the fun.

 

 

FLASH SALE # 5: CRESTED PORCELAIN

Crested Porcelain items from Bob Kneisel Collection

If you are unclear as to what “Crested Porcelain” is, here is a definition and a link to an excellent summary article with pictures posted on the “unofficial website for Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK.”

“Crested China, as the name suggests, are small, porcelain objects in a variety of shapes and forms that bear a heraldic crest to represent the area in which they were sold as souvenirs. It is also known as Crested Ware, Crest Ware or Heraldic China.”

http://www.hatfield-herts.co.uk/hobcol/crestedchina.html

The up-coming Kneisel Collection Flash Sale is Monday, February 24th.  This Flash Sale will consist of CRESTED PORCELAIN and be limited to 8 boxes with 4 items. Each box will include at least 1 item that can be identified as a building, or monument.   The cost will be $25 by check or $30 by PayPal ($25 plus $5 processing fee) per box.

As a reminder, each SBCS Member in good standing (membership paid through 2020) can order only ONE box.  If you are part of a Family Membership and wish to purchase TWO boxes (one box for each Member), please include BOTH names and pay double the per box price.

Keep an eye out for the official Flash Sale Notice email on that date and remember to follow the instructions.