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Beautiful on the Inside

As a born collector, I began collecting everything I could find in my early youth. In addition to amassing a gigantic cache of unusual artifacts from all walks of life, I collected the cardboard tubes from the inside of toilet paper rolls. By the time I was seven, my closet was full of shopping bags that overflowed with such rolls. Eventually; my parents asked me to get rid of this clutter, so I went into the backyard with a can of gasoline, doused the hundreds of cardboard rolls and immolated them. My God! What glorious flames were produced on that day. This was an epic moment in my life for reasons beyond the field of collecting. It was fire and pyromania that soon swept like a conflagration through my psyche. But; I digress. This is a story for another post.

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, the pursuit of antiques slowly became an obsession for me. At first, antique bottles were my choice. I began collecting antique bottles and telephone-pole insulators by the mid-1970s. This new direction in collecting became infectious right from the start. To this day, I am an avid collector of antique bottles, glass, pottery, ephemera and small antiques. As time progresses, I will have separate pages devoted to this hobby. The directive in this particular post is my fascination with the unusual. For the sake of simplicity, let’s call the topic “Weird Antiques”.

By the mid to late 1970s, I had picked up the hobby of photography. At this time I was already immersed in the collection of unusual antiques and antique bottles. My finds and purchases of said items centered on frantically collecting as much rare, bizarre, curious and downright weird things as I could lay my hands on. If I could not afford something, I would take a picture of it. In some cases I would draw renditions of what I had seen. In other cases I would invent bizarre items and draw images of them.

This section of my blog is devoted to Weird Antiques. I will post some examples and outsiders may submit some of their own.

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