got a half hour to forty five minute nap and headed on towards my next hotel
in Hyde park, near the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair. Being completely unfamiliar
with the area I was at the mercy of my Garvin GPS. To this day I don't know the route I took, I just did
what the GPS said. However, I had the feeling the whole time it was taking me the
long route. It was all country roads the whole way. I was ok with it
during the day since it was so picturesque and I'd never seen it before.
But once it got dark, plus it was rainy a lot of the way, it seemed like it took
forever to get there.
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of Knickerbockers Player and President
for the Knickerbockers
Alexander Cartwright, in their first
at Elysian Fields on June 19th 1846
on location at the 2009 National Sports Collectors Convention
of Kevin Bronson
next morning I drove the ten miles from my hotel over to the Rhinebeck show.
The Hyde Park and Rhinebeck region is semi rural and very pleasant,
about 90 miles from New York City. Apparently it was, and probably still
is, a playground area for the rich. Along the way I
passed the expansive Vanderbilt mansion you can see from the highway, which is now a
national park you can take tours
of. Driving thru the small town of Rhinebeck you can see it's loaded with
charm, from the quaint architecture and nice looking cafes and shops.
got to the Rhinebeck Antiques Show about 10:00AM and it was the jewel of the whole
pre-con trip. I would say
for it's size it was the best antiques show I've been to in twenty two
years collecting. What was great about it? The quality, that it was
mostly American antiques, and that it was a good mixture of categories.
That is, there were lots of collectibles as opposed to truck loads of oak furniture. The show is held three times a year in May,
July and October. As I understand it the spring shows in the east coast
are the best, since the dealers have had all winter to gear up.
good as the show was I still didn't make a find. Nevertheless I got to meet Doug McElwain who was
set up at the show, of Sport and Spool Antiques from North Carolina. Doug had
the best looking booth at the show. It was stocked full of antique sports equipment and
memorabilia, all in real nice condition. I imagine the Polo Ralph Lauren store
decorators have done plenty of business with him. It was a target rich
environment, but I still didn't zero in on anything on my flyby.
also met Stephan Boyer of
Finish Line Collectibles from Annville PA. He had a nice booth too, full of
Americana and a few sports things. David Pollack of David Pollack Vintage
Posters was set up. I had met him at two previous San Francisco Poster Fairs. I believe David to be one of the most prolific dealers of
American posters in the world. He speaks and understands antique American
poster well. As opposed to typical vintage poster dealers, tables sagging with Euro
ones. For what ever reason, American posters are far more rare than European.
I would say for every two hundred vintage European posters that exist there is
probably one American poster. Even that might be conservative.
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