Road trip to the
EXPO ANTIQUES SHOW
9th- 11th 2010
that deal was clinched I left the print to pick up later and
continued on thru the show. But I could have gone home
right then. I felt like I nailed it and where do you go
from here....game over, what am I gonna find this
great?...But of course I wouldn't leave....you never
know what can happen. I walked around in a
daze for the next twenty minutes. I saw stuff, but I was in a
state of shock from the find, and it was hard to focus.
I finished the outside and headed to the inside
tall X 16 1/4" wide
baseball broadside poster
purchase at Portland Expo
having attended the show before it was all new and
somehow I started on the right hand side, of the room on
the right as you enter the building. It was definitely
the right room alright, as I shortly made a very
nice find! As
I combed the show, it must have been about the third
row, I spotted the c1895, 22 3/4" by 16 1/4"
wide broadside above. The poster advertised a 4th
of July celebration in Aberdeen Washington. Among all
the festivities BASE BALL in the archaic double noun was given top billing in
bold for a game between the
Aberdeen Team vs. Tacoma Athletic Base Ball Club.
athletic endeavor planned for the day were RACES -
Bicycle, Foot, Tub, Boat, Canoe, Sack, Three Legged, and
a number of others, including Log Rolling,
Greased Pole Over the Water. Also mentioned was Music by
the Aberdeen Band and Grand Ball in the evening at
Armory Hall....They really knew how to party back then.
You sure catch the pride and patriotism in it all! Even
after a full day they had a "Grand Ball" that
won't believe what I had to give for this puppy....the
guy had a whopping $45.00 price tag on it. I looked it
over and the price literally shocked me into
hesitation....like what's wrong with this picture....why
only $45.00?. I thought it might be a cutesy
reprint, but no, I examined it carefully and it was
real. Of course that didn't stop me from asking what
any good collector asks...What's the best you can
do?...The guy goes...umm...I'll take $40.00. Sold I
said! So I pay the guy and we're chatting....it's still
hanging on the wall....and up comes a lady and asks the
price. He just bought it the guy said, and the gal
walks off. For $45.00 that lady would have gotten it for
sure. God thing I
started on the right!
the bottom of the poster, taped onto the inside of the Plexiglas
(hopefully), is the name and city
"Harold L. Schmidtke - Hoquiam", most likely the
former owner. I looked up Hoquiam and it's there in Washington
state just 4 miles from Aberdeen. Nice to know who had
it and where it's been.
continued on thru the show but that was the last
purchase I made. I came back the next day Saturday and spent
about two and a half hours. I was hoping to see more
things that hadn't been out the day before, but it
looked about the same and I didn't find anything else.
Collectors know how it is when you've
seen a show thoroughly....after while you've had enough
and just want to get out of there.
the rest of the day and determined to make the most of
my trip, I wanted more. I had been told
Centrilla Oregon had some good antiques malls, about an
hour and a half drive north of Portland. But I'd had
enough driving and decided to see what I could find
right there in Portland. Using the internet I found
an antiques store called Stars on N.
that looked like it had potential. And it looked like
there were a number of antiques stores a short distance
from there on South East 13th Ave.
my GPS I headed off to see what I could see. The GPS
wound me around to the Westmoreland and Sellwood
districts, just across the Willamette River from
downtown Portland. I'm not so sure those GPS's
are good for your thought process. When you're driving
around using them you're never really sure where you are in relation to other areas, you're just
obeying the commands. As opposed to straining your brain
with a paper map where you can visualize the surrounding
area. Nevertheless they're pretty efficient and certainly
I hit Stars Antiques on N. Milwaukee Ave. The
Westmoreland district had a
homey feel that reminded me of some of the neighborhoods
in Berkeley California. Stars is an interesting
affair.....they have two large antiques malls across the
street from each other. I hardly saw anything even
interesting in either. But it was Expo week, so what do
Figure there were about 1400 booths at the show....that would make potentially 1400 dealers and
who knows how many Expo attendees that probably went thru all the antiques stores
in Portland that week. Naturally I would expect the
stores to be picked over by that Saturday.
I followed the GPS about a half mile to the Sellwood district.
Sellwood, like the Westmoreland district, was a pleasant neighborhood of older homes with mature shade tree.
Along with about 10 antiques stores, there are a good
number of restaurants, and coffee houses.
FOOD CART PHENOMENA
of Portland's food cart phenomena
food vendor trailers at Corner SE 13th Ave
SE Lexington St
Chao, owner of Bruce Lee's Kitchen
Thai from Bruce Lee's Kitchen
the corner of SE 13th Ave. and SE Lexington Street there
were about a half dozen food vendor trailers. One was
called Bruce Lee's Kitchen and served Pad Thai.
Being a Pad Thai aficionado I
ordered a plate and struck up a conversation
with the owner Laiza Chao, about her trailer.
said food vendor trailers like her's were a recent phenomena
around Portland, and that many people like her
have lost their jobs have opened them. She said
her business after she lost her job in high tech. They're drive and creativity to open them is a win
win for everyone. Later as I walked back past where all
the food trailers are I tried the fruit flavored ice at the Oregon Ice
Works. Another win for Portland residents. Proprietor
Kevin Bell said he hailed from Philadelphia, but learned his artesian
ice making skills there in Portland.
of Portland's food cart phenomena
left, Oregon Ice Works proprietor Kevin Bell serves
up his hand made Italian ice at the
of SE 13th Ave and
SE Lexington St
antiquing in the Sellwood district....pretty
much a dead zone that day. As already hashed, it was Expo
and it looked pretty picked over. I did happen into a
very good art gallery, Mark Humpal Fine Art, that
specialized in vintage Oregon paintings,19th and 20th
century. Mark had a gallery full of museum quality works
and it was a pleasure to see such quality...no sports
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