Yeah and verily I have returned from the EAIA Annual Meeting in Hyannis, MA. Miles Standish made an appearance at the Sat nite banquet to regail us with tales of his escapades as well as some of the true life down and dirty facts of the life of the Living History Museum experience. Which, by the why, is why you should consider joining the mind boggling named ALHFAM and also found here ALHFAM.
As I expected, I was one of the younger of crowd. As I also expected, my elders out walked, out talked and out lasted me for the duration of the meeting. Which is to say the EAIA has a slowly but steadily aging and decreasing membership about which problem something has to be done. Which something I'll muse on at later times, having mused much during the meeting with other musers.
The silent auction raised over $11k , the most ever thanks to the generosity of the assemblage. I won on one bid (I confess that I simply placed one strong bid) the single piece of ephemera in the auction: a valuation of a carpenters tool chest and contents from Fort Madison, Indian Territory, 1841. Yes, it will go online, replete with transcription, in due time.
I also won a glass base kerosene lamp at Mike 'Rat' Urness' auction, c1870, grecian key square base design for the lowly sum of $25 bucks. Mike and Bill Spicer ran a superb auction, so much so that I wish Mike would bring his traveling show East more often.
Other news, the EAIA endowment fund has gone from near zilch to a whole lot of cash. That is not to say that more cannot be raised. The endowment ensures the life of the organization, the giving of research grants and of so many other functions.
The glass blower at the Sandwich Glass Museum, along with the introductory film, the talk by the curator on the roles women played in the early glass industry and the revampled displays all dictate that you must visit this museum.
The indoor tool dealer and displays was a huge success. The displays were fascinating, particularly the one on some immense old locks, the likes of which I have never seen. On a personal level, I sold all the copies of Martin's Circle Of The Mechanical Arts that I brought, a very good thing as that box weighed in at 30 lbs for 6 copies. As I had assumed, these hard core historical types went for it hook and sinker. (Gratuitous Shill Link) Sold a lot of other Toolemera books along with some older books too.
Even sold the huge 1909 RussWin hardware catalog of over 1000 pages that I had been hauling from tailgate to tailgate for a few years but could not, for the life of me I do not know why, interest anyone in buying it. This is the last catalog before Corbin absorbed RussWin, of Russell Erwin fame and so contains a gargantuan number of late 19th C hardware. It sold to a young preservation carpenter who specializes in restoring windows, what lives in northern Vermont, for the grand total of $30 along with a copy of Martin's Circle for an additional but reasonable show sum. The moral of this story is: Support Our Preservation Carpenters!
On the way back on Sunday I chanced upon a flea market in Marshfield and was forced off the highway, literally forced into checking it out. Bought a panel saw, round screws with a Boston, Mass Hardware store mark that I can't make out yet but it's not Wilkinson. $2. A hand made cane of rosewood, maple and walnut. $3. From a picker who had just cleaned out a local house: one ambrotype with the original Plymouth photographers trade card on the back. One tintype of a stereotype photographer. One tintype of three little children. One albumen print of a group of men standing on a railroad handcar. One patented 1870 sharpening stone holder with a white arkansas stone in a wood box. Books: The Economy In Garment Cutting With Practical Layouts, 1887; Madison's Direct Shoulder Measure Coat System, 1904 (updating the 1827 edition). All from the picker for $170. I was a happy camper, to say the least although I really can't figure out what 'to say the least' really refers to because if you are intending to 'say the least' you would not have said 'to say the least', you would have shut up already.
The highlight though was meeting people I have corresponded with by email, talked to over the phone, read their articles, seen their names over the years in membership lists or simply never met before but can now say I know them as fellow EAIA'rs or whatever the word is.
Lastly, I was volunteered for the web committee. Note that I did not volunteer for a committee as historically I have avoided committees or boards when possible. Ten years working for the State of Massachusetts left me with an allergic condition. I break out in hives when sitting on committees. But for this association I'll take my benedryl and suffer! If anything goes wrong, I can always blame it on Paul Van Pernis as he was the one who asked me to volunteer. Thusly I can absolve myself of any blame for future malfeasances.
When I get around to uploading photographs, scanning, taking photographs, etc., I'll regale the world with images of what I've just gone on about.
Till then, Gary