A missed opportunity on Roadshow!
Items related to “Gone With The Wind” keep on coming! This past week, my niece, who recently moved to Wisconsin, was cleaning out an old farmhouse when she came across a hardcover copy of GWTW. As I learned from Kathleen Marcaccio, a GWTW expert, the book has never been out of print. This copy that my niece, Tara, found was published in October of 1936. I thought it was a first printing, but I was wrong. Tara did some research and found that the book was first published in June of 1936.
The book doesn’t have a dust jacket, but that is still one of the earlier printings of the book. I did a quick check on the Internet and found a few similar copies that were being sold anywhere from $40 up to about $100. So I’m happy for Tara and hope there may be additional treasures to be found in the old house!
I wanted to share another valuation from that Rhode Island update seen on Antiques Roadshow. There was another item valued on the episode that would definitely be classified as an “Oops.”
A man brought small artwork/posters (maquettes) done by Lucian Bernhard, a pioneer in graphic design and poster art. The owner of the posters was given them by Bernhard himself after the owner had done some work for both the poster artist and his son, Carl Bernhard. After doing the favors for Lucian, he turned down money and was given a group of signed maquettes for posters. Lucian Bernhard was an innovator and is credited with creating some 36 different typefaces/fonts that are used to this day, according to Nicholas Lowry of Swann Galleries in New York. But the man was also offered some artworks, but turned them down. That, according to Lowry, was a big mistake. We can only imagine what the value of the art pieces would be worth today. The advertising maquettes were conservatively valued in 2005 at $15,000 to $20,000. Today, those same pieces had jumped to $30,000 to $40,000. I think the owner now wishes he had accepted some artwork!
Also with celebrations of the past, the Woodstock 50th anniversary was marked just a few days ago. The original Music and Art Festival took place Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 1969 in upstate New York. As history tells us, the promoters of the show expected about 25,000 people per day, but were quite surprised to see 500,000 young people show up. Just some of the featured musicians included on the bill were The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and several other famous groups and singers of the day.
Memorabilia from Woodstock is available on EBay and I was surprised to see the prices of some of the old tickets, flyers and other ephemera selling as high as $450! One of the original posters advertising the event was listed at $3,500. But for those longing to own a piece of the past, some old tickets are prices as low as $11 or $15.
I would have like to have gone to Woodstock, which holds the record as the largest ever music festival, but I was too young to attend. And the long distance from the Midwest made it impossible. Film footage shows the unbelievable traffic jams just getting to the festival. The event was remarkable due to no violence or fighting – just three days of peace and music!
Looking for that collectible paper and postcard is easy at several of the upcoming shows listed here in Barr’s every issue.
Papermania Plus takes place August 24, at the XL Center, formerly the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn. More information is at (860) 563-9975 or at www.papermaniaplus.com.
And Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 is the 44th annual St. Louis Gateway Postcard Club Postcard Show in Collinsville, Ill. The show takes place at the VFW Hall, 1234 Vandalia Street in Collinsville. More information is with Tom Snyder at (618) 531-4189 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.