I love collecting, and I love reading about collecting and collections. Online auction and gallery website invaluable just posted an interesting article about why people collect. Even though it does not mention comic books or toys specifically, it is still worth reading:
Sorry for not posting last weekend, I spent what free time I had struggling to load the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update on my old laptop. I did have plenty of time to think while the percent complete slowly crept upward, and I came up with a solution to a problem that has bothered me since before the Harvey Mercheum website went live in 2014.
Halloween is just around the corner! In my childhood, the Halloween season started with a trip to the store to buy a costume. I remember shelves stacked with boxes, so many choices! Find a character I liked, then find my size. Then one year, I took a good hard look at the costumes, and realized that the character would not be walking around with their face and name printed on their chest. I never wore a boxed costume again.
Sorry for the lack of new exhibits. I went away on vacation for a week, and while I am back now, I am having trouble catching up. I hope to post a new exhibit this weekend.
While Antique Trader usually deals with things much older and more valuable than the Harvey merchandise featured here at the Harvey Mercheum, last week Antoinette Rahn published an article about toys. In “Celebrating six playthings turning 60”, Toni lists six toys that hit the market in 1957. As I just took a step closer to my 50th birthday last week, it is interesting to me to see toys like Wham-O’s Frisbee and realize they have not been around much longer than me.
Long-time readers of the Mercheum Blog will remember that last year, part of the permanent collection was on display for the convention. This year they had an excellent display of Star Wars toys, so I decided to assist the convention in a different way. My wife Jennifer and I volunteered to help man their Artists Lounge:
Despite fits of rain and thunderstorms, it is possible that a record number of people attended this year.
We were very happy to be able to support our local convention, and hope to be able to contribute again next year in some way.
Back when I was discussing websites that were influential in my creation of the Harvey Mercheum, I did not mention Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! because Bully the Little Stuffed Bull is not a fan of Harvey Comics. I do read Bully regularly, however, and so was deeply saddened when it looked like Bully was going to stop posting. Bully came back, however, with an important message.
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the new Hanna-Barbera exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum yesterday, during opening weekend. What does this have to do with Harvey comics? Well, back in 1980, Hanna-Barbera produced the first Richie Rich animated cartoon. There was a production animation cel of Dollar the Dog from the show and a beautiful piece of presentation art hanging in one of the rooms.
I was unable to post this weekend because I was at Terrificon. I will post about my trip soon. While I was away, I missed World Photo Day. Photography is very important to me, and to this website. Hopefully next year I will be able to properly acknowledge the day.
Also while I was away, the Washington Post posted an excellent article about the effect of the Internet on collecting. You can read it here: