Collectibles are once again in the spotlight thanks to a new show on MeTV called Collector’s Call. Friday’s Scoop e-newsletter reminded me that I had not watched the first two episodes that I had recorded.Continue reading →
Well, that is a most unfortunate fortune for someone who does what I am doing to receive! As a reminder, the point of the Harvey Mercheum website is not to show off my personal collection, and certainly not to make people envious! I am more than happy to display other people’s collections, please use the Contact the Curator form to let me know what you have!
My wife and I have an old video tape storage cabinet in our living room that we use as a display case. I like to call it our “Cabinet of Curiosities“. We like to rotate what is on display, but it has been empty since Christmas. I finally put part of the Permanent Collection into it:
Some of the items you might recognize, such as the Little Audrey travel case in the bottom left corner, or the Joker doll next to it that started the second hundred exhibits. Others have not been featured yet. Seeing these wonderful toys on display makes me happy, I hope it makes you happy too!
Pop culture historian Mark Arnold and I were recently discussing children’s chalk boards. Mark let me know that one had been made for Casper in 1959, and provided this image:
1959 was of course a great year for Harveyana, because of the debut of Matty’s Funday Funnies on ABC-TV. We have already seen the vinyl figures Hungerford released that year. Mark claims the Casper chalk board was made in blue and black. If any of you, my readers, own one, know of one for sale, or have any additional information about these chalk boards you would like to share, please leave a comment below!
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.
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 had mentioned how I had signed up for two classes, and subsequently had to drop one. I attended the other class for the past three Wednesday nights, and boy am I glad I did! It was called “Caring for your Collection”, and it was taught by none other than Mr. Darrell Pinckney! Long time readers of the Mercheum Blog may remember Mr. Pinckney as the conservator from whom I purchased the Casper board game. He has been teaching at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) for a number of years. I learned a lot in a short time, and hope to be able to apply this new knowledge to the permanent collection.
I have been incredibly busy since Free Comic Book Day. I do not want to reveal too many details yet, but I have registered for two classes, and been working on some very exciting plans for July! While this is all good, it is keeping me from posting. I hope to resolve that shortly.