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Commercial Hotel Bill Head Find

Posted by neumann32044 on May 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I found this billhead on Ebay earlier this year, and I had to buy it.  While its completely blank, it does offer additional information about the hotel, like the complimentary bus service.  Its a beautiful piece of graphic design, with the flag on the roof line, the electric tram, and th...
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Back to Blog!

Posted by neumann32044 on May 17, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, its been a long time since I posted anything and did an update with collecting finds.  I plan to do some extreme updating, and pre-schedule some postings to make sure new content gets added regularly.  I've had a lot going on in my professional life that has kept me busy and some negative stuff happen in the collecting game.


I got full time hours whick took away some of my extra time, and while I'm glad that I have a little more money to spend on collecting, i...

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April to August

Posted by neumann32044 on August 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

It always seems like I don't find anything, but when I reflect back on the past few months, I realize that I have found a decent amount of stuff.  While there are a few "new to me" pieces in my collection, the majority of the new acquisitions are different shapes in patterns that I already know that were too good of a deal to pass up.  Some of these were found on eBay, some are from a show that I attended, and one I actually found at a local thrift store! &...

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Commercial Hotel

Posted by neumann32044 on June 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Commercial Hotel, at 340 Cambie Street in downtown Vancouver was the original owner of some of the oldest pieces in my collection, a butter pat and a creamer which date from the hotel's opening, around 1897.  While I could tell the story of this hotel, it has already been extensively researched by the current pub owners, Pub 340, as well as at

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Butterpat Trifecta!

Posted by neumann32044 on June 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This spring, in about a two week timespan, I was lucky enough to snag three butterpats on Ebay, all from sellers in the United States.  This was the first time I've ever added a butterpat to my collection, and it must have been either luck or divine intervention that allowed me to find them.



All three are from businesses that are already represented in my collection.  I ...

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Railroad Sauce Boat, and Restaurant Plates

Posted by neumann32044 on February 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Near the end of last year, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to take a week long class in Nanaimo as part of my union education.  I decided to take the opportunity to drive down to Victoria to spend a few days visiting some of my favourite stores and museums.  Since it was also one of the few times I ever have a car with me when I'm on the island, it made it much easier to get around.


After my week in Nanaimo, and the slow drive to Victoria (stoppi...

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Past Road Trip Finds

Posted by neumann32044 on January 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Its been a some time since I've posted, and its time for a big update!  Things have been a bit slow in coming in regards to new items for my collection.  In the fall, I did a road trip out to Calgary and back and managed to pick up two pieces.  The businesses they are from are already represented in my collection, but when you drive all that way, you want to bring SOMETHING back!  My road trip included visiting some fellow collectors, and seeing what is possible to find ou...

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Vancouver Island, August 2013

Posted by neumann32044 on October 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a new antique show on Vancouver Island in Duncan!  Well, I think that this was its second year, but I had such good luck shopping there the first time that I thought I would give it another shot.  Like last time, I drove myself to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal and walked across and rented a car.  However, when I got to the rental agency, I found that I had been upgraded from a mid-size sedan to an Ford Flex.  It was easily the nicest car I've ever driven. ...

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Leonard's Cafe eBay creamer find

Posted by neumann32044 on October 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the second creamer that I spotted online from the same seller as my St. Francis Hotel creamer, and it was only a stroke of luck (and memory!) that I bid on this creamer in the first place.  I bought it because at a past collectors club meeting, a fellow collector brought in the exact creamer and a matching butterpat that he dug up at a site someplace in Vancouver.  Other than that, it has no identifying marks on it, and doesn't specify what kind of business its from!  L...

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Riverside Hotel in Courtenay, B.C.

Posted by neumann32044 on September 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This platter was the biggest find from the 2013 FVACC show.  Not because it is physically the largest piece that I purchased, but because its the only one that I hadn't had heard of it before.  Even the collection at the Royal BC Museum doesn't have one, but the collection there is just one person's collection that was bequeathed to it, or so I've been told.  A preliminary examination was pretty self explanatory where the platter came from, and it was made by John Maddock &...

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