The Neumann Collection

Blog

view:  full / summary

St. Francis Hotel Creamer

Posted by neumann32044 on September 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)

I've actually had a good run of luck on eBay with purchases of two local hotel pieces, the first of which is this creamer from the Hotel St. Francis, which used to stand opposite the CPR station in downtown Vancouver.  I could tell you a little about the history of the structures, but I would just be repeating what was beautifully written in the blog Changing Vancouver, and can be found by clicking here and here.  However, the story of those who designed the St. Francis is outlined below.


The exact date of this creamer is unknown, though I would guess that it would be from shortly after the hotel was originally built, around 1907.


The bidding was fierce for this little creamer, which in the local collecting community do command a premuim.  Creamers are popular because their small size makes them easier to store, they're easy to display, and they can fit into general store counter top display cases originally used for ink!  I've seen more than one display of them like this.  Something that I would like to do is to obtain an old wooden pop bottle crate and use it for a similar purpose.


However, how did I determine if this was a piece that belonged in my collection, and was originally from BC?  After all, there must have been many St. Francis Hotels in the English speaking world!  I first checked the image of the bottom in the auction listing.  It has a slightly blurred "John Maddock & Sons" stamp on the bottom, but no distributor.  This narrows in down to Canada at least, as I've never seen American produced china used in BC from this time period.


I also checked my image files, and found a picture of a plate with a matching logo that was in the collection of the Royal BC Museum.  However, I didn't check the reverse of that plate, so I couldn't see if there was a Vancouver distributor.  After all, the same logo could have been used for another St. Francis Hotel.  The final piece of evidence was an image of an envelope from the hotel, showing the logo in the corner and  Vancouver, BC:



Hotel stationary from the St. Francis.


The structure was designed by the architect  Edward Evans Blackmore, the son of William Blackmore who was also an architect.  He apprenticed with his father, and together the formed a practice and designed about twenty buildings from 1901-04 when William Blackmore died.  Between 1904 and 1920, E.E. Blackmore designed over fifty building in vancouver, from houses to apartment buildings, theatres, schools, warehouses, factories, and number of Chinese laundries.  Included in this list is the St. Francis.  After his father died, Blackmore collabobrated on projects with other architects but never formed another formal partnership.  He died of cancer in 1929.


In 1912, $20,000 was spent on a renovation to the hotel, likely to add the top floor.  The architect for this portion was J.S. Pearce.  Pearce's record in Vancouver was brief, but colourful.  He was an assistant to Francis Rattenbury from 1901-05, and then set up offices in both Victoria and Vancouver, and was active as an architect until 1913 when the local economy collapsed.  During that time, he entered into two different partnerships, designed a building in Revelstoke, two schools in Vancouver, and the Canyon View Hotel in North Vancouver (I'm also on the hunt for a dish from there).  He was also the architect for a proposed tourist hotel in Lynn Valley which was never built due to the aforementioned economy.  Its possible that his renovation of the St. Francis was his last commission!



This screen shot was taken from a photo of the third CPR station under construction, and shows the upper floor being added.  Dated September 5, 1912, the wider shot shows that many of the surrounding buildings and hotels are also being renovated or constructed because of the demand from travellers that caused the need for a bigger railway station.  I encourage you to see the original.



The lounge of the St. Francis, circa 1917.


Bibliography


Luxton, D. (2007). Building The West: Early Architects of British Columbia. Vancouver : Talon.

 


Palace Hotel

Posted by neumann32044 on September 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Logo from my new Palace Hotel platter.


This is one of my purchases from the 2013 FVACC Show which took place this past April in New Westminster, and which slipped through my fingers last year!  When I spoke of the distributor last year, it was only by memory but now that I have the piece in hand, I can say for certain that it was distributed by W.J. Reid & Co, of London & Winnipeg.  I do have some other pieces in my collection from the Grand Forks Hotel that were from the same distributor, but they only list the company as operating in London, Ont.  The addition of WInnipeg on this piece leads me to believe that this piece post-dates the Grand Forks ones!  It was manufactured by Ridgeways.


The Palace, according to the Okanagan Historical Society, was built in 1905 by T.E. Crowell of Vernon and operated by John Mulligan.  The main floor featured a large sitting room and office and the upper floors held the bedrooms, with a single shared bathroom on each floor.  The hotel proved very popular, and by 1928, it was purchased by a group of local citizens, and the structure was moved to the rear of the lot, and a new hotel was built.  The new hotel was built in the Tudor style and called the Queen Anne Hotel, and the old one served as a kitchen for the new!  After changing hands multiple times, in 1971 the Royal Anne burned down, and after a four year period was rebuilt as a more modern style structure, and is still in business today.


The Palace Hotel in the 1920s.



Postcard view of the Royal Anne Hotel in the 1950s.  It was a mark of status to have a party at the Royal Anne, and the hotel was known for its service.  Note the ticket agent's office on the main floor retail level for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which operated steamers on the lake to Okanagan Landing to connect with their main line at Sicamous.  In 1936, passenger rail service to Kelowna commenced over C.N. tracks.


Over a year ago, I emailed the main museum in Kelowna for information about what kind of hotelware they had in their collection, and they were kind enough to send me a PDF file with images of what they had in their collection.  From the Palace, they have four distinct hotelware shapes:  a small platter, a finger bowl, a shallow fruit nappy and an egg cup.  The Lakeview Hotel, a competing business is also well represented in their collection with A DOZEN different shapes!  It just goes to show you that when these hotels were originally constructed, and even though they were located in a rural backwater, they still had the trappings of civilization and refinement.


Past April Finds!

Posted by neumann32044 on September 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems strange to be writing about this at the end of August, but these stories need to be told, if only to give myself a sense of accomplishment and closure.  To use a museum term, I can't properly "accession" an item into my collection without properly documenting it.  This process includes photographing it, putting entries into my database (and updating the files on this website), and finally adding a blog entry.  Once that process is complete, each item can be put on my display shelves (crammed full, but anchored into the studs of the wall).


Now to continue, and properly accession my finds from this past April at the https://sites.google.com/site/fvaccsite/home" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fraser Valley Antiques and Collectibles Club Show at Queen's Park in New Westminster.  Once again, I splurged the extra twenty dollars to get early bird entry into the show during the set up period, and it was definately worth it!  Not only did I get first crack at all the good stuff, I was able to catch up with some people, and I met a collector with the same interests as I.  He's from the interior, and I hope to one day see his collection.  I've been collecting for around five or six years now, and I've only seen one other person's collection.  I've also found that people can be excited to show off their collection (like me!) or they are extremely secretive...


But I'm getting off topic!  I found five different pieces, two of which are new to the collection and three of which I had different shapes of already:


My finds at the show: Platters from the Riverside Hotel in Courtenay and the Palace Hotel in Kelowna, a Canadian Pacific steamship cup and saucer, and a slightly damaged Union Steamship Company creamer.  Not pictured: Heavily damaged Union Steamship Company banner pattern finger bowl.


Riverside Hotel Platter:  I bought it from a dealer that I've shopped from during past shows, and I'm very happy with it.  I paid more than I wanted for it (when do I not!), but as someone once told me, "Sometimes you have to step up to get the good pieces".  I REGRET NOTHING!  If I hadn't bought it, I would be regretting it until another one comes along, which may be never!


Palace Hotel Platter:  Purchased from a different dealer than the Riverside platter, this one is smooth but has a tiny chip underneath.  It is also unique in that it wasn't supplied by the Frederick Buscombe & Co. Ltd. like 90% of the rest of the hotelware in my collection, but by W.J. Reid & Co. of London & Winnipeg.  This is the piece that eluded me last year, when I went to purchase it and made the mistake of setting it down and another show attendee picked it up and bought it out from under me!


Canadian Pacific Cup & Saucer:  I bought this because I thought it would be fun to have a good piece that I could use on a daily basis for my morning coffee.  This matching set was made by Grindley, and it was at this booth that I came into contact with the other collector which I mentioned before.


Union Steamships Creamer:  You can tell a little from this picture that there is damage on the bottom which is marked "Vitrified. Made in England Buscombe & Company, Vancouver, Canada".  Which doesn't indicate a manufacturer!  I would date this piece very tentatively to around 1930+, based purely on how the Buscombe company is written.  I don't like buying damaged pieces, but when displayed, its not that noticable.


Union Steamships Finger Bowl:  Why didn't I take a photo of it?  Because its pretty scary!  Its covered in cracks and is quite stained.  You might be wondering why I would by such a monstrosity when I just wrote that I don't like damaged stuff?  It was only $5 and I plan to do some test some restoration techniques on it, and then do a "before & after" blog post.  I found it at the same booth as the Riverside platter.


Thanks for your patience, and look for more individual entries about the Palace and Riverside hotels!

My Apologies and a New Discovery

Posted by neumann32044 on August 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been very neglectful of this blog, and I wish to extend my sincere apologies to my readers!  It has been a combination of a new job, and a seemingly lack of new finds to add to the collection.  However, in the past few months, I've made some great discoveries at an antique show and on eBay, which I will be sharing with you here.


But this new discovery of which I speak happened both online and in the room I've set up as a gallery of my collection.  Every once in a while I will do a quick scan of historical postcards from British Columbia that are for sale on eBay, and I spotted one that was of the view from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.  While the original building itself is gone, it has been reconstructed and the view is still the same.


Postcard spotted on eBay of the view from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.


Its my hope eventually to have a postcard view of every hotel or business that is represented in my collection, though I hesitate because I have no knowledge about postcard collecting and I don't want to make mistakes or spend too much money.  I thought that the view looked very familiar, so I examined the pieces that I have in my collection from the hotel.  Can you spot anything that matches?


Logo from a bread plate.


While the image is small (and resizing it will make it blurry), you can see the prominent mountain and what looks like waves.  For some reason, it always reminded me of a volcanic island in the south Pacific, which of course makes no sense!  What it really represents is a view from the hotel of Mount Baker.  I will eventually update the image with a clearer one, which would be the result of the manufacturing process rather than shaky camera work so that the details are more easily seen, but the bottom of the image has a rocky outcropping and Mount Baker is flanks by tiny evergreen trees!

Canadian Pacific BCCSS Spittoon!

Posted by neumann32044 on February 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I don't know if I my educational background has given me an advantage when searching for items for my collection or not, but I seem to have luck finding Canadian Pacific items for my collection in obscure places online.  This is the second time I've found something on the auction site LiveAuctioneers.  This site provides auction houses the opportunity to list their lots online to generate bids from around the world, and not just a random town in Indiana, or in this case, Nanaimo.  You can sign in to bid live, or you can leave absentee bids which is what I did.


 



This object is a spittoon, and I believe it has a greater rarity than other pieces that were produced for use on the steamships that plied their trade on the BC coast.  Dinner plates and other table ware were produced in abundance to meet the needs of a variety of people.  Chamber pots, and other sanitary ware such as pitchers and basins were used in individual staterooms.  A spittoon like this would likely have been used in a public room, like the men's smoking lounge, but probably wouldn't make an appearance in the ladies' observation lounge.


 

At least, that's what I assumed until I found some images in the book The Pacific Princesses by Robert D. Turner!  I spotted what looked to be a spittoon underneath a sink in a picture of a deluxe stateroom on board the Princess Louise (1921).  A trip to the BC Archives website showed the picture I spotted in the book, and another one of a different stateroom.  While the spittoons in those images look larger, with a more flared top, it does give evidence that the rest of the sanitary ware was no longer in common use once running water was available on board the CPR's ships.



Promotional images of two different staterooms on board the Princess Louise.  Note the spittoons beneath the sinks!


 

I asked a fellow collector his thoughts on the subject, and he concurred with my initial assessment, and that the spittoon dates from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.  Just in case what I saw in the photograph was actually a spittoon shaped chamber pot, he said that the use of chamber pots in lieu of toilet facilities declined as more and better bathroom facilities were added, but that the use of chamber pots changed.  Some small white ones were ordered from a company called Northstaffs, dating from the late 1940s, were provided to passengers who were seasick!

 

Collector Visit

Posted by neumann32044 on February 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

While I was on Vancouver Island, I made contact with an acquaintance of mine whose collecting interests overlap somewhat with mine.  While I focus mainly on the research of hotelware, I also collect steamship china from vessels and companies that operated in British Columbia.  I sent him an email, letting him know that I was in the area, and I was fortunate that he gave me a call.  It turns out that, even though I correspond with him every once in a while, my email ended up in his junk mail folder.  Fortunately it was found in time, and I attribute its surprising destination to the fact that I sent the email from my cell phone rather than my home computer, so the IP address was unfamiliar to his filter settings.  

 

Since I was travelling by bus, he kindly picked me up at the closest stop to his house, and regaled me with a tour of his collection.  Many pieces made me a little jealous, and his  collection is one that can only be put together with a great deal of time and effort, and in the great scheme of things, I have only been actively collecting in this field for a fraction of the time that he has.  We had a great discussion of our mutual interest over coffee (served with steamship china and silverware) about the local museums and collecting community.  But one subject greatly struck a chord with me: Bulk Purchasing.

 

I had noticed that many pieces of steamship china didn’t have a distributor listed, making attribution to a particular geographical area difficult.  This is the method that I use to attribute hotelware, if the name on the piece is quite generic, and there is no place name included with it.  Please see my previous post on the Quilchena Hotel for another revelation about this subject.  He brought up the subject of bulk purchasing.  A company like the Canadian Pacific Railway, for example, would order china to be used on their steamships, trains, and in their chain of hotels.  They had the purchasing power to go directly to the potteries of England (and Limoges in France!) rather than going through a distributor, like the Buscombe Company in Vancouver.  I also read somewhere (though I don’t recall exactly) and some distributors kept a supply of china in stock in custom patterns for some of their large clients, to account for breakage.  This way they didn’t have to put in a custom order every time they needed to replace something.  Perhaps this is a service that the Buscombe Company provided to some of their larger hotel clients, or for the CPR for local use.  Though it is far more likely that extra pieces, especially for their steamships, would have been stored in warehouse or pier facilities in Vancouver.

 

I always like to meet other collectors who share the same interests that I do.  It makes my collecting interest seem less crazy!   I love it when people email me with questions about what they have found, or are wondering about in their own collection.  I can use my “librarian powers” to find the information, or find out the best place to ask for it.  So by all means, email me!

 

 

BC Archives: Newmarket Hotel

Posted by neumann32044 on January 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the pieces in my collection is a small bowl, or “nappy” from the Newmarket Hotel in New Denver, and I knew that the BC Archives have some documents from the hotel in their collection. Since I was in the area, I decided to devote part of my afternoon to examining the material in the archives, in hopes that I would find any evidence of the dishware being ordered. My piece is manufactured by Grindley, and is one of their earlier ones, but it doesn’t have the name of the distributor on it.


 



What I found in the collection was three hotel ledgers that had been microfilmed, so rather than having to thumb through some worn documents, I merely had to scroll through three roles of microfilm. And while I didn’t find what I was looking for, I did find some interesting information!

 

For example, there were a number of entries for different hockey teams in the winter months of 1913 and 1914. Teams from Sandon, Kaslo, and Nelson stayed at the Newmarket, and the names of the individual players were written, and then enclosed within a bracket with “Sandon Hockey Team” (for example) written beside it. There was an average of ten players on each team that stayed at the hotel. In addition to the team from Sandon, on September 20th, 1913 J.M. Harris stayed at the hotel. Harris was the biggest businessman in Sandon, with numerous business interests that included hotels, mines, and a mill for processing ore.

 

Another interesting note is that a number of guests listed the mine that they worked at (and presumably lived at) as their home town. I found records for at least four different claims: Moms Mine, West Mount Mine, Alamo Mine, and many entries from the Van Roi Mine/Mill. Using old maps, I’ve located where the Van Roi and the Alamo were in the mountains above Silverton and New Denver in areas called the “Vancouver Group” and the “Idaho Group”


 

An ad from the October 1897 issue of the "British Columbia Mining Record", indicating that the hotel specifically set out to capture the market of travelling miners!


As time progressed, bookings dropped off until the early 1930s when at times there was only a single entry each day for guests checking in. Corresponding with this was increasingly elaborate date entries, with extra flourishes to the letters, and doodles on the pages which were remarkably clean. Earlier entries often had splotches of ink on the pages, indicated that the front desk clerk was much busier position at the Newmarket!

 

BC Archives: Quilchena Hotel

Posted by neumann32044 on January 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The main purpose of my visit was to examine documents from the Newmarket Hotel (see the previous entry), but I discovered that there was some documents for the Quilchena Hotel as well.  The Quilchena is one of the few hotels that are represented in my collection where the original structure is still standing and operating as a hotel.  The Quilchena is located just outside Merritt on Highway 5a, near the shore of Nicola Lake.  It was believed at one point that the railroad would pass through the area, so this grand structure was constructed to accommodate the anticipated influx of visitors to the area, which of course failed to materialize.  The hotel has soldiered on and is now a resort with a golf course.


 

Close up image of the logo from a plate.


The Quilchena Hotel Fonds (fonds being the French word adopted to describe a collection of documents that were acquired by an individual or organization that were collected together, and the value comes from the association.  It’s easier to say “fonds” rather that the whole long explanation) were also on microfilm, and scrolling through a logbook, I came upon a small collection of invoices.  Some of them were from various suppliers of cigars, beer, whisky, soda water, and one from the Frederick Buscombe & Co Ltd.  This six page invoice lists a variety of household goods, including kitchen and dishware that the hotel required during day-to-day operations.  The Buscombe company name is also stamped on the back of many dishes in the Neumann Collection, mainly ones that were manufactured by John Maddock & Sons.  However, the Quilchena dishes, with their unique design of an image of the hotel, were made by Deans, and I have never found a dish from Deans that had the Buscombe mark on the back of it.

 

This discovery leads me to a very interesting conclusion:  The Quilchena Hotel had a very important contract with the Frederick Buscombe & Co Ltd to supply them with dishware and other hotel items.  The hotel had dishes without the Buscombe mark on them.  To me, it is difficult to believe that the owners of the hotel would order the vast amount of supplies from the Buscombe Company, and then contact Deans directly to order their dishware.  This leads me to conclude that the custom made dishes must have been ordered from the Buscombe Company, and that Deans didn’t put the distributors name on the back.  Therefore, Buscombe must have ordered dishware from Deans, even though no tangible evidence has been discovered so far.  


Ad from the Nicola Valley News, April 8, 1910

 

 

Victoria Trip: December 2012

Posted by neumann32044 on January 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I have finally completed my Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS), and have more time to fully devote to developing the collection, and also for doing research.  In laypersons terms someone with an MLIS is a Librarian.  Yes, you do need a degree to be a librarian, and no, we don’t just sit around reading books all day.  I am currently working at a temporary posting as a librarian in Delta, BC, and I recently discovered that I had some vacation leave left.  I thought that with my multiple leave of absence days that any vacation leave that I earned would be lost to me, but I took advantage of the time, and went to Victoria to do some research.

 

I quickly did a search for some inexpensive accommodations for my stay.  I originally only booked a single night at the James Bay Inn, and ended up staying one more to take advantage of my time off, and to continue my explorations of the downtown area.  The James Bay Inn is located, not surprisingly, in the James Bay neighbourhood in an Edwardian era building.  I’ve had bad luck staying in historical properties, but this one has broken my streak.  While the bed was a little firm and there was a pretty big gap under the door that let in a lot of light when I tried to sleep, but it was full of neat features, historical photographs, and antique furniture.  The building appears to have had a renovation some time in the nineties, based on the colour scheme and bedspreads, but the bathroom was shockingly great.  It was equipped with a shower stall rather than a tub, and was absolutely spotless.  There is also a restaurant on the ground floor which served a great breakfast.  I mainly subsisted on 7-11 during the day when I was out.


Collage of some of the logos from hotelware in the Royal BC Museum's collection.  Sure gives me something to aspire to with my own collection!


I am very grateful to the staff at the Royal BC Museum (RBCM) and the BC Archives for the work that they do, and providing it with a smile.  I arranged to view the collection of hotelware that the RBCM has, in order to educate myself on what they have, and what I should looking for in my search for additions to my own collection.  I spent an hour with one of the curators, taking photographs of the logos depicted.  The image below is a collage that I put together of all the pictures that I took, plus some other images that I scraped together from across the internet.  When they’re all together, one can definitely see a pattern and a trend with the mostly green colour scheme, and the dominance of the belted logo.  One of the most fascinating pieces that I saw was the lid of a sugar bowl from the Similkameen Hotel in Hedley, BC.  The building was only in existence for twelve years, opening in 1904 and burning down in 1916.  As such, pieces from this hotel are among the most desirable for their beauty and rarity.

  


Sugar bowl lid from the Hotel Similkameen in Hedley.  You can see melted glass stuck to it from when the hotel burned down in 1916.


After spending an hour photographing the collection, I stopped at the BC Archives to look at some documents from the Newmarket Hotel, which once stood in New Denver, BC.  I had to sign up for a membership card before I could enter the reading room, which I know is standard procedure.  However, I was surprised the politeness and congeniality of the staff at the archives, though when I mentioned this to my co-worker in the Interlibrary Loans department she said that their niceness doesn’t extend to lending material out.  Library and Archives Canada used to provide this service, before the Conservative government cut funding to the institution that guards our country’s heritage.  Of course, they could have saved a lot of money by using the regular post rather than send everything by courier.  And they paid for the postage both ways, but I am getting off topic here.

 

I was looking for hotel ledgers (the details of my findings will be published in two more blog posts), and rather than being provided the originals, I was given three rolls of microfilm which hadn’t been opened in years.  One of them had a rubber band wrapped around the film, which the archives staff member removed to keep the deteriorating rubber from damaging it.  I confessed that I didn’t know how to use a microfilm reader, ironic given my profession, and that I would need a quick lesson.  I slowly got the hang of its operation, and soon I was whirring through pages of information, and I realized that people had a lot better penmanship than today.  Beautiful signatures and interesting biographical information was in abundance.  I eventually researched a different hotel, and before I knew it, an hour and a half had elapsed.

 

I stumbled out into the rain, without gloves or an umbrella.  The umbrella I couldn’t find before I left, and my gloves accidentally got left on the bus heading to Langford.  I returned to my hotel, conveniently located a few blocks away, to drop off my printouts from the microfilm reader, and started out to do my tour of the local thrift stores and antique shops.  My goals for the shopping excursion were twofold:  find any and all hotelware from BC, and to find vintage glass Christmas ornaments for my tree, the kind that were made in the 1950s and 1960s in Poland and East/West Germany.  On both fronts, it was a total bust.  Not only did I not find anything, but the dwindling number of antique stores in downtown Victoria and in nearby Sydney hand shrunk even further.  And although I didn’t find any of what I set out to find, I did find a store that sold Peruvian and Andean products, like alpaca scarves and sweater, and coca leaf tea.  I became fond of that product when a friend of mine went on her honeymoon to Peru, and send me some in the mail.  Apparently it is difficult to locate in Vancouver for a good price, and I bought three boxes at $5.00 each.  When I asked whether they had just plain coca leaf tea, rather than the infusions that they had on display, the clerk said that a few years ago, and entire shipment was confiscated by US Customs officials, and that the infusions were easier to get past the overzealous border security personnel.

 

I definitely regretted not borrowing an umbrella or purchasing one there, as the rain was nonstop, and after ten minutes, my hair was soaked through.  I was even wishing for a Canadian flag umbrella hat that I left in the trunk of my car, which was parked at a Park and Ride at the Tsawwassen First Nations reserve near the BC Ferries terminal south of Vancouver.  The cost of bringing a car across and back would have been nearly the equivalent of my two night hotel bill!  I enjoy taking the ferry, and I spent both crossings in the very expensive buffet restaurant, reading a book and having a decent meal.  I don’t recommend the breakfast buffet, as there is no way on earth to make eggs from a carton palatable.  One of the benefits of the buffet restaurant is the nearly complete absence of children.  I have to listen to screaming children all day (I often compare working at a public library to working in a Zellers or Wal-Mart, as there is always a screaming child somewhere within a discount department store) and didn’t want to listen to them when I’m on holiday.  

 

For those who are unfamiliar with Victoria, the downtown is very beautiful, with heritage structures everywhere and Christmas lights adorning the trees and the legislature buildings.  In the summer, massive hanging baskets adorn the lamp posts.  There is one building downtown, called the Janion, which has been a blight for decades.  I believe the longtime owner was hanging onto the properties and allowing nature to take its course so that they could be condemned and demolished.  An empty lot is more valuable that one that has a building on it that is protected as a heritage structure.  Finally the owner has released her grasp on the building, and it’s decayed, and somewhat sublime state has been changed with a massive banner on the side, trumpeting “Janion 2013”, and a local developer will turn it into micro condos.  A visit to the website revealed very little, other than wanting your contact information to send you updates.  The Janion started its life as a hotel (see, there is a connection here, and not just a rambling diatribe) but was used as a warehouse for most of its working life.  

 

I was also able to make contact with a local collector of steamship china, and was able to visit his collection as well, which will be covered in a later blog post.  To wrap up this long and possibly record setting blog post, my trip to Victoria was well worth it.  The knowledge that I gleaned from sources both human and the historical record has changed my mindset on my collecting project, and I believe will help guide me in my interest in the future.

 

 

Neumann Collection on Youtube

Posted by neumann32044 on January 5, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Back in the fall, I was scheduled to do a display at the branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library in Agassiz, where I had done a previous one in the past.  In order to take my exhibit to the next level, I created a Youtube video of the portion of my collection that represents the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area.  Filled with images from my collection, historical photos, and a Google map, it would have blown the viewing public out of the water!  The library would have had to lay foam mattresses on the floor to catch people who fainted after being overcome with the awe and majesty that is the Neumann Collection!

 

Unfortunately, I found out that the display case had deteriorated, and it was given away.  So now I am left with a Youtube video, and no outlet to screen it, except my website.  Enjoy!

 

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.


Rss_feed