The Neumann Collection


Past Road Trip Finds

Posted by neumann32044 on January 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

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 out there.

My first stop was the North Okanagan/Shuswap region.  I drove up to my parents' cottage after a day at work and stayed there overnight because I made arrangements to visit with a collector in the Shuswap/North Okanagan area the next afternoon.  I have a route that I like to travel to hit some of my favourite stores, and to catch up with the shop owners.  After doing some visiting at an antique store in Pritchard, it was time to get to my main appointment.  I am very grateful to this collector for taking the time to show my a portion of his vast collection.  I saw many beautiful pieces of hotelware that I was wholly unfamiliar with, and one that was so rare that I had only seen shards of before!  This collection took many years to build, and much of it was inherited from the collector's father and was put together during a time where it was a lot easier to find hotelware, and the popularity of collecting it hadn't exploded.

I took my time getting to Calgary because there was an antique show that I wanted to stop at in Vernon.  It was there that I picked up the first piece of hotelware.  Its an oval bowl from the Grand Forks Hotel, with green decorations and a garland around the rim.  I didn't yet have an intact piece of this pattern, so I was very glad to get it!

I spent a cold night in Revelstoke in a cabin at the local KOA Campground, and reached Calgary the next afternoon.  It was great to visit my friend and to explore the thrift stores and antique shops that Calgary had to offer, the few that there were.  There isn't really a culture of reuse there, and the few thrift stores that there are have very high prices.  There are more thrift stores in my hometown of Abbotsford than I think there are in all of Calgary.  We did do a day trip to Nanton, AB which is known for its antique stores.  Thats where I picked up the overpriced Hotel Irving small platter.  The only reason I bought it was to bring it back to the province it belongs in!

After a few days in Calgary, I came back to BC through the Crowsnest Pass on HWY 3, and spent the night camping at Fort Steele.  It was the low season for tourists so when I went to visit the town, I was able to get a tour all to myself!  I also spent a good few hours at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, which I highly recommend.  The next day found me in Nelson, where I met with another collector.  He also had some great pieces of hotelware, but oddly enough, I found his collection of ephemera from the hotels a lot more interesting.  Things like envelopes and letterhead from these businesses help me to pinpoint the exact location of a hotel if it has a generic name, and this collector had some beautiful pieces.

After seeing the sights of Nelson and soaking in the Ainsworth Hot Springs for a few hours, I drove out of town, and spent my last night in Osoyoos, and from there made my way home.  The purpose of the trip wasn't hotelware, but to visit my friend so I wasn't disappointed when I didn't come home with very much.  Though I wish I could have gone in the summer because it was mighty cold for tenting!

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