It was an early Saturday morning a few weeks back and I made a late appearance to an estate sale. It had been worked over by many “jobbers” and the hallway outside of the apartment was full of already claimed antique objects including a strapping trunk ready for take-off to a nearby vehicle.
Instead of being disappointed I decided today would be a vintage clothing kind of day and made my way to the bedrooms. One bedroom was full of this and that and I found a box stuffed with odds and sods. I pulled out a newspaper and began reading. It was titled, The Gallery No. California Antiques and dated Volume 1. No.1 Fall 1970.
I was amazed by the simplicity of the newspaper and starred in awe of the printing and design, having went to college many years ago and studied print media [where you learn how to print newspaper from scratch] this kind of thing really appealed to me. The fact that it was an antique paper was a bonus.
When I got home that day, after being rear ended by someone at a gas station when I was parked [don’t ask me how this happened] I thought to research this newspaper and get some history on it. Sadly not much was easily found without subscribing to several newspaper history archive websites.
Over the next few months I will be sharing tidbits from the articles within this illuminating print including but not limited to; One Mans’ Bottles, Lachryma Montis a story of the home of General M.G Vallejo and Imari a stunning narrative about one of the most interesting and captivating porcelain collectibles.
I received a big box in the mail today and will be starting my appraisal courses as well this week so stay tuned for a boat load of information on antiques and collectibles.
Jobber: What I call a person who buys and sells antiques or collectibles for a living.