Collectors Night

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A well known N.Y.C. bicycle-guru, Dave Perry, displays one of his surprisingly non-bicycle related collections. Dave has been collecting these firecracker labels since childhood, and has quite a variety to prove it! BANG BANG! Happy New Year of the Rooster!

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Featured in the front lobby was Peter Arckle’s divine Cicada collection. Who could have ever predicted the versitility of the cicada? Peter displayed cicadas of all kinds on books, hankerchiefs, a teapot, and so much more! I also love the clear label he provided. It reminds me of the grade school science fairs of yesteryear.

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One of NYC’s most talented drummers, Ryan Sawyer was on hand displaying his extensive collection of Homies. These tiny figurines were originally designed for dispensing in plastic egg vending machines. Now, they are collected from various sites all over the world. The figures are often shown wearing hip clothing and representing various popular pastimes. Ryan, who also works as D.J. and a bartender, might make an excellent model for a future Homie!

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V.P. of Operations, George Ferrandi, is always keeping things at the Reliquary in tip top, running condition. Tonight she also managed to juggle this impressive bandstand of PEZ dispensers! You may have seen some of these same PEZ featured last year on the cover of our local newspaper, The Greenpoint Star. Congratulations George, on an event completely free of the “domino-effect” in multiple regards!

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Here Cal Patch, “V.P. of Seams” and creator of the famous C.R. sashes, shows off her Holly Hobbie collection. One of the best features is a light up drawing table. Now even you can draw Holly just like a pro! Yes, H.H. is in the hizzy.

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The City Reliquary Resident Geologist, Nik Sokol, brought out his personal collections of rock core and seed pods to illustrate his interests in earth processes and decay. His first introduction included the donation of several astounding geological specimens. As a geologist, Nik has worked on the design and excavation for several monumental civil works essential to every New Yorker’s daily life. We are honored to have Nik on the Board of Directors at the C.R. Museum.

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Taylor played two rolls at Collectors’ Night; exhibitor and technician. Here, we had a chance to see some amazing robots and Godzilla toys. These giant play creatures were made in Japan during the 1960’s and 70’s. Notice that Taylor is activating the extendable “tongue of fire” on one of the Godzillas. Thankfully, Taylor was able not only to stave off pending disaster with his creatures but also with the audio and visual equipment. This night required a great deal of switching between dvd players, slide projectors, cd players, microphones and more. Thanks for all your help manning the ship!

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Ervin Mendez is a quintessential collector. When V.P. of Collections, Bill Scanga and I visited his home, we were amazed to see over 300 bobbleheads stacked from floor to ceiling. His favorite brand is “Funko” who makes an extensive array of old and new styles. Ervin also puts a great deal of effort into preservation and display of his collections. The specially designed boxes make for great stacking material and protect the contents as well. If you were in attendance, you may have also noticed his bright LED sign welcoming everyone to Collectors’ Night. Normally, this sign welcomes visitors to the collections in the back room of his apartment. Quite a site!