June 10, 2022
An article in Smithsonian Magazine brought collecting to my attention. Most of us have collections. We often start them by accident, having begun by browsing garage sales, auctions and inheritance. I found my one-pound coffee can collection in the crawl space of a rental house. I have 15 of the metal cans, some from the 1940s; once, they were another person’s trash.
Cousin D’Esta collects tiny elephant figurines – a lot easier to display and store. Jack Moore had a collection of automobile promotional models, identical to the real thing but in miniature. Most were 1:24 scale, which...