So quite a few months ago a dealer at the Rose Bowl showed up with this huge collection of printed/die-cut samples of about any product you could imagine from the 1940's. Everyone went home with a group they were lucky to get in the frenzy that happened that morning. I bought a potato chip box, a few Disney character boxes and another warner bros box with Porky Pig. Most of the load were non-character boxes but all were super colorful and cool designs. So fast forward to this morning and here is the same dealer at the special 5th sunday Long Beach show. I walked by his booth early and there were a few shoppers looking thru what looked like matchbooks. I kept on hunting thinking on dropping by later to take a look. I did return and found out those things I thought were matchbooks turned out to be matchbook sizes original hand painted art of over 300 different packages!!! So my thinking was buy them all, which was a good idea until me and the dealer were about $1200 apart as to what I offered and he reluctantly told me he wanted. Oh well it was not going to happen so I walked on and figured I drop by later that day and see what was left.
I came back toward the end of the day and still there were a load left but most of the ones I liked had been sold. Trying to hold back I decided to just buy 1 that I had eyed in the morning that was left.
A work of art all hand painted from the 1940's, they must have had some small brushes and steady hands back then.
I know you all want a picture of the whole table right??? that was my idea too but unlike most people that come in my booth and just snap away with a camera I make it a point to ask first. We this is the how that went down after I payed him the $5 for this one.
Me: Do you mind if I take a picture of the collection?
Dealer: What are you going to do with it?
Me; Just post it on my blog.
Dealer: thinking thinking, thinking...
Dealer: Sorry I am not comfortable with that.
Me: Thanks... walk away sad.
I did send my friend Vince to sneak a shot but he was unable to get one either , he said to me " I tried but he would not give me an open shot like he knew what I was trying to do"
so sorry folks I only have the one to show you but don't say I did not try both ways.....
Next time I am just whipping the camera out and go at it Paparazzi style and bolt.