FANTASTIC FINDS IN ‘ANTIQUE CITY’ FUN FAIR The 27th edition of the world’s largest collectors show, produced by Norman Schaut, has left the Atlantic City Convention Center and will be presented in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Remember Dilly? He was the kid with a baseball cap, red turtleneck sweater, prominent proboscis and ears that wiggled when Phineas T. Bluster tried to undermine Buffalo Bob Smith’s circus.
“Some of the more interesting features of our first 25 shows were a huge display of artifacts raised from the 1912 Titanic wreck site, scorched duralumin girders from the Hindenburg hydrogen inferno at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1937, and a music stand that survived the 1944 Ringling Brothers circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut.” Schaut quips, “You might say that our shows have been one disaster after another!”
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is adjacent to Route 422, 20 minutes northwest of center city near the King of Prussia Mall and is surrounded with 15,000 free parking spaces. The GPS address is 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.
Antique City will be open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, April 10. Saturday admission $12; Sunday $8. Saturday 9 am early buyer tickets may be ordered for $15 at www.AntiqueCityShow.com or by calling the 800-822-4119. Children 12 years and under are admitted free.
Sunday box office proceeds will be donated to the Center for Childhood Cancer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This is the largest program of its kind in the world.
Note to dealers: Pipe and draped booths are available from $195 to $1370 and can be reserved by calling Show Director Gail Evans at 800-225-1007.
PHOTO CAPTION PRETZEL
During prohibition, portable flasks were disguised as ordinary items that could be carried without suspicion.” Among them were hollow flashlights, hammers, party horns, walking sticks and milady’s powder puff containers, each with demon rum hiding inside. The most imaginative is known as the prohibition pretzel, available with and without mustard. The 27th edition of the Antique City Fun Fair will be produced by Norman Schaut (above) and features hundreds of exhibitors offering acres of fine antiques and quirky collectibles at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on October 9 and 10.
WAITING TO ENTER THE ANTIQUE CITY FUN FAIR IN THE FALL
Last October, the early morning line of Antique City early buyers extended across the front of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, along the entire length of this 5 ½ acre building and into the rear parking area. According to R. Scudder Smith, publisher of ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY, the first day line was one-fifth of a mile long.
CROWN & HAT
In 1921, Margaret Gorman represented Washington, DC and won the first Miss America crown. Its unlikely companion is famed tramp clown Emmett Kelly’s dilapidated derby.
This diminutive tilt top birdcage wine table is as old as it is tall. The cherry piece dates back to the late 18th century and measures exactly 18 inches in height, making it a rare example of fine American furniture.
IRON CHASTITY BELT
According to modern myth, the chastity belt was used as an