April, 2019
In This Issue
  • 2019 Convention Sponsors
  • Our Antique Journey
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Burton Spiller
  • Indy Ad Show Coming
  • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
  • Check Out "Antique Toy World"
  • Allentown Paper Show
  • Ice Screamers Visit Zaharakos
  • Wanted Items
2019 Convention Sponsors

AAAA is very fortunate to have a wonderful roster of Convention Sponsors for our 2019 event! Their support is very integral to the success of the Convention. Please show your support of these sponsors through your patronage.
Antique Malls
The antique malls listed below have served as AAAA Convention Sponsors each time we have been located in Reading since 2015. They are all within 10-20 minutes from our convention hotel. Please check them out to see what treasures you can find. When you visit them before or after the Convention, please be sure to mention that you are AAAA members!
Adamstown Antique Mall
Adamstown Antique Mall opened as a co-op in 1992. In January 2013, Adamstown began the latest phase in its growth: new management, new dealers, new enthusiasm, and new renovations. We took what made Adamstown special and enhanced it. Adamstown is known for its customer service and knowledgeable dealers. Any day you stop in there will be dealers stocking and sharing stories. There are many who have been here over a decade. It feels like family.  The emphasis has long been on what can be termed “Country Primitives”. There is a front porch with many rustic items. Move inside and you will find all styles of furniture, many decoratives to put on that furniture, antique advertising, and much more.
Location: 3014 North Reading Road, Adamstown, PA 19501
Phone: 717-484-0464
Hours: Mon,Thurs, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Bob Nance (Booths in Renningers Antique Mkt-Adamstown & Adamstown Antique Mall)-
Bob Nance is a well-known dealer that specializes in antique advertising, general/country store, soda fountain, tins, signs, toys, and other antiques. His booths in Renningers Antique Mall-Adamstown (Booth A-40) and Adamstown Antique Mall (ask for location of Bob’s booth at front desk) are chock-full of high quality and desirable vintage items that every collector of antique advertising will want to see. Bob is a long-time member of AAAA.
Locations: Renningers Antique Market, 2500 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517 and Adamstown Antique Mall, 3014 North Reading Road, Adamstown, PA 19501
Phone: Renningers, 717-484-1300; Adamstown, 717-484-0464
Hours: Renningers, Sundays 7:30 AM-4:00 PM; Adamstown, Mon,Thurs, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Bob Nance at the Indy Ad Show
Lancaster County Antique Mall
Lancaster County Antique Center LLC, founded in 1975, is the county's first co-op and features 60+ dealers with a wide variety of merchandise ranging from the hard-to-find and desirable to the priced-to-sell.

Our ever-changing inventory includes Advertising, Country Store, Breweriana, Trains, Toys, Postcards, Books, Mid-Century & much more. Our “Something for Everyone” philosophy, old time atmosphere, long hours including weekend evenings, and our customer friendly discount policy makes our shop stand apart.

From novice to seasoned collector to experienced dealer, we truly have something for everyone.
Location: 2255 N Reading Rd, Denver, Pa 17517
Phone: 717-336-2701
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; Fri, Sun: 9:00 AM-7:30 PM; Sat. 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Mad Hatter Antique Mall
The Mad Hatter Antique Mall is located in a former hat factory at the corner of Route 272 and Willow Street. We have 100+ active dealers. Booths and showcases are featured, with vintage advertising, ephemera, wall hangings, dolls, vintage clothing, furniture, retro modern, linens and much more. The mall is brightly-lit and air conditioned with ample parking and clean public restrooms.
Location: 61 Willow Street Adamstown, PA 19501
Phone: 717-484-4159
Hours: Thursday through Monday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Pine Hills Antique Mall
Pine Hills Antique Mall is housed in a 14,000 sq. ft. post-and-beam building. 100+ dealers offer a wide variety of antiques and collectibles including vintage advertising. Both booths and showcases are featured.
Location: 3 Adams Dr, Reinholds, PA 17569 (On Rt. 272)
Phone: 717-484-6313
Hours: Thursday through Monday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Shupp's Grove Antique Market
Shupp's Grove is a beautiful outdoor antiques & collectibles market and is known as "the Picker's market, where REAL DEALS still happen." We have been in operation since 1962, supporting American small businesses and celebrating a rich history of quality goods.
Location: 607 Willow Street, Reinhold, PA 17569 (From US-222, exit I-76/PA-272/Denver/Pennsylvania Turnpike and turn right on Rt. 272 North. Follow 272 North for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Rt. 897 South and follow for 3/4 mile to Grove on left)
Phone: 717-484-4115
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 AM-4:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Time Matters Antique Mall
We are a multi dealer shop specializing in Vintage Advertising, Vintage Signs & Thermometers, Gas Pumps, Soda Vending Machines & Coolers, Juke Boxes, Coin-Op, Primitives, & Store Displays. In addition, we carry a full line of General Antiques, Disney, Pez, Battery Operated & Wind-Up Toys, Sports Memorabilia, Jewelry, Pottery and Glassware. No Reproductions, No Flea Market Merchandise. Celebrating 10 years here in Adamtown, and 4 years at our location at, 2664 N. Reading Rd, Adamstown, PA. Our great Shop features a fully enclosed Glass Display Porch, easy direct access into the shop's parking lot off Rt. 272, many Glass Display Cases with over 80 Dealers. DEALER SPACE AVAILABLE!!!.

Location: 2664 N. Reading Rd. (Rt.272) Reinhold's, PA 17569
Phone: 717-484-1514
Hours: Open 7 days a week 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturdays 10:00 AM-7:00 PM.
Publishers, Auction Houses, Shows
Antique Trader
Antique Trader has been serving the antiques trade for more than 60 years. It continues to inspire, entertain, and inform its readers through multiple platforms. With a loyal audience of collectors, historians, and business owners within the antiques and collectibles community, the Antique Trader brand serves people via a biweekly print magazine, weekly e-newsletter, website and social media platforms.

Location: Iola, Wisconsin
Phone: 715-350-7078
Chupp Auctions
Chupp Auctions is an important national auction house that specializes in antique advertising, among other things. Located in picturesque Shipshewana, Indiana, this auction house is noted for bringing rare and highly desirable antique advertising items to market. 25 years in business and still going strong! 
Location: 890 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
Phone: (2 60) 768-7616
Indy Ad Show
The Indianapolis Antique Advertising Show, more commonly known as the “Indy Ad Show” is the nation’s premier show to find vintage and antique advertising. Entering into its 47th year, this event has always been famously known as the place where the best of the best could be found. Dealers from around the country come together to provide collectors with their latest finds of Soda Fountain & Early General Store Displays, Signs, Salesman Samples, Breweriana & Saloon, Toys, Political , Barber Shop, Americana, Coin Operated Machines, Mechanical Slot Machines, and Pharmaceutical & Veterinarian Advertising and more.                                            
The show runs simultaneously with 2 other great shows, the Boone County Gas & Oil and the Boone County Antique Market. One $8.00 admission fee gets you into all three shows (2 day pass is $10.00). The Indy Ad Show is an ongoing supporter of AAAA and generously provides the club with a complementary exhibit booth.                

Location: The Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, Indiana, conveniently located halfway between Indianapolis and Lafayette on Interstate 65 
is 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and is near the International Airport. 
Phone: 906-250-1618
Kovels' Antiques, Inc.
Kovels’ Antiques, Inc, was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as “the duke and duchess of the antiques world,” they have written more than 100 books and many special reports about collecting. Their bylined newspaper column started in 1954 and is the longest-running syndicated column in the U.S. by one author. It appears in more than 100 newspapers. Their books include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, now in its 51 st edition, that has sold over 4 million copies.
The Kovels bought their first advertising collectible in 1954, the well-known “Grape-Nuts, There’s a reason” sign. Most of the advertising collection in their house is part of a “country store” that was used in their national TV series. Advertising became important enough to become a category in the price book in 1988., online since 1998, has more than a million expert reviewed prices, marks, readers Q & A, identification help, and buying and selling advice. Plus, a free weekly email with news and information of interest to collectors. For more in-depth information, the monthly subscription-only newsletter Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles includes sales reports, hotlines, and tips to help you stay informed on the changing market. Since 2008, the company is owned by the mother-daughter team of Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel.
Contact us:
Mail: P.O. Box 22192, Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone 216-752-2252
Web Site:
Morphy Auctions
Morphy Auctions is one of the largest auction houses under one roof. Counting on decades of experience running successful antique auctions for both sellers and buyers, the team at Morphy Auctions aims to delight our clients with fresh-to-the-market auctions, professionalism and state-of-the-art auction venues. Antique advertising is one of Morphy Auction's numerous areas of specialization, bringing to market some of the most desirable pieces available in the realm of vintage advertising.
Location: 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517
Phone: 877-968-8880
Hours: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Friday (or by Appointment)
By Jay and Joan Smith
Our "addiction" to graniteware started over 40 years ago. While it was pouring rain on us, we purchased a small Chrysolite graniteware Berlin kettle for $17 (photo right)

Since graniteware hadn’t made it to the top of the table yet, we were looking under the tables and in all the boxes at flea markets. At that time, a pewter trim coffee pot was selling for $30 to $35, tea sets were priced at $50, and a one-cup coffee pot was worth $20.
At that time, life was good and we were having a lot of fun; however, change came quickly as graniteware found its way to the top of the table and brought top prices. This seemed to have happened much sooner than we thought.

That didn’t stop us, but it sure slowed us down a bit. We continued collecting until graniteware was wall-to-wall in our home and there was hardly any room for us. Graniteware was everywhere! (photo left) 

In addition to the graniteware, we were buying tins that had been manufactured for peanut butter, candy, tobacco, talc, spices, and more.
A friend found and sold us a beautiful, colorful sign advertising Agate, a type of Graniteware, which is still hanging in our kitchen (photo right). That was the beginning of purchasing many more signs! “STUFF” was everywhere, and we loved it!
We heard about a graniteware convention in Downers Grove, Illinois, named AGA and off we went to see who the people were that collected these pots and pans (as some called them!). WOW! What a delight to see their beautiful homes decorated with graniteware.
It wasn’t many years until the National Graniteware Society (NGS) convention began. We attended those conventions and had a blast for 30 years. They were years with lots of graniteware and we learned every aspect about it, down to the labels. We also made many lasting friendships. 

We decided to join the Tin Containers Collectors Association (TCCA), which was later followed by the Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA), to learn more about our tins. We loved reading the AAAA newsletter. I remember one time they sent out a list of peanut butter pails. If you had one that wasn’t listed, you were to send a picture of it, and we did. YEA, we thought we had made it to the big leagues, until time went on and we saw so many other collections. What a huge let-down!
Our last find was a child’s graniteware table in near-mint condition. On the top of the table was the alphabet and an advertisement for Calumet Baking Powder (photo right). Our love for this table grew as we watched our 4 year-old granddaughter sit at it and play with a graniteware tea set. She was taught at her young age to be very careful; but when we heard the clanging and banging, we knew it was time for the plastic tea set. The memories of Lauren playing freshens our love for these graniteware tables.
This "addiction" has enriched our lives as we traveled to many states, made lasting friends, and created many happy memories.

Given that NGS formally disbanded a few years ago, we'd like to express our thanks to Daryl and Colleen Alpers and AAAA for their help in bringing all of us together once again and their kindness in keeping us together at the annual AAAA Conventions. We appreciate all you have done.

Editor's Note: As you may be aware, AAAA and the National Graniteware Society (NGS) did some collaborating at their 2014 and 2016 annual conventions. Even after NGS was officially disbanded in 2016, many of their members continued to conduct an informal gathering in conjunction with the AAAA Convention in 2017 and 2018. We look forward to seeing our Graniteware compatriots once again at the 2019 Convention. They will join us for Room Hopping and the Silent Auction. Many of them are collectors of both antique advertising and Graniteware, as reflected in the above article.
In Memoriam: Dr. Burton Spiller
By John DeVolder

Long time AAAA member, Burton Spiller, DDS passed away on March 13, 2019 at the age of 87.

"You should call the dentist" "There's a dentist that collects those" "I have a phone number for a dentist"

In the mid 1960's, those were the responses that I would get, when asking about old bottles at any antique shop; whether it was in Rochester, NY or in the most rural area of New York State, or New England. His collecting 'network' was second to none. It was about 1965 when I met Burton. He had an apartment on Oxford Street in Rochester that was decorated with wonderful bottles and some advertising items. I remember a ROG piano or organ sign on or over his mantel. He was very helpful to me, as a young collector: allowing me to travel with him to meet others and informing me of various collectors, clubs, and magazines. Burton and his resources were a major reason the Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association was formed in 1969. Throughout the fifty years of the GVBCA, Burton was always there to help-but always in the background. Burt would never be the 'lead' person: he let others be the chairman or the president. But he and his resources were always present to anyone who needed a hand. For many years, Burt presented a plaque to the person having the 'best' exhibit at the GVBCA show and sale, which this year will be held on April 28th: a tradition, I am certain which will be continued. His bottle collecting and expertise was recognized nationally, and then some. He would author many articles, and be a help to many who would write books. Glass Works Auction sold his bottle collection in May of 2000, grossing over a million dollars.Burton was elected to The Federation of Historical Bottle Collector's hall of fame.

Burt moved to a townhouse after the bottle collection was sold. At this time, he would collect souvenir china for something to do-assembling a very nice collection. His suburb advertising collection was tastefully displayed. The home would rival any museum. Tip trays above the doorways as you entered the home, Coca-Cola, mostly in the kitchen, hygiene advertising within the two bathrooms, breweriana and other quality advertising in every room. 
In September, Burt moved to an assisted living facility. Although frail, he was in good health. He was proud that he did not use a cane for balance (although it was recommended). He was still driving and he was looking better-gaining some weight as The Summit did the cooking. Burton died peacefully in his sleep. 

Burt was a true person-a true friend for over fifty years.

Editor's Note: Please note the bottles resting on the base of the tombstone to the left. Those are not real bottles--they are etched into the tombstone, a lasting legacy to the hobby he loved.
Indy Ad Show Coming May 4-5
The Indy Ad Show will be returning to the Boone County, Indiana Fairgrounds for its Spring installment on May 4-5. This is actually a three-in-one show, with a Gas and Oil Show and an Antique Market also taking place---all for one admission price of $8.00 (2 day pass is $10.00). This is a highly anticipated event for collectors all around the country. Hundreds of dealers will be proudly featuring their best inventory in all genres of vintage advertising. The show takes place in several spacious buildings on the Fairgrounds, which most buyers and dealers consider a big improvement over its previous location at the Indiana State fairgrounds. No matter what you are looking for, you should find it there! For further information about the show or to purchase advance tickets, click here.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
If you are planning to be in New Orleans, you should consider visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Located at 514 Chartres Street, this museum is the original site of a pharmacy that opened in 1823. Louis Dufilho, the proprietor, became America’s first licensed pharmacist. In addition to exceptional bona fide history, this museum has bragging rights to an impressive collection of pharmaceutical memorabilia.  Shelves and cabinets with apothecary jars, bottles, and medical devices line the perimeter of the museum. Voodoo potions also can be found there, including the infamous “Love Potion No. 9”. A pharmacist’s work area has been recreated in the back. Educational exhibits are present on the second floor.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Admission costs $5.00. Tours are offered at 1:00 PM each day. Call ahead before going because hours are subject to change for special events.

Visitors describe the museum as being rather small but packed with fascinating things to see and learn about. The tour gets very high marks.
The ancient building is reportedly haunted, (as are many historic sites in New Orleans). If you are into that kind of thing, your visit can reveal more about the spirits that are said to inhabit it and the experiences that have been reported by visitors.
For additional information about the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, you
visit its web site:
The phone number is 504-565-8027. 
Check Out "Antique Toy World"
It has been observed that there is some type of kinship between those who collect antique advertising and those who collect vintage toys. The evidence is very apparent at almost any antique advertising specialty show where you will find plenty of examples of collectable toys. For that reason, we want to call your attention to “Antique Toy World”, an entertaining monthly glossy print publication. This visually attractive magazine is produced by Antique Toy World Publications and the Editor is Dale Kelley. The magazine is a busy and colorful testament to the charms of fascinating antique toys. Each issue, which tends to run 80-100 pages, features informative articles about a variety of topics. Recent titles include “Australian Toys” and “Amazing Reconstruction”. Lots of interesting ads for auctions, shows, and specialty dealers are also included.  Newsy articles about industry events and trends, including memorials to the passing of prominent figures in the field are staples in this publication. There are always items of potential interest to AAAA members, including ads for a surprising number of cross-over shows and auctions featuring both toys and advertising.

A one year, 12 issue subscription to Antique Toy World costs $44.95 in the US. Canadian subscriptions are $80.00. To subscribe, call 773-725-0633.  Mailing address is: Antique Toy World Magazine, P O Box 34509, Chicago, Illinois 34509.
Allentown Paper Show
Vintage postcards, rare books, old paper advertisements, aged photographs, comic books, antique toys and pop memorabilia are only a few of the items that will be featured when the Spring Edition of the Allentown Paper Show c omes to town on April 27th and April 28th.
The event will take place at Agri-Plex Agriculture Hall. Admission is $10; $1 off coupons are available on the website and on the show's Facebook page, .
The event, which has been held since 1970, will showcase the wares of more than 160 vendors and will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Collectors, as well as the general public, will enjoy the many offerings of this annual show, as vendors travel from dozens of states throughout the country to present.
Ice Screamers Visit Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
On Sunday, April 8, some members of the Ice Screamers club came from as far as New Jersey to pay a visit to Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in Columbus, Indiana. The visit was arranged by Heather Tomasello (2nd from right in photo), who is in charge of the Ice Screamers' conventions. Some local AAAA members also joined the visit.

As you may know, the Ice Screamers and AAAA will once again be co-locating their annual conventions at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in July to create twice the fun and excitement!

The Ice Screamers came to pay homage to Zaharakos, a national treasure among vintage soda fountains (see images to the right). And they said it was certainly worth the trip! Zaharakos is a lovingly restored and fully functioning 1900-era soda fountain that is absolutely gorgeous.

It is also a world-class museum with unique displays of majestic early marble and onyx soda fountains, syrup dispensers, mechanical musical instruments (such as a Welte orchestrion, nickelodeons, and others), a library, general store display and much more. The food is excellent and their hand-made ice cream is rich and velvety.

The Welte orchestrion is worth special mention---it is the only one in America on public display in its original location. Its 184 pipes of wood, brass and tin is a sight to behold and it commands the room with its enormous, happy sound. Kids love it!
In the photos to the right, AAAA member Debra Slone (standing in profile) can be seen leading the visiting group in an enjoyable "behind the scenes" tour of Zaharakos. The tour provided a wealth of fascinating information that is not readily available anywhere else.

Debra, a graphic designer and historian, has been part of the Zaharakos team for many years and has contributed much to its unique charm.

The Columbus Area Visitor's Center recently announced that in-depth tours of Zaharakos will now be available every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 PM. The cost is $15.00 per person. The entertaining tours will be conducted by none other than Debra Slone. For further information, click here.
Wanted Items

In this column are those sought-after items of desire that seem to be elusive. If you know where any of these items can be acquired or if you have one available, please click the link to reply directly to the seeker. To place a listing in this column, click here . There is no fee for AAAA members. Up to three listings per member are permitted.

Ice Cream Advertising: Mr. Ice Cream desires better graphic ice cream advertising including: postcards (Advertising and RPPC), trade cards, letterheads, billheads, booklets, poster stamps, blotters, magic lantern slides, pinbacks, watchfobs, and pocket mirrors. Allan Mellis, 1115 West Montana St. Chicago, Illinois 60614-2220. To reply, click here.

Wanted Top Condition: Sunset Trail oval cigar tin (white version), Continental Cubes tobacco tin (medium size kidney shaped slide lid) 6” tall, Continental Cubes tobacco tin (larger flip lid pocket tin) 5” tall, Convention Hall Coffee tin (Kansas City tin) one pound GREEN and/or YELLOW version, Bob White tobacco tin small box (Ginna) size 3” by 4” by 2.5”. To reply, click here.

Stock food, poultry food, veterinary advertising wanted.  Posters, medicine packages, give-aways. Email or call (256) 520-5211.

White Plastic 7" Tall "Pole Sign" Thermometers advertising local/regional gasoline/oil/service station brands such as: SPEEDWAY 79; SUPER 98; TOPCO; ROCKET; HANCOCK; BELL; OKLAHOMA. NOT the major national brands like Texaco. Peter Capell. To reply, click here.

Singer Sewhandy Model 20-Green-regular paint, not hammertone. To reply, click here.

National Biscuit Company, Nabisco, Uneeda Biscuit, Uneeda Bakers, Muth Bakery, NBC Bread toys, signage, tins, containers, displays, historical items. Please Email or call (937) 205-2232.

Early Cigarette Rolling Papers: Pre-1940’s - American, Zig Zag, Braunstein Freres, Bambino, and Ottoman papers wanted. To reply, click here.

Antique/Collectible Banking and Financial System "Give-a way" and advertising items. Specifically from Pennsylvania. Alarm devices and such. To reply, click here .

Unusual one pound peanut butter tins . Tin litho or paper label. To reply, click here .

Marshmallow Tins, Smaller than 5 Pound Size. To reply, click here .

American Cookie, Biscuit and Cracker Tins and Boxes . To reply , click here .

Columbian Stove sign made by the Keeley Stove Co. in Columbia PA To reply, click here or call 717-572-3108.
VITAMINS advertising, displays, signs, bottles, and anything related: Hadacol is an example. Most would come from the 1930’s thru the 1970’s. Also anything related to cod-liver oil and WEIGHT-LOSS, REDUCING, ANTI-FAT, and OBESITY ITEMS. To reply, click here .
Early tin signs lithographed by Tuchfarber, Wells and Hope, Worcester Sign Company, Sentenne and Green, etc. I can pay more for good condition, but would be interested in any condition. Don Lurito also in the directory. To reply, click here .
Dwinell-Wright Co. Royal Ground Spice Cardboard Spice Boxes. One side displays horizontally. Approximately 3.75" by 2.25". Any type of spice is OK. To reply, click here .
ENSIGN Perfect and ENSIGN Perfection vertical pocket tobacco tins to enhance my collection. Feel free to contact me at 614-888-4619 or to see if you can help fill the voids.

Tall 1 lb. Mallard Coffee Can - Shows duck taking off. To reply, click here .
Chewing gum packs, sticks, wrappers, full boxes, lifesavers, candy bar wrappers, displays, and boxes.  Anything candy related. To reply, click here
Pre-1900 advertising items related to: barbed wire, farm fence gates, tools for erecting or mending wire fences, and farm fences. Only primary material please--no ads from newspapers, etc. Larry W. Love. To reply, click here .
Armour Foods Signs, Cardboards, Store Displays, Die-Cuts Wanted. To reply, click here .
Cigar advertising tip trays, pinbacks, or any unusual cigar advertising items. Harry Cohn: To reply, click here .
Edmands Coffee Company, Edmands Tea Company, 1776 Coffee, American Beauty Tea, Japan Tea, Devonshire Tea, (imported by Edmands, Boston/Chicago):  Any items such as tins, signs, paper, or anything else related to the Edmands family of companies in Boston is desired. To reply, click here .