… and people who, like Barbara, are into antiques….  (unlike some (not all!) of Barbara’s progeny, for whom being dragged to antique shows ranked lower than going to the dentist).

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There are going to be several events coming up in the Baltimore-Frederick area in the next couple of months that will feature some items from Barbara’s estate.  One part of this effort will involve bundling part of Barbara’s (incredibly massive) book collection into themed parcels .. including, for those of you following recent exchanges about this on Facebook’s “Another Shirt Ruined” group — her H. Rider Haggard collection! (Be forewarned, Barbara used her books with gusto — they were there to be read, not looked at!  She boasted that as a child, her father teased her that he never knew what food items might show up in a book she was reading….) (Chocolate ones preferred, of course.)   Some of this will be cataloged online, while some will just be up for viewing at the event sites.

We mention this in case you’d like to see things from the grand to the little and silly from Barbara’s life.  (To be clear, this is about sharing the fun, not urging anyone to buy anything…. there will be plenty of collector-types, just like Barbara, to do that!)   You can eyeball some things online — but the actual display in the galleries may be fun to browse in person if you’re in the area (and it’s free to go see it!).

SO, the first event is at Alex Cooper’s galleries in Towson, Maryland, on April 7 and 9.  The official catalog features the big items — but there should also be some smaller, Egypt-themed silly stuff on display.  (Barbara prided herself on never losing a child-like sense of humor and fun, so she delighted in kids’ toys and collected Lord-of-the-Rings stuff of all kinds….)  Not sure yet about the books, but will update as we can.  And oh, all right, yes, there’s some furniture (yawn)(sorry, still can’t get excited about it!).

The Cooper’s brochure gives a few more details, and there are online pictures of some stuff, including that great carousel horse (the only ride she really enjoyed at amusement parks — but she would ride that one numerous times, chortling as she went!) — and of course there has to be a woman with a cat!

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