Thursday, June 30, 2011

WA Motifs

Sharing our collections was the purpose of the Aluminist when it was started more than 25 years ago and now notes and comments are again beginning to trickle in. Today's question concerns a tray depicting a 1939 World Fair building and the modernistic Trylon and Perisphere shown below. The question: Is this a souvenir tray or one made afterwards?

I know there are collectors of the 1939 World Fair memorabilia which does  include numerous aluminum trays. Perhaps one will read our question and help us our.

 Although there are pages of listing of World Fair information on the Internet I doubt if there is the information we seek.

As I have turned through my notebooks of saved letters and clippings along with sketches, I am amazed at how much information I have...some printable, some not. I read letters from the late Bill Knetch and return in time to the aluminum shows in Allentown and to the phone calls from Bill and the late Bob Cree and the long visits we had. I miss them so much.
Although this blog can never replace the personal contacts we collectors had through the shows, more comments are coming in and I'm hoping we will once more have a network of collectors sharing information and their questions. I may be wrong, but I believe that if you are signed in to this blog as a follower, you will receive a message alerting you to whatever comments are posted. I'm sure you realize that I could verify this detail with a bit of research, but after this post and all access to my blogs and even to creating a new blog disappeared last night and I spent hours navigating help and information fields, I am a bit tired of hunting information!
     Thankfully, most of what disappeared last night, was returned a few hours ago, so I, and dozens of other bloggers can resume our postings.

Old Wendell August Motifs:

Unmarked spoon hansle
identified by Bill Knecht
as probably the Farge's
Iris motif.

Lg. tray in Sail motif and
fish hook handles with
portion of table stand
(in auction catalog)