Thanks to All Who Made the 2014 Spring Auction A FABULOUS SUCCESS!

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Unique, Nostalgic and Wonderful

Going Once ...Going Twice...Sold!

 

Citizens of the historic eastern Pennsylvania city of Pottstown banded together with additional supporters of The Carousel at Pottstown project to hold a fundraising auction Wednesday, April 23rd.

The Carousel at Pottstown extends a special thank you to Bev Reber, whose tireless efforts in coordinating the event are the reason the auction was such a success.

The proceeds from the auction will enable the Carousel at Pottstown to complete the installation of the updated electrical service for the building. The old electrical system was determined to be a safety hazard and was removed, which imposed severe limitations on the restoration efforts.

"Pottstown has always been known as a pickers' paradise for rare antiques," said Carousel at Pottstown committee spokesperson George Wausnock. "The people of our city have been very generous and supportive with our past fundraisers, but this time they've outdone themselves. We've received some terrific auction items, which will go a long way in helping us achieve our remaining goal of $400,000."

One of the sale's top highlights came from veteran Pennsylvania auctioneer Ted Maurer, who happens to be Kathy Maurer's father. He has donated a 3ft by 3ft galleon made around 1900 by inmates at New York's Sing Sing prison. In addition to its impressive size, the model ship boasts hand-knotted rigging and realistic plank decks.

Among the toys auctioned were a Lionel Model 385E standard gauge train set with individual boxes, an early Steiff bear on wheels, and numerous tin and cast-iron toys, including an antique horse-drawn cast-iron circus wagon.

Another sub-category was Disneyana, with featured lots including Mickey Mouse watches in their original boxes, and a boxed set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figures.

An enviable collection of milk glass included musical milk-glass unicorns. Additionally, the auction included rare stoneware, large and small advertising items, Oriental rugs, and an antique European carousel horse.

A large, single-owner collection of commemorative knives included coveted World's Fair souvenirs.

The sports collectibles categorywais led by a rare, SGC-graded 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card. Other sports memorabilia ran the gamut of baseball, football, golf, boxing and car racing, with a number of racing photos and programs pertaining to Indianapolis and local racetracks. There was a football signed by Joe Paterno and many other early, signed sports photos and ephemera items.

The auction was rounded out with a broad selection of old tools, quilts, comic books, Boy Scout memorabilia, kitchen utensils (including agate), and Beatles LPs.

 

Galleon Ship Model created by inmates of Sing Sing Prison

Volunteer Spotlight -

Volunteers are the lifeblood for The Carousel at Pottstown. Without their selfless dedication the Carousel would be nothing. Aside from the construction of the bump-out and the replacement of the roof, ALL the work to bring the Carousel to life has been achieved through the efforts of people whose only payment is the satisfaction of creating something very special. Whether their contribution is in construction, fundraising, marketing, as an artist or even as gopher extrodinaire, each volunteer is a valued part of our Carousel Family.

Artist Bob Hakun

Artist Bob Hakun, stenciling the carousel frame. He is also one o our esteemed animal artists.

Bob Hakun received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kutztown University and spent many years in the toy industry, designing Halloween costumes and masks. He enjoyed learning the screen-printing process, and the sculpting and casting methods used for making the masks. He later worked in the offset printing industry, using the computer graphics programs to produce hi-quality printed material. In his free time he enjoys doing oil-painting, digital photography and creating sculptural artwork. He enjoys working on the carousel because it appeals to everyone, no matter what their age or background.

You can be a part of The Carousel at Pottstown too. Spread the word and join us at our upcoming events, take advantage of a variety of sponsorship opportunities, or learn more about the many ways to volunteer.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Beautifully carved and painted animals for our restored 1905 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. carousel are still available for sponsorship. For more details and current availability please email George Wausnock.

 

The Carousel At Pottstown was officially incorporated October 10, 2000 and received 501©3 status from the IRS as a non-profit charitable organization.









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