THANKING THE MANY FOR THEIR INVALUABLE SUPPORT !
Perhaps a rather small matter, but a portent of our good fortune in encountering a host of warm and generous associates along our odyssey with vintage graphic art, here was our first purchase, made on July 5, 1986, at a French antique shop in Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty celebrations in full swing and leaving us unable to find art galleries open for business, but instead the establishment of Roland. Our host was accommodating, funny and a lovely change from the denizens of the Gotham art trade.
Certainly one of our luckiest days was meeting (as a client in 2001), Derrick. Within the steady care of his friendship, we discovered that he was a grand master of IT, and through the past 16 years he has happily installed and maintained a series of our computers, as well as coaching us in the rudiments. He always makes time for what we would call “emergencies” and be able to settle us down with some supervision and “cleaning up of the mess.” I can’t imagine how we could have done without him!
Coincidentally , this week Derrick helped us order a new computer system that he will install for us tomorrow-March 11, 2017! And with him will be his lovely 3 1/2 year old daughter who we are proud to be her Auntie and Uncle!
Working as we do, mainly online with folks we’ll more than likely never meet directly, it comes as a marvellous windfall that so many of those distant contacts have become fascinating, stimulating and supportive friends. Here’s a taste: Anita, in Portsmouth, a museum stalwart, vivacious correspondent and very kind friend!
Andrew, in Oxford, a musician and teacher/composer of note, an expert in the field of pianos and a pochoir enthusiast going so far as tipping us off to a pochoir exhibition at the University of Toronto which we knew nothing about!(Not promoted online by the Royal Ontario Museum or the U of T!) A wonderful correspondent!
Louise, a heralded international novelist and warm correspondent (whom we actually had the good fortune to meet, when she was in town).
Geoff and Kim and their son, Andrew–magic whether near or far!
Deb and Joshua–intense, cordial and very remarkable. A wonderful collection with eclectic taste! And closer to home, giving us the chance to assist with installation of the many posters.
And we couldn’t have felt nearly so blessed without colleagues who knew so much more than we did and generously shared their smarts and their sweetness. Philip and Ursula.
Here are just a few more:
Our IVPDA (International Vintage Poster Dealers Association )meetings in NY or sometimes in France, gave us a chance to meet and share. Charter members since 1996.
Chris and Ana, a great vintage poster restoration team in Greenpoint. And brilliant artists and loving parents.
On the way with a delivery to our current Toronto vintage poster restorer, Darrell. Such a great craftsman and a fascinating friend!!
Blue-chip vintage poster entrepreneurs and blue-chip people, Jack and Barbara!
The love and excitement of those European moments, captured in photos. Flowers for Valerie’s special birthday delivered by the niece of the owners of the cozy Hotel Port Royal where we spent very comfortable weeks at a time some years.
Along the poster hunting trails of 6-8 weeks duration, we often stayed with wonderful friends and thus we were able to learn so much about France and Italy and Spain especially. We were pampered with wonderful regional food and wines. We experienced so many unique explorations with hosts who loved to share their knowledge of the district where they lived. Following are a few of many such instances:
Pierre and Eliane
Roland and Francoise
Kim, Christine and Willy–the amazing weeks we spent over the years in the south of France!!!
Last, and certainly not least, was what happened on the homefront while we were poster hunting! We couldn’t have raced off to fabulous destinations, over and over again, without marvellous friends back home, keeping the home fires alight which included caring for many pets and a forest of plants! A few memories beginning with our “Baby Dubonnet” just 6 months old at the time. Thanks to Carolyn for the 4 1/2 months of “bringing up baby”!
Michael and Raija greeted us upon a return, with a fridge filled with fresh fruit and veggies, a living forest well watered and a creative display of non-perishable goodies along with a healthy happy Chiara, one of our lovely cats at the time.
Erica and Tom–many times going above and beyond the call of duty, loving our canaries and cats under the same roof!! Not too many people could offer that kind of assistance!
Marnie and Steve
Mark and Steve
And when our 13 year old Dubonnet required daily injections of insulin our friends came to the rescue on a few different occasions!
Thus ends our adventure of 30 years! We hope you have enjoyed celebrating with us in our six installments of I DESIRE VINTAGE POSTERS TURNING 30!
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DROPPED BY TO VISIT US ON THE WEB OVER THE 3 DECADES AND WHO HAVE BEEN A PART OF OUR ADVENTURE IN THE MANY WAYS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED !
CELEBRATING OUR 30 YEAR HISTORY!