[78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue May 10 15:38:49 PDT 2011

No, but that was a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Or when the earth 
was green. That's what my Saturdays were like as well..downtown Toronto had the 
main "Cripps" (Society for Crippled Civilians, I kid you not, before being 
renamed Goodwill) plus a couple of satellite stores, the main Salvation Army 
Store on Richmond, St. Vinnies, "Jack Himself--From Soup to Nuts" where 78s 
were a dollar a dozen..plus a cheeseburger of dubious provenance at Frank's 
(Yonge and Dundas). Made me what I am today. Especially the dubious cheeseburgers.


On 5/10/2011 6:09 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
> Not impossible,  but not like the days when I could hop on the bus Saturday
> morning and make the rounds of Good Willie,  Veteran's,  Sally,  Vinnie,
> etc.  and pretty much every time come home with a couple dozen late 20s
> dance bands in nice shape,  as well as the occasional jazz gem.  I recall a
> miserable time when I found 32 thick Edisons,  mostly paper labels including
> a few electrics,  for five cents each,  and having to haul 'em home on the
> bus...man,  I was dedicated back then.
> Taylor
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Lennick"<dlennick at sympatico.ca>
> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:04 PM
> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>> Not impossible though. The youngest collectors are less likely even to
>> know
>> what a 78 is, and the people who work in the thrift stores don't know how
>> to
>> handle the things so they're often broken, but I still see them, sometimes
>> in
>> large loads and sometimes just a few stragglers. And more often than not,
>> trashed or of minimal interest (polkas..feh). But they do turn up. Anyone
>> near
>> Rochester NY, be sure and check out The Bop Shop where there are often
>> hundreds
>> of 78s out in the hallway, cheap cheap.
>> dl
>> On 5/10/2011 5:58 PM, Taylor Bowie wrote:
>>> Malcolm it on something important.  When I started collecting stuff
>>> around
>>> 1965 you could still get lots of good pop (and even some jazz) 78s from
>>> the
>>> 20s and 30s in junk and thrift stores...so even kids with little cash on
>>> hand could make a good effort.
>>> Now it's rare that anything which even looks like a 78 turns up in most
>>> of
>>> those places...not impossible but not with any regularity.  So you do
>>> have
>>> to have some money to get the good stuff most of the time...makes it
>>> harder
>>> for younger collectors until they start having some disposable income.
>>> Taylor
>>> P.S.  Yes,  Steven,  I know you buy 78s for pennies...I'm not talking
>>> about
>>> large lots of junque which contain records of little or no interest to
>>> most
>>> collectors.
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Malcolm - Venerable Music"<malcolm at venerablemusic.com>
>>> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:50 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>>>> I started collecting almost 6 years ago - now some 30,000+ 78s later,
>>>> I'm
>>>> 39.
>>>> You could say I'm pretty serious about the hobby - ha! I also have lots
>>>> of
>>>> friends my age and younger who are into collecting.
>>>> Not many that spend lot's of money, but that comes in time.
>>>> Malcolm in GA
>>>> Venerable Music - http://www.venerablemusic.com
>>>> Venerable Radio - http://www.venerableradio.com
>>>> 78rpm Record Auctions - http://www.vmauctions.com
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Kristjan Saag
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:43 PM
>>>> To: 78-L Mail List
>>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Age of Collectors (WAS Kurt Nauck's Auctions)
>>>> Which, once again,  brings us to the question of the average age of 78
>>>> list-members.
>>>> Six years ago we made an enquiry on he list; I collected the answers and
>>>> found that of more than 50 regular contributors, at the time, the
>>>> average age was 55.
>>>> It may be a little lower today, taking into account the many young
>>>> collectors who have been added to the list. On the other hand: the rest
>>>> of us are six years older...
>>>> Kristjan
>>>> (59 years; got my first 78'as in the 1950's; started to collect about 15
>>>> years ago)

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