I'm looking to put together a post sometime in the near future about how collectors are storing and/or displaying their collections. If you'd care to share, please feel free to reply with any info.
Bob Duncan is a Laurel & Hardy collector who was recently interviewed and featured in Antique Trader Magazine as part of Alan M. Petrillo's article Stan and Ollie: Laurel and Hardy make popular collectibles. Bob is an active member of two local chapters of the International Laurel & Hardy Society, more commonly called Sons of the Desert. He uses parts of his collection to illustrate talks he gives at the local meet-ups.
As to what type of Laurel & Hardy items Bob collects, well, it runs the gamut from trading cards, figurines which range in size from a few inches to four feet tall, publicity stills, scripts, postcards, posters, decorative plates, to letters handwritten by Stan Laurel. Of these letters Bob told Petrillo and Antique Trader "“Stan Laurel was a very prolific letter writer in his later years and these letters continue to be highly collectible."
So when I asked Bob the question at the top of this post, I was really curious. Just how would one display such a wide variety of items?
The item are "on display throughout my condo. The walls of the condo are literally full of framed stills, posters, lithographs, etc." Bob said he kept smaller collectibles such as old cigarette cards and postcards inside 3 ring binders.
But Bob did us one better--he supplied some fantastic photos of those jam-packed walls and was kind enough to allow me to share them with you. Note the captions, written by Bob, for details. Enjoy the tour:
Thanks so much to Bob Duncan for sharing his Laurel & Hardy collection with us.
If you're interested in more Laurel & Hardy by all means check out Sons of the Desert to see if there's a chapter near you.
Also, I've had a Laurel & Hardy page written by one of our freelancers up on things-and-other-stuff.com up for some time now if you're looking for a basic biography.