"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Babybearjs, November 23, 2011, 03:37:30 AM
Quote from: AE_collector on November 23, 2011, 10:20:35 PMDoug Rose:Didn't you start a thread in the past on this topic? 6 to 12 months ago. I can't seem to find it at the moment but undoubtable there will be more good responses in that thread as well.Someone was telling me fairly recently about a program from one of the European or maybe it was Australia/New Zealand clubs where they did just this sort of thing. They had a program to handle the distribution of collections from deceased (or maybe even downsizing) club members. That seemed like a WIN-WIN-WIN arrangement to me for all concerned parties. Phones went to good homes, the estate got what they were worth rather than garage sale pricing, club memebers got a good shot at adding to their collections at reasonable and fair prices.I think this would be something that the North American clubs should really consider looking at.Terry
Quote from: Babybearjs on November 23, 2011, 03:37:30 AMheres a good question... how does one make sure that their telephone collection stays within these collector groups when he/she passes on.... even though its written in thier will, the family doesnt always follow through... what kind of services does ATCA and TCI have for keeping the phones safe from the thrift stores... or is that a good way to start collecting.... I have several 300 and 400 series phones, all in working order and I don't want them just "thrown out" so to speak when its time... what do you all think??
Quote from: MagicMo on January 03, 2013, 11:20:16 PMI would love the opportunity to give my opinion on this topic considering I recently inherited my Dad's collection. First, I would suggest keeping an updated list of your collection with notes about what you know about it. Second, tell your loved ones about your collection, knowledge is key. I found myself second guessing myself and picking things out of the garbage that ended up being valuable (IL Bell papers, pencils and magazines). I cringe at the thought I might have thrown out something valuable. We filled up 2- 30 yard dump trucks. While my experience is an extreme one, I wish he would have enjoyed what he collected more. I never knew about most of the items because they were hidden away. In my opinion, a collection that is hidden away in the attic or in your basement is just stuff. A collection is something you should enjoy, look at at and be proud of. Show it off! And don't count on your loved one to love it as much as you did but give them the tools to make sure it does not end up in a garage sale for 2 bucks. Thanks,Maureen
Quote from: Fabius on April 12, 2014, 08:16:29 PMWhen I do pass on I'm taking my collection with me. I will be buried in my phone booth with my phones and signs.
Quote from: ESalter on November 24, 2011, 05:36:23 PMI believe I'm lucky in this respect. Actually, my dad is lucky because I'm around to keep the collection going. I'm only 23, so my time is a ways off yet, but hopefully 60 or 70 years from now someone other than me will have a respect for old telephones? My 1 1/2 year old daughter loves playing with the old phones(she absolutely LOVES running into the phone booth, shutting the door, and waving at us from inside. Maybe she'll keep on liking them. My fingers are crossed for that. ---Eric