Harold and Don Andrews gave us a "turn by turn" report of the SMSC meeting in Kingspoint. They were very impressed with the exhibits from our members, and also with the exhibits at the museum. The Convoy Display with the light effects is a master piece for a diorama in the 1250 scale. And through Josh Smith they also got to see the vast treasures hidden away in the basement. Harold and Don also used their visit to New York to visit relatives and to explore New York.
I mentioned to the group that this months local meeting in Leverkusen set a new record for attendance: 40 participants, including visitors from Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. Congratulations!
I also informed the group about the September Ship Collectors Meeting in the Tamm Museum, a meeting for all scales, well attended by 1250 collectors and many other scales in metal, plastic and paper. Peter Tamm Jt. has indicated that this years success will bring about plans to hold the next meeting in September 2020.
The Spirit of '45 in San Jose will be on August 10, 2019. Our San Jose chapter is planning to attend again.
November 11, 2018, Veterans Day, had again some great plans for exhibits on Santana Row in San Jose. Here, for the second year, our San Jose chapter put on a display. This year of Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941. You can see photos in my attached gallery.
On July 7, 2018, George Sullivan passed on. for 16 years, George was on the board of the Arizona Memorial, 10 as Chairman. In 2014, George organized and led our group of SMSC members on our 5 day tour of Oahu and Pearl Harbor, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The second last photo in my Gallery has the obituary from the magazine: "Remembrance"
During a recent visit to Hawaii I had the chance to visit the house of Alexander Gaston, The Museum. In his house, overlooking Pearl Harbor, every room, including kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms has collector items on display, including many ship and navy related items. He has a set of doors from the Normandie, leading to a room filled totally with items related to this liner. If anyone is interested to see my photos from that visit, please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy has a collection of Regimental Beer Steins (Reservisten Krüge). From 1870 to about 1916, German recruits were allowed to buy one of these Steins, engraved with their names and army affiliation. Starting about 1890, the Navy recruits were also included. These beer steins are now collector items both in Germany and the US, with about 400 registered members. My last photo shows the cover of a German book related to the regimantal beer steins of the German Navy.
And my new mission: I want to get a stein from a ship where I have models to make a separate exhibit.
Lastly: our next meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2019, at Tom's house.
Here is the link to my photo gallery:
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