So how much is admission, and what are your hours?
Excellent collection Wade, how long have you been collecting? What were some of the first archery items that got you started?
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Wade, your pictures did good, because I could show the wife, that the few things I may have collected, are not worth being worried about ...!
With all the information you provided as which wall or corner is pointing in what direction, I thought if I should print out the pics and glue them to a styrofoam replica of your basement, so I can "walk through" your collection!?
Maybe you should get in contact with someone who can do a full 3D-scan, or panorama photos, like the Google Earth "street view" feature? This would make a nice virtual museum too.
I specially liked the bow string collection left from your personal shooters!
Falk - Great idea to use a panorama photograph. After posting the images, I realized I should have just started at one point and went around all the walls in order. Haven't posted images of a few walls, as they haven't got straightened out yet.
Tim - No charge for admission. Guys who visit usually spend a weekend or at least over night. We can find a place for you to sleep here. I started in archery in 1958 as a kid and always hoarded all the archery tackle I could lay my hands on. In the 1970s, I joined the Broadhead Collector's Club that was formed in 1974. Although back then most broadhead collectors focused on just collecting broadheads, I collected archery books, magazines, catalogs, old bows, quivers, arrows, fish points, fletching tools, and nearly anything else that was old. I traded broadheads for a lot of paper items and other old archery tackle. Many years ago, I remember telling a bow collector, that I was not really a bow collector. When he discovered I had over 300 bows, at that time, he told me I was a bow collector if I wanted to admit it or not. What were some of the first items that got me started collecting? Guess since 1958, I'd always saved all the monthly issues the NFAA's "Archery" magazine and organized them by month and year and frequently read, re-read and re-re-read them over and over. Early on, I completed that set back to Feb 1944. Those 1940s and 1950s “Archery” magazines are still some the greatest archery reading ever.
Actually "Archery" Magazine was an unbelievable resource for contacts. I used the 1940s and 1950s issues to contact bowmen whose names appeared in those issues. They were usually more than happy to sell me their unwanted, old, used, archery tackle. I also bought out the entire unsold inventory from several out-of-business archery shops. Boy, those were the days... Unfortunately, a bowman who was 40 years old in 1945 would be 104 years old today, so many of those 1940s and 1950s bowmen aren’t around anymore to contact.
After hunting season was over in 2005, I realized that really needed to get some the archery displays re-organized as many had just been thrown together. I started at one corner and went around the basement redoing one complete wall at a time, and adding walls were it was logical. Still not completely finished, but guess this type of project is never complete and displays will always need to be redone and updated.
Bernie - That Kodiak Magnum floor lamp is actually the one that Floyd had in his shop. I have another one of Floyd's Bow Lamps that I won as the Grand Prize at the ABCC annual meeting in 1979 at Clinton Indiana. At that point, I think it was the first thing I ever won in my life.
Kenny - Just come and spend a couple of days. Give me some notice so I can get the rest of the place straightened up...
Every time I look at this post, I'm overwhelmed. That is a real museum!
It takes real dedication to put a collection like this together. My hat is off to you sir.
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I sure hope you've had a serious discussion with your insurance agent regarding scheduling that collection- if you haven't, then do it today, bud.
You're my hero. Beautiful. Thanks for preserving our history.
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