By Liz Logan
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Collecting Culture is a podcast about passionate collectors and the objects they love. Each month we talk to a collector in the realm of art, design, history or nostalgia.
||CleanEpisode 12: Holiday Edition: Our Favorite Things||It’s the holidays, which often means spending time with family — and maybe growing a collection or two at the same time! So, for this month’s episode, Andrew and I got together with our parents to talk collecting. Our dad, who is an extreme collec||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Galloping Ghost: an Epic Arcade Game Collection||Since 2010 Doc Mack has been the operator of Galloping Ghost Arcade, an old school arcade in Brookfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago. It’s the world’s largest public arcade game collection. Doc grew up on fighting games and developed an interest i||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode! Actors Read Old Love Letters!||Earlier this month, we released episode 10, “The Mysteries of Old Letters,” which was an interview with collector Hallie Bahn, who collects letters written roughly between 1900 and 1960. We thought some of these letters—particularly the juicy love||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Mysteries of Old Letters||Hallie Bahn collects old letters, and she has more than 200 individual missives in her collection. Oftentimes, she has a packet of letters that are all from the same person: the mother of a soldier in World War I; a housewife writing to her husband who&||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Fall Fashion: Exploring Designer Bonnie Cashin’s Archive||As a graduate student in the ‘90s, Stephanie Lake became friends with the legendary fashion designer Bonnie Cashin, who is known as “the mother of American sportswear.” Stephanie wrote her dissertation on Cashin’s legacy, and, along the way, t||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Building the Perfect Railroad, LEGO Brick by Brick…||Monty Smith is a musician and a rail fan. His fascination with trains started at 14 months old! He collects many different types of trains, and his primary medium for design and exhibition has become LEGO™ trains. He maintains a blog of his collecti||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Salty Salt & Pepper Shakers! (NSFW)||Susie Frank is a collector of novelty salt and pepper shakers. Susie is an interior designer and a fine art photographer in Pasadena, California. She spent roughly two decades collecting salt and pepper shakers that were made from the ’30s through||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Don’t Mess with Texas Art||For the past 25 years, Tam Keihnhoff has collected “early Texas art”—which is not exactly what it sounds like. It’s art made by an artist who was born, lived or worked in the state, and it was made more than 40 years prior to the presen||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Why ’70s Quilts Matter||Our guest this month is Bill Volckening, quilt collector and author. Bill owns more than 400 quilts, from all different periods of American quilt history, including quilts from the early 1800s. But lately his real passion is sharing quilts that have rar||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Big Mac: One Man’s Obsession With Vintage Apple Computers||Adam Rosen is an Apple Consultant and has an impressive collection of over 100 Macintosh computers, period-specific software and Apple nostalgia. He is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum, which he runs out of his home in Malden, Massachusetts, outside of||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Fabrics||Artist Patricia Belyea collects vintage Japanese yukata cottons, which are hand-dyed and feature large-scale motifs, such as dragonflies and irises. Patricia sells these fabrics online and in her Seattle shop, Okan Arts, and she also makes them into abs||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: A Brief History of ‘Zines & the Healing Power of Yard Sales||Katie is the author of two books (with a third coming soon!), and many awesome ‘zines. I talked to her about the ‘zines shes made, the history of this DIY publishing phenomenon, and about her undying love of all things secondhand—as evidenced by h||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I felt as if I were sitting around the kitchen table meeting not only a new friend, but also a kindred spirit. I look forward to next time.
Can't wait for more!
The interviews are more conversational, and fees much more personal, I almost feel like I'm hanging out with them; I also really appreciate the slideshow of photos that support the conversation during play, it's so nice to see an image of what is being discussed!