Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Grand Day Out

I’ve talked a bit before about the Springfield Antique Show in western Ohio, just off Interstate 70. Janet and I don’t get over there quite as regularly as we do the Don Scott Show in Columbus, since it’s almost an hour further distant, but we did make the August show this year.

There are times in Ohio, in the dead of winter, when all is grey and wet, that it helps to think about the times in my fair state when the weather is nice and you can actually do things outdoors. Pictures of those nicer days are always a tremendous help during those short, dark days that make up nearly half of our year. And this picture, taken at the Springfield show, is one of those that I’ll use to remind me in February why I still live here:

What a perfect day it was for an indoor/outdoor show, with temperatures in the high sixties early in the morning and low eighties in the afternoon. Today’s story involves a vendor whose booth is barely visible in this picture, under the blue tarp on the right. There’s a nice guy who holds court once a month in Springfield, and he always has this box of great figural advertising pencils that he always wants waaaaay too much for. But this month was the month I’d been waiting for, when he’d finally gotten tired enough of looking at the lot of them that he sold the whole bunch to me:

Most of what was in there were Ritepoint advertising pencils, many of which were salesman samples. Ritepoint was head and shoulders above all the other advertising specialty companies when it came to being imaginative. There were pencils with miniature bottles on them:

and bags, be they flour or peanuts:

milk cartons andbottles:

cans. . .

and a few miscellaneous figurals, such as a propane gas tank, a couple bowling pins and an ice cream cone:

Then there were the "Floaties," pencils with liquid-filled tops in which was suspended a tiny little sculpture that could float up and down. Cinder blocks are always a crowd pleaser, but there were also a hot dog, what looks like a silver top hat, a can, and even an architectural column:

There were also a few non-floaty floaties, which had the sealed top section but not filled with liquid.

These commonly held seed or other similar products, although the chick hatching from the egg has a lot of charm about it. So does the one with a dump truck on the side:

Which, when the pencil is tilted, looks like it’s emptying a load of gravel!

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