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  1. Posted at the request of Bill Combs, OVMS business manager: The Roberts Centre Show Has Been Rescheduled. THE NEW DATE IS JULY 23, 24 and, 25, 2020. Our Roberts Center Show–The Cornfield Show-that was scheduled for June this year has been rescheduled for July 23, 24 and 25, 2020. We have been forced to make this change because of the Ohio restrictions on large gatherings due to coronavirus. If you have already reserved your tables for this show, don’t worry. Your tables will be automatically transferred to the July show. If you have not yet reserved your tables, you can still use the June 19-20 table form. Please reserve your tables ASAP to insure that you get your same location. If you cannot attend the show in July, you can roll your tables over to November show. Just call or email the OVMS office at 1-513-245-9540 or ovms@fuse.net to rollover or cancel your tables if needed. Those members who have reserved a hotel room at the Holiday Inn at the Roberts Centre, you are all set. Your room will automatically be moved to the July date. You will not need to make a new reservation. If you can’t make the show in July, you will need to contact the Holiday Inn directly to cancel your room. Their number is 1-937-283-3200. If you have rooms reserved at a different hotel, you will need to contact that hotel directly to change the date of your reservation or to cancel. All set-up and show hours will remain the same as before. The OVMS will inform you of any further updates or changes as soon as we receive that information. All Other Future OVMS Shows Everything is still on track for the MAX Show 2020, the November 2020 Show and the 2021 Show of Shows. Look for updates on the OVMS website for all our shows. The website address is www.sosovms.com. OHIO VALLEY MILITARY SOCIETY, INC., P.O. Box 98, Batavia, OH 45103-0098, USA VOICE: 513-245-9540 • FAX: 513-245-9541 • E-MAIL: ovms@fuse.net •
  2. Well, it's over for another year. Speaking for myself, this was one of the most interesting SOS events that I have ever attended, and I have been to all but the first one. There were hiccups, of course - there will always be a few things that go haywire, but all in all, it was quite smooth from an OVMS perspective. We saw very heavy attendance. Not sure what the public numbers were yet (the office staff has yet to run the tapes and tally those numbers) but I would bet it was a record. Lots of families, new collectors, and young collectors - a real challenge to the stereotype that this is an old man's hobby. Honestly, I think one of the major factors driving people to attend this show was the very positive buzz on the forums and on facebook. Remember this - every time you post something positive about this (or any other show), you are contributing substantially to the success of the event. Sharing the event ad, posting encouraging things, photos of the items you scored while at the event - it all adds up to happy 'buzz'. That group effort does not go unnoticed, and it is sincerely appreciated. There seemed to be just a generally better mood at the show as well. There were a few years there when I thought we might actually run low on taser cartridges, flex cuffs, and ketamine.. but this year most everyone seemed to be on their best behavior. Sales were brisk, and the bulk of the dealer complaints were that they were so busy at their tables that they never got much of an opportunity to get away and see the show! There are plenty of things that can be improved for future years, but if the Show-of-Shows is any indication, 2020 is going to be a GREAT year for militaria shows. If you attended - thank you. If you could not attend, but said happy things online about the show - thank you. This show was a success because of the enthusiastic support of the collecting community!
  3. ... and this is why we have this sign prominently displayed:
  4. To echo what has been said, the $20 items are fine. As are the $10, and $5 items. The "what should I bring?" question also relates to the table space and your overall expenses. If you have your own private island complete with living room and spa facility, as some jerks do (me!), then bringing a wide array of price points makes good sense. After all, let's be honest - I want ALL of your money, not just the Benjamins. However, if you are flying in from Belgium, and are sharing one table with a pal, then you should probably focus on truly premium items, otherwise the cost of attending will quickly eclipse your sales, even if you sell quite well. Mike had the best advice, though. Don't put unrealistic prices on your stuff. Sure, maybe that one piece from your collection that you are still in love with and don't really want to sell.. but even then as he suggests, seeing pie-in-the-sky, fishing for suckers price tags on even a few items will cause many of us to dismiss the table entirely and go focus our limited time and resources elsewhere. And on that - DO please put price tags on your stuff. At least once per show I find myself standing at some dingus' table in front of a great item, with minutes ticking away.. only to have them eventually return and learn that they want $2,000 for the $600 item, or that they "haven't decided yet", "promised to show it to someone first", etc., etc. I always walk away wondering just what great item sold two aisles away that I missed because I was parked in orbit around planet impossible. Putting your cell # on a card on your table is also a GREAT way to capture sales that you would have lost because you wandered off.
  5. Turns out that one of the alums from museum geek school is the source for Gaylord's (conservation supplies) padded hangers. If you need to get your historical militaria properly supported in the closet, I would strongly recommend these: http://www.hangerbee.com/ We all need a slug of these, but who has time to sit around making them? Remember - even a padded hanger is insufficient for heavy / fragile things like fleece flying clothing. Acid-free box is still the way to go there.
  6. Dustin & Owen - the fact that this image comes from NARA, and was featured in a magazine article at some point in the past are not mutually-exclusive. It absolutely adds to the conversation here, and nobody is concerned or offended. Very interesting to see them sorted by specification!
  7. Hello Anton: A friend sent me photos of that group, and I chased it as well. Congratulations! Glad to know where it ended up. My take on the damage (from what I could see in the photos) was that it did not detract from a really nice A-2, but would absolutely need to be considered when displaying the jacket. Hangers are bad for everything, but with leather jackets, the damage caused by hangers is compounded due to the weight of the material. (this goes double for shearling jackets) With seam damage already there, you will have to be extra careful. Ideally, it will be stored flat in an acid-free box, with archival tissue supporting it from the interior of the body and sleeves, so as to not create hard folds. When displayed, you will need to support as much of the weight over as broad an area as possible. With that in mind, your best bet is a torso form. Keep it free of dust and debris, and out of sunlight or other UV sources. Though I know this next idea in a collector forum is bit is like parking a bacon themed food truck in the middle of Mecca.. as an ex-museum guy whose interest is only in the long-term preservation of the artifacts, I would in the strongest terms advise you to ignore those who will surely encourage you to 'treat' it with their favorite 'preservation' product. (yes, those are snarky air quotes). Conservation studies show that oils and surfactants (i.e. Pecard's, among many others) are known to destabilize the collagen fibers. So, these create a temporary illusion of lubrication, at the expense of damaging the very substance that is ostensibly being 'preserved'. Just like stripping patina from Civil War muskets with naval jelly, covering painted helmets in lacquer, or 'freshening' painted A-2's with new paint.. collectors who subscribe to the leather treatment dogma will never miss an opportunity to advise others to do the same, and just cannot be convinced that hugging the puppy until it suffocates is not really love. As for torso forms, the ideal is all inert or sealed materials, cotton batting and muslin covers. That is not always practical or easy to do, so as a second-best but still good choice I have been impressed by these: https://www.zoro.com/econoco-muscular-shirt-form-black-81bl/i/G8871418/?q=G8871418 They are molded plastic, of a variety that appears quite stable (no appreciable off-gassing, as some plastics will do more than others). They used to be on eBay.. now I find them on zoro at a very good price with free shipping for orders over $50. Good luck with the group! Sorry to have missed it, but I am very happy that a fellow forum member got it and is interested in taking care of it. Let me know if I can help with anything.
  8. THE CORNFIELD AWAITS!! Bill informs me that the show is officially SOLD OUT, utilizing every nook and cranny inside the hall where the fire marshal will allow a table, which bodes well for the event. If you have not attended one of these before, I highly recommend it. This event has been delivering consistently good results (for me personally) both as buyer and seller. It is solidly on the 'not to be missed' list. Here are the details: Location - The Roberts Centre 123 Gano Rd. Wilmington, OH. This is on Interstate 71 at exit 50; approximately half-way between Cincinnati and Columbus. Show Schedule: THURSDAY - One hour only for dealers to drop off their boxes and start setup, 6 pm - 7 pm FRIDAY - Dealers & OVMS Life Members may enter starting at 8:30 am OVMS Members may enter starting at 10 am Public Admission starts at Noon Show closes at 5 pm SATURDAY - Dealers & OVMS Life Members may enter starting at 8:30 am OVMS Members and Public Admission entry starts at 9 am Show closes at 3 pm Admission is $5 for one day; $8 for a 2-day pass. If you are an OVMS member, admission is free (covered under your membership).
  9. With apologies to those who cringe at the sound of the well-used lash hitting a dead horse: These organizations (and PHR is by no means the only one) have demonstrated that they are ready and willing to use intimidation and / or legislation to eradicate the collector market; clearing what they perceive as 'competition' so that they can pursue their mission to the exclusion of all others except the few entities they deem morally worthy. This to me indicates that either they do not comprehend the system by which important artifacts are preserved (of which collectors are every bit as important as museums if not more so), OR certain individuals making policy within their organizations are so wrapped around the axle of their own egos and irrational dislike for collectors that they would cheerfully tear down the system rather than becoming a productive partner for preservation. If they succeed in criminalizing collecting medals, then they will have prevailed only as the champions of ego and self-righteousness, to the great practical detriment of the material and history they claim to want to save. Though understandably distasteful to people who may not yet have thought about the issue thoroughly, or have formed an opinion based on emotion over fact - the potential for monetary value is very often the ONLY safety net between an artifact and oblivion. Just TODAY, I spoke with the owner of a coin shop in Florida who has been regularly sending me military memorabilia that comes in his shop. He was bemoaning the fact that the family of a WWII serviceman came in to sell estate jewelry, saw the militaria in his shop, and confessed that they had pitched their relative's uniforms, medals (Purple Heart, Silver Star, and others), souvenirs, etc. because they had exactly -0- interest in it themselves, and assumed that nobody else would either. Now they are crying around that they very likely threw a few thousand dollars worth of material out in the garbage. No appreciation of it for it's cultural or historical value, no care to preserve a piece of their family history, and no motivation to donate anything to a museum.. but if they had known about the monetary value just 24 hours earlier, that man's story would have continued on rather than disappearing into the greasy maw of a city garbage truck. Make it illegal to sell, and that is exactly what will happen to much, much more that would otherwise find safe haven within the collecting and museum community. It sounds like you may have encountered someone at Purple Hearts Reunited who is reasonable and intelligent, and perhaps open to an honest conversation. I hope that in your continued interaction you might encourage them to consider working together; helping to strengthen the safety net for artifacts, rather than burning giant holes in it out of a spite-fueled, misplaced sense of moral superiority. At the end of the day what matters is that history is preserved. We should all be on the same team in this, and it is beyond frustrating that we very much are not.
  10. Official from OVMS office - The MAX show is moving in 2020. Here’s the official story. The rumor mills have been buzzing with the news that the MAX show is moving from Monroeville to York, PA. Is this true? Well, yes, but fear not and please carefully read the following. First of all, relax, nothing will change this year. The 2019 MAX Show will be held in Monroeville just as before. Your tables, hotel reservations and travel plans do not need to change. You will be able to enjoy all your favorite hotels, restaurants, and the fine facilities of the Monroeville Convention Center one more time. So, where are we moving and why are we going? The “where” is the York Expo Center at the York Country Fairgrounds in York, PA. The “why” takes a little longer to explain. When the Ohio Valley Military Society purchased the MAX Show back in 2015 we knew that Monroeville was not going to be our first choice for a show location. The society made no secret among the membership that we were looking for a suitable venue closer to the east coast where there is a very large collecting community concentrated in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions along the I-95 corridor between New York City and Washington, DC. Many of these collectors feel they are just a bit too far from Louisville to affordably attend the Show of Shows. Bringing that particular group of collectors into the OVMS family with the nation’s second largest brand name militaria show was one of the main reasons why we purchased the MAX in the first place. Initially we were locked into a three year contract with Monroeville, so moving right away was not possible. It took us a few more years to find a place that could meet all the needs that are vital to ensure a successful show. We have found that place at the York Expo Center. What makes York so much better? Each year at the MAX we hear a number of legitimate complaints about the Monroeville venue from dealers, members, and guests alike. These can be summarized into problems that York easily fixes. Let’s look at them as bullet points. 1. As we all know, Monroeville is divided into three rooms, making some dealers feel like they are missing out on sales if they are not in the biggest room. By contrast, the York Expo Center is one, big room with no dividing walls or pillars. That gives us 74,000 square feet of open exhibit space! No one will feel like they are stuck in the “little room of death.” 2. At Monroeville most of the tables are only 6 ft. long. All the aisle tables at York will be 8 ft. long, just like we use at the Show of Shows. 3. The “easiest?” way to load into Monroeville is to push your carts up a steep ramp at the large overhead door. This is becoming something of a problem (and dangerous) as we all grow older. The large 16 ft. x 16 ft. overhead door at York is on level ground leading from what will be the special dealer’s only parking lot. 4. Speaking of parking, there has never been enough nearby parking available at Monroeville. At York there will be more than enough close-in public parking plus the above mentioned special dealer’s lot. Not only is the parking ample and on level ground, it’s also FREE! Don’t we all wish we could get that for the SOS? 5. In theory, the Pittsburgh International Airport is a 45 minute drive to Monroeville. That may be true at two in the morning with no traffic or road construction. In reality, the ride can be much longer. York is serviced by at least three international airports. The largest close-by airport is Baltimore-Washington International which is just an hour away. Smaller but closer is Harrisburg International with only a 35 minute direct drive. The airport that may offer the most direct flights would be Philadelphia International. While it is about a 2 hour drive, it may be the better option for some of our International guests. Those flying from anywhere in the world should have no trouble getting to York. 6. Like Monroeville, York offers a multitude of both fine and budget hotels. In addition, all your favorite restaurants, as well as some unexplored local spots, are there, too. The OVMS staff has already laid claim to a top notch BBQ joint. All are located just a couple of miles away along the Route 30 corridor. No matter what your taste or the size of your wallet, you’ll find what you’re looking for in York. We will be publishing a list of hotels with special MAX Show rates later this summer. 7. York is located in the very middle of one of the finest and most diverse tourist regions in America. If you like American history, you are just a short drive from Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Philadelphia, the Northern Virginia Civil War battlefields, historic Baltimore, the sights and museums of Washington, D.C., and much more. Do you like motorcycles? Then take the tour of the Haley-Davidson Factory. In addition, Lancaster and the Amish country are literally right next door! Now is the time to plan your 2020 family vacation around the MAX Show. These are just a few of the possible benefits that York affords us. We are making some very exciting plans for future MAX Shows. The York venue allows the possibility of adding some new features to the show. Throughout this year, as new things come on line, we will keep the membership up-to-date. Keep your eye on the OVMS website for the latest news. One of the not-so-nice rumors that we must put to an end is the false claim that we are running away from Monroeville because of the tragic shootings that occurred last year at the Tree of Life Synagogue in neighboring Squirrel Hill. This is simply not true. The move to York was already in the works a full two months before the day of that criminal attack. It is also not true that we are leaving because of the treatment we received at Monroeville. On the contrary, the management and staff of the Monroeville Convention Center and the Doubletree Hotel have been the most wonderful folks to work with. They are dedicated and hard working. We wish we could take them with us. However, it is important that this long-planned move be made in 2020. All the needed factors: location, dates, facility, and amenities have all come together at this time in York, PA. From the time that the OVMS first took over the reins of the MAX Show, the officers and directors have known that a move to the east was necessary for the success and growth of the show, the society, and the militaria collecting hobby overall. That time is now! So join us for one last fantastic MAX Show in Monroeville on Sept. 18-22, 2019. Then we will turn east and face the rising sun of a new chapter in MAX Show history on Sept. 16-20. 2020. The Ohio Valley Military Society.
  11. The worst-kept 'secret' in the OVMS has burst forth, and rumors are flying about the MAX Show. Some are TRUE, others not so much. Rather than let it swirl, Bill wants to catch up with the runaway wagon and keep it headed in the right direction. Why keep it a secret in the first place? Because from past experience, we know that some (or many) will hear that the MAX is moving and show up in the new location this year. First, MAX 2019 IS STILL IN MONROEVILLE. As planned, as advertised. No need to change your plans, unless you planned not to attend, in which case please get that sorted out. WHY? It was no secret that the OVMS was seriously considering moving the show even before they acquired it from MAX Promotions. The people running the Monroeville Convention Center are absolutely awesome! Couldn't find a nicer, more professional and helpful bunch of folks. The facility, though, has some serious limitations. Having the show spread across three different rooms is never ideal. There was not enough parking available, and load-in was a problem. Many alternative venues were considered, and several very serious attempts were made to gain admittance into other locations, but without success - blocked by gun show promoters who view the MAX as competition. That's not reality, in my opinion, but it doesn't matter - they successfully blocked the club from moving the show on more than one occasion. A few weeks before 2018 MAX, we received word that an opportunity might open up at the UTZ Arena in York, PA. A delegation from the OVMS went over there on Monday following the show to check it out, and we were frankly blown away. The biggest building there is one large, well-lit, spacious facility with EASY load-in on level ground, great security, a special parking area for the dealers, and parking for all the customers in six counties. Facility management is awesome. There is no hotel attached to the property, but they are plentiful, and just a short (5-6 minute) drive away. Same for restaurants. Airport access with direct flights will be much better for our long-distance members as well - Harrisburg is about a half hour, and it is an hour's drive to BWI (Baltimore) - slightly more for Dulles. There was one tense moment in these meetings that may have killed the whole thing - the premier BBQ restaurant in the area dispenses Pepsi instead of Coke (seriously, who willingly drinks that swill?!?), but fortunately their iced tea was excellent, and thus the whole deal was saved. So why keep it secret? Primarily, the OVMS wanted to keep a lid on this until MAX 2019 to prevent people from hearing the news of the move, and showing up at York this year instead of Monroeville. (seriously - this happens) Bill will have an official statement ready by the end of the week, and I will post it here for you all.
  12. Absolutely cannot wait! I have been driving to this event for many years all the way from Missouri - 1,876 miles one-way.. and I'm close compared to a certain world-renowned Medal collector and dealer from North Carolina who makes the trip. We wouldn't do it if it wasn't absolutely worth it. However, since the show is only a few miles from Ontario International Airport - it is easy to do from absolutely anywhere. If you are not at Pomona, you are really missing out.
  13. Pretty amazing set of coincidences for this wonderful group to turn up when it did. If you missed it, this was the cover of the SOS book this year:
  14. One of many fun aspects of working at Roadshow is you just never know what is going to come out of the next suitcase / footlocker / little red wagon. Toward the end of an already very productive day at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan - a nice family owned AEF Marine set turned up! There was more to the group than we could display, but these are the highlights. Episode airs Monday January 14.
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