Collectors' EgosSeptember 12 2007 at 10:06 AM
|AJ Lockard |
Response to Playing Devils Advocate
No time to respond in depth, but the comments on the "complete" set of FSSF uniforms being offered to Petawawa and being rejected was interesting. If they have a most of the items already, why would they want duplicates? The "female" curator's logic seems unimpeachable to me. I think the collector here is simply letting ego get in the way of his common sense. Most museums have multiples of common items already; I'd expect a museum which devotes space to the FSSF already to have multiples of "common" items - which the collector here has identified his collection as being.
What possible use could a well-established museum have for a "complete collection"? Unless the collector is thinking his stuff will be displayed together (with his name, no doubt, despite the fact he wasn't actually in the FSSF himself), why fume about the fact they don't want stuff knowing it will simply sit in storage once accessioned?
The CJ2A in the Museum of the Regiments is another interesting comment also. Willys MBs are not dirt common nor inexpensive. The MOTR at the time the Queen opened the museum (come on - honestly - did HM really notice or care that it was the wrong kind of Jeep?) operated on donations and didn't even charge admission.