Where Skyscapers Are Salt Shakers And Table Lamps
One night a few years ago, Margaret Magua took part in a collection mission where she sat in a car of a man she didn\'t know and drove to a place she had never been to before.
Then she noticed the baseball bat.
\"It scared me so much that I knew I was sick,\" she said.
He said with a nervous smile. (
It turned out that the bat was meant to protect him, not the weapon used to deal with her. )
She was attracted to the car by the opportunity to see a building owned by the man.
This is a souvenir building that can be placed in Ms.
Majua\'s hands, like St.
Although it turns out that the person\'s proposal is legitimate, the collection rules have changed.
David Weingarten, her companion, said: \"Now, if it looks dangerous, we will go together. \'\'Ms. Majua and Mr.
Weingarten, who met in 1984 and began collecting carefully about six years ago, collected the largest modern, vintage and antique souvenir buildings in private hands.
\"We have more than 3,000 ads now,\" she said . \"
Majua, 49, runs a shop that specializes in another souvenir standard: refrigerator magnets. Mr.
Weingarten, 45, is a partner at Ace Architects in Oakland, California.
They collected about 500 examples. -
From the majestic 1870s copper temple to the 1996 Siena casting at the Whitney Museum--
On Friday, two galleries in the octagonal gallery, one or eight
Sided house in Washington is the Museum of the American Architecture Foundation.
In this exhibition called \"commemorative miniature model\", there is also a souvenir building of Kronheimer & oldenbussch, a New York company that closed down in 1942, and a commemorative coin bank collected by Florida architect Don Duer.
Ms is the directory of facts. Majua and Mr.
Weingarten\'s new book, commemorative architecture, miniature monuments: collections from Ace Architects (Harry N. Abrams, $19. 95).
In honor of the theme of the exhibition running through May 4, the octagonal has been reduced to $45 fist --size, two-
Breed a pound of white wax.
Strangely, the fact that the octagonal forms exist in miniature is consistent with the history of the American souvenir building.
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\"In Europe, souvenir buildings are landmarks: cathedrals, palaces, Big Ben,\" he said . \"Weingarten.
The first one he bought was a replica of the German Spall cathedral, which was bought during a trip with his uncle Charles Moore in 1976.
\"There are a lot of souvenir buildings in the United States that you have never heard of, and you don\'t particularly want to see ---
Just like the granary or Bank of Keokuk, Iowa.
In fact, many Americans
Souvenir building made in the early days20th-
To commemorate the grand opening of the insurance company or to celebrate the World Expo, the heyday of the century was used as a memorial.
Cultural differences in subject matter often explain differences in values.
\"Most of the souvenir buildings in the United States, even great, are available for $25 to $50 . \"
Said Wei Gen.
On the other hand, large tourism varieties may be expensive.
One of the exhibits in the exhibition is three beautifully-foot-tall mid-19th-
Century bronze in the colonial colony of Brussels.
The couple bought it at the Bloomfield antique fair in Massachusetts for $4,000.
Another obvious American thing about advertising is practicality: souvenir buildings can\'t just be idle decorations.
Some are equipped with thermometers.
Others act as the dual duty of humor, coin bank, ink bottle, table clock and even desk lamp.
Aside from the kitsch, the souvenir building has a noble beginning.
In the 19 th century, when travel became an equal pastime, ordinary tourists wanted assistants because of pioneer travel operators like Thomas Cook in the UK --
A powerful memory like marble statues and Renaissance paintings was taken home by Van der Bildt and Morgan of the world.
Savvy manufacturers abide by and reduce exotic miracles to portable proportions.
\"It can be frustrating when you see a building in real life,\" she said . \"Majua.
\"You can only see a small part of the facade at a time.
But when they are made into miniatures, you get it right away.
With the increase in the number of tourists and the rise in copper prices, manufacturers eager to increase profits and reduce operating costs have turned to lower-priced alternatives: pewter, lead, and ultimately metal cans ---
\"Mysterious meat\" of alloy \".
At the heart of Majua --
The Weingarten exhibition is a 12-foot-
Representing the long Independence of the United States.
From Hawaii to Maine, its surface is littered with dozens of miniature buildings.
Most of them came together and cleverly copied the city skyline, but some were independent to him
We regret it.
A souvenir building itself is lonely.
Look, he said.
\"But put them together and they look like real buildings.
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A version of this article appears on page 2002045 of the National edition on February 9, 1997, titled: \"The killer is a salt bottle and a table lamp. \"
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