April 2010

     Itís all about the Event Calendar as spring brings us loads of activities. April is host to many shows and events; here are a few of my favorites: Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show, St. Louis Antique Toy Show and the beginning of the automobile events season at the Museum of Transportation.

     Chicagoland Show is considered to be the largest offering of vintage coin operated devices in the world. Dealers from all over the country offer antique slot machines, jukeboxes, tin signs, coke machines, coke signs, cash registers, barber poles, antique advertising, gumball machines, penny arcade machines, music boxes,  peep shows, fortune tellers, strength testers, posters, popcorn machines, country store items, sport games, pinball machines, carnival items, video games, soda fountain items, saloon items, back bars, gas pumps, Breweriana, cigarette dispensers, phone booths, neon signs, clocks, scales, pedal cars, taxidermy, and so much more.

     Andy Tolch proprietor of Andyís Toys is the producer of the St. Louis Antique Toy Show. This show features professional dealers from 15 states. They sell, trade and buy antique and vintage toys and trains that were made before 1985. There is also a growing selection of antique advertising too.

     The Museum of Transportation has an action packed season of events. The kick-off is Train Your Brain, a weekend devoted to keeping minds-in-motion April 10th & 11th. Museum Market Place; photography, jewelry, quilts, clothing and more. Book Fair; guest authors and book signings, Saturday April 10th. Mustang Round-up car show on Saturday April 10thand All ford Show on Sunday April 11th. Free admission to the museum and $3.00 train rides. See their official website for details: transportmuseumassociation.org

     Inside St. Louis: Herbieís Vintage 1972 has preserved the Balabanís legacy. Read about the historic restaurant and itís neighborhood as well as the early days of revitalization efforts of the CWE: Inside St. Louis.

     Insider Tip: The bistro menu is lighter and served in the causal confines of the French inspired sidewalk cafť. However the real jewel here is the dining room and itsí original Balabanís menu staples: chilled cucumber bisque, legendary beef wellington and of course, live Maine lobsters. Valet parking is available.

     FYI If any one is curious about the founder and curator of antiquewhs.com, read Deb Petersonís Close-Up column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stltoday.com

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Inside St. Louis
Herbie's Vintage 1972

St. Louis
Antique Toy Show


The original Balabanís now Herbieís Vintage 1972.

Dealers from 15 states, selling, trading and buying.

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