~ Show and Tell ~
Steins in Library Delight Visitors
2000 - from Pat Leners
I just discovered and joined SCI this summer, along with my daughter who is
also interested in steins. One of the delights of the SCI site was seeing the
library display story in Show and Tell. A few days later, I noticed that the
display case at our local library was empty. A few words later with the person
in charge, and I was setting up a selection of my steins that same afternoon.
It entailed a couple hours of work, but the chance to share with the public the
beauty of these rare old pieces made it all worth the trouble. The librarian
asked to have the steins on display for 2 months, rather than the customary term
of one, to last through part of October. With the largely German-descent
population of Minnesota, Oktoberfest month brings many celebrations with food,
drink, and Gemutlichkeit!
Printed cards were added, with a few sentences about each type of stein, such as
engraved glass, Mettlach, brewery, lithophane, etc., and displayed two of the
more interesting lithophane types on their sides, pointed toward a sunny window
at eye level for easy viewing. The librarian added a copy of "Antique
Steins" on the bottom shelf to direct interest to the library's stock of
books on the subject.
The steins made a striking display that would have been irresistible to any
casual visitor with an eye for beauty, whether or not there was an interest or
knowledge of steins. I'd like to encourage any SCI member to investigate their
own library facilities as to suitability for a stein display. Let's show
everyone why we find this hobby so fascinating!
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