Report on the Grayslake Antiques Show and Meeting – September 12-13, 2015
Reported by Scott Malawski
The Grayslake Antiques Show with an accent on antique phonographs was held on September 12-13 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, IL. Zurko Productions, the sponsors of the show, once again requested the Wisconsin & Illinois Musical Antique Phonograph Society (WIMAPS) to partake in the Grayslake Antiques Show “with an accent on antique phonographs.” This show is our club’s third year of participation and each year the show gets better and better. There is no cost for WIMAPS members to exhibit so it is a great opportunity to sell your phonographs, records, and related items and enjoy each other’s company.
This year’s show was bigger than last year with more outside antiques dealers and indoor general antiques dealers with a great selection of merchandise. Our group occupied nearly 20 tables consisting of a variety of Victor and Edison phonographs, Columbia Graphophones and even a cute little late model Zonophone. There were lots of phonograph parts and records as well. Our club members sold well and many patrons showed a strong interest in the phonograph hobby. Several WIMAPS and APS membership applications were handed out and some even paid for their memberships on the spot.
The highlight of the show for 2015 was member John Hauger’s presentation on the phonographs records and songs of World War I. The seats were full with the audience thoroughly enjoying John’s great visual and audio presentation. Many World War I records were played to the audience’s approval. John is gracious enough to present again for the 2016 show with a presentation on the 1893 Chicago World’s fair.
Our club meeting was held at Jimmy’s Char House located just a few minutes away from the show on Saturday evening just after the show’s close at 5:00 PM. Eleven members enjoyed great food surrounded by a quaint atmosphere of antiques. The meeting was brief with a discussion to generate ideas for next year’s meeting locations. Member’s liked the idea of a springtime meeting in the town of Grafton, WI, home of the Paramount Records Studios. Members will get to enjoy the seeing the original factory location, a Paramount jazz and blues walk of fame and a great meal at the Milwaukee Ale House.
We hope even more APS and WIMAPS members will participate next year and grow this show with an even larger variety of phonographs and records. What a great way to meet new collectors, sell your items at no cost, and enjoy a phonograph-filled weekend.