Cliche though it may be, you just never know what you’re going to find in this crazy business! Really. In a recent storage locker purchase, I’ve become the owner of about 40-60 banana boxes of antique/vintage books. Now I know that just reading that sentence makes your lower back ache, and most dealers/auctioneers cringe at the thought of such a find.
But I love books. I started out in the biz picking books and records, selling them to shop owners on the East Side of Providence, RI. And I still pic books and records, although now I list them on Amazon and eBay, or put them in my own live auction rather than humping them over to storefronts. Anyway, there have been a lot of neat treasures in the boxes from this storage buy I got, but check out this very rare book I found!
Who is Floyd Akers? Click the pic to find out!The next thing I found, is a great contact! Yup, my favorite thing to find in this business is someone whom one can be truely grateful to have found. The subject of my grattitude here is a gent by the name of David Sokol. Mr Sokol is a phenomenal photographer here on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Most recently I was looking for a great picture that would make a splash on my upcoming auction flier for my June 27th auction. You see, this is opening night of St. Peter’s Fiesta here in Gloucester, and I want to do a tie-in with some vintage clothes and costumes I have. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Greasy Pole walk? This is a Gloucester tradition that’s been going on since the 1930s and is not to be missed if you can help it!
Rather than explain it here, I suggest you go to this page for more details. Suffice it to say, that bravery and dressing in drag play key roles in this event.
Anyway, I was looking for a picture of a Greasy Pole contest winner that would bring attention to my flier and this is what I found… I know!
Photo by David Sokol
I contacted Mr Sokol to ask his permission to used a clipped version of this shot for my auction flier and he generously agreed. So a BIG thanks to him. I love this shot it completely captures the spirit of the Greasy Pole Walk. I hope to see you there this year?
Oh! One more thing, Mr. Sokol has two websites that any serious fan of photgraphy should check out, they are:
Put on the coffee before you go to these websites, you’re going to be at them awhile!