Collecting Culture is a podcast about passionate collectors and the objects they love. Each month we talk to a collector in the realm of art, design, history or nostalgia.
Episode 12: Holiday Edition: Our Favorite Things01/12/2017 Duration: 31min
It’s the holidays, which often means spending time with family — and maybe growing a collection or two at the same time! So, for this month’s episode, Andrew and I got together with our parents to talk collecting. Our dad, who is an extreme collector of many things, shares some stunning poetry broadsides. Our mom... Read More
Episode 11: Galloping Ghost: an Epic Arcade Game Collection01/11/2017 Duration: 29min
Since 2010 Doc Mack has been the operator of Galloping Ghost Arcade, an old school arcade in Brookfield, Illinois, outside of Chicago. It’s the world’s largest public arcade game collection. Doc grew up on fighting games and developed an interest in martial arts, game design and arcade electronics restoration. Since then he has helped open new... Read More
Bonus Episode! Actors Read Old Love Letters!13/10/2017 Duration: 25min
Earlier this month, we released episode 10, “The Mysteries of Old Letters,” which was an interview with collector Hallie Bahn, who collects letters written roughly between 1900 and 1960. We thought some of these letters—particularly the juicy love letters—were worth hearing in full, so we asked two actors to interpret them dramatically through voiceovers. Enjoy!
Episode 10: The Mysteries of Old Letters30/09/2017 Duration: 26min
Hallie Bahn collects old letters, and she has more than 200 individual missives in her collection. Oftentimes, she has a packet of letters that are all from the same person: the mother of a soldier in World War I; a housewife writing to her husband who’s a traveling salesman. Hallie enjoys the enigmatic quality of... Read More
Episode 9: Fall Fashion: Exploring Designer Bonnie Cashin’s Archive31/08/2017 Duration: 30min
As a graduate student in the ‘90s, Stephanie Lake became friends with the legendary fashion designer Bonnie Cashin, who is known as “the mother of American sportswear.” Stephanie wrote her dissertation on Cashin’s legacy, and, along the way, they formed a close friendship. When Cashin died in 2000, Stephanie ended up with her entire fashion archive, as... Read More
Episode 8: Building the Perfect Railroad, LEGO Brick by Brick…30/07/2017 Duration: 26min
Monty Smith is a musician and a rail fan. His fascination with trains started at 14 months old! He collects many different types of trains, and his primary medium for design and exhibition has become LEGO™ trains. He maintains a blog of his collection and creations at MontysLegoTrains.Net.
Episode 7: Salty Salt & Pepper Shakers! (NSFW)30/06/2017 Duration: 34min
Susie Frank is a collector of novelty salt and pepper shakers. Susie is an interior designer and a fine art photographer in Pasadena, California. She spent roughly two decades collecting salt and pepper shakers that were made from the ’30s through the ’60s, ultimately amassing a collection of 4,000 sets. Now, Susie’s into collecting something... Read More
Episode 6: Don’t Mess with Texas Art31/05/2017 Duration: 32min
For the past 25 years, Tam Keihnhoff has collected “early Texas art”—which is not exactly what it sounds like. It’s art made by an artist who was born, lived or worked in the state, and it was made more than 40 years prior to the present date. So, “early” doesn’t necessarily mean a century old—or even... Read More
Episode 5: Why ’70s Quilts Matter30/04/2017 Duration: 36min
Our guest this month is Bill Volckening, quilt collector and author. Bill owns more than 400 quilts, from all different periods of American quilt history, including quilts from the early 1800s. But lately his real passion is sharing quilts that have rarely, if ever, been shown in museums: groovy polyester quilts and vibrant Hawaiian scrap... Read More
Episode 4: Big Mac: One Man’s Obsession With Vintage Apple Computers01/04/2017 Duration: 32min
Adam Rosen is an Apple Consultant and has an impressive collection of over 100 Macintosh computers, period-specific software and Apple nostalgia. He is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum, which he runs out of his home in Malden, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. Our discussion covers rare items in his collection, and photos are from his... Read More
Episode 3: The Bold Beauty of Japanese Yukata Fabrics22/02/2017 Duration: 25min
Artist Patricia Belyea collects vintage Japanese yukata cottons, which are hand-dyed and feature large-scale motifs, such as dragonflies and irises. Patricia sells these fabrics online and in her Seattle shop, Okan Arts, and she also makes them into absolutely stunning quilts.
Episode 2: A Brief History of ‘Zines & the Healing Power of Yard Sales01/02/2017 Duration: 37min
Katie is the author of two books (with a third coming soon!), and many awesome ‘zines. I talked to her about the ‘zines she's made, the history of this DIY publishing phenomenon, and about her undying love of all things secondhand—as evidenced by her book, “White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, and Finding What Was Missing.”