Alex Shear (1940-2014)

I read today of the death of Alex Shear (1940-2014) in the US. Alex described himself as the ‘Broker of Nostalgia’ with a vast collection of memorabilia put together over many years. Starting with a few everyday pieces bought at flea markets and car boot sales he ended up with eleven warehouses across three American states full of these items. He collected everything from kitchenware, matchboxes (10,000 of these), toys and almost any consumer goods. Parts of his collections were loaned to museums and his plan was to open his warehouses to the public. If his plans are carried on by his sons then that is one museum I shall want to see.

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