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tors. Helping collectors select the perfect piece for their collection is always important to the dealers. Besides the dealers who have items for sale, you will find auction companies, antique website companies and authors such as Rich Penn. Rich Penn, author of Mom and Pop Stores and Mom and Pop Saloons, will be glad to answer questions on a country store or saloon item. Rich has become the “go to” for reference books for both the collector and dealer. Rich, an avid collector of just about everything advertising, has been doing our show for over ten years. Doors open at 9 AM on Saturday so get there early. The Indiana State Fairgrounds is located on 1202 E. 38th Street in Indianapolis. When entering into the Fairgrounds, look for the Champions Pavilion. Watch for the

marquee of the Indy Ad Show. Admission is $8.00 per person and the show is open until 4 PM. Some of our customers find that they cannot attend the show on Saturday or need more time to shop so they attend our “Preview” on Friday the 15th. To thank customers for their support of the Indy Antique Advertising Show, preview tickets for the March, 2013 show are being offered at special savings. Until March 1st, preview tickets can be purchased for only $25 each, regularly $50.  The preview hours on Friday, March 15 are 1-6 pm. Saturday admission is also included with the preview ticket. To purchase preview tickets at this savings, visit the website at or call 217.821.1294. If you are a dealer who has thought about adding a show to your schedule and want to display at the show, contact us. While we are selective on the merchandise that is displayed, we do encourage dealers to contact us with questions or to visit the website for dealer information. We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of the show and holding true to the vision of the Indy Ad Show. If you can only attend one show, this is the show that you don’t want to miss! We hope to see you on March 1516, 2013 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and again on September 27-28, 2013. Bruce & Donna Weir

Is It Just An Old Paint Can? What do you do with old paint cans? Most would say just throw them away…especially if they contained oil based paint. If everyone had thrown them away during the 1900’s we would have lost a lot of history. While paint is over 30,000 years old it was not until the 1700’s that the first paint mill was built in America by Thomas Child in Boston, Massachusetts. The next big step was taken in the mid 1800’s when the first paint factories started arriving on the scene. D.R. Averiall of Ohio was given the first patent on “Ready Mixed” paints, however, it was not well received by his partners and the partnership was dissolved. Henry Alden Sherwin, one of the partners of Sherwin, Dunham and Griswold wanted to let homeowners choose their own premixed colors. He also believed that factory paint should be of higher quality and better consistency. Unfortunately, his ideas were not well received by his partners and the partnership dissolved. Mr. Sherwin’s ideas must have sounded interesting to Mr. Edward Williams, and they formed a new company by the name of Sherwin-Williams. The Industrial Revolution was creating a new market for paint. From homes to wagons, everyone needed this new paint. The demand continued to grow and many small to medium manufacturers sprang up to serve the local buying area, thus the reason for so many companies. As with other in-


dustries, small and medium sized companies either were purchased by larger companies or just went out of business. For over 20 years I have collected old paint cans and always get strange looks when someone asks me what I collect. Paint cans have some of the most wonderful graphic art that you will ever find. Automobiles, furniture, interior design and style can be seen on labels of early paint cans. In addition to the larger name brand companies, there were many smaller local companies throughout the country, so the search for different brand paints and labels can be endless. Paint cans had unique shapes and graphic labels which were designed to attract buyers. Large gallon cans are hard to find. Paint would spill down the front and were stored in damp buildings so they were normally tossed. The large gallon cans, will have the most detailed graphics and the most colors. Cans featured what the paint could be used on…including trains, barns, floors, screens, furniture, cars, schools and homes. Large gallon cans are hard to find, as they were thrown away, due to paint running down the front and being stored in damp buildings. Look for unusual shapes with colorful and complex graphics. Enjoy history…in old paint cans. Irene Davis, Author Collecting Paint Advertising & Memorabilia

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