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Uvic Collectors Talk – “The Accidental Collector”

The University of Victoria, here on Vancouver Island, just a hop, skip and jump away from AbeBooks HQ is a wonderful resource for educational and antiquarian book collections. They also do much for the bookish and literary community, including annual collector’s talks, which always prove fascinating – and this next one sounds to be no exception. The speaker will be Victoria’s own Ron Greene, talking about the joy of being an accidental collector, as well as discussing and displaying much of his large selection of collectible postcards, many of which relate to early Victoria.

In downtown Victoria, there is a one-of-a-kind store called Capital Iron. The building itself is a beautiful, huge Tudor-style structure built in 1863. Begun as a scrap and ship-breaking business in 1934, Capital Iron has expanded over the years into a unique shopping experience. From outdoor supplies and hardware, to kitchen goods and a garden shop, and the world’s most weird and wonderful basement of antiques and oddities (which used to feature a genuine iron ball and chain), it is a Victoria institution and still going strong.

Ron Greene ran Capital Iron until 1997, and it was his father, Morris, who began it back in 1934. Ron was awarded the Heritage Canada Regional Award of Honour in 1982 for the restoration of the Capital Iron facades, and was the recipient of the Royal Canadian Mint Medal for Numismatic Education in 1991. In 2010 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni for the Faculty of Humanities.

For those interested in collecting, the history of Victoria or postcards, this is sure to be a great afternoon not to be missed.

Ron Greene “The Accidental Collector”
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Room A003, Archives and Special Collections Classroom – Lower Level
William C. Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library
Refreshments follow lecture. Free admission but limited seating

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