Bill Edwards is a noted expert on pressed, carnival, and opalescent glass, and has been authoring books since 1975. He now co-authors books with expert Mike Carwile. His knowledge is unsurpassed in the glass world. He has written books on Carnival Glass, Northwood Carnival Glass, Millersburg Glass, Opalescent glass, Rarities of Carnival Glass, and Pressed Glass.
Yvonne H. Ellis
Yvonne Ellis has loved dolls since her early childhood. She has collected dolls for over 30 years. Professionally, Yvonne is a Human Resources Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Administrative Management from California State University Dominguez Hills. In addition to writing and collecting dolls, she enjoys producing reproduction dolls, sewing, builiding miniature dollhouses, reading, politics and golfing.
For almost two decades, Paul Erano's passion for beautiful writing instruments has led him on a quest in search of fountain pens through North America. As co-founder of the Hudson Valley Pen Collectors, Mr. Erano shares his interest with other collectors and is a participant in many of the pen shows held in various parts of the country. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and his daughter, who is particularly fond of green pens.
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Elaine Stoer, and Rich Stoer, and Tom Felt
Elaine and Rich Stoer
Elaine Williams and Rich Stoer first met while attending high school in Denville, New Jersey. They dated on-and-off for the next few years and eventually married in 1969. Ten years later they moved to rural (for New Jersey) Sussex County where they have lived ever since. They have two adult children, Felicia and Steven.
Elaine worked as a nurse before having the kids and then worked part-time, assisting several elderly clients (something she still does).
Rich was a partner in an electronics firm for twenty years and has spent the past decade in the computer industry. He currently works as a database administrator.
The couple began collecting glass almost by accident when in 1989 Elaine reminisced over a pair of colored glass candlesticks that had belonged to a favorite aunt. It seems that she had often visited this aunt as a little girl and remembered how pretty her table looked with those candlesticks on it. At the time she simply wanted to purchase a pair of candlesticks to dress up her own table in a similar manner. A quick trip to a local antique shop located two suitable pairs and when Elaine couldn't make up her mind, Rich suggested that she buy them both. That was the beginning of what would lead to a glass collection totaling nearly five thousand pieces (primarily candlesticks and console sets).
As the collection grew there had to be an outlet for the overflow so they began selling. They occasionally do glass shows but primarily sell through a showcase shop located in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. Their passion for glass continues so look for them at flea markets and antique stores all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania (they'll be the ones with their arms full of candlesticks).
For years people had asked them "why don't you write a book"? While they always thought they would, it seemed like something they would do after retirement. Then in early 1999 they read an article on glass figural candlesticks by Tom Felt (now their co-author on The Glass Candlestick Book series). Tom stated that he would send the reader his research materials for $3.00 S&H. Having enjoyed the article, Elaine and Rich put their check in the mail. That initial communication led to more correspondence, and when Tom asked if they'd be interested in co-authoring a book they realized that this was an opportunity not to be missed. With Tom living in Virginia, Rich used his programming background to develop a research repository that the authors could share. That database now contains information on thousands of glass candlesticks, foreign and domestic, including colors, etchings, selling prices, and more.
The three have formed a strong friendship as well as a professional relationship over the past four years. So far, the collaboration has resulted in two books, with the third in the series due out in the spring of 2004.
Tom Felt's introduction to glassware began in 1977 when he and his partner, Bob O'Grady, admired a pair of candlesticks at a friend's house. When told that it was something called "Heisey," they had no idea what that meant. They accepted an invitation to go to an antique show where a dealer who specialized in Heisey candlesticks would be set up. They not only bought a pair, but (like the Stoers a few years later) had trouble deciding which pair they really liked the best, so came home with two sets of candlesticks. Little did they know that would lead to one of the most complete collections of Heisey candlesticks anywhere, and would also result in their first book, Heisey Glass Candlesticks, Candelabra, and Lamps. Tom has since written two other books on Heisey and became a regular contributor to the Glass Collector's Digest and other periodicals. Although his first book is now out of print, he is especially pleased that his newest one, The Glass Candlestick Book, Volume 2, has an even more complete coverage of Heisey candlesticks. But please note that he is equally excited that the new book also contains a comparable chapter on the Indiana Glass Company, which he feels has been unfairly overlooked by the majority of collectors, as well as details on the candlesticks of many other companies.
Tom works for the Library of Congress where he can be found during most lunch hours poring over dusty old volumes of bound trade journals devoted to the glass and pottery industry. His research is eclectic and he finds the entire history of glass manufacture fascinating, with a special fondness for American glass. He also collects and frequently speaks on flow blue.
He is on the board of directors of the West Virginia Museum of American Glass and, when he isn't busy writing manuscripts of his own, devotes himself to helping to build their research library of original glass catalogs.
Francesca Fisher has been a collector of RumRill pottery for over 30 years. She has devoted most of her life to finding out as much as she could about RumRill pottery.
Before eBay, Fisher would travel all over the country looking for pieces to add to her 800+ piece collection. Even after the internet came about, she still could not find any information about RumRill pottery that was made after 1938.
In 1996, she formed the RumRill Society, which was a short-lived newsletter that was devoted to sharing information to other collectors about the little-known time period of RumRill. In search of more information, and to get answers to questions that were asked of her, she took out countless classified ads in local newspapers throughout mid-Ohio in hopes that people associated with the Florence Pottery Company or RumRill Pottery could provide answers. Many people came forward, and because of their help, this book was possible.
Fisher worked in collaboration with poetry author and major RumRill collector Joseph Brawley, and the two shared their information and printed literature about RumRill’s four-year production period. Brawley is considered one of the top five collectors in the United States, and his collection exceeds 1,000 pieces. He is also considered an authority on RumRill pottery.
Fisher owns and operates three businesses in Ohio: Body Sculpting by Exterior Designs, Inc., Geri-Fit Co. Ltd., and Professional Auction Listing Service. She is a monthly fitness columnist and writes for several Ohio newspapers. She is also a freelance writer for national health and fitness magazines, and antique newspapers, and she is a frequent presenter at trade shows and conventions.
In addition to running these companies, Fisher has starred in and produced a line of body sculpting fitness videos and DVDs, including the “Geri-Fit” fitness program for older adults; “Weights I, II, and III”; “Phenomenal Abdominals”; “Teen-Fit”; “Back-Fit with Pilates”; “Just Legs”; “Stretch This”; and “Golf-Fit”, all of which she sells on her website, www.flexcity.com.
Fisher’s background includes 40 years of writing and 25 years experience in strength training. She is a former international competitive bodybuilder and title holder, and has served as a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Advisory Committee. She has also authored three books on the subject of strength training. In 1998, she was chosen as one of Cleveland’s Top 10 Women Business Owners by the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
She lives in Aurora, Ohio, with her husband, Carl, an engineer and contemporary marble artist.
Frances M Bones, Lee Roy Fisher
Frances Bones has collected original Fostoria catalogs and material since 1970. A dealer in both American silver and glass, in 1971 she published Collectibles of the Depression and in 1973 The Book of Duncan Glass. In the spring of 1998 she and Lee Roy Fisher published The Standard Encyclopedia of American Silverplate. In 1999 she published Fostoria Glassware 1887 – 1982. Lee Roy Fisher is a nationally known silverplate dealer. He and his wife, Nany, operate Fishers Silver Exchange in Huntsville, Texas, and are widely known on the antiques show circuit. Lee Roy specializes in the older fancier patterns and is a recognized authority on all of the grape patterns. Since the late 1950s, Fishers Silver Exchange has advertised continuously in the Antique Trader Weekly.
Jane Elizabeth Flanagan is the daughter of the late Melvin F. Flanagan of New Rochelle, New York, and the late Marie Victoire Broussard of Cambridge, Massachusetts. She started school at St. Mary's Academy in Mount Vernon, New York, and Mother Cabrini's Sacred heart Villa in Tarrytown, New York. She completed her high school education in Houma, Louisiana. Jane is a graduate of the South Louisiana Business School, is a graduate of John Robert Powers' School of Modeling, and attended Loyola University, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design, with an emphasis in marketing. Jane is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, a member of the Licensed Interior Designers of Louisiana, and a member of the International Perfume Bottle Association. Other publications by her include Interior Design for Everyone, Interiors & Antiquities & Window Treatments, and Decorating the Board Room, and she wrote an IPBA Quarterly magazine article titles "The Bacorn Company." Jane has been collecting perfume bottles for over 35 years. She also collects pressed glass, and her eclectic taste ranges from Art deco and Art Nouveau to early and late Victorian. She collects artwork from the 1920s and artwork by present-day artists.
Gene Florence (and Cathy Gaines Florence)
Gene Florence, born 1944, in Lexington, Kentucky, was gifted with an exceedingly fine memory for facts and figures, until a gym prank at school in seventh grade resulted in a concussion which had him looking for glasses he didn't wear. After that, his memory was never quite the near photographic level as before, but still better than average. As a child, his parents said that he could do complicated math sums in his head faster than they could do them with a calculator. He collected marbles, comics, baseball cards, and coins and could quote in detail all data relevant to those collectibles. His interests were myriad, his reading voracious, and when soundly beaten at checkers by a girl (later his wife) during a recess break, in junior high, he proceeded to the library to check out the writings of masters of the game and ultimately employed that knowledge to a successful and more satisfying (to himself) conclusion.
He gained a Kincaid scholarship and, briefly, opened and operated a coin shop in Lexington, before graduating from the University of Kentucky with majors in math and English. He married his childhood checker-playing-nemesis-turned-sweetheart and they had two sons. He, subsequently, taught school for nine years at gifted and high school levels in a Kentucky school system paying enough to qualify his children for the free lunch program! He decided at that point that he'd paid back his societal dues and needed to better provide for his own family. One known teaching success he treasures: A student returned from a stint in the army and looked him up and invited him out to lunch to express his appreciation for "turning him onto math and interesting him in computers" which he'd pursued in the military. He said he was married, had been offered a great paying job as a civilian, and would probably have been in the penal system like two of his friends had it not been for that particular class in high school.
He left teaching to pursue a burgeoning interest in Depression glassware, first publishing a book on the collectibles in 1972, and later opening his own Grannie Bear Antique Shop in 1976 which specialized in those wares. Later, when the economy suffered a downturn, it was his recently gained knowledge of beer can collectibles that carried the shop over that three year rough patch where most businesses fail.
He has now authored, in all their editions, over 80 books on subjects from glassware to baseball cards. He enjoys gardening and hunting and fishing for game he likes to eat. When asked by a customer if he played golf, he replied that though he "liked hunting and fishing," those golf balls were too chewy to eat; so he saw no reason to "hunt" golf balls hiding in the rough or to "fish" for them in the lakes on the course.
Cathy Gaines Florence
Cathy Gaines Florence, a WWII baby born in Owenton, Kentucky, enjoyed a charmed childhood as a small farming community tomboy: riding horses; climbing trees; playing endless checker games with her maternal grandfather; riding the jolting wagons and tractors of both grandfathers; making pets of ducks, dogs, cats, calves, horses, be they hers or neighbors'; singing to the top of her lungs in the wonderfully echoing empty tobacco barn; and reading poetry seated on a rock in the midst of a hillside. She took the requisite piano lessons, 4-H sewing, Girl's Auxiliary Bible study, played Tom Thumb in the grade school play, and got told on by a neighbor for riding a bike standing on the seat with arms spread, trying to copy an older neighbor boy. When not out tagging along in the fields, she was somewhere with her nose stuck in a book. At age 12, her cosseted world turned upside down when, in the space of a month, her best friend moved to Florida, she suffered a freak illness, and her parents moved away from the grandparents to Lexington to pursue better job opportunities. Ahead in her academic classes but behind in her city social skills, she struggled to make sense of slumber party talks about boys, dances, white gloved teas, and apartment living confinement. She adjusted to golf, tennis, swimming lessons, getting to school an hour early because of parental work schedules, and a cocky young man who invariably strode through the study area and pulled her ponytail down from its carefully adjusted height. She later married him, though at the time she could have cheerfully seen him suffer some awful comeuppance.
Graduated with honors and a coveted voice award from high school, she was awarded a scholarship to Georgetown College where, three and a half years later, she graduated with a French major and an English minor and immediately married her middle school, hair-pulling nemesis, who had blossomed somehow into a not-so-bad-guy the last semester of high school, and whom she had dated throughout college.
She taught four years at the middle school level, leaving only to have and stay home with two boys in their formative first years. When the first child was two, she returned to work part time to allow him time in a nursery school to develop his social skills and her "re-entry" into adulthood. It was then that she typed her husband's first manuscript, written in "chicken scratch." The first three or four letters of the word would be legible and then it was up to her to guess what the last was. To their astonishment, the book sold well and a new career was born for her husband and their lives took different turns from the teaching careers they'd planned.
In the mid-80s she authored a book on collecting quilts, harking back to skills taught her by her grandmothers; and she has since co-authored books on glass.
Cathy works daily with her husband, Gene, on whatever tasks their glass selling or book writing brings. They can often be seen at glass shows throughout the country.
Daniel J Fox
Daniel J. Fox is a graduate of Kansas State University, with an area of concentration in cultural anthropology. For the past several years he has found time to surface collect and document Native American Indian artifacts. His practical experience includes the excavation of the Town of Kansas, which was supervised by the University of Kansas. He has contributed to the highly reputable journal, Prehistoric American.
Jill Gallina and her husband Michael have achieved national prominence as the country's foremost composers of musical plays and choral music for youth in elementary, middle, junior high and senior high schools. Their clever creations in story and song have consistently won awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, American Library Service, and ASCAP. Their music has been featured on the Disney Channel, The World's Largest Concert, PBS, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sing for the Cure, The New York Philharmonic, and in a documentary on children's rights for the United Nations. In addition, the Gallinas are recipients of the Stanley Austin Alumni Award from the College of New Jersey for their many accomplishments in the field of composition.
Both Michael and Jill received B.A. degrees in music from the College of New Jersey. Jill was an elementary school music teacher, before becoming a full-time composer. Michael completed a master's degree in music from the College of New Jersey as well as a doctorate in administration and supervision from Rutgers University. In addition to his writing collaborations with Jill, he is the elementary principal of the Angelo L. Tomaso School in Warren, New Jersey, and author of Making the Scene, an illustrated "how to" book for building sets, props, and scenery, for musical productions.
The Gallinas are inspiring teachers all across the English speaking world with their music and educator workshops. Their chorals have sold millions of copies and their musical plays have thousands of performances across the globe each year. They are educating, enlightening, and engaging youth of today with their consummate talents and creativity. Jill Gallina's avocation is collecting antiques and costume jewelry with a special passion for Christmas Pins!