"The What Cheer House
catered to men only, permitted no liquor on the premises, and housed San Francisco's first free library and first museum." Opened in 1852 by Robert B. Woodward
it became immensely popular. "[S]ailors enjoyed staying there... [he] was such a well-liked man that they would often bring him trinkets from around the world when they’d come to town. For Woodward, these gifts were the beginning of what would become a life-long obsession with collecting." He moved the collection and opened Woodward's Gardens
in 1866 between Mission and Valencia at 13th-15th streets. Called the Central Park of the West
, it was San Francisco's most famous public resort. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Oct 4, 2009 -
A 63-year old Norwegian bus company owner has amassed
one of the worlds largest collections
of ancient manuscripts valued at over 110 million dollars. His story, how the collection is used and his plans for the sale proceeds are all first-class and an inspiration to private collectors of antiquities.
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 25, 2002 -
"Many individuals have asked me in past months, Why moist towelette collecting? Why not stamp collecting, or numismatics?
To be different, perhaps? Well, I must admit that at first that was part of the appeal, but I have since become aware of the strong movement of Moist Towelette enthusiasts, and accepted that I am not alone in my fascination / hobby."
posted by machaus
on Jun 25, 2001 -