A company called Ittyblox is producing 3D printed models in a 1:1000 scale. Combining the prefabricated buildings together in grid-like street plates, you can build your own tiny city blocks. They are not mass produced, but printed to order allowing you to envision your own Sim City in three dimensions.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
During the 2015 Souvenir Building Collector’s Society convention in Orlando Florida in May, host Marty G. organized a display of buildings at the Orlando City Hall. Marty send some photos of the exhibit. The club is planning it’s 2016 convention in Los Angles from June 10-12th.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Howie G. tipped me off to a recent WSJ story about One World Trade Center souvenirs with some interesting insight into who is making them. While the planned public observatory won’t open until spring, tourists are naturally visiting the area since the newly completed skyscraper opened in November, 2014. Souvenirs of the building have been sold in stores for a few years and were first labeled "Freedom Tower" until the name changed to One World Trade Center. So far, I've only seen resin and sheet metal 3D versions of the building and hope someone will soon produce them in metal. If you're not near NYC, you can buy a nice large resin replica on Amazon of the:One World Trade Center "Freedom Tower" Replica (Made in New York) Sheet metal version can be purchased here: Fascinations Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Model - One World Trade Center
Sunday, February 22, 2015
More than just a perfume 'bottle,' this brushed goldtone metal compact is also a small replica of the famous Tower of Pisa. It measures 3.5" tall and is filled with Estee Lauder's White Linen perfume. Estee Lauder PISA TOWER Solid Perfume Compact 2009 Collection. It reminds me of a vintage 1950’s era Leaning Tower lipstick signed by Nichilo Jewelers in Rome, below.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
During a recent Antiques Roadshow episode, a bobble-head collector brought in some N.Y. Mets souvenirs to be appraised. Included with the bobbles was a metal ashtray replica of Shea Stadium from it's 1964 dedication on April 17, 1964. The detailed metal replica of Shea Stadium set atop a solid wooden base with an engraved plaque that is written, "1964 / Dedication Shea Stadium / Presented To / From The Mets." A sticker on the bottom of the base reads, "L.G. Balfour Company" along with the firm's logo. These were not sold in the gift shop, but a very limited number of these commemorative ashtrays were created for VIP's and dignitaries. Check out the other stadium replicas I've written about previously.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Have you noticed that you can buy Spoontiques pewter lighthouses on Amazon? These are not easy to find and seem like a good deal for any building collector. I believe most were made during the 1990's and were sold in stores, but good luck finding them in stores today.