Anchor Exhibitions

I know of no current special Anchor exhibition.  For some reason, 1998 seems to be a poor year for Anchor exhibitions.  But New Yorkers might want to look at the window display of the Store of Knowledge -- 64th and Third.  I built these buildings -- three from the new sets and the large building from set # 24.  Plans for exhibitions in 1999 have been firmed up during the CVA meeting in late April.  It seems clear that we will have two exhibitions, in both Traunstein and Rudolstadt, from early May until late October, 1999.  As of yet it is not clear which buildings or builders will be at each of the exhibitions.  The Traunstein exhibition will be the main exhibition; the Rudolstadt exhibition will be a cooperative effort with the Spielhausverein (Toy House Club) of Rudolstadt.

The CVA puts on exhibitions of Anchor products, including large Anchor block buildings.  CVA members build the display models over the week preceding the opening.  The last such exhibition was open in the Flanders Toy Museum (Speelgoedmuseum van Vlaanderen) in Mechelen, Belgium, from October 25, 1996, to April 20, 1997.  I spent a week with other Anchor friends building this display.  The display of Anchor buildings was excellent.  The previous exhibition was held in the Richter Villa in Rudolstadt in 1994.  Over the years, the CVA has held many Anchor exhibitions, such as the one at Madurodam in the Haag.

The CVA is currently looking for sites for 2001 or 2002.  The CVA is hoping that a site in the U.K. or the USA can be found.  Any suggestions would be most welcome. 

The best permanent museum exhibition known to me is in the Toy Museum in Oosterhout (NB) Netherlands.  The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, also has an excellent collection, though I do not know just how much is on exhibition at any given time.  The Toy Museum in Salzburg has a nice Anchor display, using the Erwin Gebert collection.  The Gebert collection was very extensive.  I visited the Toy Museum in late October and saw the rest of the Gebert collection.  Most impressive was the very large, special order chest from the factory.  It held the equivalent of four # 34, Lyck, sets.  The "Obermeister" (senior master) diploma he was awarded when still a teenager was also there, as was a picture of him and one of his original buildings.  Only about half of the Gebert collection is on display, and of course of the documentation and catalogs are all in the archival storage area.

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