Anchor Exhibitions

The last Anchor exhibition, in Traunstein, ended  on Sunday, October 17th.  At this time, the next exhibition is scheduled for Bad Kreuznach, Germany, to open in early November, 2000.  It seemed that although we hold exhibitions every two or three years, there were enough builders who were willing to do the work.  It is still very early to have a lot of information.  Bad Kreuznach is in the wonderful Rhine-Hessen wine district.  It would be nice to have the exhibition open during some wine events.

The CVA is currently looking for sites for 2002 or 2003.  The CVA is hoping that a site in the Netherlands, U.K. or the USA can be found.  Any suggestions would be most welcome. 

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.  Earlier exhibitions were in the Flanders Toy Museum (Speelgoedmuseum van Vlaanderen) in Mechelen, Belgium, October, 1996, to April, 1997; in the Richter Villa in Rudolstadt in October, 1994, to February 1995; in Madurodam, Den Haag, Netherlands, earlier.  There have been some exhibitions of Anchor done by individuals, including some here in the USA.  Over the years, the CVA has held many Anchor exhibitions; all of them have been great successes, as judged by attendance.

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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