My Collecting Story… J. N. from Galveston, Texas…

June 26, 2020 by  
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The following is the next installment of our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.

About 27 years ago I bought my first vintage newspaper about Galveston, the article published in a new York newspaper dated 1817 was a letter written in 1816 from Galveztown [Galveston], a person from the Mina Expedition writing to someone back east about the state of affairs in the expedition, possibly a spy sent from Boston where the expedition started out, courtesy of the Simpson’s auction House conducting an auction at then Eibands, a close department store in downtown Galveston.  A year later I was able to help co-found The Laffite Society. Two years later after much renovation I was asked to open an Antique store in the same location.  Fast forward about 25 years I managed to collect about 70 News papers with articles thanks to help of Timothy Hughes, about the French in Texas and the infamous Jean Laffite, hero of the battle of New Orleans.

After Hurricane Ike, I decided that My collection was at risk in my home so I offered it for sale to a Houston Collector with a Museum, He later moved the Bryan Museum to Galveston Texas. I regret having to sell my collection but know it is in a much better location and will survive long after I have gone.

I could give many examples of what I learned from the articles that the Laffite Society may not be privy to and the additional articles of the period that aided in other research and enhanced my knowledge of my Art Collection and general interest.

I have based many speaking engagements on what is stated in the newspaper articles and now being asked to be filmed for my knowledge of the Laffite saga, I owe a lot to what I found in ‘The Nonus Collection’.  So when the Musical, ‘Lonely and Lost, the Legend of Laffite’, is finally produced, just know that the newspapers of yesteryear have had a great influence on it, as have articles related to Hamilton!

As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY. We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.

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