Evansville, Ind., less than a four-hour drive from Champaign-Urbana on the Ohio River in the southern tip of the state just across the river from Kentucky, is the site of a two-day auction on July 20 and 21.
Sohn Associates Ltd. is putting on the auction, and while it is headlined as an advertising and breweriana two-day auction, lots of other good stuff is up for sale.
Among the items: a Seeburg Select-O-Matic, floor model jukebox; a red satin "Gone With The Wind" lamp; Waterford glass; a cast-iron dinner bell; a 5-gallon stoneware advertising jug from the Allen Candy Co. of Pontiac; two coin sorters; and a collection of vintage marbles, including large swirls.
Also available are advertising clocks and more than a dozen other clocks, some wall, some mantle and quite a few Ogee clocks.
Furniture includes a pair of French-style, marble-top side tables, a round walnut dining table with chairs, a glass-top dining table with six chairs, a small rolltop desk, a large four-drawer wood file cabinet, a three-section wardrobe, an old cobbler bench, an antique walnut jelly cupboard and a Knabe baby grand piano.
The collection features lots of beer signs, such as Cooks, Pabst, Fehr, Stroh's, Oertels, Sterling and Anheuser-Busch.
Also, it will have a lot of whiskey signs, such as Early Times, Old Fitzgerald, Old Crow and Old Bushmills.
This is the lifetime collection of Ernest (Woody) Wood of Evansville. The auction starts at 9 a.m. July 20 and resumes at noon July 21.
The address is 4600 O'Hara Drive and the phone number is 812-467-0227.
If you have never been to a Sohn auction, you are missing a treat. We have been to quite a few.
The advertising signs and the jukebox will go on Saturday; the furniture, glass china, clocks, marbles and other collectibles will be sold Sunday.
Another site to visit in Evansville is the World War II LST that a bunch of old sailors brought back from Europe and restored. It is docked on the river. Evansville is a great town to visit and has an abundance of good restaurants.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.