Speaking of geeky tweakers, I think I should confess to the latest idea that's been boring a hole through my brain—I really want to buy one of those glass display cases and create a small one-cabinet camera collection. There's just so much interesting stuff out there that's cheap right now.
This would have absolutely no purpose and it would waste money I don't have and take up room I don't have and no one comes to my house anyway, so no one would see it. But it appeals to me, so I've been mulling it over just the same.
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David W. Scott: "You are not alone. The same idea has possessed me for a year. I can't decide if it would be less or more geeky than leaving assorted box cameras, folders, and classics laying about on the bookshelves."
John Frendreiss: "I completely understand. Whenever I run across a display case of olde tyme photo equipment, a similar urge starts to well up from somewhere around my fifth lumbar. Something about all the techy bits of metal and chrome and leatherette and etched numbers and whatnot.... So far I've managed to suppress these notions. Good luck."
Christopher Holland: "I was thinking about that exact thing as I was looking at my collection of cameras that is currently collecting dust on various book shelves in our home. A display case would be a nice thing and would put all of them in one place."
Jon Bloom: "'Appeals to me' is pretty much my motivation for everything. OK, I'm a hedonist, but aren't we all?"
Randy Cole: "A cautionary word to potential collectors of objects: choose something with an infinite set of possibilities. Years ago, I set out to collect something (a type of telegraph key) made for many years and available in several models and colors. I started with a modest goal, expanded it after some success, and ultimately 'got them all,' including one that is the only known example of a patented and documented model. I'm about to start the deaccessioning process, without any particular regrets. I have no regrets because I learned in the process that it's the process of collecting that's interesting and fun, and the experiences I had and the friends I've made are what is meaningful. The objects themselves turn out to be secondary, and I will be happy to see them in the hands of others who will (hopefully) enjoy them. A display case is simply a convenient way to summon the memories behind the objects. By all means, go for it, Mike."
Hugh Crawford: "By all means buy the cabinet first. Otherwise you won't ever have any sense of when you have enough. Don't ask me how I know."