UPCOMING TMCA MEETINGS
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville at 6 pm.† Come join the fun on† March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, 2007.
WANTED:† Aircraft, WW2, L-5 Stinson, Observer Model. Must have low time L-0435 Engine, rebuilt wings and fabric less than 15 years old. ADís and FAA annual must be current. Call: David Hoagey, TMCA member #5 at† 615-859-5040† or email:††† firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE:† Third Reich Forestry Service Tunic and Visor, all original from same man. Exc. $1,000. call: Dan Lee 615-370-3220
FOE SALE:††† Russian SKS 1952 date, $250. call Bill Price 615-371-8027
†† Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot:† April 13, 14, and 15th†††††††††† West Point, KY†††††††† 502-922-4457
†† Alabama Military Show (AMCA)† Huntsville, AL† March 17-18† (256) 651-7302† www.Almilitarycollectors.org
†† Bob Popeís Gun Show: June 22, thru 24th†† Williamson County Agriculture Expo www.bobepopeguns.com
Displays at the TMCA show
Letís talk a bit about the displays that fellow collectors set up, during the TMCA shows.
Why do we encourage them?† Simple: to educate the public, enhance and promote the hobby of collecting, and to give collectors a chance to show off their collections.
Many folks come into our show, just out of curiosity or to learn about military history. Many are young kids who seek knowledge and who become the future collectors of Militaria. They are the ones who will carry this hobby into the future, while we are all sitting in our wheel chairs. Remember, we are all just temporary caretakers of all those wonderful relics. A good display gives them the chance to see and learn about an item without the pressure (and maybe a fake story) from a dealer trying to make a fast sale. I have also seen many current collectors get inspired by a nice display and change his area of interest. How many guys today collect Class 3 weapons because they viewed and had a chance to play with the late Richard Cornwellís wonderful display of Machine Guns.
What makes a good display? A well laid out and labeled display, that is catching to the eye and educational to the viewer. Just put your self in the shoes of the person off the street, will it catch your attention? Does it explain to you what you are looking at? Are there signs describing the items or telling the history behind them? Is the person setting up the display, present to explain about it? Trey and Garnett Stancil are always there to answer questions about the Japanese weapons of which they display at our show. I have heard many great comments about their knowledge and willingness to share it.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
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