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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 07:42    Post subject: Springfield Show 2010  

This year I was able to visit the Springfield Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the largest and most important show in the eastern U.S. It is held on the exhibition grounds in a single huge building, with hundreds of dealers most of whom were from the U.S. I did not see any from China or Morroco.

The show is produced by Marty Zinn who announced that the attendance on Friday and Saturday was a new record. I was not around for most of Sunday so I do not know if the same was true that day.

The special exhibit this year consisted of about 50 cases of minerals and gems from the Bill Larson collection. Bill is the owner of Pala International. Many excellent photos of the display can be found at this link: http://www.trinityminerals.com/spring10/ A downside with the exhibits was the poor quality of the lighting in the cases. The wonderful minerals just did not look their best under woefully inadequate lighting. I walked around the display with Bill and he had a gem light which when directed on to the minerals showed their true beauty. Unfortunately not everyone had that opportunity.

I saw nothing particularly new or exciting at the show with the exception of two specimens of albite, one with a hematite rose, from a new locality in Vermont. This apparently was a small pocket in a quarry that has never produced anything of note previously. Sadly I did not take a photo of either piece but I suspect that pictures will appear soon. The pocket also produced a small number of lesser pieces which were not available to be seen.

Sadly Gail and Jim Spann were not able to attend the show so I have attempted to fill in with some comments and photos, but I can't begin to do the job like Gail can.



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Bill's Christmas tree gold from the Grit mine, El Dorado Co., California. Appeared in an auction catalog in 1886.
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A neat iron cross pyrite twin. Elba.
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A great scepter from Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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Nice group of adamites from Mina Ojuela
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Some of Jordi's favorites, lapidated malachite, etc.
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Specimen of apophyllite on prehnite from Centreville, Virginia, USA, that I bought at the show.
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Marty Zinn with his daughter and Scott Werschky (Miner's Lunchbox)
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Very interesting bicolored spodumene at Miner's Lunchbox
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The famous Alfredo Petrov with Ethiopian opal dealer.
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Carl Francis, Harvard, busy taking notes.
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Joan Massagué with Gloria Staebler
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Famous mineralogist Paul "Paulus" Moore and Tony Nikischer, publisher of Mineral News.
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Pat Haynes (left) with the effervescent Jim Walker.
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Terry Huizing at his Rocks & Minerals post.
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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 07:42    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show - chapter 2  

I didn't want to put too much in the first batch and run the risk of losing the whole effort. So here are some more photos.


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Dmitri Belakovsky, Russian dealer, always with interesting minerals.
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Rocko of Rocko Minerals
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Isaias Casanova, IC Minerals
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Donald Olson
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Vic Rzonca, club show member, local resident, active field collector and good friend.
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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 07:59    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

John S. White wrote:
Some of Jordi's favorites, lapidated malachite, etc...

Thank you Master, I love you too! ;-)

BTW, great job John, is lovely to have your vision of this so agreeable Show. Thank you to share it with us.

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 08:53    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

My goodness John, you are a GREAT show reporter! I love seeing the people, so thanks for that!
We didn't attend due to my parents having their 60th wedding anniversary. I planned and coordinated the event in San Antonio, Texas.
Although missing the fun of the Springfield show, it was a joy to see my parents surrounded by family and a good time was had by all.

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 11:25    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

Great report John. Any more "rocks" pictures in your camera ?

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 12:09    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

John:

Your report about the show was good but incomplete, because you did not take a photo of my booth.

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 13:05    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

Luiz:

My apologies, I should have as I spent quite a bit of time with you. Simply an oversight. Besides, we had lots to discuss and that is probably why I forgot.

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 13:17    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

No problem, John, we had an important talk, I was just cheating you!

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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 13:29    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

Not too much of your booth, Luiz, but two fine looking fellows none the less.


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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 13:41    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

All's well that ends well ;))
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PostPosted: Aug 18, 2010 13:47    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show  

Thanks John

An explanation to the colleagues: my booth does not look as nice as the others because it is on the wholesale area of the Show.

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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 03:20    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

Luiz Menezes wrote:
Thanks John

An explanation to the colleagues: my booth does not look as nice as the others because it is on the wholesale area of the Show.

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Luiz, if a dealer is judged by the content of his flats and the provenance of his specimens, then your booth was impecable.
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 03:43    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

An overview of the exhibit and retail floor


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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 04:11    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

Thanks Vic for the additional photos. I think it needs to be said that Vic's wife Cindy is the photographer for these last few shots.
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 04:30    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

Indeed John, thanks for that. Cindy has been a pro-photographer for longer than we've been married, 35 years. She loves the candid portrait, and heaven knows there are lots of characters in the mineral collecting world.
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 07:59    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

A few more point and shoot from Cindy


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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2010 08:20    Post subject: Re: Springfield Show 2010  

Hi John,

Thank you so much for sharing your impression of the show. Your photos and text, enhanced by Vic and Cindy's, really add a terrific flavor to the event and as one who has not yet had the chance to visit, well, it was nice to be there! Be well and take care, see you in Denver! All the very best,

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