Thanks to Jon Deeter & Ken Cole the Ohio decoy show is becoming one of the better shows in the Midwest featuring room-to-room trading, Thursday seminars, vintage decoy competitions and display with poolside auctions on Friday and Saturday. Look for more changes and upgrades as they lead the way to separate from the contemporary decoy show that has been held at the same location and weekend as the vintage decoy show.
The Ohio decoy Collectors Association hosts an informal gathering on Thursday evening. The entertainment for this year was a trip down memory lane with Joe Tonelli . With the help of other collectors who answered the call for images of 'Ole Guard' Michigan collectors, He presented a slide show with commentary on the early days of decoy collecting in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Sitting front and center, noted Michigan collectors, Len Carnighi and Jim & Patti Aitkin were on hand to fill in the gaps with their memories of collecting during the 1970's.
TOP: left to right; Mike Hall, Benj Schmidt, Ed DeNavarre CENTER; Lowell Jackson, David Potts , Clone Walsh, Ron Swanson. Mike Hall
BOTTOM; Phylis Elliston, Barney Crandell, Hy Dalka & Jim Foote
Hy Dalka & Jim Foote in Dalka's basement circa 1970's
Randy Root Pointe Mouille Michigan decoy show 1971
Ed NeVanarre: Note the Bach decoys
Miriam & George VanWallenham, Grosse Pointe Michigan 'Ole Guard' collectors
poolside auction held by Guyette & Schmidt.
Joe Tonelli, and Jon Deeter serve as spotters for auctioneer, Larry Carter, Greensboro, NC
Dave 'Bones' and Jeanette Kneebone, Spring Valley, IL
Jon Deeter and Ken Cole set up an impromptu discussion group featuring decoys made by master Michigan carver Ferdinand Bach
Dick McItyre , Ken Cole and Jon Deeter
Joe Engers, Tonelli and Alan Haid