March 25, 2013
The Indy Ad Show and the Road Map Collectors Association
This year at the Indy Ad Show in September for the first time the unique Road Map
Collectors Association will be showing. This group of avid collectors of many types of road maps will have tables full of old
original road maps for sale or trade and of course buying from anyone that may have maps. At many of the previous RMCA
shows around the country people often ask what types of maps are collected. There is a wide variety that include specific
states, oil companies, point of interests, specific routes, birth year, special events or even by publisher. Look for an interesting
article on Road Maps in the next issue of Antique Back Roads which comes out in May. To learn more about the Road Map
Collectors Association, visit the web site at www.roadmaps.org and
they are always interested in new members.
October 15, 2012
Celebrating 40 Years
The Indy Antique Advertising Show celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
In 1972 L-W Promotions (Neal Wood) of Gas City, IN and Ray Klug of Akron, OH launched the very first show on
March 25-26th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Several of our current dealers started in the 70’s with the show
and recently Myron Huffman, who set up at the very first Advertising Show, gave me a copy of the two original
advertising flyers that were used by. One of the flyers read:
Here for the first time ever, a mountain of
Advertising Items for Sale
THE ONLY SHOW OF THIS TYPE IN THE COUNTRY
Don’t Miss it!
These words written over 40 years ago are still true today. The name has morphed into The Indy Ad Show,
yet the original vision of the Show has remained the same even through changes in ownership. This is a strong indication
of how buyers and sellers feel about the integrity and quality of the show.
The items offered at the show in 1972 included soda fountain, country store, drug
store, tobacco, tins, brewery, ephemera and early vending machines. These items have just as strong appeal in today’s
market as they did 40 years ago. While other types of vintage collectibles have seen their decline in recent years, the vintage
advertising continues to be a strong market. It is being collected by a new generation.
It’s interesting that the following advertisement for the show written 40 years ago
could still be used today. Here for the first time ever, a mountain of Advertising Items for sale. For those of you who say
you "can’t find it," here’s your chance. Don’t miss it. This is the only show of this type in the country. A must for those
refurnishing country stores, soda fountains, old saloons and drug stores. A chance for Companies still in business to fill their
Museums with their early advertising. A real education for those who have not seen or have seen very little of this type of Antique.
After the show is over, I always hear, "Did you see …" and inevitably I always miss something great. The dealers at
the Indy Ad Show always do such a fantastic job of bringing great vintage merchandise and it is impossible to see it all. This
September was certainly no exception as both the beginner and advanced collector had lots to choose from.
We are excited to announce that the Road Map Collector’s Association (RMCA) will be joining us during the September 2013
Show. This type of automotive collectible is a great addition to the show. Members of this group will have a specific designated
area for their displays so that all customers will have an opportunity to visit RMCA during the show.
Mark your calendars for 2013; March 15-16 and September 27-28 at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. You won’t want to miss it!
February 8, 2012
Indy Ad Show Promoters Announce Show Changes for 2012
The promoters of the Indy Antique Advertising Show have
announced changes for 2012. In response to customer surveys, the
show will open with a preview on Friday afternoon from 2pm to
6pm. Preview tickets are $50 which includes the preview on
Friday and admission on Saturday. After 40 years of no early
buying, B & D Promotions is responding to customer surveys that
were completed during the March 2011 Show.
"We strongly feel that we need to continue to make strides to
keep this show the premier antique advertising show. Since
becoming involved as promoters in 2010, the feedback from the
customers has been overwhelmingly asking for early buying on
Friday." Friday has traditionally been just for the dealers to
On Saturday, the show will open an hour earlier at 9am and will
close at 4pm. Admission remains the same at $8 per person with
free admission for those under 12 years of age. The show ends on
Saturday. "Many of our dealers still have traditional jobs
besides their antique business. Closing the show on Saturday
allows Sunday for travel and therefore one less day away from
work. Since announcing these changes at the September show, we
have been approached by several dealers wanting to come back
and/or set up for the first time."
It is anticipated that the March show will surpass 2011 which
had the largest attendance in 10 years with 30% growth in number
For more information on getting tickets go to:
Small Businesses Join Forces
Irene Davis of icollect247 and Donna Weir of B & D Promotions have teamed up to bring you Antique Back Roads.
Small businesses’ co-opening on projects makes perfect sense to be able to compete on a larger scale with the big companies. It’s a natural fit
for us to work together – while we are both in the antique industry, we do not directly compete against one another. Icollect247 has dealers
selling online and B & D Promotions sponsors the Indy Antique Advertising Show.
With the current antique related reality shows on television, there is a resurgence of interest in antiques. By pooling their marketing dollars,
both companies will be able to reach a wider population. Now is the time to be riding this wave and become more involved with helping people
discover their interests in antiques. The re-use / re-purpose generation is continuing to evolve and antiques is certainly a part of this.
Irene’s passion for helping small business combined with Donna’s passion to build business makes this a natural fit to work together. We feed off
either other and have a good working energy together.
One night while sharing libations, we discovered we both wanted to develop a special type of newsletter. We were looking to promote our business,
support the antique dealers that work with us and elevate awareness in the antique industry.
Antique Back Roads is to fill a void in the current trade periodicals. It is a collector – to – collector approach rather than being filling with
advertising and press releases. It is designed to be a quick read, informative on a wide range of subjects with a bit of humor tucked in. We take
our jobs seriously but not ourselves.
Icollect 247 and B & D Promotions are the only sponsors so you won’t see the typical advertising; except a plug now and then for icollect247 and
Indy Antique Advertising Show. Antique Back Roads is available online. Go to www.antiquebackroads.com
to sign up to continue receiving a free subscription. Yes you can still get something
of value free in America and not be asked for anything in return.
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