Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
"Frenchman amasses data Collector Baudot collects collectors By ROSETTE HARGROVE PARIS Shortly coming off the presses is "WHO'S a mighty tome, the work of Jean-Claude Baudot. This, he claims, will be the only directory of its kind of in- terest to collectors. He has gathered some names covering 400 items, as well as 300 clubs or associa- tions, 200 periodicals and again as many small obscure mu- seums, covering altogether 30 countries' worth of collecting information. It took Baudot a collector who collects years to compile his WHO'S WHAT. His own particular hobby ancient toys and games. Now in his late 30s, he started 25 years ago but he declares he wasted and money Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIP LEY OPTICAL 418 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-5447 etting in touch with people! ith identical interests. This is 'hat led him to think in terms f a bi-lingual international di- ictory of collectors. The work is meant to facili- ite contacts between private ollectors, clubs and associa- ions. Collectors seem to belong to special race whose primary Duality is perseverance. But :iey also sometimes are pecu- iai-. It was Balzac who once rote about the "incomparable oy of collectors." Outside classic .or orthodox ollections of stamps, coins, ob- scts of art, paintings, musical listmmenls from harps to harmonicas autographs, an- ique automobiles, there are hose people who collect weird, even morbid things. Imagination runs riot so far as collectors are concerned Running from the gentleman whose hobby is chateaux he owns 40 to characters who hunt posters, bidets, eleva tors, sails, or the type who spe- cializes in death, murder Among (lie latter is a French man who is the proud ovtnsr o a bill, written on parchment listing the cost of public tria and execution of 23 witches at Dax, France, in 1544. It even enumerates the c o s t of the ropes to tie the victims, the straw, twigs and logs for the stake, sulphur and resin to keep ie fires burning, plus the jer's fee for shaving the un-' ortunate creatures' heads, and nally the trumpeter who ber- Ided the execution on the larkc-tplace. Crime manual" (Also included in Us collec- ion is a "Perfect Crime Man- ual" printed circa mid-19Ui cen- ury. One of the simplest ways, tpparently, is to feed plants poisonous to man to the cc-m- non garden snail. They like Klladonna, for example. Then .he snails can be cooked in gar- ic butter and served to the un- suspacting victim. Result guar- Music boxes, ash trays, but- tons, postal and cigaret cards tin soldiers, laundry irons matchboxes, lamps, even out of-date passports are popular if more banal. Definitely out af the ordinary however is the Frenchman collects chamber pots. He re cently traveled to East Ger many, where he was told of unique specimen, a double one Until the advent of 'modem iumbing, these intimate ob- ects, like bidets and lavatory ,eals, often were works of art. They ranged from the most lain and humble to specimens isAa of the finest porcelain nd often decorated by well mown artists. Decorated bidets and lava- ories were common even in xmrgeois homes well into the 930's. Today tliey are eagerly snatched up and command high jricos. Jean Claude Baudot's fifth :ioor apartment, a stone's tarow from the Madeleine, aclulter all sorts of things There is a mini nischanical piano (his latest a scat- tering of art noveau buck knacks, while along one wal there are four machines, the ancestors of one- armed bandits, an ancient bil Hard table. A modern touch three enormous collapsible floo cushions. Surprisingly, according Baudot, 90 per cent of collec tors are 80 per cent masculine Re stresses the fact that th APPOINTMENT TO LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD There is a vacancy on the lethbridge Public li- brary Board and interested persons wishing to participate in Civic Affairs by serving on this Board are Invited to write lo the City Clerk, giving a short resume of themselves. It is requested that applications in the City Clerk's Office no later than Thursday, March 22. For further information please call the City Clerk's Office at 328-2341. JOHN GERLA, City Clerk, cbby is not only fascinating ut can be quite lucrative. "A ood collection of any interest- ng line can today easily in- rease in value by 25 per cenl i year or more." He also uotes Walpole as saying: "The oal secret of life is to be deep- interested in a given thing ad sufficiently interested in thousand others." 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