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Jensen Collection
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0956  Sunday, 29 October 2006

From: 		Harry Rusche <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 25 Oct 2006 12:16:15 -0400
Subject: 17.0943 Jensen Collection
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0943 Jensen Collection

I don't know if Mike Jensen realizes the magnitude of the wave that 
might crash over him.  I have several hundred pieces of "Shakespeareana" 
in my office (and about that many at home, too), ranging from thimbles, 
ties, T-shirts, and pillowcases to miniature cars with everything else 
you can imagine--including that familiar rubber duckie.  And that is not 
counting all the goofy books and DVDs I have collected over the years. 
My colleague Sheila Cavanagh has a large accretion of Shakespeare junk 
as well, and we do not have many duplicates.

I am ashamed to admit that I also have a collection of about 8,000 (give 
or take a thousand) postcards that depict every imaginable aspect of 
Shakespeare's life and his plays.  My wife just shakes her head, but I 
remind her of people I know who collect manhole covers and hubcaps.  One 
friend has a collection of vacuum cleaners so vast that he rents storage 
space where he can keep them. At least I can put my collection of 
Shakespeare cards in shoe boxes.

Good luck, Mr. Jensen!

Harry Rusche
English Department
Emory University
Atlanta GA  30322

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