Get a Hobby

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When you retire, they say get a hobby! 

I have found this to be good advise,  so when I retired I started collecting again. I used to collect coins as a kid.  But life happens and you get busy, too busy for a hobby.  I really didn't know I missed collecting until I rediscovered it again.

I started collecting again quite by accident.  I was going to take a Baltic Sea cruise and it stops in St Petersburg Russia,so when I saw some Russia medals in a flea market, in got my interest. The seller said they were real medals from Russia collected by a professor from the local college and got him on the phone to verify. I bought them.

Well  I had not idea what they were, so naturally I got on Ebay to do some research and found them.  Interesting.  While on EBay I search medals category and found an award medal from the 1895 Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta where I live. I did some research and found this was an International exposition which awarded medals to the best in many categories. I bought that first medal and that started my collection of Exposition Medals.  Yes, that is my web site of the medals I have collected.

You really get to learn history when you care collecting medals  of the World Fairs and Expos,which is what I did. To think the award medals are still around 100 plus years later is amazing.

Did you know that The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next.  More than 5 million people attended the exhibition (a world record at the time), yet it still failed to turn a profit, costing the French government 2,000,000 Francs. The fair included more than 76,000 exhibitors and covered 1.12 square kilometers of Paris.

In the US, the first large exposition was the 1876 PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. It was to celebrate 100 years since our independence. The liberty bell was on display.

medal collection

The1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition was a very popular expo and the first Ferris wheel was introduced. The medal above is from that expo.

I have enjoyed collecting again. It has been interesting and fun plus I learned a lot of history in doing so.  Retirement can be what you make it.




Comments (3)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There ae so many people who have no hobby and find themselves in a chair wasting away after stopping work

Dec 05, 2018 08:46 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Robert,

Very interesting. The Eiffel Tower was actually constructed for the 1889 Paris fair. The space needle in Seattle was constructed for the 1962 World's Fair. Seems that these fairs left behind some interesting medals & architecture.

Dec 05, 2018 09:05 PM
Robert Fowler -

Oh, you are right.  Got the wrong date on that one.  Yes, I wish they had more of these today.

Dec 06, 2018 03:46 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have at times gone back to my stamp and coin collecting. On Lincoln pennies I still lack the 1909 VDB S.

Dec 06, 2018 06:04 AM
Robert Fowler -

Oh, I remember looking for the 1909 VDB S when I was a kid!

Dec 06, 2018 06:51 AM