John Stanley, a Computer Programmer at UNC Chapel Hill, collects bottle openers. We spoke recently about this unusual form of ephemera.
ephemera: How did you developed such an affinity for bottle openers?
Stanley: In 1977, my mother brought home a board of about 25 soda wire openers she got from a local antique dealer and it got me started.
ephemera: How do you find new openers for your collection?
Stanley: Being that I mainly collects openers and corkscrews from the late 1800s to about 1950, the supply keeps dwindling. My main source is eBay and fellow club members.
Stanley: Flat Figural Openers such as the Harley-Davidson. Beer advertising knives and corkscrews and all steel wall mount openers. Also anything that catches my eye that I think is unusual.
ephemera: What's your advice for collectors?
Stanley: Be patient, read all you can about your area of collecting, connect with fellow collectors, buying mistakes happen, and be generous in dealing with anyone and you will be repaid many fold.
ephemera: What resources do you recommend?
Stanley: Our eBay for a time and seeing opener results can be very educational. Of course the Internet is a great resource also.
ephemera: Thanks, John. These are fun items.