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IPBA Annual Convention

20th Annual Convention

St Louis, MO
May 3rd, 2008 to May 6th, 2008

    This was the first time the convention was held in St. Louis, and the Gateway Chapter members were actively involved in making it a success. The location was the Sheraton City Center Hotel. The title was, appropriately, "Meet Me In St. Louis" based on the 1944 movie by Vincent Minnelli which takes place the year prior to the 1904 World's Fair. Attendance was 242 people. Convention Chair for this event was Rusty Hernandez.

    Fittingly the entire weekend started with an optional tour of the landmarks of St. Louis and surrounding areas. A professional guide led the tour to Busch Stadium, Gateway Arch, Forest Park, St. Louis University & History Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, and Central West End for shopping. After lunch the tour continued with a visit to the Samuel Cupples House which includes the 800 piece Eleanor Turshin Glass Collection. 

     The 1904 World's Fair presentation on Friday was led by Mike Truax, President of the 1904 World's Fair Society, and included a look at perfume related items exhibited during the Fair. Having driven through the fairgrounds on the earlier tour, this presentation was very interesting. There was even a special World's Fair exhibit theme display set up in the showroom.

    Following this theme, the Monsen & Baer Perfume Bottle Auction catalog book is titled "The Spirit of Saint Louis." Bidding on Friday evening was very active for the 375 lots being sold. Many members went home happy! This 18th auction was the final auction to be held by Monsen & Baer. We cannot thank them enough for 18 years of exciting bidding on wondrous items!

    The luncheon keynote speaker was Chandler Burr, New York Times Perfume Critic, on his fascinating account of the creation of contemporary perfumes with intriguing stories of the fragrances inside the beautiful bottles we cherish so much. His book recounting those experiences was available to attendees and is fascinating reading. During the annual meeting of members, the Honors of the Association were presented to Joan Walter.

    Presentations included were: (1) "Jeweled Czechoslovakian Perfume Bottles" by Madeleine France, (2) "DeVilbiss & Other Atomizers" by Shari Hopper and Marsha Crafts, (3) "Thierry Mugler's Angel" by Lisa D'Angelo of Thierry Mugler Parfums, and (4) "American Scent Bottles" by Joan Walter.  The new educational "Collecting Perfume Bottles, 101" (conceived by Joyce Geeser) was presented by Terri Chappell Boyd. This is a basic program offered to the general public to educate new collectors and is available on DVD for use by any member as an outreach tool in the community.

     Collectors Roundtables topics and facilitators were: Victorian Bottles, An Infinite Variety - Jeane Parris; Czechoslovanian Opaques - Susan Via & Paula Walker; Ladies Compacts & Vanity Treasures - Debbie Matheney; Ludwig Moser & Friends - Frank & Elizabeth Creech; Novelties - Marilyn Schnormeier; Murano Perfume Bottles - Dick Miller; Limited Edition Commercial Perfume Bottles - Lynda Lieb; Sharing Matchabelli - Hazel Chapman; Perfume Solids/Estee Lauder - Woody Griffith; Unstick Your Stopper - Bill Hoehn; and All Things Great Are Small - Shirley Hanick.

     On Saturday evening there was a special Night At the Movies, screening the 1934 film "Hips, Hips, Hooray!" Members recognized many beautiful perfume bottles from the era. Popcorn, candy and soda were available (of course) and creative, outrageous, and fabulous pj's were worn by many attendees!