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IPBA Annual Convention

21st Annual Convention

Albuquerque, NM
April 30th, 2009 to May 3rd, 2009

    Truly the Land of Enchantment in the southwest U.S. -- Hot air balloons were floating around in the sky while we were there! Convention venue was the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Rusty Hernandez was Convention Chair and in charge of organizing this great event. Attendance was 218 people. 

     The weekend began early with an optional bus tour on Wednesday to Santa Fe via the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway. We drove through old mining towns on the way, ending with a walking tour of Santa Fe highlights. Thursday offered a very different tour to the Acoma "Sky City" Pueblo Indian Village atop a massive sandstone mesa established around 1150 A.D. and not discovered by Europeans until 1540 by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Both tours were very well attended. 

    Friday began with the always eagerly anticipated Collectors Market, followed by a special session "In YOUR Hands - IPBA's Future" facilitated by Elizabeth & Frank Creech discussing moving forward and how to accomplish this.  Afternoon seminars were: (1) "DeVigny Golliwogg and Friends" by Earline Kopriva and Deborah Washington, (2) "Opulent Opaques: Masterpieces of Czechoslovakian Artistry" by Susan Via and Paula Walker.

    Friday evening was the annual Perfume Bottles Auction by Expert Ken Leach with auctioneer Nicholas Dawes (of Antiques Roadshow fame). This event is always one of the highlights of the entire weekend.

     Saturday began with Collectors Roundtables and meetings of the Specialty Collector Groups.  The roundtables topics and facilitators were: Russian/Soviet Bottles by Lenore Worth Hiers; Cataloging Your Collection by Janet Ziffer; Men's Perfume Presentations by Jeffrey Sanfilippo; Buying and Selling Online by Connie Linne; Naughties - The Ultimate Novelty by ElsaBeth Crohn; Flacon Photography by Lori Purk; Perfumes for the Soul by Kendra Grace Cook; Caveat Emptor/Buyer Beware by Richard Bell; 20th Century Russian Faberge by Rosalie Waskow; and Parts Exchange by Penny Dolnick.

     Our luncheon keynote speaker was Arlie Sulka, an expert on Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios, who spoke specifically about their perfume bottles. Ms. Sulka has appeared for 11 seasons as a guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow.  An annual meeting of the membership followed with election of Board of Directors members for the coming term. During the meeting the Honors of the Association were presented to Bonnie Salzman.

     Joyce Geeser introduced a new Young Collectors membership program to aide in educating future IPBA members and the next generation of perfume bottle collectors.  And the educational program "Collecting Perfume Bottles, 101" was presented again this year to the public and attendees, facilitated by Terri Phillips.

     In the afternoon there was a panel presentation: "Milady's Purse in the 1940s" by Terri Chappell Boyd, Lenore Hiers, Anne Conrad, and Karen Hawthorne (assisted by Helen & Craig Farnsworth). 

     Saturday night, back by popular demand, was the second Night At the Movies event, this year screening "The Women," a 1939 film starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell, with a perfume bottle central theme. Once again pajamas in the "most creative," "most original," and "most fabulous" categories were judged and prizes awarded.

     Sunday started with the Treasures Found session, and sadly concluded with the closure of the Exhibition and Sale room at noon.

A wondrous time was had by all in the Land of Enchantment!