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IPBA Annual Convention

25th Silver Anniversary Annual Convention

Las Vegas, NV
May 1st, 2013 to May 5th, 2013

The Tropicana Hotel/Hilton Double Tree was the venue this year. The Western States Chapter outdid  themselves and made this Las Vegas convention, titled  “Scentful in Vegas,“  a wonderful event. The theme was carried out in the luncheon centerpieces and the convention pin featuring showgirls!  Attendance was 259 people. Convention Chair was Deborah Washington.

The Exhibit Hall opening was dedicated to our founder Jeane Parris, whose diligent efforts resulted in obtaining  the Tropicana Hotel for the venue. Sadly she was not there to share this with us, but she was in our thoughts. A special retrospective on 25 years of IPBA history, features, and members through the years was the opening presentation, prepared by Susan Arthur and Barbara W. Miller. Everyone was deeply moved. For anyone who would like to view this, a copy is available in the IPBA Lending Library.  Personal copies can also be  requested from Susan Arthur.  In addition, each member who was present received a copy of the eagerly anticipated “History of the IPBA 1988-2013” book, and members not present received theirs by mail.

Optional  tours  of Las Vegas (by day and by night), and Hoover Dam/Lake Mead were excellent and well attended.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Petr Novy, Head Curator of the Museum of Glass and Costume Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou. His presentation was entitled "The Magic Garden: Bohemian and Czech Perfume Glass from the 18th Century to the Present." 

Wonderful presentation subjects were "Glass: Miracle Born of Fire" by Elizabeth & Frank Creech; "The Figurals of Fragrance" by Helen & Craig Farnsworth; and "Palais Royal" by Lyndie Slack and Barbara W. Miller.   Other interactive group events:  Collectors Market, Roundtables (see below), Treasures Found, Specialty Groups, and more. 

The Exhibit Hall, as always, was the crowning glory for attendees. Here dealers from the U.S. and Europe brought their most wonderful objects – and everything was for sale. It was like perfume bottle heaven.  Members dream about this all year.

The raffle (composed entirely of donated items) was another highlight of the convention, resulting in a profit of almost $3,500 to IPBA. Thanks to the many members who contributed as this is pure profit which goes toward convention expenses. And special thanks to Carol Caslow who is "in charge" and has done this for many years.

The Perfume Bottle Auction brought in $340,000, of which a percentage goes directly to IPBA. Starring among the well known perfumers and renowned glass makers was an unknown miniature wooden “Victrola” cabinet housing an assortment of Czech manufactured commercial bottles for Rochambeau with Holman labels which generated active bidding to $9,600.  Other items:  Early chatelaine, scent, and Palais Royal bottles, as well as assorted atomizers, powder boxes, compacts, and lipsticks, preceded by a fine collection of Czechoslovakian bottles. Thanks again to Ken Leach, organizer and presenter. Nicholas Dawes was auctioneer.

On Sunday morning Collectors Roundtables topics and facilitators were: Bypassed Bygones - American Commercials Pre-1920 by Joan Turco; Neiger Brothers Jeweled Bottle Decorators by Rosie Bodien, Paula Walker and Verna Kocken; Lalique by Walter Jones, Light on Essential Oils by Kendra Grace Cook; Guerlain by Marie Line Patry; Flacon Photography by Craig Farnsworth; Crowntops/German Porcelains by Pauline Turco; and Young Collectors by Joanne Begert.

After a last viewing/purchasing in the Exhibit Show and Sale, the convention closed until next year.