Sunday, August 2, 2009

Collecting by gender



Some areas of collecting are gender neutral; art pottery, for example. But other interests clearly fall into the female or male camp. A woman who collects guns? That would be worth writing about. Industrial relics and tools also probably appeal more to the male collector. Perhaps that's because those items come from a male-dominated, blue-collar work culture -- a culture that's shrinking as jobs head overseas or disappear altogether due to technological advances. Above are a roller bearing with a wooden wheel from Ashland, Ohio, and a chain detacher. Enlarge to see their rugged beauty.

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