The Machine Age takes center stage at The Pier Show Nov. 17-18

NEW YORK — More than 500 dealers from throughout the country, Europe and Asia are bringing together the latest trends, great design ideas, vintage fashion and one-of-a-kind treasures for a two-day shopping experience at The Pier Show Nov. 17-18. Antique lovers, collectors, celebrities and designers the world-over are heading to Manhattan’s Pier 94 despite Superstorm Sandy.

The ultimate object for the aviation collector is this DeHavilland airplane chair. Made of two early 20th century Rolls Royce propellers, it is an astonishing piece of 20th century design. “Fly-boy chic” is a look that major retailers have been quick to adopt, and it has resulted in a red-hot market for the real thing. From Mantiques Modern at the Pier Antiques Show.

Attendees will be able to sit for their own old-fashioned tintype portrait, glean fashion advice for just 5 cents and get their “Gatsby on” with Roaring 20s fashions like those in the upcoming 2012 remake of Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved film classic.

What’s hot this season? Fly-boy chic! Furniture made from World War II airplane and other Machine Age parts is taking off, with magazine editorials raving about this look. Everything welded, studded, hammered, stripped then polished to a high shine is suddenly in demand. Show goers are certain to do a “double take” when they spot the sensational, sleekly designed Machine Age pieces from Mantiques Modern. According to owner Cory Margolis, unusual pieces such as a reworked club chair, made from early 20th century Rolls Royce airplane propellers and an incredible coffee table, made with a Jacobs aircraft 8-cylinder base, are striking examples of how the industrial trend has been pushed to new levels.

Harry Greenberger of HG Limited has been at the forefront of the polished metal look. His collection of kitchen implements, hammered aluminum trays, quirky inventions like the single potato baker or the Thermette, an electrified lunchbox, take the Machine Age aesthetic one step further.

Leanne Lipston, a specialist in industrial design, has experienced renewed interest in her aircraft drills, which are now bought by collectors and mounted as sculpture. She searches far and wide for such unusual finds as a coffee table made from a mine-shaft cart still on its original tracks. With more manufacturing now returning to the U.S., consumers are responding to the hand-built sensibility of the Machine Age with renewed passion.


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Collecting original comic strip art has become extremely popular. The Pier Show will offer a rare opportunity to purchase original art of the very first costumed super hero, The Phantom, from the estate of creator Lee Falk. His wife, Elizabeth Falk, will on hand from Noon till 2 pm Saturday Nov. 17 and Sunday Nov. 18, with Gary Sohmers, who appeared as an appraiser of Pop Culture, Collectibles, Toys and Memorabilia for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow.”

The first costumed Super Hero made his appearance in the comic strips in 1933 to the delight of comic strip fans. The Phantom dwelled in the jungles of the African nation of Bengalla and fought crime with much success. He also brought success to his creator, Lee Falk.

Now his widow, Elizabeth Falk, a renowned New York City stage director, will be offering one-of-a-kind art works from Lee’s personal collection at the Pier Show– a collection that features artists Wilson McCoy, Sy Barry, Phil Davis and Fred Fredericks creating the art of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician.

Ms. Falk will be joining the King of Pop Culture, Gary Sohmers, who appeared as a Pop Culture appraiser for 13 seasons on PBS television’s “Antiques Roadshow,” at his booth both days of the show from noon until 2 p.m. (Sohmers will also conduct verbal appraisals for a $5 fee that will be donated to the American Heart Association.)

Mandrake the Magician is the subject of a new Warner Brothers movie in development. Joining the King of Pop Culture, Gary Sohmers, on Saturday and Sunday from Noon till 2 pm Saturday Nov. 17 and Sunday Nov. 18, will be Elizabeth Falk, widow of Lee Falk, who will be offering original comic strip artwork from her husband’s personal collection

Collecting comic strip art is now an asset class investment and these originals offer an exceptional opportunity to get in on this trend. All artwork comes with a Certificate of Authentication signed by Elizabeth, who assisted Lee with stories and served as his inspiration and muse for thirty years. With Mandrake the Magician the subject of a new Warner Brothers movie in development, these comic strip super heroes are in the spotlight once again.

One of the earliest forms of photography, made famous over a century and a half ago, is making a dramatic comeback. In this digital age, tintype portraits are cherished for their longevity and their nostalgic look. (It’s hard to imagine pictures taken on phones, computers or stored on discs, lasting 20 years or more.)

Popular from the mid-1850s until the turn of the century, tin-types were produced by street photographers and became very popular during the Civil War when men were going off to the battle fields. At the upcoming Pier Show, show goers can have their own tintype portrait made while they wait.

Award winning photographer, Samuel Dole, a School of Visual Arts graduate who is passionate about preserving this craft, will be scheduling sessions at the booth of Adam Forgash, an expert in vintage photography. Handmade by the photographer himself, the authentically produced tintype is first coated with a collodion emulsion, sensitized in a silver nitrate bath and then exposed in mid-19th century-style camera while still wet and brought back to a portable on-site darkroom to be processed by hand. After fixing, your portrait is immediately ready for viewing!

The much-anticipated 2012 remake of Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved classic – the Great Gatsby—has set off a glamour and glitz fashion explosion. At Fashion Alley, the Pier Show’s special vintage fashion section, experts will show you how to get your “Gatsby On” with Roaring 20s fashion that can lend Jazz age pizzazz to your Fall wardrobe. Dealers like Lisa D’Angelo of Lisa Victoria, who provided fashions for the Gatsby film remake, Katy Kane, and others, will have authentic ‘20s fashions at the Pier. Cloches, fur-trimmed wraps, velvet evening gowns, silk dresses, and dazzling headgear are all elements of the look. The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, two real-life women who live to dress and dress to live, will offer top-notch fashion advice on how to wear vintage fashion from all eras for just 5 cents. Their tips on how to develop your own personal style can revitalize your wardrobe.

Clickety Clack – the typewriter’s back! Vintage typewriters appeal to the younger set. Kasbah Mod offers both typewriters in their original condition and colors, and others that are redone in bright modern colors and finishes – everything from hot pink to 24-karat gold. The perfect conversation piece for a modern-day office. Appraisals are also available for your vintage typewriter.

Who would have thought that the old-fashioned manual typewriter would make a comeback in an electronic age dominated by computers, iPads and cell phone texting? Young contestants now vie for free drinks at bars and coffee-houses as they face off on colorful 1950s typewriters to see who has the fastest typing skills. Chase Gilbert of Kasbah Mod buys and restores vintage typewriters. His collection of typewriters, many in their original condition and color; others redone in bright modern colors (everything from shocking pink to 24-karat gold) will be available at the Pier Show. Bring in your own manual typewriter and Gilbert will give you a free estimate of its worth.

Pier Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $15.

Pier 94 is located at 55th Street and Twelfth Ave in Manhattan. For more information, call 973-808-5015.

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