The Collectors Show This Week: The Idaho Potato Museum and Laurence C. Zale on Appraisals of Collectibles

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A potato with an autograph from Vice President Dan Quayle who famously misspelled the word ("potatoe") during his bid for re-election in 1992 is part of the collection at the museum.

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To honor local heritage and history, citizens of Bingham County, Idaho converted a railroad building into The Potato Museum. Located strategically between Yellow Stone National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Potato Museum is a fun place to stop and absorb the local culture, learn about what a poor speller but good sport former Vice President Dan Quayle was.

Once inside, visitors will see Marylyn Monroe wearing a potato sack dress, a thirty-foot long potato or a potato signed by Vice President Dan Quayle, who famously misspelled it (“potatoe”) during his unsuccessful run for a second term as vice president in 1992. Historic!

A large part of Idaho’s history and culture are tied to the potato. In Bingham County Idaho, practically everyone is or was associated with the potato in some way. Potatoes are interesting to collect because most everyone around the world ate, has eaten or is eating one right now! According to Tish Daman, the people who stop at the museum do so because “they love potatoes.” And, potatoes are nutritious. Most people do not know this. In the months to come, a new display about potato sacks will be introduced. Like other forms of packaging, these sacks have great art on them and help to tell the story about the heritage of the potato.

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The “Value” Of Appraisals With Laurence C. Zale

In this week's installment, Laurence C. (Larry) Zale discusses the need for accurate and credible appraisals for collectibles and their owners.

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