Rinker’s lively lecture enlightens about antiques

September 15, 2013 • Local News

Antique enthusiast Harry Rinker appraises various items at the Roswell Library Saturday. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)

Friends say I was born in the wrong decade, and after Friday, I’m thinking they are probably right.

Making his way to Roswell, antique enthusiast Harry Rinker, sponsored by Friends of the Library, gave a lecture on what defines an antique and how to make the most of the value when selling such items.

Already having a radio show on KBIM from 6-8 a.m. on Saturday mornings as well as being a professor, Rinker is no stranger to doing talks, and it showed in his comfortable posture at the podium. Immediately, his humor came out.

“What’s an antique?” he asked. “I’m an antique. I don’t have any problem admitting it.”

The problem with the term “antique,” as it seems to me, is that the definition is always changing. As each year passes, another year of items suddenly become old. Rinker’s definition also followed this theory.

As new decades brought new trends, the definition of antique also changed: first being anything made before 1945, then being anything from before 1963. Both of these were determined based on the dramatic changes in lifestyles. Consider life before and after WWII. Many people won’t remember these times, but take a look at history, and the changes are evident.

Again, life from 1960 versus 1970 changed dramatically. And so “antique” essentially becomes that Login to read more

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