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Travel back to the 1960s in this week’s Shelf Porn

by  in Comic News Comment

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look into the home of one collector. Today’s Shelf Porn comes from Bruce Button in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who shares his collection of 1960s TV memorabilia, as well books, comics and more.

If you’d like to see your collection here on Robot 6, you can find instructions at the end of the post.

And now let’s hear from Bruce …

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At 59 years old, I’ve been collecting since I was around 10. I have always lived in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and started the collecting bug with bubble gum cards in the mid-sixties. It was exciting building complete sets of the Man from UNCLE, the Outer Limits, the Munsters, Beatles and Batman to name a few. I still have many of these sets today.

In 1966, I discovered a comic book under my brother’s bed called Turok, Son of Stone which prominently featured dinosaurs. That’s when I started seriously collecting comic books. Again, I concentrated my attention on TV related titles. For awhile, I also branched into many Marvel superhero titles but today I am still collecting titles tied in with TV series. Also of interest is the fact that I began collecting TV Guides.

As the seventies continued on, I yearned for many of those great old TV shows of the 60s, and that’s when I started collecting anything related to my favourite shows. The Man from UNCLE, Gilligan’s Island, and the Munsters were my main passions. Printed matter, books, games, toys, puzzles, etc. were all included. At this point in time, the toys seemed to be the hardest to find. My finds were usually through mail order or at toy shows in cities such as Chicago, Detroit or Toledo. In this day and age, it is relatively easy to build up a collection with the use of the internet and eBay. But back in the day, it was a much more thrilling hunt.

In my house I have two rooms filled with my memorabilia. The downstairs room is my museum where I have my three main display cases (two of them contain nothing but Man from UNCLE collectables). The upstairs room is my library that contains my collection of books. I’ve pretty well taken over the rec room where the walls are adorned with autographed pictures of TV celebrities that I have met.

Today, I still make a yearly pilgrimage to Chicago to attend the Kane County Toy and Doll Show and always find goodies to add to the collection. And, as of late, I`ve been actively searching out for board games based on TV shows. These, however, seem to be taking up quite a bit of space and it`s getting harder to display them. Looks like I might have to take over another room!

Bruce Button
TV Memorabilia Collector
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada













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f you’d like to see your collection featured here on Robot 6, here’s what you need to do:

1. Take some photos and save them as jpgs.
2. Write up a little something about your collection.
3. Send them to me in an email. Please put the text into an email and attach the images as separate files; don’t embed them into a Word doc. Uploading them to Dropbox or a similar service also works