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

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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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24 Comments

Wow! Very impressive collection(s). Thanks for sharing it.

a very unique and impressive collection espically that denis the menace stuff and even fred flintstone lamp never knew the thing got made

Somehow – even with all that memorabilia – it doesn’t looked cluttered. It’s a great collection. Hats off to you sir.

kaitlyn dixon

May 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

nice collection dad I love you and your stuff and even the thrush we bought in the states togther

Oh my God. I… I want to visit this collection.

This is just ridiculous! What kind of grown man has a….OH MY GOD….HE HAS THE PATTY DUKE BOARD GAME!!!! :)

Seriously, great collection. I didn’t know about that Outer Limits board game.

Exquisite. Just utterly exquisite. “Museum” is well and truly the right term for your downstairs area – I’d be only too happy to pay an admission fee and wander through.

Man… they certainly had a different way in treating thrush back in the sixties.

Nice collection.

This is insane! I could look at this for hours!!

like I have said Bruce grate job well done you opened my eyes and brought the young in all of us back, thanks bruce Ben

It’s about time, it’s about space, it’s about two men in the strangest place.
Ah, the memories.

I think they call this “hoarding”

it is INDEED an awesome collection, but yes, it does seem excessive for a private collector. I hope he has some awesome rider on his house insurance.

@Sam: I think they call that “trolling”.

An Incredible collection that not even the name “shelf porn” could diminish!

Good idea to lock up the good stuff. Anything from Six Million Dollar Man?

Simply an astounding collection – well done. You even dislodged Touche Turtle from the depths of my memory – it would’ve been lost forever!

I want to play that “I Spy” board game. Just to say that I played it. That collection is AMAZING!!!

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Chillisaucesalad

May 25, 2014 at 1:27 am

Truly amazing, bought back loads of memories, unique pieces collected from the heart.

Is that an ‘On The Buses’ board game hidden away on the top self there?!? Jesus Joanie what a collection; one of the most fantastic, incredible absolutely bonkers collections I’ve ever seen!

Incredible collection!! Love the glass cases. I bet that cuts down on dust?

Very amazing collection. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Wow. What an amazing collection!

This collection is just great. I have not seen anything like that before. It is a true treasure, which I hope will prevail for the future generations. I’m going to google whether it is possible to visit his museum, because I would love to refresh my memories with something that is of superior quality (i.e. not like the last Captain America movie.

I have never seen most of that stuff in my life. Really great stuff.

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