WHO IS COLLYON?
Un article de Exposition Universelle de Paris 1900.
- www.collyon.com translation (12/11/09 Version) I thank my friend Alan Calavano of Minnesota (USA) for his help with the English translation.to Alan He is also a collector of the Exposition of 1900. Alan was assisted by his friends Bob, Brigitte and Peter.
- To contact me: COLLYON
- I don't remember if someone introduced me to Expositions or if it was just an accumulation of information from many sources. Of course as I mentioned above, the readings of childhood and the information given by my grandfather prepared the ground. I also think of the few months I spent as a dispatch rider with scooter in 1972, when I was 17 years old. The Astra Calvé (margarine) Unilever Company was located on Boétie Street in the 8° arrondissement (district) of Paris. Of course this was the district of the Exposition and also the district of the stamp market where I would go every Thursday afternoon. There I noticed the collection of postcards. At that time stocks were enormous and my urge to collect was very strong but with my dispatch rider wages, I could not seek the scarce postcards such as dogs or balloons. I soon noticed that the photographs of the exposition were little sought and that it would be easy for me to build a collection so long as I didn’t seek to have too many illustrator cards.
- My topic was found:
PHOTOGRAPHIC CARD REPRESENTING THE PAVILLIONS AND EXHIBITORS OF THE' WORLD FAIR OF 1900. .
Realized by M.LERUYET, my aunt, in 1983.
- Yes I know and hear you already make fun out of me "He speaks about postcards and the first thing he presents to us is a painting!". On this point you are right but I do what I want, you are the visitors !!Plus, I have a good explanation: One cannot launch out in this type of collection without documentation; thus one manages from there to collect all that relates to the Fair of 1900.
- I worked 17 years at Astra occupying various tasks without much interest and during all these years my collection increased and my knowledge too. During this period I made astonishing meetings: a movie actress, very old, beautiful and nice who had played in the series of the "Angélique"; a Russian princess (truly!) who in addition to my purchase had a red dressing gown made of cashmere with a collar of doubled sable silk, that had belonged to her dead husband. One day at a secondhand booksellers, I met a director of cinema who sought books of this beautiful time. He promised that, if I left him use the research on the expo that I had picked-up before him, he would give me all the documentation gathered for the production at the end of it.
- Among all these meetings there were of course collectors but with their superior tone and condescending personality, I preferred spending hours listening to people about their memories, not on the expo, but in connection with those they had known and that were the visitors of this expo.