When Leona Voss, of Phoenix, met her late husband, Edward, at The Bloody Bucket in Iowa in 1958, she had no idea that 60 years later, she would have a house full of about 2,000 antique and vintage advertising spice tins, coffee cans, mugs, cookie jars, canisters, beer steins, vintage advertising toy trucks, antique clocks and other collectibles.
Now, Ms. Voss is selling the massive collection via auction at EJ’s Auction & Consignment, 5880 W. Bell Road, Saturday, March 31, with the hopes that people as passionate as Edward will purchase the items and maintain them as carefully as he did.
The collection includes rare country store mercantile advertising items from small towns and cities nationwide as well as vintage advertising toy trucks. Some of the scarce items include a Kaw chief pepper tin with paper label packed for Theo. Poehler Mercantile Co. Lawrence & Emporia KAS. (Kansas); a Red Wing miniature advertising whiskey jug compliments of John T. Mullen & Co. Litchfield, Minn.; and a Century Mills Tin Litho Creamer of Tartar country store mercantile counter display dispenser advertising Bell Conrad & Co. Chicago.
An Army veteran who surveyed rockets at Fort Bliss, New Mexico, Edward Voss had an entrepreneurial spirit. He and Leona owned a grocery store for many years before purchasing a tavern. The couple moved to Phoenix in the mid-1980s, where he worked in security and later retired.
Erik Hoyer, owner and auctioneer of EJ’s Auction & Consignment, said that he anticipates a lot of interest in the Voss estate collectibles.
“Antique and vintage advertising memorabilia, in general, is in high demand, particularly if the pieces are in good condition,” Mr. Hoyer said. “We’re honored to represent such a high-quality estate collection, and we’re looking forward to showing it off during our free preview prior to the auction.”
A free public preview takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 28, 29 and 30. Collectors also can preview items and bid online. EJ’s will open 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31 with the auction starting at 10 a.m.
Visit www.ejsauction.com or call 623-878-2003.