In 2003, Mark Bassett set about discussing a
book project on Weller Pottery with the Ohio Historical Society in
Columbus. After a year of email exchanges, he finally obtained
permission to publish the OHS catalog pages (by signing over ALL of his
potential royalties), in exchange for assembling files of original
Weller ads, trade journal announcements, etc., that have been captured
on microfilm in the library of the Smithsonian Insitution and the
Corning (NY) Museum of Glass.
The work will require that Mark live in
Columbus for part of a summer, so that he can be trained as a volunteer
staff person at OHS, where he will then scan all 300+ images, one by
one, working there full time for no pay.
He is willing to undertake this project ONLY
IF some philanthropic soul will offer him a sofa or guest bedroom in
the Columbus area during the summer--because Mark's teaching
responsibilities at Case Western Reserve University keep him busy
during the fall and spring--and then in Washington, D.C.
Is there a
collector who wants a book reprinting all known
factory images of Weller pottery products?
If so, please consider helping Mark to
accomplish this research--which will also require free lodging in the
Washington, D.C., area while Mark is working in microfilm at the
Library of Congress.
Mark does not expect, nor want, other gratuities while
he is working in Columbus, Ohio; and Washington, DC. He prefers to work
long hours and keep socializing to a minimum (except perhaps on a