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Delta museum to host airline collectibles show

By Maria José Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

The Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum will host the "23rd Annual Atlanta Airline Collectibles Show and Sale," on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the museum, located at 1060 Delta Blvd., in Atlanta.

Admission for the event is $5. Children, ages 12 and under, will be able to attend free, if accompanied by a paying adult.

"We have a show every year, where airline enthusiasts come in, and sale airline items," said Greg Romanoski, development manager for the museum. "It's one Saturday of the year, where our museum is opened to the public."

According to Romanoski, each year, approximately 700 people, from around the state and and the nation, come to the museum, looking for unique, airline collectibles. He said this is the third year the museum has hosted the event, and this year, items offered by an estimated 50 vendors will range in price from "one dollar, to hundreds of dollars."

Judy Bean, of College Park, said she has been a vendor at the event for several years, and the top item she is looking to sell is a set of china from Delta Air Lines.

"It is the first-class china, [from] back in the mid-to-late '90's," said Bean, who said she worked for Delta Air Lines for 35 years. "We eliminated first class and went to Business Elite, and coach," she said.

Bean said she acquired the china set, because Delta sold the sets nationwide, during the transition from first class to Business Elite.

In addition to the china set, items, such as 1996 Olympic pins, and the Delta Digest from the 1940's and 1950's will be on sale, she said. Bean said the same vendors support the event year after year. "We have known each other for years," she said. "So, it's good to get together, and renew former friendships every once in awhile."

Terri Pero, of Woodstock, said she and her husband have been vendors for a good while, too. Pero said her husband worked for Western Airlines, in Los Angeles. The couple moved near Atlanta, when Delta bought Western Airlines. While Pero's husband was working at Delta, she said, a friend recommended that he attend an airlines collectibles event. The couple attended, Pero said, and have been hooked ever since.

"We started collecting, and then it turned into selling and trading ... It has been a great great hobby," said Pero. She said she will be selling such items as junior pilot pins, captain's pins, captain's uniforms, safety cards, and flight schedules from the 1940's and 1950's.

"People buy this stuff out of nostalgia," she said. "They want a piece of the past."

According to Romanoski, the museum's development manager, participants will be able to enjoy two exhibits that have been opened since last year: "Delta Takes Off" and, "Red Tail Flying, Voices and Images of Northwest Airlines."

The exhibits explain how Delta started as a crop-dusting company, and became the world's largest airline, and will showcase Northwest Airlines' 82-year history, with photographs, advertisements, and videos.