I first posted this collecting thread around this time last year on Jawsmovie and Spielberg films, I originally dedicated the topic to our dear departed friend Wullie who sadly passed away nearly a year ago now, I thought I’d post this again in memory of the gentleman and hopefully for your interest.
(as posted in 2007)
So a long overdue clearout at home commenced this fall and was closely followed by a period of decorating hell. I knew amid the mayhem that I would eventually need to move and re house a lot of my JAWS collectionâ€¦ a task not for the faint of heart.
I photographed some stages of the adventure so join me (you donâ€™t have to take me by the hand) for a rare glimpse into my own JAWS vaultsâ€¦
Until recently much of my collection that is actually stored at home lived stacked in tough cardboard boxes which were fine for storage, but I needed something more organised for the occasions I need to refer to material for a JAWS related project or to answer enquiries which I often receive.
I invested in a number of plastic crates and decided to give them a rough storage crate â€œidentityâ€. I scanned and cleaned up the logo from the cover of the original UK JAWS paperback (sorry Lou ) as this was the typeface I most associate with from the original JAWS era, I produced a large stencil from this and sprayed a rough and ready logo on each crate. After coming down from the high from the fumes I set working through much of my collection and deciding which items would live together.
Magazines, Stills and Press Materials:
These items are the easiest to store but command the most protection due of course to the nature of paper ageing. It was a cert that I would be heavily distracted during this section of the move, but what a distraction it was! It was a delight to flick through the related magazines and press releases etc from the period. Viewing all these together in such a concentrated manner drove home just how big business JAWS really was during that initial Summer of the Shark and of course the summers that followed.
Out of interest I store the vast majority of my magazines and press materials in individual plastic bags with the rarer publications toughened by card backing.
Books, books and more books:
Over the years Iâ€™ve accumulated a variety of worldwide JAWS novels, most covers carry the usual and classic Kastel art, some though feature nice variations of this iconic image and several feature totally unrelated art and are often pretty wacky in their design. Alongside the variations of the novel are the worldwide variations of the â€œThe Making of JAWSâ€ and â€œThe JAWS LOGâ€, along with several other tie in/shark paperbacks from the era. My books are bagged individually.
Toys, Games and Kits:
The storage of these items of memorabilia is a minefield, rare kits, ceramics, pendants etc sit alongside less rare items, I choose to store these items quite randomly concentrating on saving space but of course assuring rarer items arenâ€™t crushed or damaged. I also store various VHS editions of JAWS with these larger items.
LPs and Laserdiscs:
One of the easiest storage options, an aluminium album case is ideal for housing not only worldwide variations of the JAWS soundtrack, but also the unboxed Laserdisc sets, the larger Signature Editions are stored separately.
Worldwide Posters/FOH Stills/Oversised Promo Materials:
I find large toughened card envelopes provide good storage for my range of folded posters, lobbies etc, whilst tough card tubes protect the rolled posters.
Oddly enough I donâ€™t currently display any JAWS posters at home, but this is likely to change in the near future once home improvements finish and I may also need to refer to my worldwide posters for a totally different reason but more of that at a future date*.
* this was in reference to the JAWS Exhibition which eventually took place in August 2008.
Those special items:
Gifts from JAWS fans and film crew alike come in all shapes and sizesâ€¦ The Chrissie Arm prop from Greg Nicotero, a chunk of the Orca 2â€™s fibreglass hull from Lynn and Susan Murphy, a chunk of the Spielberg Cabin from Dana… these and more unique items donâ€™t currently have a special box of their own (perhaps they should), and I store the more unique items like everything else, safe but with an eye for storage space.
Many larger items in my collection are stored at my brotherâ€™s place so this really is only a peek at my collection but I thought itâ€™d be fun to record the move and share, I hope you enjoyed taking a look in the crates.
I’ve dedicated this thread to Wullie, he used to love talking JAWS collecting and I know he’d have appreciated such a thread.
Well it’s almost a year since we lost our good friend Wullie. Wul was only 42 when he died suddenly, hailing from Scotland he was a fellow JAWS collector and good and generous friend, he’d often ask me for collecting advice and offer to stir clear of an ebay auction if he knew one of the regulars wanted an item, I told his family that I would be including a number of items from the man’s collection in my JAWS exhibition this year in his memory as it was something I wanted to do.
Sadly Wul was one of the JAWS gents I never got to meet in person, I will be up in Scotland for a wedding next Summer and had the man still been with us then I believe that would have been opportunity I wished for but sadly it is not to be, this one was for you Wul, you’re missed mate.