jenny_asheville_history_1Update Nov. 6: Jenny Bowen will add a couple of items to her sale, but the bonus items only go to a buyer who buys the collection in its entirety. She’s selling it for $1,250. Here’s Jenny:

It is my strongest hopes that this collection can remain together as much time has been put into bringing all of these items together. As such I am throwing in a BONUS of two additional special items that will only go to someone who can purchase the entire collection.

http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4747394111.html

A very rare 1981 pin commemorating the citizen activism that saved downtown when the Strouse-Greenberg mall was approved and slated to destroy 11 blocks of downtown Asheville. Citizen activists covered all 11 blocks is white sheets to show the public what historic architecture was about to be lost. This was the first time in Asheville’s history that an organized citizens group challenged local leaders and subsequently won their case to save downtown Asheville.

An exceptionally rare tintype circa 1878 of an early victorian family picnicking on Mt. Pisgah. In original hand-made leather frame, dated on the back.

Original post: Nov. 4: Asheville photographer Jenny Bowen is selling her collection of Asheville ephemera, a collection that includes fascinating old photos of Asheville trolleys, matchbooks, a key to the city and more. It’s a sweet little collection, and a buyer can have it all for $1,250.

Here’s what Bowen posted on her FB page:jenny_asheville_history_2

Friends – I am in severe need of making ends meet so I can feed & house my family – thus parting with the ‪#‎Asheville‬ history collection I’ve been working on for almost a decade. You know you’ve always wanted a key to the city! So consider purchasing or spread the word to those who may appreciate this special opportunity. These items would be wonderful to display in restaurants, hotel lobbies, business offices, bed & breakfasts, etc. Please share this with people you know – thanks with appreciation!

First come reserve on all individual lots but will not be sold until November 12th in hopes that someone will purchase the entire collection.
All sales must be paid with cash and pickup in downtown Asheville.

Asking $1,250 for the entire collection of all 12 Lots
Lot 1: Asheville City http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744870100.html ($150 stand alone)
Lot 2: Civil War http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744898826.html ($55 stand alone)
Lot 3: Vintage Hotels http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744939041.html($175 stand alone)
Lot 4: Money & Checks http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744949822.html($75 stand alone)
Lot 5: Pins, Fobs & Coins http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744957636.html($60 stand alone)
Lot 6: Old Photographs http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744968627.html($200 stand alone)
Lot 7: Rare Books http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4744979983.html ($55 stand alone)
Lot 8: Tobacco & Health http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4745108508.html($100 stand alone)
Lot 9: Tourism Pride http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4745118812.html ($45 stand alone)
Lot 10: Transportation http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4745149890.html($225 stand alone)
Lot 11: Wish You Were Here – Brochures & Correspondencehttp://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4745160061.html ($70 stand alone)
Lot 12: Wolfe’s Asheville http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4745180956.html($150 stand alone)

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3 Comments

  1. The collection was purchased in whole.
    Thanks so much for everyone’s interest.

  2. Thanks Jason for your sharing of this.
    I originally started the collection in hopes of one day giving it to a regional history museum but alas – I’m medically uninsured and dealing with a chronic disease that I was recently diagnosed with and being a single parent as well has not made this decision easy but absolutely necessary to prevent myself and daughter from becoming homeless.

    It is my strongest hopes that this collection can remain together as much time has been put into bringing all of these items together. As such I am throwing in a BONUS of two additional special items that will only go to someone who can purchase the entire collection.

    http://asheville.craigslist.org/atq/4747394111.html

    A very rare 1981 pin commemorating the citizen activism that saved downtown when the Strouse-Greenberg mall was approved and slated to destroy 11 blocks of downtown Asheville. Citizen activists covered all 11 blocks is white sheets to show the public what historic architecture was about to be lost. This was the first time in Asheville’s history that an organized citizens group challenged local leaders and subsequently won their case to save downtown Asheville.

    An exceptionally rare tintype circa 1878 of an early victorian family picnicking on Mt. Pisgah. In original hand-made leather frame, dated on the back.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  3. Avl Resident says:

    This seems sad to me that this public spirited young woman, with a good UNCA education, can’t find a well-paying suitable job. She has done good for the community.

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