A Report on the
2004 East Coast Oughtred Society Meeting.
November 6, 2004, at East Windsor, NJ.
Words and images by Jim Cerny   (3/2005)


The 2004 East Coast Oughtred Society Meeting was held November 6th, in East Windsor, NJ, organized by Conrad Schure and Louis Gotlib. What follows is my own unofficial report, with links to pictures I took of the attendees, the rules on display, and the presentations. Follow the links – there is a lot of material here!

Please send me corrections for any errors of commission or omission that you see.

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Meeting Overview.

There were 28 participants and guests, from as far as California and as close as New Jersey. Collectors brought an outstanding mix of uncommon and unusual items. The most uncommon or rare rules were from the collections of the MIT Museum (Debbie Douglas), Ed Chamberlain, Bob Otnes, and Conrad Schure, and a number of those are included in this report.

People spent the morning setting up, talking, looking at rules, and planning auction bids.

We were served a delicious lunch in a private dining room while listening to the four presentations.

The afternoon auction worked this way: items up for auction were on display with a starting price. If nobody signed up to indicate interest, it was not auctioned but was available for private sale after the auction. If only one person signed up, it was sold to that person at the starting price, without coming up for auction. If two people signed up, it was auctioned to the high bidder. Bob Otnes was the auctioneer, describing the items and soliciting bids. Auction activity was light, with most interest in just a couple of items. Some items that did not go at auction sold privately afterwards.


For those who could stay after the meeting, we went to dinner at Federici's Restaurant and Conrad Schure invited as many as could linger to dessert and coffee at his home and the opportunity to see his collection.

Other Meeting Reports.

Reports for other Oughtred Society Meetings are available on the Meetings page.

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