Member Profile: Olav Claassen
Editor’s Note: Olav is one of our newer members, joining in January 2020. As you will see, he has a huge and interesting collection and has been sharing examples on our Facebook group for members.
Do you have any favorite types or special emphasis in your collection?
I only collect paper bookmarks from all over the world and all topics outside religious ones. The main reason is that with religious ones there is basically no end to it and I am not religious anymore.
What is the most unusual bookmark in your collection?
Probably the ones (4) that can slide to show all the moon phases. They date back to the 40’s.
How do you acquire your bookmarks?
Obviously I ask for them in bookshops wherever and whenever I can. I get them from people that save them. Also when I am traveling, I try to take home as many as possible without spending a fortune. I also buy on the internet like on the Dutch version of Craigs list and on auction sites.
How do you organize, display and store your collection?
All sorted bookmarks are stored in plastic folders in ring binders. The plastic folders I organize myself by using a bag seal machine. Very helpful. Currently I have well over 200 ring binders (wide ones), but when I am done sorting all bookmarks, I guess I will be close to 300. I estimate that I have at least 50,000 bookmarks!
What has been your experience in using the IFOB Swap List?
Haven’t used the swap list yet. I have offered to swap bookmarks, but no transaction has taken place yet. I do have over five large moving boxes full of double bookmarks and it would be a waste to throw them away at some point.
What do you enjoy about IFOB? Anything you would like to see IFOB do in the future?
It’s nice to be part of a community of fellow collectors and recently I started sharing pictures and stories which is nice as I am getting positive reactions. Along the way useful information is exchanged.
Do you have any plans to celebrate World Bookmark Day next time?
I will next time.
Do you collect anything else?
I collect art, mainly silk screen prints. I collect 5 different designs of Waterman roller ball and ball point pens, and I have a large collection of classical stamps from Hungary. If I lived alone, I would probably become one of those hoarders 😊