Antique Railroadiana, The Collection of Phil and Beverly Birks

Sunday, October 28th 2018, starting at 11:00 am CDT


The Birks have been collecting Railroadiana for more than 40 years. They worked as a team, both very knowledgeable about the history of the American Railroad, each with their own areas of interest and together enjoying their shared interests. For 32 of those years they promoted the annual Kane County Railroad show. This and their overall knowledge and interest in the field brought Phil and Beverly into contact with many rare and interesting items. They focused special attention on collecting the original Trade Catalogs and Brochures of the Railroad industry 1880 to 1970. In this area, they have amassed what may be the most important collection of valuable reference ever assembled.


1

AN ORNATE DAYTON MFG. CO BRASS RAIL CAR CHANDELIER


2

AN ANTIQUE RAILROAD CAR TWO-LIGHT CHANDELIER


3

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE CO RAILROAD MAIL CAR SIDE LAMP


4

ADAMS & WESTLAKE CANDLE SIDE LIGHT NO 9 CIRCA 1887


5

A FANCY ADAMS & WESTLAKE RAILROAD CAR BASKET RACK


6

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE RAILROAD BASKET RACK


7

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE RAILROAD CAR BASKET RACK


8

A DAYTON MFG CO TWO-LIGHT RAIL CAR CHANDELIER


9

AN EARLY RAILROAD CANDLE LAMP W/ ENGRAVED MONOGRAM


10

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE CO. RAILROAD SIDE DECK LAMP


11

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE RAILROAD CAR BASKET RACK


12

A HICKS & SMITH RAILROAD CHANDELIER, CIRCA 1884


13

AN ADLAKE TWO-LIGHT ACETYLENE GAS CHANDELIER


14

AN ADAMS & WESTLAKE RAILROAD SIDE LAMP W/ STRIKER


15

AN ORNATE CAST BRASS 56-INCH RAILROAD BASKET SHELF


16

AN ADLAKE FANCY RAILROAD BASKET SHELF NO. 81


17

AN ART DECO RAILCAR SLEEPER BERTH TOWEL BASKET


18

A RARE, COMPREHENSIVE 1923 PULLMAN COMPANY CATALOG


19

AN 1882 ADAMS & WESTLAKE RR LIGHTING CATALOG


20

AN 1889 RAIL CAR HEATING SYSTEMS TRADE CATALOG


21

AN 1884 POST & COMPANY RR HARDWARE SUPPLY CATALOG


22

A BUDA CO. RAILROAD HAND CARS CATALOG, CIRCA 1920


23

A 1916 ADLAKE RAILROAD MAIL CAR EQUIP. CATALOG


24

AN 1887 AMERICAN DUPLEX TICKET CO RAILROAD CATALOG


25

AN ADLAKE RAILCAR TRIMMINGS CATALOG FOR YEAR 1936


26

'BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF AMER. RAILROADS' 1911


27

AN 1888 ADLAKE STREETCAR TRIMMINGS TRADE CATALOG


28

AN ADLAKE STREETCAR TRIMMINGS TRADE CATALOG, 1898


29

A SAFETY CAR CO. RAILROAD POSTAL CAR CATALOG, 1924


30

A 1911 ADLAKE CAR LIGHTING FIXTURES CATALOG NO. 12


31

A RARE CNW FLAMBEAU 400 SERVICE CHINA DINNER PLATE


32

A 1930s PULLMAN CLUB CAR ASHTRAY


33

RARE EARLY NORFOLK & WESTERN DEMITASSE CUP SAUCER


34

A SOO LINE WOVEN STRAW BRAKEMAN SUMMER CAP


35

A SANTA FE RAILROAD 'CHICO' ADVERTISING FIGURE


36

A PULLMAN CO. 'IMPERIAL DOME' RAILCAR NAME PLATE


37

A PULLMAN COMBO DESK LAMP AND INK STAND, C. 1920s


38

NICKEL PLATED BRASS CROSBY STEAM ENGINE INDICATOR


39

'PASSENGERS ARE NOT ALLOWED...' BRASS RR CAR PLATE


40

A KNOBBY BRASS PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD KEY