The 22nd Street Show is one that I attend every year as it offers something for everyone! The event is held inside of a giant tent (or so they say) anchored on a concrete floor. Like most of the ancillary shows the parking lot is gravel and a tremendous amount of dust greets visitors upon arrival, When I first attended the Show several years ago a hot dog was about the best one could do for lunch. Today the food trucks have found the location and a variety of decent food is available. The 22nd Street location is also the building where many of “The Prospectors” of TV “fame” hang out and sell their wares. There seems to be a big market for signed posters and selfies with one of the celebrities!
|Prospector Amanda at her booth.|
How this stylized human figure composed of metal relates to rocks, minerals and fossils is beyond my realm of thinking.
You name it; you take it home.
|A wash basin for all with lots of partial cephalopods direct from Morocco. I have often wondered how many cephalopods have been collected from Morocco??|
Last year I purchased several specimens of red spinel and ruby from a Pakistani dealer, and had some very nice conversations. This year that particular dealer was absent, as was another dealer who always had several tables of minerals and crystals. Instead the tent is increasingly being populated by some rather ecletic items of little interest to me.
However, I was able to hunt through some mineral tables and pick up a specimen of afganite, another one of those $5 minerals that displays a nice bright blue color and is rather uncommon in collections. I felt fortunate in being able to ferret out this sample.
A very nice reproduction of the Cretaceous carnivore Albertosaurus offered for sale by Tribold Paleontology over in Woodland Park, Colorado.
An impressive reproduction of Torvosaurus, a large carnivore from the Jurassic Morrison Formation (Skull Creek Quarry, private) near Dinosaur, Colorado.
Skull of Basilosaurus, an Eocene whale from Morocco. To early paleontologists it looked like a reptile hence the saurus moniker. However, it actually in a mammal. I did not check on the percent of reconstruction!