As I revealed a week or so ago, I will in a few days be traversing the Atlantic ocean in order to study the archives of the late Stanley Pleeber, collector of rare manuscripts, precious artworks and postcards with horses on them. This trip has been funded by the SKA, a Salzburg based arts council, to whom I am exceedingly grateful – and not the least bit frustrated with. After all, taking only two years to come to a decision seems to be pretty fast work for an arts council.
The main reason for this trip is, of course, to study Pleeber’s collections of European folk tales. This is the bullseye towards which I am firing myself, sweet arrow that I am. On the other hand, whether I like it or not, it stands to reason that I will also be learning a lot more about the great Bostonian collector himself. And it is in this spirit that I write this, the first of what may be many ‘random facts about Stanley Pleeber’.
Random fact 1: Pleeber hung all of his paintings (of which he owned at least seven hundred) either very high or very low on the walls of his East Boston house. The walls were almost always empty at eye-level – except in the kitchen, where cutlery was hung.