Have you lost your marbles? “Lost your marbles?” That is a familiar, humorous, question to most marble collectors. Al Rasmus, a collector for over 14 years, has probably lost a few. But he has made up for it by collecting marbles, the original marbles packaging (boxes, mesh bags, polybags, blister packs and nylon net bags) and various items related
to marbles (magazines with marbles or marble players on the cover, comic books, posters, advertising material,
marble shooters and more).
Rasmus is exhibiting part of his collection during January and February at the Keizer Heritage Museum.
The public will see marbles made by the only two companies remaining in the United States, as well as from
companies from other countries. There were at least 14 companies that made marbles in West Virginia over
the years and Al has examples from several of these companies on exhibit. You will also see marble boxes
and bags that were used for advertising products in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Al Rasmus will be available on Saturday, January 19, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. to look at any marbles that
collectors might want to know more about—the manufacturer, the name of the marble, and its value.
Keizer Heritage Museum is located at 980 Chemawa Road N.E. There is plenty of parking and the Center
is handicap accessible. The Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from
10 a.m to 4 p.m. Groups can call for tours at other times at 503-393-9660.
Media contacts: Lyndon A. Zaitz