Koos is a fellow collector who shared an interest in "old things" with Myers. While Myers came to the Museum, Koos knew him more from seeing him at flea markets, antique stores and Babbit's Books. He also states that he shared a friendly competition in acquiring items for a low price. Koos characterized this as bottom-feeding but also knew Myers would pay more if he wanted something enough. Koos believes some of Myers' collecting could have had investment value in mind but that is was not likely a motivation; he later observes that there is little value in bookcollecting since the internet made comparisons across the market possible. He tells a story of Myers and his wife Ellen making cookies from a rec ipe in an old book. He concludes Myers had a curiosity about the world that was the "fuel" for his activities. Throughout Koos remarks on the nature of collecting.
collector, collecting techniques, personal characteristics, books, furniture, gem stones, Renaissance Man, humanist, Ebay, competition, libraries, Portrait of a Collector
United States History
Koos, Greg and Miner, Meg, "Greg Koos" (2016). All oral histories. 106.