A Look at the Oldest Show in the West

Some of the best promoted antique shows use a piece of history to add excitement to a show. Sometimes there’s a display from a local museum, sometimes there’s a dealer who might have an item once owned by a president of the early Republic. This time the item was a wooden trunk that many years ago and far away on the Mayflower. The passenger on that sailing vessel could have hardly imagined their box in a booth at such an oddity as an antique show in a place called Texas.

This was my first experience with an antique show in Texas. The Dolly Johnson Antiques show which bills itself as the oldest show in the West was a good place to start. In fact at almost a half-century, this show is older than many in the East.

The mix of merchandise wasn’t so different from that found in an east coast show.  There were a few booths with modern items, on exclusive mid-century modern dealer, some from the far east, a lot from Europe and a good deal of Americana. Jewery and fashion were absent.

The Fort Worth location near the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums, as well as a popular weekly flea market allowed the making of an afternoon of browsing and buying. Below are some photos from the show. Find more shows at Calendar of Antiques.

About Eric Miller

Eric Miller is co-founder and contributor to Urban Art & Antiques. His website is ericmiller.me

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