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20th century Cincinnati show features Bakelite exhibit

Mid century modern lamp
Pamela Sweet

This weekend is the annual 20th century Cincinnati show at the Sharonville Convention Center. The event showcases an impressive number of vendors from throughout the Midwest specializing in 20th century fashion and design.

This year the special exhibit is entitled Bakelite and beyond – designs in early plastic. View radios, bracelets, purses and more created from the earliest synthetic plastics. Bakelite, Catalin, and Lucite revolutionized the way Americans worked and played both before and after the Second World War.

Early admission on Saturday costs $25 at the door and begins at 9 a.m. This Java Preview price includes coffee, light breakfast, and weekend admission in addition to the early shopping preview. Regular admission is $7 and is good for both Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm.

The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45246. Parking is free.

Another major event this weekend is the Winter Fine and Decorative Art auction at Cowan’s Auctions. Significant paintings, furniture, rugs, silver and a variety of Tiffany lamps and other objects, in addition to regional Kentucky furniture and folk art, ranks this sale as one of the finest in the nation.

The auction house is located at 6270 Este Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232. Preview the sale from 8 am – 10 am Saturday, February 25. Bidding begins immediately thereafter.

Saturday also marks the final day to view the works of John Hauser on display at Cincinnati Art Galleries. Visit the gallery at 225 E. 6th Street, Cincinnati 45202 from 10 am to 3 pm. John Hauser traveled the West to record the lives of Native Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To learn more about this Cincinnati painter, go to


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