Art: Collectors at Work

Last week Edward G. Robinson, cinema tough guy, told a distinguished audience at the Philadelphia Museum of Art how he got started as a great collector of modern French paintings. It all went back to his childhood:

"I remember, as if it were only yesterday, the delight I felt as I spread out upon the floor of my bedroom the Edward G. Robinson collection of rare cigar bands...I progressed to cigarette pictures of big-league ballplayers...then those never-forgotten cards depicting the great and beautiful ladies of the stage."

Robinson's collecting tastes did not stand still. "Long before long pants, I haunted New York's...

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