NEAR-HOBBY - an article on objects picturing cacti and other succulents
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"The Cactus Lace" is the name of the collection of objects dedicated to the world of cacti and succulents, gathered by the late Yuri Petrov from Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Two of his articles had been reprinted in the 17th issue of e-magazine Cultivar: "Color mutants: the sun, water and some bits of practice" and "The Cactus Lace". Here is what he wrote:
"The circumstances didn't allow me to indulge in collecting cacti for a long time, but I couldn't do without these "spiny fellows". So I had to find some way out. That's how the parallel way of collecting began. I gathered everything – books, posters, pictures, newspaper clippings, illustrations and stamps, medals and badges, photos and so on… Everything relating to cacti! Then I had an idea to create a kind of information center in my personal flat. That's how "The Cacti Lace" museum appeared…"
Developing his commencement the team of the e-magazine Cultivar has decided to devote several articles to the objects related to the world of cacti and other succulents. Some of these objects are shown in this issue. Seizing an opportunity we would like to invite our readers to send us not only the photos of their unusual plants but also the snaps of anything associated with cacti and succulents.
In the next issue of the magazine we are going to display the photos of the stamps with cacti and succulents.
Photo 1. "The General of the Cacti" (the author of the picture is unknown). The photo has been sent by Igor Tchernodola (Belgium).
Photo 2-4, 7-10 Stamps, envelopes, pocket calendars, postcards and badges from the virtual collection of the e-magazine Cultivar.
Photo 5 "The Flame Flower" – the art photo from the "Succulents" series. The author is Alex Manikov (Novosibirsk, Russia, http://podokonnik.lihoman.ru).
Photo 6 Commemorative medal to a participant of a cacti forum and exhibition.
Photo 11 The emblem of the cacti club from Alma-Ata, http://astrophytum.narod.ru/.
Photo 12-14. Souvenirs belonging to Alice Tselovalnikova (Chelaybinsk, Russia).
Photo 15. Edible exhibits from The Marchpane Museum in Hungary (the source of the photo: www.vcusnovse.narod.ru).