Stan Reynolds: the original Canadian Picker

Long before Canadian Pickers, the reality show about hawk-eyed collectors who scour the country’s garages for salable antiques, there was Stan Reynolds. The late Wetaskiwin car dealer, aviator and philanthropist spent most of his life acquiring rare automobiles, airplanes, steam engines and tractors. But Reynolds picked for posterity, not profit: “Mr. Reynolds felt that the machines other people were throwing away needed to be preserved for future generations, especially pieces with Alberta or Canadian connections,” says Cynthia Blackmore of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. He opened a museum in 1955, and in the 1980s donated his collections to the Alberta government, to be housed in a new Wetaskiwin facility. Today, the museum has 450 vehicles, 101 airplanes and more than 5,000 pieces of agricultural equipment – only a small percentage of which are normally on display. But starting July 4, a new exhibition, “Stan Reynolds: the Original Canadian Picker,” will bring some of Reynolds’ most unique treasures – like a 1935 Ford 48 DeLuxe Convertible Coupe and a 1920 Canadian 14-28 tractor – out of storage and into the display lights. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AMA members save 10% on admission to the Reynolds Alberta Museum.

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