An old car, cast iron kettles, quilts and gilt-framed pictures — they had all been important to Henry Van Derzee. But Van Derzee no longer needed worldly possessions. The West Glenville resident had passed away on April 2, 1961, at age 85. Surviving family members decided to conduct a cash-and-carry sale to clear clutter inside the house. That’s what brought auctioneer Stanley Orzolek to Potter Road on Saturday, July 1, 1961. Dozens of people showed up for bids and bargains. Their cars and trucks stretched for one mile on both sides of Potter,
Stanley Orzolek, auctioneer at the Henry Van Derzee estate sale on July 1, 1961, shows off an oak table as prospective buyers consider monetary proposals. Tools and household furnishings were sold during the proceedings.
Stanley Orzolek offers two pictures from the Van Derzee estate in West Glenville. Dozens of bargain seekers made purchases during afternoon and evening bidding.
A woman makes a bid on a Van Derzee treasure. The woman standing behind ponders her next move.
Two women, pleased with their financial savvy at the Van Derzee auction, carry a table off the property.
People at the Van Derzee auction on July 1, 1961 were all hoping to cart something away for their homes.
Two boys, probably without funds to make any real noise at the Van Derzee auction, watch people with money make their moves.
Bargain hunters — young and old — consider the goods at the Van Derzee’s estate sale in 1961.
A successful bidder takes two chairs to his motor vehicle. Cars and trucks were parked on both sides of Potter Road in West Glenville for about one mile.