TICONDEROGA -- Not even the mighty Tarzan can stop the demise of the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum.
Although original art featuring the Lord of the Jungle is on display at the museum, it will join the rest of the 700-piece collection to become part of the Pittsburgh Toonseum next month.
Cartoon Museum Director Stan Burdick has donated the museum's collection to the Toonseum.
MORE WILL SEE IT
Standing in the museum, surrounded by cartoons of every type and size, he said the collection is going to a good home.
"I started this to share my collection with the public. Now it will be at the Toonseum in downtown Pittsburgh, where they have lots of visitors."
The museum represented his personal collection of 50 years, Burdick said. It has been housed in the Ticonderoga Community Building basement for six years. Before that, it was in the Hague Town Hall for six years.
His accumulation, appraised at $100,000, includes art by Frank Frazetta, Neil Adams, even Norman Rockwell.
"I'm a great collector," Burdick said. "My wife calls me a pack rat. I filled the attic, the barn, the cellar. Then I said, 'I'll start a museum.'"
His first acquisition was a drawing by Cincinnati Enquirer cartoonist L.D. Warren in 1960.
"Now the collection can stay as a unit," Burdick said. "We've had thousands and thousands of visitors. Now it can be seen by many more thousands of people."
The Cartoon Museum will close Aug. 31, he said, and the Toonseum will send a truck for it the first week in September.
PREPARING FOR DISPLAY
Pittsburgh Toonseum Director Joe Wos said the Toonseum is honored to receive the Burdick collection.
"Over two days this September, staff members will catalog, prepare and safely pack the 700 pieces of art. Each piece will be carefully cataloged for future exhibition at the Toonseum."
Wos said the collection will bring their holdings to more than 3,000 pieces of cartoon art.
"Some pieces will be restored and framed for immediate display. Others will be a part of the permanent collection and displayed as both part of rotating collections and special exhibits."
At some point, the Burdick collection will be part of a permanent collections gallery, Wos said.
"We are delighted to carry on the mission of Stan Burdick and the spirit of the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum."