Millie Lange: Not Just a Radio Star; She's a Collector


Published on August 9 2012 4:00 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Congratulations are due our own Millie Lange. 

Millie won second place honors at the Illinois State Fair Antique Contest, in the category called "Small World's Fair Collection Prior to 1945".  She entered an inkwell given her by her late father, Henry, from the 1901 World's Fair.  The Fair was held in Buffalo, New York, and was the scene of the assassination of President William McKinley.  The inkwell is shaped like a crab.

Scott Beal of Mason finished third in the antique contest with items from the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, but took first place honors for Most Unusual Antique at the event.  Beal won for a "radium vitalizer", a vaseline glass water cooler that mixed radium with with drinking water before Science determined that was not a good idea.

Also claiming numerous awards was Altamont's Kurt Becker. Becker won a first in the Illinois State Fair souvenir before 1950, took second in the Pressed Glass, Religious Books prior to 1940 and Carnival Glass and third in the Cut Glass, Milk Glass and Water Sets (pitcher and two tumblers).

Kim Tarrant, also of Altamont, took second in the Cut Glass and in the Toothpick Holders and third in Vinegar Cruets.