From collection to auction – Post Bulletin

In the farmland region of Southwestern Wisconsin, at the best place, Eagle Bluff, overlooking the Mississippi River and city of Fountain City, Wisconsin, you can expect to find not only a salvage lawn, but a desired destination devoted to collectibles and nostalgia: Elmer’s Vehicle & Toy Museum.

Collectibles on site include things like extra than 150 motorcycles and scooters as nicely as hundreds of bikes, and far more than 700 pedal driven vehicles, including cars, planes, trains, trucks, boats and tractors. More than 100 whole-measurement antique and collectible classic cars that will shortly be up for sale at a exclusive Mecum Auction thanks to the family’s possess particular life and the late Elmer Duellman’s wishes, as Elmer passed absent July 29, 2019.

The Duellman spouse and children strategies to maintain an auction of the comprehensive collection the 7 days of Sept. 12, 2022.

If you enjoy antique toys, very well, they have close to a thousand toys such as forged-iron, pressed steel, tin wind-ups, Japanese tin and battery operated goods to pick from. They also have a collection of antique farm equipment, and carpenter and mechanic resources.

Collector Elmer Duellman after owned and operated a gas station and vehicle dealership in Fountain Metropolis, a race observe which is now Mississippi Thunder Speedway, and the salvage garden and wrecker service, which is subsequent to relatives household and the museum. The household and 5 structures all served as a component of the museum and the homestead for Elmer his wife, Bernadette, and household via the yrs.

Elmer claimed in an interview a few several years in the past at the area espresso store Nana J’s in Fountain City, “I started my collection, you know Sandy, in the mid-1960s when I began the automobile salvage organization. I would obtain many autos and I before long discovered that they took up house, and not just by crushing the autos or having the garden men dismantle for pieces. I had to start off to set my individual selection out in the yard and shortly into the barn and other structures.”

As Elmer often explained, “Everything has a story.” Which is legitimate, and so do the things in Bernadette’s vintage dolls selection also on show in the museum.

Because 1994, website visitors from all over the nation — and even the globe — have traveled the rolling hills involving May perhaps and September, each and every other weekend, to practical experience Elmer’s Vehicle & Toy Museum. Really don’t be stunned to see members of a common auto club or antique automobile club who not only visit, but some have even experienced their car exhibit in conjunction with Elmer’s assortment. Even groups of motorcyclists when on a journey may well made a decision to consider to a trip up Eagle Bluff while taking pleasure in one of the major toy collections in the Midwest. You just by no means know what team or who might cease in.

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Bernadette and Elmer Duellman prior to Elmer handed absent on July 29, 2019.


There are directors and proprietors of other museums throughout the country, several of whom make the trip to Elmer’s each and every number of several years just to see the new stuff Elmer has added. Families on holiday or just individuals on an afternoon trip appear to get a glimpse of this nostalgia as Bernadette puts the quantity of once-a-year readers at in between 2,000 and 2,500 once-a-year people.

As Bernadette tells, “This staying our 29th and final year, do deliver a picnic lunch and sit in the quite a few shaded places with magnificent views of the Mississippi River Valley.”

Of program Mike Wolfe from “American Pickers,” with his love of pedal cars and trucks, from time to time has produced a phone call and even a journey to Elmer’s Museum to check out his buddy and mentor for over 25 yrs, Elmer Duellman. Why would Mike contact his pal Elmer? A single search at the merchandise on exhibit, and you can expect to see why.

You can view the museum web page at


For additional details on the auction go to

And enter Elmer’s Automobile & Toy Museum Auction for plenty, bidding, and the Mecum journal post and far more.

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Vintage pedal cars and trucks on exhibit at Elmer’s Car &amp Toy Museum in Fountain City, Wisconsin. The selection will be auctioned in September 2022.


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A classic pedal automobile on screen at Elmer’s Automobile &amp Toy Museum in Fountain Town, Wisconsin.


Sandy Erdman is a Winona-based mostly freelance author and accredited appraiser concentrating on vintage, antique and collectible objects. Deliver feedback and tale tips to Sandy at

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