Stan is one of my personal heroes. He was a friend to all Utah collectors. We lost Stan in 2008. I had the privilege to spend some time visiting and talking about his experiences and love of collecting.
I asked how it started. He had a friend that was a collector back in the 60's. He started frequenting the antique stores purchasing bottles for the friend and pretty soon found himself hooked on the bottle habit.
He was involved in a purchase of an old drug store in Logan, Utah. The location was filled with early 1900 items still in their original boxes. But his impact didn't stop there. Although he was not an avid digger, when I was just a young collector, the word in the dumps was that this guy, Stan Sanders, was buying up anything we dug from Salt Lake and any other town in Utah. It became a digging frenzy to find things to sell to Stan. We all thought he was crazy. Those old drugs and sodas couldn't be worth anything. We could take all of them that we found to stan for cash or trade on all kinds of other items. He single handedly created the market for Utah items. And, as we all know now, the state items in every state are the most in demand.
He opened the first bottle shop in Utah. Stans collection was unbelievable.
He kept all of his items over the years and created his own bottle museum. In addition to bottles, he collected Utah Golf items, Utah Basketball items, and even items from the battleship Utah.
Somewhere he found time to research the bottles he collected and had volumes of history, documents, and collectible items on the early Utah entrepreneurs. That library served as the source for most of the historic articles we will be publishing.
Stan was significant in recovering and preserving much of our Utah heritage. We have examples of Utah's rarest items due to his commitment to collecting and collectors. He remains a person of inspiration to collectors everywhere.