Pocket Number 2: Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium and The Phil Silvers Archival Museum, Fargo Village

wp_20161203_16_04_55_proFargo Village has converted a former industrial space on Coventry’s historic Far Gosford Street, into a hub of studios, boutiques and niche independent businesses

Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium sells movie wp_20161203_16_17_41_proand TV memorabilia. It is situated in Fargo Village and houses The Phil Silvers Archival Museum – the world’s largest collection of Phil Silvers and Sgt Bilko memorabilia.

wp_20161203_16_22_14_proSteve is the store’s proprietor and co-founder of The British Phil Silvers Appreciation Society .

I asked Steve if I could see the museum and he enthusiastically showed me around.  On display were Phil Silvers’ personal effects,wp_20161203_16_16_56_pro photographs and letters along with Sgt Bilko memorabilia, posters and toys – including various Sgt Bilko board games complete with plastic, brightly coloured Sgt Bilkos.

Amongst the many items on display Steve especially cherishes Phil’s suit jacket and spectacles, donated to the BPSAS by Phil’s eldest daughter Tracey shortly after her father’s death.

Steve recounted to me how the BPSAS had campaigned together with Phil’s family, friends and colleagues to posthumously award Phil a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The campaign was a success and Phil was inducted to the Walk of Fame in 2000. A later wp_20161203_16_11_30_procampaign by the BPSAS resulted in the release by CBS of a box set containing the complete four seasons of The Phil Silvers Show (the DVD box set can be purchased at Steve’s store).

Steve said that The Phil Silvers Show discounted, one of his favourite Phil performances is his role as Otto Meyer in the 1963 comedy  film ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,’ which can be watched on YouTube.

After I told Phil about what I was doing he gave the assemblage awp_20161203_21_49_08_pro Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium bumper sticker and then took me to meet Ian at PopbankColour Studio.

Pocket Number 3: Ian at PopBang Colour studios, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street >>

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