Iowa native Patricia F. Miller was raised in a family of collectors. Born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1949, Patty would go on to assemble a collection of over 10,000 individual items ranging from toys, dolls, adverting, ephemera, furniture, artwork, lighting and everything in between.
Patty was a graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa where she earned a BA in American Studies in 1970. Out of college she was hired by Iowa Power where she would work for two decades until her retirement in the 1990s.
Patty’s grandfather and great uncle were both drug store owners. As such she became intrigued by the various paraphernalia found in such drug stores, such as advertising (and especially Christmas or holiday related) which would become one of the first areas in which she amassed a large assemblage of items. Yet Patty also had a keen eye for the unique and unusual in toys, dolls, Disney related memorabilia as well as many other items.
For nearly 50 years Patty was a fixture at various Midwest antique shops, tag sales, auctions and flea markets. Her two passions in life were animals and antiques. In 2011 Patty purchased the historic James A. Beck Victorian mansion in Fairfield, Iowa in which she housed her collection.
Jackson’s is honored and pleased to have been chosen to bring this lifetime collection to market.