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One year ago: Lester Glassner

August 9, 2010 |  6:00 am

Glassner It all started with a Mickey Mouse lamp.

Lester Glassner, who died a year ago at 70, was a collector of vintage movie memorabilia, dime-store merchandise and other pieces of pop culture.

Over nearly 50 years, he collected hundreds of thousands of items that filled his home on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

"He just started building collections of all sorts from his 20s forward, and he never stopped," said his sister, Freda Honig.

"It was just part of Lester," she said. "It was who he was."

Glassner's obituary appeared Aug. 30, 2009, in The Times.

-- Keith Thursby

Photo: Lester Glassner, surrounded by some of his collection. Credit: Brownie Harris