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 Joel Barber  (1877 - 1952)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/New York      Known for: Thick body decoy carving

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Joel Barber is recognized among decoy collectors and historians as being among the very first persons to stimulate the study and collection of working decoys. An architect in New York City, Barber established the first recorded decoy museum, "Shanty Museum of Old Decoys" on his property in Wilton.

He began collecting decoys after coming across a rig in an old sail loft in Babylon, New York. With this acquisition he began the pastime of collecting decoys or as he referred to them, "floati (showing 500 of 1625 characters).

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