American Bell Association
By Ruth C. Anderson
The Bell Tower, Volume XXX, No. 1, January 1972
A merican Bell Association means
M emories, mementoes, music, and mirth to
E very member living all over the earth.
R inging for brotherhood, tolling for death,
I ndependence ringing every July Fourth.
C onventions, regionals, collections large or small
A dding knowledge of treasures so precious to all,
N otations of origin, use, dimensions, and
B ells – church bells, school bells, hand and alarm bells
E very known shape, size, media, and tone.
L etters of query, of friendship, of gratitude,
L etters of welcome to greet members new.
A ll members seek to find for their collections
S ouvenirs of places visited, reminders of friends,
S ocial events, or historical happenings,
O r bells once worn by faithful animals,
C rystal, ceramic, clay, cork, wood, silver, gold, or brass
I nscribed, embossed, bejeweled, or plain – it matters not
A s long as each bell brings personal joy.
T emples to visit, towers to climb, bells to rub,
I nvite every bell lover to share his hobby
O f collecting and researching bell lore.
N o time to be lonely; just time to find that elusive “one more”!