About Barry Perlman



Baron Perlman is a long-time collector of American decorative arts. His childhood and teen focus on stamps, comic books, and baseball cards was supplanted by American antiques. He was born to collect.

Born in Chicago, Perlman attended Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) and then Michigan State University where he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology. He served in the U.S. Army including a tour in Viet Nam.

Most of his professional life was spent in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and in consulting. His applied work as a clinical psychologist including just plain listening and trying to “make sense of” serves him well as a collector. He is now joyfully retired.

His interests in collecting and writing have led to numerous columns that continue to be published in Maine Antique Digest. He also pens a monthly column for the local newspaper, the Oshkosh Northwestern, about local, state and national matters – involving the interactions of three people in a bar (about as Wisconsin as one can get).

Married almost 50 years, his wife Sandy joins him in collecting. They have lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for a long time and have two sons and three cats. Neither son is as consumed with collecting as their dad is. Nor are the cats.

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