Identify Your Breyer Site Update

Posted by Eleda Towle on

As many of you already know, the site curator / owner of www.Identifyyourbreyer.com passed away in the spring of 2021.  Janice's site has been a mainstay of our hobby community for over 18 years, and everyone is justifiably concerned about the future of this great reference site.

As of now, we haven't heard any updates from Janice's family, and we assume that her estate (which will include the website, since it created some income for her through showing ads) is still held up in Probate Court.  In the US, Probate takes a long time to settle in a good year... with the addition of COVID deaths, I'm sure things are horribly backlogged.  Her family has paid for the hosting to keep the site online while her estate gets legally sorted.  Once that happens, we expect that they'll choose another hobbyist to pick up the reins by transferring ownership of the site to that person.  Until the estate is settled, though, they cannot access the site nor transfer ownership.

Meanwhile, there is still need within the hobby for updated release information, and several "supplemental" sites have popped up.  Two are run by reputable collectors, which show new releases since Janice passed.  Below are links to their sites so you can choose and bookmark whichever one suits you best.  Both of these site owners are now working together to make sure their sites have fully updated information, which is great, and both are doing this out of respect to Janice as well as the whole community.  They both also have asked for (and been granted) permission to use Triple Mountain photos.

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It's great that these folks are doing their own work, and both plan to turn over their work to whomever takes over IDYB once Janice's estate is settled, to help get the original site up to date more quickly. 

Meanwhile, another site popped up that was an exact duplicate of the original IDYB...  It was called IDYB2, and you guessed it - The only thing changed was the addition of the number "2" in a couple of places.  This site stole Janice's work and legacy and tried to make it their own.  They even still had Janice's name at the bottom of the page as the contact.  That is NOT acceptable in our hobby - Janice spent more than 30 hours per week keeping IDYB updated for all of us, so we won't allow the theft of her work.  The counterfeit site was reported to its registrar and has been taken offline.  We encourage anyone who wants to build a site to create it themselves - Never steal someone else's work.

Please feel free to share these reputable supplement sites above with other collectors.  These sites will remain valuable while IDYB is still caught up in Probate, so you'll want to bookmark them for future use. 
I'll continue to post updates regarding IDYB as they become available.
As always, our thoughts are with Janice's family.

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7 comments

  • I remember being shocked and distraught when I read that Janice had passed away, and I never even met her – that’s how much she meant to me and to the Breyer community. I have been a little panicked at the thought of her wonderful website and all its priceless, extensive information being lost to the web of time. I am happy and relieved to hear that there is hope it will continue after the legalities of her estate are settled. And THANK YOU, Eleda, for providing alternative sources of research meanwhile. As you know, I have many horses in my humble herd, and keeping track of them is a challenge and a blessing. When I can’t sleep at night, I organize and name my horses. I wish I could’ve thanked Janice while she was still alive for the amazing work she did for people she didn’t even know. So I’ll say it now: Thank you, Janice, from all of us. May your legacy continue.

    Angela Meier on
  • Thank you for this! I was trying to log on to the site – 4-23-2022 – and now all I get is errors and don’t connect; it was fine yesterday. I am so sad to hear Janice passed, I didn’t know. I rely on her site everyday researching my collection and tracking down horses I want. I guess this explains why it wasn’t being updated; hope someone in the family will continue her work!

    Kristine on
  • My heart goes out to Janice’s family. Losing somebody in your family or even a dear friend is very tough! My mom passed away last August. I think about her all the time and I wish she was still here. My name is Joel. I’m 58 and I’ve been collecting breyer models since the age of 5. My collection is around 2100 pieces now. My mom liked my hobby. When I was a little kid I’d do housework to save money for breyer models. Every once in a while we’d go to Toyland at Camp Pendleton California to buy models. On the base in the late 70’s the traditional models were around nine dollars each. I love the IDYB site very much. May Janice RIP. Joel C. of Drafty Acres in Port Washington WI.

    Joel Cawthon on
  • Thank you for keeping us updated

    Vicki SMITH on
  • Thank you

    Lisa Miller on

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