Maurice Collins, OBE, was born in London, went to live in Israel in 1956 and lived on Kibbutz Zikim for two years. He then worked at his trade as a compositor in the print and worked at The Jerusalem Post. He returned to the United Kingdom and ran his own printing business and other various companies. He retired in 1998. Since then he returns to Israel for many months a year and lives in Eilat. He has been collecting for over 30 years, and has collections in ephemera, home front posters from the Second World War as well as the unique 'Weird Gadget Collection'. In July 2011 Collins won 'Britain’s Best Collector' from BID TV, a British television company for his 1600 items collection.