Question: I have the first 13 issues of Castle Rock, a Stephen King newsletter that was published in Bangor, Maine, from January 1985 through December 1989. How can I find out what they're worth and who might be interested in buying them?
- Ron Breznay, Wilkes-Barre,Pa.
Answer: Write SKIN - Stephen King Information Network c/o Lori Zuccaro, P.O. Box 442, Port Neches, TX 77651; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply or information regarding the SKIN monthly newsletter for those who've got a thing for King.
Question: I am the founder of the Miniature Piano Enthusiast Club, which will hold its fifth annual convention August 2-4 at 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Inn-Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Phone me, Janet Kelsh, at 515-622-2596 for convention details, or write me c/o of MPEC, 633 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 to join MPEC, which costs $10 a year and includes a quarterly newsletter.)
MPEC members (of which there are 70 from here and abroad) especially want to obtain a tiny orange upright piano made of tin, measuring an inch and a quarter by an eighth of an inch, which has an open back and a painted-on keyboard and sheet music. I bought one in 1983 for $12 but have never seen another since. I was told in 1991 by Cracker Jack specialist Wes Johnson that it was a Cracker Jack prize dating from 1945 made by the Cloud Crest Studio of Brown County, Indiana, and that it was worth $95.
- Janice Kelsh, Hagerstown,
Answer: Now there's a little piano that would make anyone go hm-m-m! To check out the possibility of finding any examples for sale, write the following Cracker Jack collectors or clubs enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope for each to receive a reply: Ann Brogley c/o the Cracker Jack Collector's Association, Box 16033, Philadelphia, PA 19114-0033; phone 215-824-4698; Ron Toth c/o the Cracker Jack Collectors Association, 72 Charles St., Rochester, NH 03867-3413; phone 603-335-2062; Wes Johnson, 106 Bauer Ave., Louisville, KY 40207-2559; Edwin Snyder, P.O. Box 156, Lancaster, KY 40444-0156; phone 606-792-4816; and Barry Brandon, 651 Linda Lane, Bonner Springs, KS 66012-1809; phone 913-441-8663.
Or anyone having such a tiny tinkler can write or phone Janice Kelsh at her aforementioned address.
Or anyone having information regarding toys made or sold by the Cloud Crest Studio, which once existed in Brown County, Indiana, please write me.
Question: Is there a book that lists values for mechanical pencils and ink pens dating from the 1930s to the 1990s?
- Carla Morton, Whitesburg,
Answer: Send for a copy of "Pens & Pencils, A Collector's Handbook - With Value Guide" by Regina Martini; it is available for $27.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: Is there a club or organization for collectors of wooden pencils?
- James Dean, Mountain Top,
Question: Who can tell me what a Dixon pencil sample case might be worth?
- Rose Young, Tucson, Ariz.
Answer: Write William K. Bean c/o the American Pencil Collectors Society, 3351 Jeffrey Lane, Eau Claire, WI 54703; enclose photos or a description of the items stating their condition, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, or phone Bean (president of the APCS) at 715-832-4301 for information or to join the APCS, which offers an annual membership for $10 or $15 per couple, and includes a quarterly newsletter.
Question: How can I find out the value of original, old Coca-Cola bottles as well as other old soda pop bottles from other soft drink companies, some of which are still in businees and others which are not?
- Harold Baker, Downey, Calif.
Answer: The definitive book on the subject is "Petretti's Soda Pop Collectibles Price Guide - The Encyclopedia of Soda-Pop Collectibles" by Allan Petretti; it is available in for $29.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: The pastor of my aunt's church is looking for an antique radio. We are unable to find any at our local antique shops, garage sales, yard sales, etc. Can you provide any other ideas as to where I might be able to find one?
- N.A. Jordan, Albany, N.Y.
Answer: Write radio collector and dealer Barry Janov at 2454 Dempster St., Suite 416, Des Plaines, IL 60016; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, or phone him at 847-827-9100 weekdays.
Question: Where can we find original 1950s designer furniture to furnish a 1950s modern-designed house?
- Sue Peterson, Houston,
Answer: You'll find wild and wonderful furniture by noted designers that'll be auctioned on Aug. 25 at the John Toomey Gallery, 818 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301; write and enclose $30 for a 20th Century Auction Catalog picturing the pieces and other great furnishings, art, glassware, paintings, ceramics, etc. You can bid on and buy from the catalog by phone, mail or in person. Phone 708-383-5234 for information.