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Dixie Cup lids

Larry Cox King Features Syndicate

Q: I have a small collection of Dixie Cup lids from the 1940s. Should I toss them or try to find a collector? — Steve, Wapello, Iowa

A: Believe it or not, I was able to find two collectors: Leonard Schneir, 184 Sixth St., New York, NY 10013; and Leigh Giarde, P.O. Box 2243, Redlands, CA 92373.

One of my mottos is never, ever throw anything out because there is — without a doubt — a collector for everything imaginable.

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Q: I have what I believe are original pieces of Americana. I have the Lincoln assassination issue of the New York Herald dated April 15, 1865, and a broadsheet from Ford’s Theater promoting Laura Keene and her performance of “Our American Cousin.” Who can authenticate them for me? — Bob, Dubuque, Iowa

A: You need a documents expert, and I highly recommend at least two, Phil Barber, P.O. Box 8694, Boston, MA 2114; and Timothy Hughes, P.O. Box 3636, Williamsport, PA 17701. Don’t be too disappointed if your documents turn out to be reproductions, since both the Herald and the Ford Theater broadsheet were reprinted years after the fact.

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Q: I have a collection of auto-racing programs from three major speedways, Trenton, N.J.; Langhorne, Pa.; and Indianapolis. They are mostly from the 1950s and ‘60s. Where can I market them? — Gordon, Ormond Beach, Fla.

A: George Koyt is a major collector who buys and sells most types of racing materials, including programs, postcards, books, games and premiums. His address is 8 Lenora Drive, Morrisville, PA 19067.

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Q: I have several Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers. Are they collectible? — Susan, Phoenix, Ariz.

A: More than likely. Norman Rockwell is one of our most admired illustrators, and his work is extremely popular with collectors throughout the world. Mary Moline is considered an expert on Rockwell art. She is the author of Norman Rockwell Collectibles Value Guide as well as six other books on related subjects. Her address is P.O. Box 1444, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.

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