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Old newspapers worth much?

Larry Cox King Features Syndicate

Q: I have a small collection of Iowa newspapers from the 1930s. Are they worth anything, or should I just toss them? — Art, Dubuque, Iowa

A: Most newspapers from the 1920s and ‘30s are atmosphere editions. By that, I mean they are of interest mostly because of the ads and occasional story, but have little historic value. Most newspapers of this type sell in the $2 to $3 range. There are exceptions, of course.

Two experts who might give you a more definitive answer are Mark Mitchell, 3002 Winter Pine Court, Fairfax, VA 22031; and Rick Brown, 6031 Winterset, Lansing, MI 48911.


Q: I have 25 Avon bottles that are from the 1970s. Where can I sell them? — Betty, Albuquerque, N.M.

A: I get this question at least a dozen times each month, so if you’ve written this column about Avon collectibles recently, heads up. One of the better clubs is the Avon Association of Avon Collectors, Inc., P.O. Box 7006, Kansas City, MO 64113. Rhonda Schriver is the owner of a business, Avon Lost & Found, and she might also be able to help you. Her address is 7646 Nancy Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075.


Q: I have a stuffed hound-dog toy that I purchased at an Elvis Presley concert in 1972 at the Hilton in Las Vegas. Is anyone interested in buying it? — Judy, Varna, Ill.

A: Don’t be cruel — contact Presley collector and Elvis Forever Fan Club president Susan Still, P.O. Box 1066, Miami, FL 33780. Burt Atwood is a serious collector. His address is 894 Greenway Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.


Q: I have two brass horns that were used in a band in Illinois during the early 1900s. I hate to simply throw them away. Any suggestions? — Tom, Chicago

A: You might want to contact the Historic Brass Society, 148 West 23rd St., 2A, New York, NY 10010. Chuck Hollocker is a collector and might also be interested. His address is 2501 Honeysuckle Drive, Richardson, TX 75082.

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