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Jewish World Review May 8, 2003 / 6 Iyar, 5763

Anita Gold

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Collectors pumped up over gas & oil items; old soda pop bottles; info on collecting autographs | Q. How can I find out the value of, and where can I sell, old gas station signs, oil cans, shelve stock, and other such items from my uncle's old gas station? Phil Mason, Hammond, IN

A. A terrific publication with black and white and color photos in which you'll find great articles, wanted and for sale ads, collectors' events, conventions, auctions, swap meets, vintage gas pumps and globes, and anything and everything else related to oil & gas collectibles, is "Check the Oil" - The Publication Dedicated to Petroliana and More, published bi-monthly for $22 for one year, or $42 for two years from "Check the Oil", P.O. Box 937, Powell, OH 43065-0937. Or send $4 for a sample copy. Or phone (800)-228-6624 toll-free to order a subscription by credit card. You'll love this magazine that's loaded with incredible sources to contact. Old time gas stations are also loaded with incredible memories, and if you worked at, or owned a gas station between 1930 and 1970, and have a reliable story to tell, Chuck Haase would like to interview you should you care to call him at (800)-722-1965 toll free leaving your number and the best time to contact you. Or contact Haase via e-mail:

Q. In my grandpa's basement we found bushels full of old soda pop bottles. How can we find out what they could possibly be worth? Jonathan Hunt, Little Rock, ARK

A. You'll find bottles and everything else related to soda pop, pictured with their descriptions and current values including prices that'll make your eyes 'pop' out, in the new third edition of "Operetta's SODA POP Collectibles Price Guide - The Encyclopedia Of Soda Pop Collectibles" by Allan Petretti, available in a huge 494-page edition with black and white and color photos, for $38.99 postpaid, from Krause Publications, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990--0001. Or phone (800)-258-0929 toll-free to order. The book also includes soda pop companies and their history, museums, soda pop slogans, brands, manufacturers, clubs and organizations, buying sources, tips for collectors, and much more including everything imaginable put out by pop companies ranging from clocks to coolers to calendars, and lots and lots more to advertise their beverages. Burp!

Q. I have a collection of old glass, brass, pottery, and iron doorknobs salvaged from old abandoned buildings and hotels. How can I find out more about them and their history? Frank Williams, Green Bay, WI

A. An intriguing publication that'll open up many doors and a whole new world for you, is The Doorknob Collector published six times a year by the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America, edited by Richard and Faye Kennedy, and available for $25 a year, or $5 for a single issue from the Antique Doorknob Collectors of America, Inc., P.O. Box 31, Chatham, NJ 07928-0031.The ADCA is a non-profit organization devoted to the study and preservation of ornamental hardware. For additional information, phone 973-635-6338. The 2003 ADCA Convention will be held July 16-20 in San Antonio, TX for collectors to a 'door'.

Q. Where can I learn more about collecting autographs, and how to contact celebrities, movie stars, entertainers, and other show biz personalities for their autographed pictures? Nancy Harrison, Long Beach, CA

A. A most enjoyable, exciting, and educational publication loaded with information, contacts, listings, sources, addresses, and lots more you'll love, is Autograph Times, P.O. Box 5790, Peoria, AZ 85385. Enclose $24 for 12 hard-to-put-down issues. Or phone 877-860-0349 toll-free to order by credit card. Incidentally, if you see a famous person sitting and eating (or drinking) in a public place, don't interrupt that person (no matter how nice you may think he or she is) or you may be in for a shock.

Michael Landon (who was my dear friend) told me about a really big movie star who was eating lunch in a Hollywood restaurant when a little fella went up to him and asked for his autograph. This really big movie star stood up and with great anger told the little fella off for about 15 minutes swearing at him and making him cry. I asked Michael who this really big movie star was, but Michael refused to tell me saying that if I knew, every time I'd see this big star in a movie, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it.

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© 2003, Anita Gold