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Jewish World Review June 19, 2003 / 19 Sivan, 5763

Anita Gold

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Music to make you wiggle, wriggle, and giggle; old radios, tubes, parts; metal Tonka trucks; old clocks | Q. Where can I possibly get a recording of the song titled "Tain't No Sin to Take Off Your Skin and Dance Around in Your Bones"? Also, where can I sell old sheet music? Henry Johnstone, Brooklyn, NY

A. To hear the peppy song which dates from the twenties when the Charleston was in vogue and speakeasies flourished, and to which flappers danced and drank from flasks, visit Website This music is great for shakin' off the blues, lousy moods, and pounds to lose. To sell all kinds of old popular sheet music in fine condition dating from 1800 to 1980, write Joel Markowitz c/o the Sheet Music Center, P.O. Box 10, Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Or to get an idea of the type of old sheet music the Sheet Music Center buys, sells, and auctions, and to view their catalog, visit Website Or to request a free catalog send a large self-addressed stamped envelope to the SMC's above address, or phone Joel at 516-249-9405. Or e-mail:

Q. My grandfather had a radio repair shop in an old building that he left to me and my two brothers. We need to sell the contents of the shop now that the building is being torn down, and wonder if you can put us in touch with a radio collector or buyer who'll tell us what the old radios, tubes, parts, and related items are worth, and pay us a decent price? Marc Peterson, Indianapolis, IN

A. Write Barry Janov, 2454 Dempster, Suite 416, Des Plaines, IL 60016 (who buys, sells, evaluates, and pays generous prices for old radios working or not, as well as radio parts, signs, clocks and other items advertising radios, and who especially wants any radios made by E.H. Scott, McMurdo Silver, Zenith with black dial, Grebe, De Forest, Kennedy, Federal, and Atwater Kent breadboard radios dating from 1922-1924, as well as any colorful Bakelite, mirror-covered, and children's comic character, storybook, and fairytale radios, and especially any Marconi items for which he'll pay quick cash) or e-mail him at

Q. In recent years, I've developed an interest in collecting (not so old but no longer manufactured) metal Tonka trucks. They were made in the '60s and '70s of pressed steel, had rubber tires, were painted like real vehicles, and are marked "Made in the USA" on their bottoms. Is there a Tonka publication, or any experts who deal in these "newer" model trucks? B. E. Ransom, Camden, S.C.

A. You'll find such popular vehicles including various types of trucks, vans, trailers, haulers, pickups, and everything else ranging from ramps to wreckers to graders to loaders plus Tonka sets and accessories, all of which are pictured in color with their descriptions, dates, values, and lots more in the "Collectors Guide To Tonka 1947-1963" by Don & Barb DeSalle, available in a large 126-page edition for $26.45 postpaid from LW Book Sales, P.O. Box 69, Gas City, IN 46933. Or phone (800)-777-6450 toll-free to order. A Tonka dealer who buys and sells Tonka toys, is Dave Montana, 2265 Crestview Lane, Aston, PA 19014. Enclose a long self-addressed stamped envelope for information. E-mail Or visit his website: Also write Thomas Toys (which sells replacement parts for Tonka toys) at P.O. Box 405, Fenton, MI 48430. Enclose a long self-addressed stamped envelope for information, or phone 810-629-8707. If you're among the many who loved playing with such vehicles, you may want to sing "Tonkas for the Memories".

Q. I have an unopened box of Ivory Snow Flakes with Marilyn Chambers photo on it taken when she was a model. What could it possibly be worth? Jessica Andrews, Springfield, IL

A. Depending on its condition, it has a reported value of between $35 and $75.

Q. Where can I find information on various types of old clocks and their value such as swinging arm clocks and other fancy types? Rose Benson, Beaver, PA

A. A new book you'll love that pictures, describes in detail, and covers all types of fascinating clocks is the "Antique Trader Clocks Price Guide - Including all types of clocks - 17th through 20th century" edited by Kyle Husfloen and contributing editor Mark Moran, available for $21.95 postpaid from Krause Publications, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001. Or phone 888-457-2873 toll-free to order.

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2003, Anita Gold