Q: Who can provide me with information on glass insulators from telephone power lines?
A: Write the National Insulator Association, 5 Brownstone Road, East Granby, Conn. 06026, enclosing $10 for an annual membership and quarterly Drip Points newsletter. There are also at least a dozen others, including the Chesapeake Bay Insulator Club, care of Betty Dean, 7 Grandin Circle, Rockville, Md. 20851, membership $10 a year.
Or you can become a real insulator expert by consulting the two-volume set "Insulators -- a History and Guide to North American Glass Pintype Insulators," Volume 1 and Volume 2, by John and Carol McDougald. Both volumes are available for $48.50 postpaid from the McDougalds, Box 1003, St. Charles, Ill. The books include photos and descriptions of countless insulators along with their histories, manufacturers, types, shapes, colors, styles, patents and much more.
Collectors who idolize insulators subscribe to the Crown Jewels of the Wire, published monthly by the McDougalds and available for $15 a year or $1.75 a copy from Crown Jewels of the Wire, P.O. Box 1003, St. Charles, Ill. 60174. The phone number is (708) 513-1544.
Q: Where can I get an old model ship appraised for its value?
A: A firm that restores, appraises, repairs, custom builds and sells old ship models and takes them on consignment is the Ships Store Ship Chandler, 518 E. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect, Ill. 60056; phone (708) 577-8044.
Q: Who might be interested in purchasing a Stangl bird?
A: A shop that buys and sells Stangl bird figurines along with Stangl pottery and dinnerware is AAA Antiques, 422 Larkfield Center, Suite 230, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95403; phone (707) 571-8264.
Q: Where can I get my antique bellows repaired?
A: A place that repairs antique bellows and makes bellows decorated with authentic designs is Pine & Palette Studio, 63 Venture Drive, Danielson, Conn. 06239. Call (203) 774-5058 to request a brochure.
Q: How can I check out the value of old cookie jars?
A: A hot-off-the-press book that pictures countless examples in color along with their descriptions, manufacturers and prices is "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Cookie Jars. An Illustrated Value Guide," by Fred Roerig and Joyce Herndon Roerig. It's $26.95 postpaid for a hardcover edition from Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002- 3009, or from the authors at Route 2, Box 504, Walterboro, S.C. 29488.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.