Q: When I was a boy, I spent a lot of time behind the counter of my uncle's ice cream store. In my quest to recapture my boyhood, I'm re-creating the past. Where can I find a 1930s milkshake mixer and any other ice cream parlor paraphernalia?
A: You can join the Ice Screamers, which offers an annual membership and quarterly publication for $15 from Ed Marks, Box 5387, Lancaster, Pa. 17601. The group's annual convention, on June 28 and 29 at the Olde Hickory Inn in Lancaster, will feature hundreds of ice cream collectibles dating from 1870 to 1940. For more information, phone Mr. Marks at (717) 569-1866.
Q: How can I find out the value of an old Pepsi-Cola cooler? And where can I find other collectors?
A: Bob Stoddard's "Introduction to Pepsi Collecting" looks at all kinds of coolers. The book is available for $22.95 postpaid from Double Dot Enterprises, Box 1548, Pomona, Calif. 91769; phone (714) 593-8750. According to the book, coolers can be worth $45 to $900, depending on type, rarity, condition and year manufactured. The Pepsi-Cola Collectors Club (founded by Mr. Stoddard) can be reached at Box 1275, Covina, Calif. 91722; annual membership and bimonthly newsletter are $15.