Collectors scream for ice cream items


June 16, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

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.

Q: I have hundreds of old business cards. Where might I find interested collectors?

A: Write to the American Business Card Club, 31759 Stricker Drive, Warren, Mich. 48093, enclosing a stamped, addressed envelope for membership and newsletter information.

Q: My father has a small collection of old netsuke figures and ojime beads. Who can tell me their worth, and where can I find a buyer?

A: Write to the Chicago Netsuke Society, in care of Norman L. Sandfield, 3150 N. Sheridan Road, Apt. 10-B, Chicago, Ill. 60657.

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.

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