Q: Can you give me any information on flapper dolls and their manufacturers and tell me where I can find examples? Also, what is the origin of the word "flapper"?
A: The latest flapper for collectors is Millie, a 17-inch-high bisque limited-edition doll from the Stepping Out series produced by W. S. George and designed by sculptor Roger Akers and costumer Stephanie Girardi. The doll is available for $99 plus $4 shipping from Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears, 7550 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60648.
The name flapper originated in the East in the 1920s, when girls wore heavy, black, high galoshes with buckles down the front; the daring ones left the buckles unfastened to make a flapping sound as they walked. They were called flappers, and the word extended to women who wanted to be free from the conventions of the day.
Q: Among my grandfather's possessions we found old planes, saws, clamps, chisels and other tools we cannot identify. How can we find out more about them and their values?
A: "The Antique Tool Collector's Guide to Value," by Ronald S. Barlow, is available for $14.95 postpaid from Windmill Publishing Co., 2147 Windmill View Road, El Cajon, Calif. 92020. The book also tells how to clean and restore tools and lists collectors or organizations. The Fine Tool Journal, issued quarterly, available from Box 4001, Pittsford, Vt. 05763; a subscription costs $15 a year and includes a free copy of "A Concordance of Rules," by Phillip Stanley; phone (800) 248-8114 for credit card orders. A nice selection of old tools can be found at Wild Basin Traders, 1799 Willow Road, Northfield, Ill. 60093; phone (708) 501-3711.
Q: Where can I find information on Napoleon memorabilia?
A: You can find out anything you ever wanted to know about Napoleonic items at the seventh Annual Conference of the Napoleonic Society of America, Friday to next Sunday at the Omni Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I. For details, write to the society in care of its president, Robert Snibbe, 1115 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. 34616, or phone (813) 586-1779 days or (813) 584-1255 evenings and weekends. For a membership brochure and free sample copy of the society's bulletin, enclose three 25-cent stamps.