Resources to aid milk bottle collectors


October 20, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I am interested in collecting old milk bottles and related items such as openers, caps, dairy advertisements, signs, toy milk wagons, trucks, miniature bottles, etc. Where can I find more, and are there any clubs, books, publications or other sources for collectors?

A: The National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors offers an annual membership and monthly newsletter for $15, or $2 for a current issue, from 4 Ox Bow Road, Westport, Conn. 06880. Creamers, a quarterly newsletter devoted to the collecting of individual glass creamers marked with dairy names that once were used in restaurants, is available for $4 a year or $1 a back issue, from Lloyd Bindscheattle, Box 11, Lake Villa, Ill. 60046. "Udderly Delightful," by John Tutton, contains lots of information on milk bottles and their manufacturers. The book is available for $16.95 postpaid from JO-D books, 81 Willard Terrace, Stamford, Conn. 06903 ((203) 322-0568).

The Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs offers an annual membership and monthly magazine for $20 from Barbara Harms, 14521 Atlantic St., Riverdale, Ill. 60627 ((708) 841-4068).

Q: I collect old and odd nutmeg graters, and my husband collects old nutcrackers. Where can we find information on these items?

A: Write to AnnaJane Heddesheimer in care of the Wooden Bridge Antiques, Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481 ((215) 783-5396); enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for a list of antique kitchenware.

A new edition of "300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles -- An Identification & Value Guide" is available for $25.50 postpaid from its author, Linda Campbell Franklin, 2716 Northfield Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22901. Ms. Franklin also offers, for $25 postpaid, three years of the quarterly newsletter Kitchen Collectibles News.

Q: How can I find the value of an old Zenith radio, and who might be interested in buying it?

A: Send a description or photo of any old radio for a free appraisal to Barry Janov, 2454 Dempster St., Suite 416, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016; (708) 827-9100. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply.

Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Baltimore 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 a stamped, self-addressed envelope for replies.

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