Railroad relics wanted


June 21, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I have a lot of old items from various railroads. Where can I find a buyer?

A: Chicago's famous Dearborn Street Station is seeking station memorabilia for a permanent historic exhibit that will include tickets, schedules, menus, calendars, china, flatware, linens, badges, ashtrays, lanterns and photographs. Some of the lines routed through Dearborn Station were the Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad; Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad; and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. Send a description, photocopies or photos of your items to Margaret Gubala-Hagopian, in care of Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk St., Chicago, Ill. 60605; (312) 554-4408.

A good book with pictures, descriptions and prices is "Railroad Collectibles" by Stanley Baker, $16.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009.

For information on the new bimonthly Main Line Journal publication, which lists ads only for buying and selling railroad collectibles, write to R.S.& T. Ry. Co., Box 121, Streamwood, Ill. 60107, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope. The Railroadiana Express quarterly magazine and annual Railroadiana Collectors Association membership are both $15, available from club secretary Joe Mazanek, 795 Aspen Drive, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089-1357.

Q: I have a letter, complete with envelope, written by Henry W. Longfellow and sent to a friend in 1880. Where can I find a `D buyer?

A: Membership in the Universal Autograph Collector's Society is $22, available from Box 6181, Washington, D.C. 20044.

Q: How much would an old Our Gang pencil box be worth?

A: A box dating from the 1930s is reported to be worth $60 in perfect condition.

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