Q: How can I find out more about old-fashioned store signs, counter displays, tins, bins, boxes and other containers designed with colorful graphics that advertised products?
A: The Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA) offers an annual membership and publication issued nine times a year for $35 from AAAA, Box 1121, Morton Grove, Ill. 60053.
To check out old advertising items and tobacco tins for their value, write to David Hirsch, 205 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60606, enclosing a photo or description of the piece and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer.
Advertising items fall into various categories and include promotional pieces or "giveaways," from flour sifters to fly swatters printed with business names.
Q: How can I find out the age and value of a nickel-plated, model No. 11 Aladdin kerosene lamp, and where can I get replacement parts for it?
A: For more information write to J. W. Courter, Route 1, Simpson, Ill. 62985 (phone (618) 949-3884), enclosing a long, stamped envelope, or send $20 for an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter.
Also available from Courter are his books: "Aladdin -- The Magic Name in Lamps" ($17.95 postpaid), "Aladdin Collectors Manual and Price Guide -- No. 14" ($6.95 postpaid), "Aladdin Electric Lamps" ($27.95 postpaid) and "Aladdin Electric Lamps Price Guide No. 1" ($6.95 postpaid).
Q: Is there a club for collectors of Haviland china or any books on the subject?
A: Write to the Haviland Collectors Internationale Foundation, Box 11632, Milwaukee, Wis. 53211, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for membership information. "Celebrating 150 Years of Haviland China 1842-1992" is at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee through Oct. 4; hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The exhibition's limited-edition catalog is $23.45 postpaid from the foundation. For more information, write to Grace Graves Haviland Matching Service Ltd., 3959 N. Harcourt Place, Milwaukee, Wis. 53211 (phone (414) 964-9180). Also write to Marian Zickefoose at Galerie de Porcelain Haviland Matching Service and Sets, 526 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60137 (phone (708) 858-9494), to order "Haviland," by Jean d'Albis, available for $35 postpaid.
Q: Where can I find buyers of old juice reamers? I have an old black glass one. Who would know its value?
A: Write to the National Reamer Collector's Association, in care of Larry Branstad, 405 Benson Road North, Frederic, Wis. 54837 (phone (301) 977-5727), enclosing a photo or description of the piece and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or membership information.
Q: Does an old electric fan have any value?
A: To contact collectors of early mechanical and electrical fans, write to the American Fan Collectors Association, Box 804, South Bend, Ind. 46624, enclosing a stamped envelope for information, or phone Michael Breedlove at (219) 272-1231.
Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.