Memories of Woodstock can be taken to the bank Souvenirs from 1969 event can command some big bucks.

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November 12, 1995|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

I was one of the masses that converged on wet farmland in New York state in 1969 to create the Woodstock experience. To this day, I consider those three days to be a watershed event. Among many memories I took home (and put away) was a copy of the beautifully done program that was to have been handed out before all the chaos. Most of the programs were loaded on a pickup truck and left on the grounds. Late Saturday night of the festival, some friends and I came upon them and burned thousands upon thousands of them to keep warm through the night. I would like to know the approximate value of this program (in mint condition) and if it is as rare as I believe.

According to Ted Hake of Hake's Americana & Collectibles Mail & Phone Bid Auctions, such 1969 Woodstock programs have a value of between $200 and $250 each depending on condition, although Mr. Hake said he would pay between $125 and $150.

Other Woodstock souvenirs command big bucks too. For instance, two items offered in Hake's Nov. 14-15 Mail and Phone Bid Auction Catalog No. 136 are an unused Aug. 16, 1969, Woodstock ticket in fine condition that's estimated to bring between $75 and $100, and a 24-by-36-inch stiff paper Woodstock concert poster in near mint condition that is expected to bring $400 to $700. For information, phone (717) 848-1333.

We have quite a few Big Little Books, which were popular during the 1930s. Several people told us they are worth a lot of money. Can you tell us how to find out their value, and how to contact collectors or buyers?

Such books can be found pictured in color along with their descriptions and current values in "Price Guide to Big Little Books & Better Little, Jumbo, Tiny Tales, A Fast-Action Story etc." It is available for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.

According to the book, the 1936 "Tarzan Escapes" Big Little Book is worth $40.

To sell such books, send a description of them and their condition to Ted Hake, P.O. Box 1444, Dept. L, York, Pa. 17405; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply or offer. Or, phone Mr. Hake at (717) 848-1333.

Send your questions to Anita Gold, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Not all letters can be answered.

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