Q: I collect Halloween-related items and would like to know how to contact other collectors.
A: Halloween collectors can be contacted through the Trick or Treat Trader, published quarterly for $15 a year or $4 a copy from Box 499, Winchester, N.H. 03470.
Q: I collect objects shaped like birds, and my favorites are those with long necks, bizarre beaks and other curious features. How can I learn more about such birds and how to identify peculiar-looking species? Also, where can such birds be found?
A: The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago will open its "Into the Wild: Animals, Trails & Tales" permanent exhibit Nov. 9. Included is an exploratory walk through wetlands and woodlands, from North to South America. One area features 1,196 mounted specimens representing 98 percent of all North American birds. The exhibit is free with a regular museum admission of $3 for adults, $2 for children 2 to 17 and seniors and students with identification; free admission on Thursdays. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Q: I collect antique stoves and old heating devices. Where can I find missing parts for old stoves?
A: For information about antique stove parts, write to the Antique Stove Association, in care of its secretary, Clifford Boram, 417 N. Main St., Monticello, Ind. 47960. Enclose $10 for an annual membership, which includes a quarterly newsletter and other printed material, or send an addressed, stamped business-sized envelope for a free copy of the newsletter.
Q: Who can tell me the value of, and where can I find a buyer for, some old Canadian Ace beer signs and several Meister Brau beer cans picturing colorful cartoon characters?
A: A collector and buyer of old beer signs, cans and other brewery related items is Don Hardy, 26 Tower Lane, Westmont, Ill. 60559. Mr. Hardy is especially interested in Chicago-related beer bottle labels, advertisements and literature.
Q: Where can I find Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia? Is there a club for collectors?
A: Write Steve Miller at 623 Ivy Court, Wheeling, Ill. 60090, enclosing a description of what you want to buy along with an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer, or phone him at (708) 398-7241. Collectors of Cassidy memorabilia can join Friends of Hopalong Cassidy. Annual membership and quarterly newsletter are $15, or $2.50 a copy. Enclose an addressed stamped business-size envelope and write to Laura Bates, 6310 Friendship Drive, New Concord, Ohio 43762-9708.