Q: I'm interested in collecting Dracula items, including toys, figures, books and movie memorabilia. How can I find such items, and are there any collectors I can contact?
A: Contact the Count Dracula Fan Club, in care of M. Jeanne Youngson, 29 Washington Square West, New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 982-6754. Also contact the Count Dracula Society, in care of club president Donald A. Reed, 334 W. 54th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90037; (213) 752-5811.
Dracula & Co. publishes the Nocturnal News, Box 213, Metairie, La. 70004; (504) 734-8414. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for information. Also write to the Dark Shadows Fan Club (honoring the '60s television show featuring actor Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins) in care of Louis Wendruck, Box 90A04, West Hollywood, Calif. 90069; (213) 650-5112. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope.
Metro Golden Memories, 5425 W. Addison St., Chicago, Ill. 60641, (312) 736-4133, offers the 1992 Movies on Video Show Biz Books Catalog ($1). Also, write to Hake's Americana Collectibles, Box 1444, York, Pa. 17405, regarding Dracula-related toys and figures. Quarterly bid catalogs are available for $20 a year, or send $5 for a single catalog.
Q: I have two fancy embroidered Western shirts that belonged to my husband, who worked for a rodeo. Would such shirts have any value?
A: If the shirts date from late '30s to the '50s, are of durable gabardine, have long sleeves, slash pockets, snap closures (sometimes of pearl), are decorated with piping, leather trim, colorful appliques or embroidered flowers, fruit or cowboy motifs, write to Susan Wunderlich (who'll pay from $50 to $75 each for such shirts in fine condition, or considerably more if they belonged to a celebrity or movie star), in care of Mongerson Wunderlich Western, 701 N. Wells St., Chicago, Ill. 60610, (800) 275-1292. Enclose a description of the shirt, a drawing of the label and a statement of the shirt's condition.
Such shirts, along with other Western items, can be found in "Box-Office Buckaroos -- The Cowboy Hero from the Wild West (( Show to the Silver Screen," by Robert Heide and John Gilman ($22.45 postpaid from Abbeville Press, 488 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; (800) 227-7210.