Exploding with interest


Q: Do old firecracker labels have any value, and if so, how can I find out what they're worth and who might want to buy them?

A: A fellow who explodes with happiness whenever he hears that old firecracker labels, packs, catalogs and related items are for sale is Fourth of July collector, buyer, and historian Rick Fuith, 5429 N. Linder, Chicago, Ill. 60630. When writing, enclose a description or photo of the pieces, or photocopies of the labels, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer.

Especially desirable are old firecracker labels with colorful pictures depicting animals, birds, people, objects, creatures, etc. that illustrated firecracker brand names.

For a list of old firecracker labels Mr. Fuith wants to buy, and for information on how to tell the old firecracker labels (which are worth more) from the newer or current examples (which have no value), write to Mr. Fuith; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Q: How can I determine the value of arrowheads that I've found and collected? Some appear to be 3,000 to 7,000 years old. Also, how can I find buyers for them?

A: A new book that pictures and describes hundreds of arrowheads, lists more than 4,000 prices for them and contains an extensive list of names, addresses and phone numbers of dealers and collectors is the "Official Price Guide to American Indian Arrowheads -- First Edition," by John L. Stivers.

It is available in a 564-page edition for $20.50 postpaid from Ace ++ Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.

Q: When I moved into my new house, I found a yellow Chambers stove with four burners, a pancake griddle, oven and storage space. It is approximately 40 inches wide, and has an electric clock. Who can tell me its value and when it was made?

A: Sounds as though it dates from the '50s. To check out its age and value, or to buy, sell, or get parts for old stoves or ranges, write Macy's Texas Stove Works, 5515 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77004; or call Mop Harman at (713) 521-0934 for information or to request a catalog.

Send your questions to Anita Gold, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659, enclosing an addressed stamped envelope. Due to the high volume of mail, not all letters can be answered, but priority will be given to those that include a copy of the column and the name of the paper it ran in.

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