Q: You are probably no longer surprised at the strange things people collect. Well then, welcome to the Classic Trailer and Motorhome Club! We're a club and archive, which publishes the quarterly Lost Highways magazine, and keeps the Lost Highways Trailer Archives alive and kicking for those who love old motor homes and everything relating to them. If any of your readers are interested, would you please tell them about us?
A: To check out any travel trailer, write Todd Kimmell at Classic Trailer and Motorhome Club, P.O. Box 43737, 615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106; include a photo and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Those who wish to join the organization and receive its magazine can write to the above address; enclose $24 for annual membership/subscription costs. You can phone Mr. Kimmell at (215) 925-2568, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope for club information.
Q: Could you tell me whom to contact concerning the value of a fossil that's about 300 million years old?
A: Write J. Kenneth Blackwell (who buys, sells, collects, appraises, and deals in fossils) c/o N.W.F.I. Corp., P.O. Box 16205, Panama City, Fla. 32406-6205; enclose whatever information you have and (if possible) a clear photo of the fossil and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply. Mr. Blackwell also can be reached at (904) 785-2332.
Mr. Blackwell says that fossil collecting has exploded over the last several years, especially after the release of the movie "Jurassic Park."
Mr. Blackwell provides services for those who have been left fossil collections by their relatives or who have personally collected them and do not have any idea where to sell them or what their value is.
Q: I'm attracted to hand-painted Nippon china embellished with bead-like decorations which (when touched) feel just like tiny beads. Where can I find information on and examples of such pieces? Is there a Nippon collectors' club, or a book on the subject?
A: To get involved collecting Nippon porcelain, write the International Nippon Collectors' Club c/o Phil Fernkes, 112 Oak Ave. North, Owatonna, Minn. 55060; enclose $20 for an annual membership and bimonthly newsletter, or phone (507) 451-4960 for information.
The group's 14th Annual International Nippon Collectors' Club Convention will take place July 26-30 at the Embassy Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. To attend the convention (which this year will feature "The Salute to the American Indian" portrayed on Nippon as its theme), phone Francile McLain at (317) 642-9225 immediately for details.
To buy or sell Nippon porcelain, write I Love Nippon c/o Terrie Kempe at P.O. Box 222, Riverside, Ill. 60546; enclose a photo of the piece, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer, or phone (708) 442-1701.
More than 830 color photos of Nippon porcelain pieces can be found along with their descriptions, 130 marks, and values in "The Wonderful World of Nippon Porcelain -- 1891-1921" by Kathy Wojciechowski; it is available in a huge, dust-jacketed, hardcover edition for $52.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659. The book also contains reprints of early 20th-century catalog pages picturing Nippon.
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.