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N.Y. World’s Fair souvenirs have value

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Question: My brother and I attended the New York World’s Fair during the summer of 1965. We brought back a suitcase of souvenirs. Several weeks ago, I discovered the collection in the storage room in my garage and almost tossed it but thought I would contact you first. Keep or toss? – Misty, Tucson

Answer: For more than a century, World’s Fairs and Expositions have been popular in America. Some of the events of special interest to collectors include the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, the Pan American Fair of 1901, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the 1915 Panama Pacific Fair, the 1933 Chicago “Century of Progress” Exposition, the 1939 World’s Fair of New York, the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Typical values for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York are a key chain with likeness of the Unisphere, $60; license plate with logo, $50; model of Unisphere, $25; playing cards featuring scenes of the fair, $45; and a “Unisphere” apron, $75. As you can see, you might have some items that are worth cold cash and before you toss your collection, consult an expert. Two contacts that might be helpful are the World’s Fair Collectors Society, P.O. Box 80206, Sarasota, FL 34276; Scott Wagner, New York Memories Antiques and Collectibles, 1410 Avenue S., Suite 2F, Brooklyn, NY 11229.

Q: I have a small collection of coloring books from the 1930s and ’40s. Where can I sell them? – Barbara, Tucson

A: Lois Helen Brown is a collector who is especially interested in coloring books published from about 1930 through the 1960s. Her address is 154 W. 500 S, Peru, IN 46970.

In addition to his work for the Tucson Citizen, Larry Cox writes book reviews and a weekly collectibles column that are syndicated by King Features and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. E-mail: contactlarrycox@aol.com.

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Q: Several years ago, I purchased a box of wooden bobbins and spools from an old mill in New England. I was told they were pre-1900. Who can I contact to find out how much they are now worth? – Gary, Tucson

A: David W. Harris is a dealer who buys and sells textile mill supplies, bobbins, spools, shuttles and other related materials. He might be able to help you. His address is Joel S. Perkins & Sons Inc., P.O. Box 299, South Strafford, VT 05070. A second source is Dick and Ann Poole, owners of Ma’s Bobbin Works Inc., P.O. Box 667, Newcastle, ME 04553.

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