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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1987 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Tony Hyman knows of a guy who has 300 telephones in his house, another who keeps glass eyes ("any color, rights or lefts") and still another with a collection of prison wear. He can tell you about people on the hunt for pre-1945 fishing tackle or locks of hair of famous people or mint-condition air-sickness bags. Hyman, a Claremont writer, collects collectors.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you just had to have a fire extinguisher from a 1942 U.S. Army jeep, the San Fernando Valley was the place to be Saturday. It also was the place to find a gas mask from the Spanish Civil War, Mongolian military decorations, samurai swords, or an arresting children's book from 1935--a biography of Adolph Hitler with some of his own sketches.
NEWS
March 20, 2001 | CAMILLA A. HERRERA, STAMFORD ADVOCATE
The kiddie-meal toys your children collect are more than child's play. They may be worth money. They already are to Robert J. Sodaro of Norwalk, Conn., author of his first book, "Kiddie Meal Collectibles," a comprehensive price guide for the ever-growing market of fast-food toy collectibles. "Many of these toys have a great level of ingenuity," says Sodaro, an avid superhero comic book, toy and gadget collector.
NEWS
January 23, 1988 | GARY LIBMAN, Times Staff Writer
They are going to fill the Glendale Civic Auditorium with odd, old objects this weekend--dolls, teddy bears, tin signs and cash registers, ancient advertisements, store fixtures, games and carrousel animals. Such items usually end up in the junk yard, but, as any collector will tell you, relative scarcity is what makes collectibles. And both collectors and collectibles will be in abundance at the All-American Collector's Show from noon to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NEWS
May 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
An amateur art collector has offered $135,805 for an abstract painting listed on EBay's online auction site. If it proves to be an original by the late Richard Diebenkorn, it could be a stunningly good investment. If not, Robert Keereweer of Nieuwkoop, Holland, will have thrown a great deal of money away on a garage-sale knockoff originally offered for 25 cents on an Internet site where the mantra is "buyer beware."
BUSINESS
February 21, 1996 | Greg Johnson
Mention Mac Yasuda's name to serious guitar players and chances are they'll recognize the Newport Beach resident as the guy who owns one of the world's premier guitar collections. The Japan native fell in love with the stringed instruments, and purchased his first collector guitar--a battered old Gibson--after moving to the United States in 1970. In recent years, he has collected hundreds of rare instruments, some of which cost $50,000 or more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
The items Ruth Oldham of Studio City has on display for Christmas this year are small, and that's the way she likes it. Oldham is a collector of Christmas miniatures, but she does not think small. On display are the more than 1,000 pieces she has collected over 30 years. They fill shelves that take up an entire wall in her apartment, depicting Santa's workshop, Santa's living room, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, a sleigh room and a candy factory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1990 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call him the Ant Man of Altadena. Also the Wasp Man, Beetle Man and Fly Man. Just watch as Robert H. Crandall--head down, rear up, arms bent and tucked to his sides--crouches his medium-sized frame into the attack pose of a deer fly. "They can bite you but good," said Crandall, 75, whose fascination with insects and crawling things dates from his childhood--and an actual, memorable bite.
NEWS
September 26, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the bananas and imported cars that roll through the quiet Port of Hueneme came a bit of unexpected cargo: an operational Scud missile. The Russian-made missile, which gained notoriety in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, arrived earlier this month via cargo ship for a weapons collector in Northern California but was quickly confiscated by U.S. Customs Service officials, port spokesman Kam Quarles confirmed Friday.
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
Anyone who thinks that if you've seen one Santa Claus, you've seen them all has never trekked down to Kenneth W. Blanchard's basement. From floor to ceiling, shelves are lined with row upon row of right jolly old elves who have cheeks like roses and noses like cherries. There are music boxes, pins, mugs, salt-and-pepper sets, figurines, tin wind-up toys, banks, wooden incense burners, pocket knives, spoons, rings and tie tacks.
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