Q&A on Collecting
Little magazine has some value
Q: I have the first four volumes of the hard cover “Eros” magazine. It was published in 1962 by Ralph Ginzburg. I enclosed a copy of the cover of Volume III that featured Marilyn Monroe. The photos were taken by photographer Ben Stern, six weeks before Monroe died. The magazine is 13 inches by 10 inches in size, and all four volumes are in very good condition. What would a collector pay for my magazines? Thank you for any information you can give me.
A: Much of the content of Ginzburg's magazines, Eros, was shocking and titillating erotica for the time but mild by today's fare. Eros was the Greek god of love, and Ginzburg's magazines were devoted to stories and articles about love and sex. Ginzburg attempted to peddle subscriptions to his new publication by sending unsolicited racy requests to possible upscale buyers/readers. Many of those who received the mailings were outraged and reported the solicitations to the post office. The Supreme Court declared the material was obscene. Ginzburg was arrested and ultimately sentenced and convicted of using the United States Postal Service to send “prurient and pandering” advertising. The demise of his quarterly magazine can be attributed to the extremely high cost of publishing and his legal and financial woes. Ginzburg was sentenced to five years and served nine months in prison. Your four volumes are in demand by collectors and would probably fetch at least $250 in an antiques shop or on the Internet.
Q: I have enclosed a drawing of the name on the face of an antique mantle clock that belonged to my father 75 years ago. I was told the clock is a tambour style. It has an eight-day spring wound movement, Westminster chimes that strike on the half-hour and hour and Arabic numerals rather than Roman numerals. The frame is dark wood and sets on little round feet. It is in excellent condition. What can you tell me about my clock?
A: Your mantle clock was made by Ansonia Clock Company in Brooklyn, N.Y., around 1925. The case/frame is probably mahogany. Wood tambour mantel clocks were very popular in the early 1900s. The value of your clock would probably be $175 to $225.
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