I also have her complete collection of Sky and Telescope magazines ,from 1951 To present....
I checked your want ad. You sure did make a serious dent in the list!
That is a cool looking 'scope even without the history. All that documentation takes it to a whole different level.
How I got this scope and magazines is a story in itself ...And A Long One At That..
I hope you're not being a tease, but will share some of the story at some point.
ME?.... A Tease, Not at all
I said it was a long story , you ask for it
And So It Goes
The following is a description on how I Thomas M. Kiehl became the custodian of the Alice Mae Weiss 1951 Sky-Scope telescope.
It all started on 1/13/14 when I received a response to an ad on Craiglist that I had , asking for Sky and Telescope magazines ,Wanted....below is a copy of the response I got from Kathy, ( Alice's daughter)
In browsing for a buyer for magazines I found your listing. I have Sky & Telescope magazines from May 1951 to present with only 1 missing. These magazines are from a non-smoking home and have been stored in an in-house store room and are in very good to excellent condition. I see you are from Ohio and these magazines are in Kewanee IL. If you are interested please contact me. Thanks,Kathy
Hello Kathy, ,,,Yessss, I am very much interested...What would you like to do with them? Sell them as a lot ? OR sell just the ones I need to complete my collection? I'm willing to pick up if need be. to save on shipping ... here is a list of what I need...........
These two responses were sent via. Craigslist relay. Sometimes this method works and sometimes it doesn't . So I waited two days for a response and there was none. So I tried again with this.
Are you getting my replies through Craigslist????? sometimes replies go to spam when Craigslist relay is used
Still, no response, So I went to Craigslist in Kewanee,IL. And did a search for a possible ad that maybe Kathy might of posted, and yes I did find her ad, and responded to her ad. Kathy did get that response and replied back to me.
Tom,I did not get the other emails. Thank you for your response. I really have no idea what they are worth. I have seen prices all over the board. My mother passed and she had saved many things including the Sky & Telescope magazines. If you could give me an idea what you would be willing to pay, we could start there. Thanks,Kathy
What Kathy,,, FOR the whole lot ? or by the piece?
The whole lot
I thought you would say that.... Darn, I don't know ? That's allot of paper! I can really only use about 144 issues out of the 750 sky and telescope magazines but I would buy the lot if the price was right. I have no interest in the Nat Geo's..I would then have to try to sell the doubles , just like you are trying to do... but if you want to be rid of them to open up some space. Then make me an offer that I can't refuse and i will come and get them out of your house and you'll have some extra CASH. But I'll have the added expense of Gas round trip to get them.
So....what’s the right price for you???
Me, ( the next day)
Good morning Kathy,
First off please let me back up here a little bit. You said that this was your mother's collection of astronomy ( Sky and Telescope) magazines and that she has passed. Please let me apologize , and say I'm sorry for your loss. My mother is 91 years old and living in a assisted living facility here in Ohio and every day is a blessing. Was your mother an amateur astronomer? Did she have a telescope?
I myself , like your mother, collect many things also. Right now it is classic telescopes and these old magazines. I got started collecting Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazine last year when I just missed by 15 min. an entire collection of both from the first to present, off of Craigslist in Pennsylvania for $150.00 ....Since then I have been driven to acquire these the hard way.
Being a retired water treatment plant operator,I have taken up being an amateur astronomer and restore old telescopes as a hobby. I have had two separate collections given to me ,by other astronomers in or club, and 78 from a person in PA. @ $1.00 apiece for $100.00 ,, shipped the shipping on those was $35 for Media postage...They get heavy LOL....I presently am waiting on another 26 Sky and Tell mags. from Matane ,Quebec, @ $1.00 apiece and $32.97 shipping = a total of $58.97 these 26 when they come in, would be subtracted from the wont list I sent you, making 118 issues usable for me, instead of 144..
Kathy,.... IF ....I was so lucky to buy these , the 118 they would fill a massive hole in my collection... But I would have to drive my 2001 Dodge truck 509 mi. one way at 7.5 hrs. and at least $ 200.00 in gas round trip.
Most...SANE, people just download these back issues off of the Internet for free but not me..LOL.
With that all said ,,,,would you consider $2.00 an issue for the 118 issues that I need and I pick up , and you don't have to mess with shipping them and you can sell the rest. Or I'll take them all and I would give the ones I don't need to a good friend. That would be $ 236.00 for the 118 issues, plus my gas at a total for me around $436.00 for 118 issues of Sky and Telescope magazines,,,,WOW...
Please let me know , if your answer is NO, I'll understand.
Best Regards , Tom
You, Sir, have a deal. $236.00 and you take them all. Sound OK? I know it would give her great joy to know they are in the hands of someone who truly appreciates them. Thank you for your condolences. Yes, I guess you could call her an amateur astronomer, but not so much in her later years. She too was 91 when she passed. I also have her telescope which she bought in August 1951……Skyscope ‘The Finder 125’ w/ book. 35 power eyepiece. She was very well read and had a mind like a steel trap. So if the $236 for all the Sky & Telescope works for you, we have a deal and you can let me know when it is convenient for you to come. Thanks, Kathy
AWESOME ! ....And thank you so very much, Kathy. When and Where and what Time would be good for you to do this transfer of custodianship??? Being retired I can leave just about any time,,,, Just say when works best for you..
Also may I have a contact phone number ? God forbid, I get lost, of delayed on the trip over?
Kathy, would you consider selling your Mother's telescope to me also? I would be honored to add it to my collection. and keep it for the rest of my years.
Thank you so very much, Tom Kiehl
So on January 20, 2014, I made the drive, and took on custodianship of the ….Alice Mae Weiss 1951 Sky-Scope, telescope , and her collection of Sky and Telescope magazines.
And So It Goes