Q: I bought a Commodore Plus/4 computer about 30 years ago. I never learned to use it. In fact, it is in its original box. I would like to find out what it is worth. — Alec, Spicer, Minnesota
A: I would hold on to your computer for a few more years since early computers and computer games are beginning to attract the attention of collectors. That means current prices are sure to increase.
Your Commodore Plus/4 system was one of the first home computers, and the fact that it is in its original packaging makes it especially attractive. I found several Plus/4 computers available for sale, all priced in the $75-$150 range. One was in its original box with power adapter and built-in programs on ROM. It was priced at $95.
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Q: I have an oil painting done by Touis Ponsen. Do you know anything about this painter and where I might sell this picture? — Darlene, Calico Rock, Arkansas
A: I think you may have copied the name wrong. Even though I can’t find any information on a Touis Ponsen, I did find a short biography of Tunis Ponsen, who was born in the Netherlands in 1891 and immigrated to the United States in about 1914. He was a painter and settled in Western Michigan. Ponsen was known for his landscapes and treatment of light.
I can’t help you find a buyer for your painting. However, I suggest you contact art dealers in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Little Rock.
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Q: My late uncle was a golfer, and he often haunted thrift shops searching for sheet music featuring golf themes. The earliest sheet seems to be “With Your Plus Fours On” from 1923. — Bill, Davenport, Iowa
A: The piece of music you listed in your letter is valued in the $75-$100 range. I found it documented in the “Official Price Guide to Golf Collectibles” by Edward Kiersh and published by House of Collectibles books. Golf memorabilia has become extremely popular in recent years, and prices have steadily risen accordingly. Of particular interest are pre-1950
golf clubs, tournament programs, medals, trophies
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How Does Your Pet Handle the Cold?
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: The other day, I watched a neighbor walk her small Pug on an icy sidewalk in 19-degree weather. Her dog wore a sweater but had no protection for its paws, and it was limping onto the pavement and then off onto the crusted snowpack to find somewhere to “go.”
Even though she was taking her dog out for only a few minutes, the conditions were very uncomfortable and maybe even painful for the dog. Can you tell your readers to be aware of the outdoor conditions and only let their pets out if they’re capable of handling the weather? Not all dogs are the same, and they don’t necessarily “get used to it” when it’s extremely cold or hot. — Sid P., Lowell, Massachusetts
DEAR SID: That is a very good point! Even with a protective sweater or vest and booties, conditions can just be too extreme for your pet. And that definition of “too extreme” can vary for each of your pets. A large dog may handle cold weather much better, for much longer, than a small or even medium-size dog.
How can you tell what a dog can handle? First, some breeds are known for their tolerance to cold — or lack thereof. A Dachsund has very low tolerance and may quickly get ill, while a Bernese mountain dog thrives in cold, snowy landscapes. Second, each dog has its own level of tolerance, regardless of breed. Owners must protect their pets from the cold, observe their behavior when they go out (do they whimper, shiver or limp?) and respond immediately. For small dogs with tiny paws and low cold tolerance, invest in pee pads to use on chilly days.
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