WWII Model Railroader Magazines

I've got a bunch of WWII Model Railroader Magazines. I really don't have the desire to hold on to them. Is there any value to them that I should be aware of or are there any recommendations to see them to a good museum or something (in a whole lot)?

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I know I would like to see them in my collection 

In all seriousness, I have a decent number of those from the 1950’s and 60’s, they don’t tend to go for much though. Mostly useful for referencing what people have done in the past. It’s why I keep mine, to get ideas from old ideas

The Local O Gauge Nut, confined to the attic of the insane asylum known as the family home.

I have many WW2 Magazines, novels, papers in my collections of Home front items. I have also 2 or 3 Model Railroad magazines which I paid 15.00 to 19.00. I saw one go for and sell for 29.00 on the Bay. WW2 items, even paper and magazine do attract a higher premium, especially for the Home Front collectors. 

I donate the old magazines to the local RR museum, for resale by them in their used bookstore. Perhaps you have one locally.Our museum doesn't take as many different varieties as it used to, but yours might be interested in old MRs, for their historical value.

John 

 

 LCCA PCA TCA

 ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM        

 www.irm.org   

 

 

 

bmoran4 posted:

I've got a bunch of WWII Model Railroader Magazines. I really don't have the desire to hold on to them. Is there any value to them that I should be aware of or are there any recommendations to see them to a good museum or something (in a whole lot)?

I would scan them into a computer and upload them so they will be online for everyone to see.  

Our local hobby shop used to give you a nickel for MR and price them at $.50 and had boxes of them.  Just took 3 more boxes to him and he suggested to trash them.  Took them to a couple of Timonium MD train shows then finally trashed them.  Seems magazines have very little to no after market value.  I give my OGR, CTT & O Scale trains to a rag hustler on the O scale circuit.  I see him carry them from show to show.  I think it is his social life.

I did have a collection of MR from the fifties for nostalgic reasons but eventually gave them away.

Eternity is a long time to have been wrong.

If they are in mint condition with no musty smells, they have some value. If I were getting rid of mine I would try to find someone that would enjoy them and sell them for the cost of shipping. MR has digitized them, most people would rather read them on a computer  and not deal with the smell of old magazines or the space they take.

Mike

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