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In 1966 True Treasure magazine started publication as a bi-monthly and was soon joined by Treasure World magazine, also a bi-monthly published on alternate months. In December 1975 these two magazines were joined and re-named Lost Treasure magazine.

Over the years three other magazines, Rockhound, Treasure Facts and Treasure Cache were added to the publishing family. Of these six magazines only Treasure Cache/Treasure Facts and Lost Treasure are currently being published.

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Chinese Treasure of the Sealed Cave

By Art Redman
From page 16 of the July, 1977 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1977 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the mid 1950's, Howard Hanford bought some open range land about a mile from the town of Brewster in central Washington. Only later did he discover he had also acquired a lost cave containing a sizeable fortune in gold that Chinese miners a... (443 Total Words)

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Choose A Detector That Suits Your Needs

By Reginald G. Sniff
From page 5 of the July, 1992 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1992 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

A recent letter I received questions whether my name is really Reginald Sniff. Yes, this is my name. Also, several people have asked what is the best detector. My answer may seem like a cop-out, but I have no answer. The reason I say this is becau... (1751 Total Words)

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Choosing A Detector

By Bob Terry
From page 39 of the January, 2010 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

One thing I have noticed about the metal detecting community is that it is filled with individuals that are more than willing to share tips and leads on how to further enjoy this great hobby. And another thing I have noticed is everyone has their ... (1366 Total Words)

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Choosing The Right Detector

By James Mccoy
From page 40 of the April, 1996 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Choose the right detector and your life will be one continuous, fun-filled adventure. But before you buy a detector, first decide on what kind of treasure hunting interests you most. Is it coinshooting? Cache or money hunting? Beachcombing? Or, ma... (1283 Total Words)

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Choosing The Right Internet Hardware

By Andre' Hinds, Lost Treasure Online Webmaster
From page 72 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

If you have already been enjoying the Internet for some time, you might not need to read this, but if you are not yet computer-literate or you think theres something you might be missing, its time to learn some of the basics about the computer equ... (788 Total Words)

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Chris Homoya

By Euel E. Sharp
From page 26 of the August, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Relics, Water, Traveling Treasure Hunter
I had never been to a competitive metal detector hunt in my life and was startng to experience my first and had no idea what-so-ever of what I was supposed to do or where I was supposed to go. I was wor... (1583 Total Words)

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Chrysocolla On The Colorado

By Orville Foster
From page 20 of the February, 1979 issue of Rockhound
Copyright © 1979 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

What does Wyatt Earp, the famous western frontier marshall, have in common with todays rockhound? Well, there is a connection, albeit a somewhat tenous one.
Until recently, this writer didnt know that one of old Wyatts avoca-tions was that of ... (1187 Total Words)

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Chuck Swanson

By Elizabeth Marie Demorest
From page 18 of the January, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
A Treasure Hunter With A Heart Of Gold

This is a story about Chuck Swanson, an ordinary guy in his own estimation. But, when his friends and fellow treasure hunting club members speak of Chuck, it becomes immediately clear that he is far fr... (1547 Total Words)
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Chuck Ward

By James E. Mulkey
From page 15 of the March, 1998 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1998 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Chuck Wards the kind of guy you expect to meet when you think of a gold prospector. He has the grizzled looks of a man who has spent most of his time outdoors which, indeed, he has. He has a well-trimmed beard and wears a cowboy hat. Born and rais... (1592 Total Words)

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Chupadero Treasure

By C.kutac
From page 64 of the June, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In the early part of the 1860's, a military train was transporting gold bars across New Mexico northwest of Albuquerque. The gold convoy was attacked by Navajos in the area of Chupadero, the cluster of buildings called home by Henry Dodge, first a... (151 Total Words)

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Church Treasure Recovered In Panama

By Donald Longanecker
From page 26 of the September, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The year was 1962 (before personal metal detectors existed), and I was stationed in Panama on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.

The month was February, and the Greek Orthodox Church was celebrating its Immersion of the Holy Cross and Be... (787 Total Words)

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Cigarette Packs Hold Some Interesting Items

By David Toussaint
From page 30 of the November, 1996 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1996 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

'Beach hunter finds cache of seven $100 bills inside buried cigarette package'

It was a day like many other days for Harry and Mary Davis of Pensacola, Florida. The retired couple spent the afternoon metal detecting on the beach, something ... (687 Total Words)

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Circuit Rider's Missing Money

By Benito Villa
From page 15 of the August, 1975 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1975 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

In 186,8 an Evangelical Church was founded west of Topeka to bring a measure of religion to the young state of Kansas, which had just passed through a blood-stained history of border warfare.

One year later, a circuit rider from the mission... (543 Total Words)

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City Coinshooting- Where To Look For Coins And How To Find Them

By Ettore And Diana Nannetti
From page 17 of the May, 1993 issue of Treasure Facts
Copyright © 1993 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

We can still remember when we first began metal detecting way back in 1971. In those days, almost every spot you went to was, more often than not, practically untouched by metal detectorists. Not only was almost every site loaded with coins, but y... (922 Total Words)

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City Of Rocks Bandit Loot

By Jamie Ibenze
From page 21 of the January, 2002 issue of Treasure Cache
Copyright © 2002 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The treasure box was so heavy that when a posse of eight men rode up on the site of the robbery, they learned that two trips had been required for the robbers to move the gold to the City of Rocks.

There are more treasure caches buried at t... (3128 Total Words)

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Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of the Tairona

By Monte Crusoe
From page 22 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Spanish chroniclers, who accompanied conquistadors to the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries, described the people of the mountainous Columbian country. One they called the “Tairona” – from “tairo” – meaning goldmakers, in the... (722 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 32 of the May, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

This month’s Civic Patrol features stories about treasure hunters doing good deeds, and comes from detectorists William and Lila Dickerson of Cridersville, Ohio. Read about their finds and how they were able to return three class rings. Here... (1634 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 33 of the March, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
As you may know, these columns are prepared a couple of months in advance of the cover date for the magazine. Although the wonderful job that our editor does makes the publication of this magazine seem easy, it takes quite a bit of skill, patience an... (1004 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 47 of the September, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Thank you for all of your letters for the Civic Patrol. Please keep them coming, without your news this column could not continue.

This month I am using a couple of old stories that I found while re-doing my computer due to a recent hard dr... (1290 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 23 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Deputy’s Ring Found
and Returned by Detectorists
LEBANON – A ceremony was held recently to honor Bill Baecker and two others for their roles in finding the wedding ring that belonged to a Warren County sheriff’s sergean... (1017 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 59 of the July, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The "Civic Patrol" is taking a slight turn to serious matters this month. Recently I have been getting more and more e-mails and news articles about nighthawks.


For those who are not in the know, as I was, nighthawks are illegal detect... (1049 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 33 of the February, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Someone asked me what I was interested in including in this column, well, to be honest, the content will be up to you. Personally, I would like to see anything that shows good will or a sense of the innate honesty that most metal detector... (1036 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 31 of the March, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
This month we are lucky to have some news from the Midwest. The Midwest Coinshooters and Historical Club of St. Louis, Missouri, is very active in their area and frequently report on assistance that they try to give to others. This time we have two ... (982 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 48 of the January, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Over the course of several years, I have become involved in a number of different forums. Some involve metal detecting, others are about coins, and others, well...I have many hobbies.
Many of the folks meet there share a lot of great stories, b... (1333 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 56 of the May, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Our first Civic Patrol story this month comes from Dean “Deano” Ricker, President of the Siouxland Metal Detecting and Archeological Club (SMDAC). The unique adventure is best told in Dean’s own words.
He said, "I would... (1894 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 36 of the July, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

The Suncoast Research & Recovery Club of Pinellas Park, Florida, recently received a call requesting assistance in finding a lost engagement ring in a yard. Club member Mike Brown made arrangements to meet and hunt for the ring... (1074 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 39 of the May, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Recently at Rehoboth Beach Del., as I was going on the beach at Norfolk Avenue, there were three young ladies coming off the beach and they asked me if I would look for a ring one of them lost. I thought the ring was probably not where the person ... (1675 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 27 of the April, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Members of the Putnam-Westchester Metal Detectorist and Archeological Society performed this months civic duties, as printed in their newsletter, The Hudson Valley Explorer. This is a very active club and they have provided us with many stories of fi... (884 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the July, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
The Civic Patrol is on the hunt once again. To the many contributors, thank you for your submissions. Please note that this column is written in advance and it may be a while before I can use your submission. While we have reviewed many ways to use t... (1286 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 31 of the September, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
There are times that we all return something we have found just for that warm and fuzzy feeling it gives us and, most of the time when we do this, that is all we receive aside from a thank you.


I am not saying that it is not right for ... (1224 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 56 of the November, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Following is a story about the extraordinary experience of three members of the Mid Florida Historical Research & Recovery Association (MFHRRA) and their seemingly impossible recovery of crime scene evidence.

Steve Lindsay, Chuck Ba... (1429 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 32 of the July, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Treasure in Trash!
By Blaine Nelson of the Austin Metal Detecting Club, Texas.
The Austin Metal Detecting Club offers a service to the community to search for lost items. We have a “search team” whose members respond to requests that come i... (1286 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 39 of the September, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
My name is Robert Lichtenberg and I am a member of the Trail’s West Artifact Society in Ogden, Utah, a metal detecting club. 
This article was recently posted in our local newspaper about our club going out to a crash site to locate a wedding ri... (1954 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 59 of the March, 2007 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2007 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
It has been three years since I introduced the idea of writing about the Civic Duties the wonderful followers of this hobby perform.

During that time I have seen innumerable stories where metal detectorists have gone out of their way t... (1436 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 39 of the January, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Thanks to everyone who is busy out there showing the world that we are not just finding and keeping things that others lose. I dont understand the attitude of some people toward our hobby, but we do have a number of dedicated members who are willing ... (1179 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 32 of the July, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

They view their wedding bands as something much, much, more valuable than gold.

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 36 of the September, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Allan Osborne sent an e-mail message to us regarding a gold class ring lost 38 years ago being found.
Allan said, "I have been coming to Vero Beach in the winter now for five years from Ontario, Canada. My brother retired last fall and i... (1454 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 24 of the November, 2010 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2010 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Gary McNew of the Gold Coast Treasure Club, Inc. shares the first story in this month’s Civic Patrol.
I was out hunting one of my favorite beaches recently. This time of year all the easy targets are gone, so I was working a section of the beach... (1660 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank J Colletti
From page 30 of the December, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
My wife Jan and I took a vacation at the shore in Avalon, New Jersey. Our friends, Mary Lou and Louie, stayed with us and we hunted together for several days. The weather was hot and sunny, never rained so the hunting was very good. We found the usua... (673 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 50 of the October, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Each and every month I am amazed by the wonderful good deeds that the members of this hobby perform, usually without any though of compensation, although it is very nice when someone appreciates the work and efforts that go into finding and ret... (1497 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 43 of the May, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Sitting here, I continue to be amazed by the wonderful stories that I have the pleasure of presenting on this page. The Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists and Archaeological Society has provided us with two tales of found items. I want to thank... (1052 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 56 of the January, 2011 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2011 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Diver finds $7,000 ring

in Lake Minnetonka

Submitted to Lost Treasure by Dave Impola

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 32 of the March, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

By John Hawken

& John Thorson

It’s been a great day! You and the family have just returned home from the annual barbecue at the neighborhood pool.

The weather was perfect and the whole neighborhood had fu... (753 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Celine Buffett
From page 14 of the November, 2012 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2012 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

By Keith Gepner
On Thursday May 17, 2012, the Crook County Parks and Recreation Department in Prineville, Oregon, contacted my wife and me.
They said, since we had our county metal detecting permits, they wanted to ask us to please call ... (271 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank J Colletti
From page 62 of the November, 2004 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2004 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
Once again a member of the Federation of Metal Detector & Archaeological Clubs, Inc., has come to the rescue, although the return was 89 years after the event, it is still a fascinating story of what can be accomplished when you put your mind to ... (797 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 62 of the May, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I have received many stories over the years this column has been published. Some of the best stories come from the most unusual places; this one, by Allan Holden, was forwarded to me from an anonymous source, so I promised to protect his identity.
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 61 of the November, 2008 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2008 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
In the spirit of we cant do it all, I have decided to add a neat news item recently published in press. Not just detectorists are heroes to the public and, in this instance, six- and 12-year-olds are the heroes of the day.


Another inst... (1117 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 27 of the March, 2009 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2009 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 
I have been writing about good deeds done by metal detectorists for some time now, and it never ceases to amaze me how many hobbyists are willing to go out of their way to help others.


This last weekend I was luck to meet a very nice g... (1300 Total Words)
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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 30 of the January, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

Lost & Found

Once again, a member of the Federation of Metal Detector & Archaeological Clubs, Inc. (FMDAC) has come to the rescue, using perseverance plus a lot of work and luck. Returned ring stories never cease to amaze me. Th... (1116 Total Words)

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Civic Patrol

By Frank Colletti
From page 30 of the February, 2005 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2005 Lost Treasure, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 

During the time that I have asked our fellow hobbyists for contributions to this column, I have enjoyed reading the various stories that have arrived, sometimes by snail mail, often by e-mail. Often they just make you feel glad that you can say yo... (1084 Total Words)

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