Q. Can you still redeem Gold Bond stamps?

— Judy, DeWitt

A. Unfortunately no, but Gold Bond stamps may still be worth something to collectors.

We contacted www.clubcarlson.com and were told they no longer accept Gold Bond stamps for redemption.

However, Gold Bond memorabilia is being sold online to collectors. Prices range from $1.75 for trading stamps to $1,995.00 for a mint five-foot metal sign for Gold Bond stamps. Online vendors include eBay.com, Etsy.com, etc.

Locally, you may want to contact:

The guys from American Pickers on The History Channel:

Mike Wolfe 115 1/2 Davenport St., LeClaire, IA 52753.

Phone: 563-265-3939.

Store hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Frank Fritz Finds, 324 Main St., Savanna, IL 61074.

Phone: 815-273-2661.

Store hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. 

Email: Form available on website

Gold Bond Stamp Co. was founded in 1938 by Curt Carlson, who started the company with $55 in borrowed money. Gold Bond stamps were a consumer loyalty program based on trading stamps to provide incentives for grocery stores.

Today, Carlson (formerly Carlson Companies) is a multi-billion dollar international company and owns such well-known chains as Radisson, Country Inns & Suites, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and T.G.I. Friday's.

Q. Who was the Hardacre Theatre, Tipton, Iowa, named after?

— Alma, Davenport

A. According to information on www.thehardacre.org, it was named after Jacob Hardacre, an active I.O.O.F. member, who stipulated that the building be used in part for I.O.O.F. functions.

The building originally opened in 1916 as an opera house. In 1919, the building was converted to a movie theater. The original construction was funded by the estate of Jacob Hardacre who died Aug. 10, 1912.

Q. Was the legendary pool player, Minnesota Fats, ever at Marando's Restaurant in Milan, Ill.?

— Glenn, Rock Island

A. Glenn, according to information at www.marandosrestaurant.com, Minnesota Fats made a guest appearance at Marando's Restaurant, Milan, in the 1950s. Minnesota Fats is listed twice on the website, suggesting he may have made a second appearance at Marando's.

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