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Re: How to research trap door serial number for history
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 26 August 2013, at 8:31 p.m., in response to How to research trap door serial number for history, posted by Gail on Monday, 26 August 2013, at 7:25 p.m.
Was that "Trapdoors Galore" in Las Vegas by any chance? They have a VERY bad reputation in the trade.
Everyone has access to the same records (short of going to the National Archives and starting from scratch which would take a newbie months and thousands of dollars). And then, those are the SAME records which were published in four books in the 1980s-90s, which many of us own.
Here, we charge nothing for the "$37 level", and NOBODY would look "from scratch" for $150. That is a TOTAL ripoff - the number is either one of the survivors, or it isn't - you don't go to the NA with a number on a piece of paper! I believe the cost of a "letter of authentication" (for a number already found) IS now around $150. Used to be $25, but I'm old.
The rub is that, due to the very low rate of survival, we only have data on about one arm out of 20. So, let's have the number - we'll tell you if it is "known", and THEN send you direct to the source (which is NOT T.G.!) if you get a hit. Need the full six digits - no "x"s.
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