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For several months, we have been converting our subscription information from a manual system to a computerized one. I have been told that beginning with this issue, we WILL have our new computer labels, which should show the new expiration dates. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed, since I write this letter several weeks before the issue is mailed!)
Your new label will have a customer number (a combination of your current zip code and initials of your name) and an expiration issue. If you write to us, especially with an address change, it would be helpful to include your customer number.
Here is what a label for me would look like if my subscription were to expire with the November/December 1985 issue:
Note that if your subscription would have expired with Nov/Dec 1985, it will now expire with September 1985 (0985) because of the change to monthly publication.
We have been very careful in putting our information into the computer, but it is almost certain that in handling over 20,000 names, addresses and subscription records, we shall have made some errors. Please drop us a card or note if we've made an error that should be corrected, and do try to be patient!
If the expiration dates which have changed because of our going monthly are confusing to you, do refer back to your May issue, page 1, where we printed a chart showing the new and old dates.
Back in the March/April issue, we carried a story on The Metcalfes and Manufacturing in Quincy (Pennsylvania). There was an error in the caption on the photo on page 6. This engine is not an engine manufactured by Quincy, nor was it made in 1889. It is in fact a Domestic type F engine made after 1911-12. The photo did come from an early Quincy salesman's sample book, however.
Don Kirkpatrick of 447 A Springton Road, Glen Moore, PA 19343 pointed out our error to us, and provided additional background material. Don is working on a history of Domestic, based on his collection of Company records. In any case, we are responsible for this error and felt it warranted correction.
Incidentally, it is not too early to let us know about new clubs and shows that should be included in our 1986 Show Directory, so drop us a line if you know of new (or old) shows not included in the 1985 Directory which should be carried in future issues. All we need is a contact person's address and we'll do the rest!