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September 2009 Newsletter
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Email: Abby@cornellpubs.com (please don't "return" this newsletter to the unmonitored mailbox)

        In This Issue:

              1. Calls from the Wilds
              2. New Books and Special Thanks to Lenders
              3. Letters from Readers
              4. Rants and Raves
              5. Notes for New Readers
              6. Parts Suppliers
              7. Provenance for Your Gun
              8. Serial Numbers by Year for Your Gun
              9. Original Publications for sale
              10. Old Newsletters

Calls from the Wilds:Calls from the Wilds Image

*If for any reason this letter does not display properly- Press this link to see the newsletter online.

*Last month's pain in the neck newsletter program problems were enough to force me to bite the bullet and hire a company to send newsletters for me. Apparently the host site that actually sent out the newsletter changed the way it interpreted from whence the newsletter came and called half of them spam. Meanwhile the program on my computer sending the newsletter claimed it was doing everything right. I spent days on the phone with one side blaming the other until I gave up. Under the new plan, I upload the newsletter and the company sends it out and handles all the subscribers/unsubscribers and everything else. It isn't cheap, but it, I hope, will give me back my life! Of course, I am sorry that some of you may not have received the August newsletter or may have received two. With luck it won't happen again.

If you didn't see the August newsletter, click this line

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Referencing the August newsletter, the palm tree at the Bil Mar restaurant in Western Michigan I asked about is fake about 20 feet high, and is there to help visitors believe they are in a sunny tropical isle. I like Ed Cornett's answer to the question about its origin best:

"Abby, That "palm Tree" is a cell phone tower. Lots of them in So. Calif. where I live and they blend in quite well with the millions of real palm trees!  Ed Cornett"

Ed, Thanks for your note. Actually the Palm Tree is a fake, about 20 feet tall, but your guess is close enough for a $10 credit! Abby

Ed wrote back; "That Palm Tree is fake, for sure, but if you look carefully, you will see the antennas sticking out of the top. No reason for a fake tree unless you are receiving and sending signals from other towers or a satelite.  Thanks for the $10 certificate!   Good Luck,  Ed Cornett

*What's the saying?  What goes round comes round!


It is the month of June, on the shores of the Irish Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. 
  
Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. 
  
He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one. 
  
The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher. 
  
The  butcher takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the pig grower. 
  
The pig grower takes the 100 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel. 
  
The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 100 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute who in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit. 
  
The hooker runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 100 Euro note to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there. 
  
The hotel proprietor then lays the 100 Euro note back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything. 
  
At that moment, the rich tourist comes down after inspecting the rooms, and takes his 100 Euro note, after saying that he did not like any of the rooms, and leaves town. 
  
No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now without debt, and looks to the future with a lot of optimism. 
  
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Government does its business.

Thanks to Jim Buchanan in lovely Tunbridge Wells, England

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*Or...

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in   California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have  in your herd, Will you  give me a calf?"  
                             
Bud  looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?" The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone,  and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the  area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
                                    
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in   Hamburg, Germany.  Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
                                       
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and  calves." "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud. He watches the young man select one of the animals and  looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.  
             
Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?" The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"
                                   
"You're a Congressman for the U.S. Government", says Bud. Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"  “No guessing required.." answered the cowboy.  "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter.  This is a herd of sheep. ... Now give me back my dog.

Thanks to Pete Hubbel from New Hampshire, WWII Air Corps Armamants Officer and one of the Greatest Generation

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DAFFY DUCK PARACHUTE JUMP -

This is so addictive!

 

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New Books and Special thanks. This month I added over 50 titles so in the interest of brevity I will simply list them. Quite a few come from my files of scanned catalogs, many of which were made before I started tracking the nice folks who lent them to me. My apologies if I left out your attribution.

Speaking of the generosity of my readers, I must say that if any of you have rare catalogs you would be willing to let me scan (read below about how I do it) now is the time! Weather will soon be cooling, the garden put to bed for the winter and I am ready to go. Please contribute to my campaign to save these important artifacts of days long past and rest assured that when I go, this collection, one of the best in the world, will live on for future generations. It is too often that I have an exchange like the one below with Jim Tuttles. I really do respect my customer's right to sell their catalogs at the highest price and I go way out of my way to make certain I don't damage anything. Mainly I am looking for pre-WWII catalogs, especially those from the 1800s but I also need to fill in holes for all years. Abby

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*Download our latest flyer of old gun catalogs requires Adobe Reader - which is free- if you don't have it click: Get Adobe Reader

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Letters from Readers:

*Abby, I have a box of old catalogs I found in the attic at my grandparents house. Most are gun company catalogs but a few are mass merchants like Sears and others but they are all old and brittle. I want to sell them. Where do you think the best place to do that is? Jim Tuttles

 

Jim, Please let me look at them before you get rid of them! I would love ot preserve them for future generations by scanning tham and adding them to my collection. The place to sell them is on Ebay starting in September. Abby

Thanks Abby but I would rather sell them than copy them and risk damage and have the copies available at the same time I am selling. Thank you for the information about Ebay. Jim

 

Jim, I wouldn't touch your catalogs if I thought I would damage them in any way and I promise not to advertise my copies until you sell yours. Please give me the chance to look over the collection. I can even give you an idea what they are worth.

Jim never wrote back.

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*Vladimir Golyakhovsky is looking for the maker of a gun he has. Vlad believes it is a 9mm Flobert and carries the word Belgium and the number 3113 on the receiver and the bayonet. You can reach him at sksvlad@yahoo.com if you have any suggestions.

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Col. James E. Murray, USAF Wrote: "Thank you very much for your time and help in finding some of the information that we have been looking for regarding the Felix Saraquata O/U 12 gauge shotgun.  We have several of these shotguns and we are looking for schematic diagrams and parts for them.  The guns and their
parts seem to have been manufactured from very soft metals.  The results are that they break- especially the firing pins and some of the screws are easily stripped during the repair process.

So we are looking for anyone with a good schematic diagrams of the guns specifically the following:

Felix Saraquata O/U 12 gauge shotguns:

Model 35E Extra Luxe Over and Under
Model 35 E Luxury Trap Model

Additionally, we are looking for parts for these same guns.

Any information that you or your readers can provide would be tremendously appreciated.

JAMES E. MURRAY, Col, USAF
Commander, 7th Mission Support group
Dyess AFB, Texas 79607

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This month's winner is: "I wanted to see the pictures of the bicycles to see which catalog I was going to buy. Seeings how you have such a s****y attitude about the whole thing, you can keep you catalogs. Kudos on the PR skills. Great seller." flootieusfl

This clown wanted me to send him pictures of several bicycles from different catalogs... for free, of course. His isn't alone. I get scores of requests for pictures of guns, ammo, whistles, rods, reels, lures, traps and every sporting item you can think of. It is impossible for me to send all these freebies for two reasons. First, in most cases, all the greedy bum wants is a free picture so I couldn't expect so much a as thanky ma'am in return. Second, for the time it takes to find the picture, go to the archives, locate the picture of the item and then either print it or shrink it enough to send by email it takes longer than just printing the entire catalog. I just cannot justify the time. Abby :-)

To see pages of Rants and Raves, and my replies, go to: RAVES and RANTS

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Notes for New Readers (and useful information for everyone)-

*The purpose of this section is to repeat in every newsletter some of the things I have said in past newsletters. By naming the section "Notes for New Readers", longtime subscribers may simply skip over it and read something new to them.

*I get, on average, about 300 new subscribers each month. Many are folks who signed up. Others are people I automatically signed up when they bought something at an auction site or my website. Of the ones I sign up to get the newsletter normally only six or eight unsubscribe each month, usually because they have a last name the same as a catalog they bought or made the purchase for a friend or relative. I am naturally flattered that so many folks are pleased to hear from me once a month and thank you all for your indulgence.

*SPAM!! Spammers intercept emails using various tools and strip the emails of all the addresses. All it takes is for one addressee on your list to visit the wrong site on the internet and wham all the addresses you mailed to are on a spam list.

But there is something you can do to help fight SPAM. When you forward emails to many individuals use the BCC: space (stands for Blind Carbon Copy) instead of the To: or CC: spaces in your email forwards.

Many address books will only put selected email addresses into the TO: box so go ahead and do that. Hold down your left mouse key, select all with the addressees your cursor and release the left mouse key. Go to Edit, Cut. Then click on BCC:, click Edit and Paste. Finally, put your own email address in the TO: box and press Send. None of the other email addresses will be visible to any of the addressees and they will love you for not contributing to the spread of SPAM! Whoopee!

*Paypal- I don't like Paypal and I don't think they make much of an effort to be less arrogant that they have been in the past, but, I use Paypal to process credit cards because they are cheaper by far than a bank for a small online business, They are reliable and they are secure. No, I don't like many of their policies but they are the least expensive I can find so we have to live with it. I do accept checks if you prefer and I don't wait for them to clear. If you stiff me with a check you go directly to the Rants and Raves column with your full name and address displayed for the world to see. By the way, Paypal has softened (somewhat) it's previously hard line with respect to firearms and is now more reasonable. I wrote about it in my July 2007 Newsletter.

*This is a listing of History books: mostly naval (US & UK) and Civil War history we have in our library that are duplicates. If you would like one (or more) let me know and you can buy them for 50% off the listed price at the website. Just cut and paste the online listing (or write it out) into an email to: abby@cornellpubs.com

DIRECTORY TO ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS AT ABBY'S BOOKS

*Ebay- The wizards at Ebay decided (just after they laid off a whole bunch of employees and their business is down) that they will no longer allow sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders or checks in payment for purchases made on Ebay. Customers may still pay that way but we cannot advertise the fact. I think the idea is to force people to use Paypal, which is owned by Ebay. Now, to be perfectly honest, I would be much happier if you bought things from my website Cornellpubs.com because that saves me sales commissions to Ebay!

*Hint- If you are using the browser Firefox and have trouble seeing any images on this website, try hitting the refresh button. Meanwhile I will continue trying to figure out how to make my website more compatible with the many different browsers out there.

*INDEXES for Every Catalog I reprint... Every catalog I offer has an index at the right of the page. Listings on Ebay, Gunbroker and Auction Arms also have indexes.

At my website, you will find many gunmaker "master pages" listing all the catalog reprints of one brand. To the right of each "master page" are names of catalogs by merchants who carried that brand of firearms. For example, I reprint over 60 Remington factory gun catalogs but I also reprint over 160 gun catalogs from merchants that sold Remington firearms such as Sears or Abercrombie & Fitch or Spalding. Those are the listings on the right of the page.

Using the merchant links, you can identify a catalog from just about any year that displays the Remington line and by looking at the individual page indexes you can figure out what models were made in what year without spending a dime. Of course I would be happy to sell you those catalogs too! Most major gunmakers have a "master page" and I am adding more all the time. Just start with any category link: All Catalogs, 1835-1899, Ammunition or any other and you will find that the capitalized links indicate "master pages". When you select one you will see on the right, the links to the other merchants who sold that brand.

*I Have some nifty tricks for you! If you have trouble reading small type on my website or any other, you can increase the size of the text on the screen by holding down the Control key (that's the one in the lower left of the keyboard with Ctrl on it) and scrolling the wheel on top of your mouse back and forth.

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*Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!

The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.

So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet.

*More on Indexes: Not all my indexes are alphabetized and can be difficult to search. Until I find time to alphabetize all of them, hit the Control key (on the lower left) and the letter "F" on your keyboard. this will give you a little search box on the bottom of the screen. Start to type in the name of what you want to find on that page and it should be highlighted on the screen (this works with most browsers and on any web page). :-) Abby

*Gun Value & Parts- I get scores of phone calls that start out "I inherited this gun from my grandfather and I just want to know how much it is...", I do not do appraisals, nor do I sell parts. See below for parts suppliers.

*I often use the The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers by John Walter, Greenhill/Stackpole Books 2001 - ISBN 1-85367-392-7 to answer many of the questions I get each week about the origins of gunmakers. Like many all-encompassing works, some of the information may be inaccurate but over-all it contains a wealth of facts, dates and important history of great old companies. Each year you can buy the Standard Catalog of Firearms which lists most guns and their value used at Borders or Barnes & Noble or online at Amazon.

*Why Buy Old Catalogs- originals or reprints? If you want to learn about a gun or gunmaker I applaud you, and am so happy you found my website. History is what I am working so hard to preserve by making old gun catalogs available to collectors and historians. Buy a catalog from a gunmaker of the appropriate year and you will learn a mountain of true facts about your gun- right from the maker's month, so to speak. Never again will you have to rely on hearsay or bluster.

*Research- To help you learn more about the history of gunmakers I have a page of what I call Reference Books on my website. They cover a wide range of information by authors and the page deserves a look. One of the most prolific authors of gun history was the late Joe Vorisek. I am fortunate to be the authorized only source of his gun histories. Joe even has his own webpage of all his histories.

*Browser Usage- Sometimes people mention they cannot follow the links I put in my newsletters, or that the pictures don't show up. Well, sometimes browsers are set to only receive messages in plain text. This is usually because their internet connection is slow and pictures make it even slower. There are settings to allow or disallow HTML language (pictures and links).

Your browser (the program you use to view emails and internet sites) can be set to allow you to click on links to other web pages. The link can either open a new window with the original window disappearing to a small block near the top of the screen or it replaces the current window with the new selection. In the former case to return to the prior window, click the box near the top of the screen. In the latter example click the "back arrow" also at the top of the page (different browsers such as Firefox, Netscape or Internet Explorer use different symbols for the back arrow). For the most part, I use links that replace the newsletter page with the new link. So, to return to the newsletter, you will have to use the back arrow to return to the newsletter.

*Must Read: If you haven't yet done so, please read the About Us link on the website. It explains a lot of things such as why graphics vary in books, why I do this in the first place, errors and mistakes, guarantees, loans and more. Also, if you see something in the Coming Soon page you want, let me know and I'll move it up the list for you.

*If you collect Military Arms please check out the link page I have to Government and Military Publications as well as 75 Manuals of the World's Military Weapons (1945) in A Basic Manual of Military Arms- 1945 as well as the link to Machine Guns.

*Old Newsletters- If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the HELP button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

*YOUR ADDRESS- Yes, I am shouting! Each month I get angry phone calls, emails or letters from folks who "ordered the book xxx days ago and STILL DON'T HAVE IT! Usually they don't have it because the registered address at the website where they ordered the book is false (to "protect" their identity) or long outdated. When I point that out, they usually say that I should have double-checked or that their correct address was on their check or some other excuse. Sorry, I print address labels from the website as you typed it in. If your address is wrong the book goes to the wrong address. Please check your address at the website whenever you order something online. Thank you.

*How to pay for things on the internet while using your credit card with some safety... There are two areas of concern when you make the decision to pay online with your credit card. First, you have to make certain the site accepting your credit card is secure. There are two clues to security. One is in the URL or site address found at the top of the browser. Normally the URL begins with http://www etc. but a secure site has a different beginning. It starts with https://www. etc. The "S" means the site is using encryption software and it is pretty safe to send your card information to the company. By the way, do not send your credit card information in an email. Emails are NOT secure!

Of course, the second consideration has to do with what the company does with the information, the company integrity. If the company is located in Nigeria and you are sending money to "the government" to pay taxes on the $2,000,000 you won in their very generous random lottery, well, go ahead, you are a lost cause and I cannot help you. The point is to be careful about companies you never heard of before, don't know where they are located and the website has no telephone number. Caveat emptor, buyer beware. That is one of the reasons I like to pay with Paypal. When you do that you are giving only an email address to the company, not your credit card number.

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*Parts suppliers. We get hundreds of calls about parts and some folks who are doing something about supplying parts...

Hello Abby, I am responding to your request for parts source information. For Remington Rolling Block Parts. We are attempting to supply reproduction parts needed to restore or rebuild the majority of models of rolling blocks made from 1867 onward. While this is a work in progress, I believe we are the largest supplier of these obsolete parts in existence. Thanks, Kenn Womack

Joe Salter sells all sorts of things including butt plates, antique guns, collector ammo, air guns, holsters... well, check him out: http://www.joesalter.com/

Phil Stewart sells parts, stocks and grips. He can be found at (740) 398-1941 in Mt. Vernon, OH

The big parts houses for older guns are:

Jack First in Rapid City South Dakota their catalog (three volumes and over 2700 pages of invaluable information including parts diagrams) is available at (605) 343-9544 for $39.95

Gun Parts Corporation (Numrich) Kingston, New York (845) 679-2417. Well established with a good website.

Sarco Inc. Stirling, NJ (908) 647-3800 email info@sarcoinc.com

Dixie Gun Works, Union City, TN (800) 238-6785

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Ever wonder who first purchased your gun or rifle or wished you had a certificate of origin? It could increase the value of your gun!

Sammy Baugh, or Eddie Dew or some other celebrity may have been the original buyer. Perhaps the provenance would increase the value of your favorite fowling piece or rifle. Well, now you have a chance to find out for free if the gun was sold by VonLengerke & Detmold or Abercrombie & Fitch, two of the largest and most prestigious gun houses of the 20th century.

If you own a gun by one of dozens of manufacturers write down the serial number and compare it to the serial numbers at the G&H website:

or Contact:
Robert C. Beach, Records Research
Griffin & Howe, Inc.
33 Claremont Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-2287
Email: research@griffinhowe.com
Website: www.griffinhowe.com
(scroll down to see all the makes when you get there)

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Websites with Serial Numbers and corresponding dates:

John Spangler & Marc Wade operate ArmsCollectors.com!
They offer pages and pages of Serial Numbers to put a year to the following weapons:

| Marlin | Mauser Broomhandle (C-96) | Remington | U.S. Military | Winchester |

| Gun Marks | House Brands | U.S. Inspectors | WWII German Codes And Markings |

also at this great website is a list of handguns and rifles with known serial numbers that qualify as antique,

or: Antique Serial Numbers for lots of Makers (pre 1889 scroll down the page)

or: Doublegunshop.com for:

Beesley, Boss, Churchill, Dickson, A. H. Fox
  • Francotte, Grant, W.W. Greener, Holland & Holland
  • Ithaca, Lancaster, Lang, LeFever, Parker
  • Piotti, Purdey, Westley Richards, Rigby, Rizzini
  • W&C Scott, L.C. Smith, Weatern, Woodward

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    Original Gun Catalogs and Books for sale:

    Here is the link to Box 4. All other boxes can be accessed at the bottom of the box 4 page. if you would like prior notice of the sales, please sign up for the announcement newsletter. The hundred and fifty or so people who already signed up knew about this sale last week and some of the bargains are already gone. To register for the special newsletter, send an email to the following address and put the word REGISTER in the subject line: eightbore@comcast.net. Many thanks to all of you who signed up! IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED THERE IS NO NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

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    Old Newsletters are available online:

    If you missed a newsletter or want to look up an old one, please go to my website www.cornellpubs.com and look on the top of the first page for a link to old newsletters. You may view them online and in color with pictures. Also, on the subject of newsletters, I send out the newsletter in both HTML and plain text format. This means that if your browser is not set up to view pictures and colors, you automatically get the plain text version. I hope this explains why some of you don't see the pictures referred to in the letters- I know it has caused some confusion. Also, you should upgrade to the latest version of your browser for best results. To learn which version of you have, click the help button on the top line of this page and then look for the link that says "About [browser]".

    Cheers,
    Abby

    (Please let me know if you have any problems with the website where I confess to an occasional bug.)

  • email: abby@cornellpubs.com

    Abby Cornell Mouat
    Cornell Publications, LLC

    810-225-3075 (9-5 U.S.A. Eastern Time Zone please - which is GMT -5)