Gem Tones

An apazine done for SAPS and FAPA in the early 50s by G. M. Carr. Issues were generally named each for a different gemstone or mineral, and some pun about that name was included in the issue. Most of the issues did not include a number (the ToC might say: "Number: Opal"). The ordering, and numbering, of the issues shown here comes from the final issue, in which Carr both mentions that it is the 16th issue, says when/where the first issue was published, and lists all previous issues by "stone". Vol.1 was published from 1950-51; Vol. 2 in 1952; Vol. 4 in 1952-53. There appears not to have been a volume 3. It is unknown to us whether Vol. 2 begins with issue #7 or #8.

Most issues are strongly devoted to reviews of other fanzines, although there are LOCs and some essays.

Issue Date Pages Notes
#1, Topaz December 1950 Distributed with SAPS 14
#2, Rose Quartz 1951 14 SAPS 15
#3, Turquoise Spring, 1951 20 FAPA 55
#4, Opal 1951 20 SAPS 16.
#5, Agate 1951 20 FAPA 56. Published with "Quest" by R. Porter
#6, Peridot Fall, 1951 22 FAPA 57. Still called Vol. 1
#7, Chrysoberyl 1951? SAPS 17?
#8, Marble 1952 24 SAPS 18. "Vol. 2."
#9, Pearl 1952 26 SAPS 19
#10, Moonstone 1952 23 SAPS 20
#11, Chicon II (<i>no stone used</i>) August 1952 23 SAPS 21
#12, Apatite December 1952 24 SAPS 22
4.1, Conglomerate January 1953? 36 SAPS 23. No date, but a satirical ad gives an expiration date of Feb. 1, 1953.
4.2, Coral 1953 25 SAPS 24
4.3, Calcite August 1953 16 SAPS 25.
4.4, Gypsum December 1953 32 SAPS 26. Final issue. Notes that it is whole number 16, and lists all previous issues.