New Orleans preserving hotel history

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (KNOE 8 News) - (AP) - A New Orleans hotel wants to buy back flatware, ashtrays, postcards and other items kept as memorabilia from a half-century or more ago.

The Jung Hotel says it will pay $8 for flatware with the old Jung Hotel logo, $4 for ashtrays, and $3 for paper items such as napkins, postcards or convention programs. A news release Tuesday said prices will be negotiated for such things as pens, clocks and swizzle sticks.

Sellers also get a voucher for two drinks at the hotel bar, with an overnight stay for whoever provides the winner of a "best item" contest.

Items must date from 1907 to 1971, before the first sale that changed the hotel's name.

It closed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was renovated and is back to its original name.