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The Collectors Newsletter #264 September 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #264 September 2004
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In this issue.....
1. The Photo Album & What's in a name?
2. Celebrate the start of Autumn
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
A FUN weekend trip (sponsors message)
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
The Photo Album
I work in an antique mall in a small town in Florida. Two of our dealers, a
couple in their 70's, travel each year to Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, etc.
scouting for treasures. A few weeks after they got back from a trip, they
brought in some goods for their booth. one advantage to being at the
antique mall every day, is being able to get first pick of newly arriving
merchandise while they are being unpacked. I curiously spied something
that looked vaguely familiar, how could it be? I moved closer, trying not to
disturb their work. I couldn't contain my curiosity any longer, and asked
about "that album over there". Tessie immediately said, sure, have a look,
as my eyes filled with tears, she exclaimed, you're having a sinus attack
again, here is some tissue, and reached into her pocket for a little pack
of Kleenex, which I gratefully accepted. You see, I was in tears because
the photo album, worn, torn, and barely intact, was pictures of me, my
sister, mom & dad, taken in the 1950's- 60's back in Texas. My dad was
from Arkansas. We had thought these items were lost in a storage
warehouse when my mother passed away in 1979. Several tissues later,
I was thumbing through and telling them about my my horse, rocket, the
aluminum Christmas tree with the saddle under it, my first barbie, mom's
fiesta dinnerware around the thanksgiving table, etc. We were all three
quite misty, and when they presented me with the album, I was
speechless. To this day, when they go on a trip, we joke: never know
what you are going to find! They were going to throw it way, it was in
pretty bad shape, but to me it is wonderful! thank you. Katie.
-- Another Story --
What's in a name?
When my oldest daughter, Carlyn, was approximately 2 years old we
went to a local zoo park. While waiting for the zoo train, she started to
run away from me. I called out her name and with that an older woman
sitting on a bench asked what I had called her. I replied with my
daughter's name. The woman asked how it was spelled and when I told
her she was astonished. She told me that a very dear friend of her
family had named her daughter Carlyn back in the late 1940's after
reading the name in a book. (And I thought I was so original). Several
weeks later I was in a local department store with my daughter and
called out her name. An extremely lovely woman standing at a nearby
counter spun around and asked what my daughter's name was.......
Carlyn. She appeared quite shocked......and in a few moments so was
I......the Carlyn I met in the department store was the Carlyn the woman
in the park told me about. It gets better.... Several months later in
a similar scenario I met the best friend of Carlyn in a mall.
Serendipity!! This all happened over 30 years ago and we still talk about
it! Marcia in New Jersey
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Celebrate the start of Autumn
Send a vintage postcard to a friend or relative. It's easy to do and they
don't cost anything. Take a look at
3) Your Classifieds...
Are you looking for a special collectible for your collection? Do you
have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 300,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Here are today's classifieds......
Auction of Magician Blackstone Sr. Items
Comic Book Collectors Kit 20% off
Etched Goldfilled Locket, Heart, Signed,Vint!
Anchor Hocking Royal Ruby
A History of 19th Century Foods with Recipes
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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
Do you have a record of everything in your collection? Have you written
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5) Lost and Found
We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Item needs owner
This past weekend at our local flea market (Collingwood, Wall NJ) I
came across a scrapbook from an entering student at Upsala College
(now defunct, but was in East Orange NJ). It caught my eye, because
I graduated from this school back in 1969. The student's name is
Joan Gray and her first day at school was Sept 13, 1953. The book is
written like a diary and there are newspaper clippings, school
papers, dance invitations, cards, etc pasted in the pages. I would
like to reunite this with the student or her family and if not, maybe
someone who is keeping the archives of the now defunct college. I
can be reached at: email@example.com. Just to let you
know also, that I love the newsletter and read it all the time. It
has been quite helpful for my husband and my small antique business.
-- Another Story --
A while ago I wrote to the TIAS newsletter about selling my mother's
vintage World War 2 cookbook, The Victory Binding of the American
Woman's Cookbook, Wartime Edition, in a futile attempt to keep my
disabled husband and myself out of bankruptcy. Thanks to TIAS
newsletter readers, I now have my cherished heirloom back. Several
readers sent information about finding the book on the internet, and
two even offered to send me copies that they had, free of charge
(thanks, Lennette and Jack)! With all of this help, I was able to obtain
another copy of the book that was in better condition than my mother's
copy. I called the man to whom I had sold the book and asked if he
would be willing to exchange the copy I had just obtained for the copy
I had sold to him. He agreed, and we traded books. Now the collector
has a specimen in even better condition than the one I sold him, and
I have the one with the precious evidence of years of use. Thank you
again to all the TIAS newsletter readers who helped me to get my
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item? Maybe we can help. Send
us info at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Collectors have been interested in Hummel figurines from Germany
since the 1970s. Prices climbed during the 1980s and '90s, but prices for
older Hummels are considerably lower today, often less than prices listed
in some price books. Readers of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter get good advice from Ralph and Terry Kovel: "Buy any
collectible because you love it, not because you hope to make a fortune
from it. If it increases in price, that's a bonus. But the real value is the
pleasure you get from owning it." For more information on Kovels'
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
September 24, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
After reading the story about the "Scalloped
Potatoes", I had to tell my story. My daughter, Carrie
who was about14 at the time. was left in charge to
make meat loaf and scalloped potatoes. I was at work
and she called to make sure she had all the
ingredients right for both dishes. She had watched me
make both dishes plenty of times so I knew she could
do it. Well when I got home both were in the oven and
looked good except the potatoes were not thickening up
like I thought they should, but I let it go as this
was her first full course meal and I wanted her to
feel good about it. Well when everyone had there food
and took a bite of the potatoes we all had a surprised
look and no one said anything. I finally asked her if
she had used flour in the potatoes and she said yes. I
asked her to show me the container that she got the
flour out of. Well that container just happened to be
confectionery sugar. Needless to say, we had meatloaf
sandwiches that night. Now years later ,Carrie, now
32, still gets teased about her "scalloped potatoes".
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: Scammell's Trenton China
WANTED: GOLD KEY PINS
WANTED: Lids to Franciscan Apple and Desert Rose
WANTED: Stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge' by Reed & Barton
Wanted American Painted Signed "Puls"
WANTED: WANTED VINTAGE WATCHES AND PARTS
WANTED: COLLECTOR :BUYING OLD POSTCARDS( &Calendars)
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
290,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Myrna requested a recipe for "icebox dessert"
Here is one of the responses. If you have a variation of this
recipe that you would like to share with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
The way I remember that recipe was:
A layer of vanilla wafers in a 8- x 8-inch or 8-x 12-inch baking dish
Covered with a layer of chocolate pudding.
Repeated with another layer of vanilla wafers
And another layer of chocolate pudding.
Chilled in the refrigerator,
Then topped off with a generous layer of whipped cream.
Kids young and old loved it, and it was easy on the cook.
-- Another Recipe --
Pineapple Icebox Dessert
3/4 cup crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1 lb. 4 1/2 oz. can crushed pineapple
2/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Lightly grease an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Pack half the
crumbs in the bottom of the pan. In a medium bowl cream
butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, beating well. Fold in
whipped cream just until well combined. Turn into pan and
spread evenly. Sprinkle on rest of crumbs. Cover and
refrigerate 24 hours. Serve in pie shaped wedges. Serves
8 to 10.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
11) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
I really hope someone can help me. 16 years ago I was a nanny for a
single mother. Her parents came to visit and she gave me a recipe for
a scrumptious cookie that she called Kolacky? I pronounced it kolotchky,
anyway I have lost the recipe through many moves and I am hoping
someone can help me. All I remember about them is that I had to cut the
dough in a 2x2 square then they were filled with a mixture of finely
chopped walnuts,sugar and egg whites. you then rolled the cookies to
look like little "logs" and baked them. I really hope I can find this recipe
and share it with my family. Thank You, Regina
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
Antiques & Collectibles Jeanette's Cubbyhole is as Webster's describes
a "snug place", to find pretty things to collect or decorate your home. A
place to find pretty glass, vintage kitchenware, art deco, and other bits
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We offer a variety of vintage items, including but not limited to, porcelain,
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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