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The Collectors Newsletter #268 October 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #268 October 2004
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In this issue, over 317,000 collectors will read about....
1. The Phone & The Goblet
2. Barbie® Online Charity Auction
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. A NEW book 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
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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.
I was doing a Antique show in Minocqua WI and a young couple came in
and was looking at a old wall phone I had for sale and was talking to her
friends. She said nothing to me but came back the next day and told me her
story. She was from the southern part of the state and recognized the phone
and said it was her grandfather's and this she was sure of because it had his
number still on it. She too cried and told me they were just married and did
not want to spend any money but her husband insisted they come back and
buy it. Her grandfather lived near Milwauke and I live way up north.
-- Another Story --
I have had a great happening! I was selling a little John Gund Brewing
Company, footed, pressed glass, beer goblet. I do not know much about this
field and I put the little tumbler up for auction on eBay for $7.99.
What makes this one of my most special sales is the buyer! His
Great-Great grandfather and Great grandfather were mechanics in La Crosses,
Wisconsin during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The men would go when
contacted to service the machine for John Bund Brewing Company. The
John Gund Brewing Company went under during United States prohibition.
The great-great grandson of the mechanics won the closing bid! He is now 65
years old. This is a family heirloom! HURRAH!
I am thrilled that my tumbler is going to a great home with family history! Truly,
in my heart, I wish I could afford to give it to him for free.
Sometimes with out knowing we can make a person's life happier.
Happy Shopping and Buying!.... Devin Ann Nielsen
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) Barbie® Online Charity Auction on eBay (www.ebay.com) which
begins on Thursday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. PST in support of Gilda’s
Club. The Shabby But Chic PowerSellers (www.sbcp.us), a group of
more than 65 women eBay PowerSellers, is sponsoring the auction. The
auction, the largest Barbie memorabilia auction to date, will benefit
Gilda’s Club, a national charitable organization committed to helping all
people living with cancer. buySAFE (www.buysafe.com) is joining the
effort to help Gilda’s Club by bonding all the auction items.
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......
What is your favorite Jenny or Josh color?
Roseville Silhouette window box planter 768-8
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
down all the stories about how you found each piece? It can actually be fun
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three 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.
3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.
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.
Cookbook needs home
I found an old cookbook at a garage sale. It is a black hardcover
composition book, filled with wonderful hand written recipes. It is not dated.
It has a sticker on the inside cover, indicating that it was either written or
given to E.A. Turnbull from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. I will gladly
send it to a family member. It is a treasure. Linda...email@example.com
Looking for a person
Just read where someone was reunited with a friend lost for 14 years.
Maybe you can help me and my class mates find one of out "absent"
classmates. We have not been able to locate CHARLES DUNLAP.
We graduated in the class of 1948, from Wesleyville High School, in
Wesleyville, PA. This is close to Erie, PA. There were 35 in our class,
many of us were together for the whole twelve years. Twenty three of us
still still keep in contact with one another by email, snail mail, reunions
and the annual Wesleyville Alumni Picnic. We would love to find "Chuck"
before our 59th Class reunion in '07. He had an older brother Ray, but
heard he had died. Any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
Marian ... firstname.lastname@example.org
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 or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at email@example.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
We all love a story of a great find. This month's issue of Kovels on Antiques
and Collectibles newsletter tells of a buyer who found a 1939 toaster, the
Toast-O-Lator made by Crocker-Wheeler Electric Company, at a garage sale.
She paid $20 for it, then put it up on eBay, where it attracted a winning bid
of $5,101! For more information on Kovels' newsletter, take a look at:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
October 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My Mom is the family "baker," and at every family gathering where she has
provided the goodies someone inevitably tells this story. It has always been
a family favorite.
One year my Grandpa was working as a courier for a toy company in town
around the holidays It just happened that he had been delivering cotton
candy machines that day. Some of the cartons of cotton candy sugar had
gotten broken open. The company policy was to throw all that sugar away.
Grandpa, having six young children at home, and low on money, thought
better of that. He packed up a bunch of the open sugar in bags and took
them home with him that night.
Well, my Mom, seeing all that sugar in bags (which looked no different from
regular sugar), being brought into the house knew that that meant she would
have all the ingredients for her wonderful Pumpkin Pies. So, she got right to
baking. The aroma of baking sweets filled the air, and the whole family was
lined up in the kitchen waiting patiently for their slice of Heaven. When the
pies came out of the oven, everyone, including my Mother, was astonished
to see that the pies were GREEN.
It seems that the sugar colors has blended in the pie, and made a sickly kind
of Army green color when combined with the pumpkin. Well, this was
something new! No one had ever seen green pumpkin pie before, and out of
novelty they all had a slice. Guess what? Everyone agreed that not only was
that the greenest pie they had ever eaten, it was the best pie that any of the
family has ever eaten! And every year, as the Pumpkin pie is being cut and
topped with cool whip we all smile as we are retold the story of Grandpa, and
Mom and the green Pumpkin pies....Jacki Wilson (Daughter of Vivian (Bylow)
Kellar) Glenview, IL
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 email@example.com 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: Missing pieces of China "Celebrity of Hawaii"
WANTED: NBA 1998 Barbie Dallas Mavericks
WANTED: Do You Have This Lid?
WANTED: Wanted -Lid to Watt Pottery 3-Leaf Apple Bean Pot
WANTED: COLLECTOR PAYING GOOD MONEY FOR SIGNED AMER. PAINTINGS
WANTED: Scammell's Trenton China
WANTED: GOLD KEY PINS
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 Jo requested a recipe for "cooga"
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.
There was a mistake in the recipe that was sent in for "Cooga"
last week (too much baking powder). Here are two different
I HAVE USED THIS RECIPE MANY TIMES AND IT IS VERY GOOD.
YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE IT, BUT HERE IT IS AGAIN:
HOT FUDGE PUDDIN CAKE:
1 1/4 CUPS SUGAR, DIVIDED
1 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
7 TBLS HERSHEY'S COCOA, DIVIDED
2 TSPS BAKING POWDER
1/4 TSP SALT
1/2 CUP MILK
1/3 CUP BUTTER OR MARGARINE MELTED
1 1/2 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
1/2 CUP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1 1/4 CUPS HOT WATER
HEAT OVER TO 350 DEGREES. IN MEDIUM MIXING BOWL
COMBINE 3/4 CUP SUGAR, FLOUR, 3 TBLS COCOA, BAKING
POWDER AND SALT. BLEND IN MILK, MELTED BUTTER AND
VANILLA; BEAT UNTIL SMOOTH. POUR BATTER INTO SQUARE
PAN, 8X8X2 INCHES. IN SMALL BOW COMBINE REMAINING 1/2
CUP SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR AND REMAINING 4 TBLS COCOA;
SPRINKLE MIXTURE EVENLY OVER BATTER. POUR HOT
WATER OVER TOP; DO NOT STIR. BAKE 40 MINUTES OR UNTIL
CENTER IS ALMOST SET. LET STAND 15 MINUTES; SPOON INTO
DESERT DISHES, SPOONING SAUCE FROM BOTTOM OF PAN
OVER TOP. USE A DOLLIP OF WHIPPED CREAM ON EACH
SERVING. (I USUALLY MIX EVERYTHING IN THE 8X8X2 PAN,
RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING).
HOPE YOU LIKE THIS, I HAVE JUST STARTED GETTING THE
NEWS LETTERS AND REALLY ENJOY THEM.... GAIL
-- Another Recipe --
Warm Fudge Cake
* 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup cocoa, divided
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 1/3 cup light brown sugar
* 1 1/4 cups hot water
To begin combine flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the cocoa,
the baking powder and the salt in a bowl and mix until well blended.
Next blend in the milk, melted butter and vanilla. Blend with an electric
beater until you have a smooth batter. It will be somewhat thick, like
brownie batter.Spread the batter in a 9" x 9" square baking dish and
set aside.In a separate bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar,
the brown sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup cocoa.Dust this mixture
over the batter in the baking dish.Now pour the hot water over the top
of the batter and sugar mixture. Do not stir it in, allow it to sit on top of
the batter.Put the baking dish in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and
bake for 40 minutes or until the center is almost set.When it is done
baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to stand for about 15
minutes. But be sure to serve it hot.Scoop into dessert dishes,
spooning the sauce from the bottom of the pan over the top of each
serving.Top with fresh whipped cream.
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'm looking for a recipe for a brownie like sweet that I loved as a kid.
It had butterscotch morsels, chocolate morsels, and coconut and a
cookie like layer as well. It was baked in a pan and cut into squares.
It was wonderful and I'd like to make it for my kids. .....Bill in NJ
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
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We have no physical store but we have a wide range of items from
estate quality antiques to fun collectibles that come from two estates
and our own collections over the years.
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We carry a wide variety of items, jewelry, Vaseline glass, glassware,
pictures, plates and various other collectable items.
Dealing in antique and vintage glassware, fine china, home decor,
orientalia, and many very unique items. I charge only actual shipping
costs, package well, and will do my best to give you a pleasant buying
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