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The Collectors Newsletter #272 October 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #272 October 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. A Story for Halloween & The Mirror
2. PLEASE take the time to VOTE
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
Send Your Halloween Cards Today
Send a free Vintage Halloween card today. We have a large selection
for you to choose from.
1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A Story for Halloween
I consider myself to be of sound mind but I must say
that my house is haunted. My grandfather and father
built the family home in the 1930's.
Many family members have either seen or heard strange
things in the house but I will tell you my story.
At the age of five, I had my first other-worldly
experience. It was in the afternoon, my mother was
cooking dinner and I was playing in my bedroom.
Suddenly, I felt as if someone were looking at me. I
glanced up and I saw a womanly figure in a flowing
white robe who outstretched her arms and motioned for
me to go to her. I turned the other way and ran to
tell my mother who, of course, didn't believe me.
At the age of eight, I once again saw something
unexplainable. This time, it was during the night, I
was asleep, and felt someone watching me. I opened my
eyes and saw a dark, shadowy figure move from my door
and turn into my closet. Initially, I thought that
maybe my mother or father had woken up to check on me.
I got up, went to their bedroom, where I found them
both fast asleep.
My encounters stopped until the age of 24. I had
decorated my bedroom with a Spanish theme and had
purchased an old canvas painting of a Spanish
conquistador and hung it on the wall.
One night, while sleeping, I once again had the
feeling I was being watched. As I opened my eyes, I
focused the very same face that was on the painting,
only this time, he was standing at my bedside, on the
other side of room. The feeling I had as he looked at
me was that he was angry. My mind was trying to
process what I was seeing and I tried to focus on him,
but he literally vanished into thin air.
I haven't seen anything since but I'm always on the
lookout. Happy Halloween....Ann, in Texas
-- Another Story --
Somewhere in the early to mid seventies we purchased a job
a lot at an auction (my wife maintains a written record of
location in her files). Although my wife did not share the
same feelings, there was one item that attracted my attention.
It was a plain wood frame mirror with an unusual blue tint to
the glass. By the framing we recognized this as a piece from
the 1850’s - 70s. At the time we lived in a large city in an
apartment and did not have wall space for the mirror. The
year two later we moved to a smaller city a few hundred
miles away and purchased a house. My wife's attitude
towards the mirror did not change and thus the mirror stayed
packed away. A year later we bought a small farm with its
original five-bedroom farmhouse of 1855. Now we had wall
space to fill up. This farm’s property boundaries extend into
the zoned section of a small hamlet of about 80 people. The
mirror was removed from its box and for the very first-time
we saw a glint of light shine from the pencil writing on the
back. The inscription stated that the mirror was bought in this
small community that we had just moved to in 1951 from a
Grace McGee. This was some 20 years prior to our purchase
and a few hundred miles away from the auction where we
obtain the mirror. After little research we found out that in
1951 Grace McGee’s auction was four homes from our
house. We also found out from the long-term residents that
the McGee's where the local house builders in this area in
the mid to late 1800s. More interesting, is what we
discovered when searching the title of our property. In the
mid 1800s McGee's owned this lot and concession that we
now live on. Unless McGee's house of the mid 1800s has
been torn down, and there is nothing that would lead us to
believe such; then there is a high probability that not only
did the McGee’s built this house but were also the original
The mirror that we bought in the seventies has been brought
back to house that it was originally purchased for 145 years
My wife now thinks it's just a swell collectible and the mirror is
a metaphor to illustrate that fate meant to us to live where we
do. Needless to say, the mirror now maintains a position of
wall priority in this old house.
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 email@example.com .
2) PLEASE take the time to VOTE
It looks like it is going to be a very close presidential election here in the U.S.
Voting has already started in Florida. Be sure to take the time to vote for your
candidate on election day. Remind your friends and family to vote as well.
Are you a bit confused by all of the presidential election hype? Get the facts
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......
Over 100 vintage Cookbooks for sale!
Vintage Italian Silver Filigree Parure-Hearts
Visit Pizazz for Powder Compacts and Costume Jewelry
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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
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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.
I wrote to you, hoping someone could help me find out something about
my grandfather, Jonathan George born 1835 in Kentucky. I received so
many letters from people who found a great many interesting things about
him. That he married Mary Jane Harness, from Kentucky, was a jeweler
and raised his family in Independence Mo. We still haven't been able to
trace his ancestry, so I don't know the names of his parents or siblings.
I do want to thank you and the wonderful people who helped.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6)NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
20TH-CENTURY FOLK-ART PAINTED FURNITURE FROM CAPE COD-
If you live in New England or go antiques shopping there, keep an eye
out for furniture hand-painted with folk art designs. The November issue
of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter has bios of artists
Peter Hunt, Nancy Whorf Kelly, Martha Farham Cahoon, and Ralph
Cahoon Jr., and photos of some of the pieces sold at a recent auction
for prices ranging from $10,810 to $138. For more information on the
Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
October 29, 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.
my mother used to tell this story about my father's first attempt at
cooking. once, after they were first married, she was sick in bed, and
he decided to make one of her favorites, creamed chipped beef, to tempt
her appetite. he was in the kitchen a very long time...too long. finally
he brought her a dinner tray. he said "i don't understand what happened.
i kept adding the flour, but it kept disappearing and wouldn't thicken.
i finally just added the milk and here it is. i hope you like it." she
took one taste and almost lost it. he had been using powdered sugar, not
flour. he did eventually become a very good cook...judi
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: DIONNE QUINTS MISSING NAME PIN--MARIE.
WANTED: WANTED: MATTEL PULL STRING TALKING LION "LARRY"
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: DIONNE QUINTS MISSING NAME PIN--MARIE.
WANTED: WANTED VINTAGE WATCHES AND PARTS
WANTED: WANTED MENS VINTAGE POCKET WATCHES ,WRIST WATCHES
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Lesia P. requested a recipe for "Tripe"
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.
You are thinking of pickled tripe - hence the vinegary flavor. This recipe
may be the one you are looking for. It tells you how to pickle the tripe as
well as cook it.
Pickled Tripe, Pan Fried
2 lb Honeycomb tripe, cut into 4-inch squares
2 x Carrots
1 x Yellow onion
1 x Bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup White cider vinegar
1 tbl Minced yellow onion
2 tbl Butter
2 tbl Cider vinegar
2 tsp Dry mustard mixed with
1 tbl Water
1 cup Brown gravy
You will need to pickle your own tripe unless you live in New England.
Place the tripe in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and
then drain. Rinse with cold water and cover with fresh water a second
time. Add the remaining ingredients except the vinegar. Cover the pan
and simmer until the tripe is tender, about 2 hours. Drain, reserving 1
cup of the broth, and add the broth and vinegar to the tripe. Place in
plastic container and store in the refrigerator overnight.
VARIATION 1: The Parker House in Boston uses a method very close to this
one. Drain and rinse the pickled tripe and season each piece with salt and
pepper. Sprinkle with flour and then dribble some olive oil on each piece.
Sprinkle bread crumbs on each and broil slowly for a few minutes so that
the crumbs are browned. You might wish to add some garlic and perhaps
thyme to the bread crumbs. Serve with a mustard gravy.
MUSTARD GRAVY: Saute the onion in the butter until brown. Add the
remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with the pickled
tripe. VARIATION 2: Rinse the pickled tripe and dry with paper towels. Dip
in beaten egg. Dredge in seasoned flour and pan-fry in a bit of butter until
brown on both sides.
Along with a bowl of Boston Black Bean Soup or some Boston Baked
Beans, you have a complete and filling meal......Carol
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.
When I was an impressionable 12 year old in the early 70's, my parents
hosted a few luaus for their adult Sunday school class. One of the women
in the group would always bring a luscious lime jello concoction that was
creamy, had some crushed pineapple and maybe walnuts in it. Possibly
even miniature marshmallows. I have tried to reproduce this recipe with
very limited success! I would love to bring it to a retro 70's party that a
friend is throwing next month. Thanks! Leslie in California.
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
After 30 years of collecting I've decided to share my love with you!
My store offers a variety of vintage jewelry, dolls, handkerchiefs,
stoneware and more. I almost update daily so you'll always find new
Apple Tree Antiques and Collectibles
Antiques and Vintage Collectibles,Items that have been used with
loving caring hands to be passed on to you for your enjoyment to
use or display.We really like to find the unusual and unique.
Lochiano Fine Antiques
Lochiano Antiques is a antique gallery located in Johnson County,
Kansas. In Kansas City quality merchandise is often overlooked by
local dealers. Save yourself the time and effort of coming to the
Midwest, buy here where quality is not expensive!!
We specialize in vintage jewelry, postcards and linens. We also
carry other small antiques and collectibles.
Ad-solutely Vintage Ads
We offer vintage advertisements from original magazines from the past.
These are quality ads, suitable for framing, and make wonderful gifts or
just great additions to a collection.
Glass, Pottery and More We offer a variety of glass, pottery, vintage
lamps, jewelry & vanity items, jewelry, furniture, home and interior
decorating items. New items are added every week. Get up to 20% off
for purchases of 2 or more items!
Art by Mentis
Art by Mentis' specializes in European Style Art Frames at wholesale
prices along with Giclee' Art Prints done by artist, Mentis'. Do drop by
and pay us a visit! We look forward to serving you!
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13) Helpful Resources:
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