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The Collectors Newsletter #281 December 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #281 December 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Box
2. The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles
3. Your Classifieds
4. The Perfect Holiday Gift (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
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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.
I have been a collector of religious items for many years. I was raised in a
strict Catholic household and I have a great reverence for such items. A
friend at work is a fellow collector and she offered to give me Stations of
The Cross Box (for want of a better word) that needed some restoration. I
like a challenge and this needed it. The box has a crucifix on top of a
wooden box with three smaller statues at the foot of it. The base of the box
has a glass window containing a scroll of the fourteen stations of the
cross. Someone had painted it many times and it was in pretty rough shape.
I wanted to remove the group of three smaller statues to restore them
separately. They were attached to the back of the box by small wires which
were easy to loosen. When I removed the statues there was a small space
behind them where decades of dust and dirt had accumulated(along with
some spider webs). I brushed this away carefully so as not to stir up my
allergies when I noticed something in the dust. It was a small film negative
about the size of a postage stamp. It was difficult to make out but it
appears to be that of a man lying on his face in front of a very old car
with what appears to be a policeman looking down on him. I don't know if
this was someone's way of offering a prayer for the man who is in the
picture or something else. It's one of the oddest things I've ever found and
one of the saddest. Has anyone else found a similar thing? John Q.
Please post any comments regarding this story to our bulletin board at:
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) The "Hot List" of Antiques and Collectibles (neat gift ideas)
Here is the new "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for (November).
These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches
by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and
Depression Glass -
Cookie Jars --
Milk Glass --
Carnival Glass --
Fire King --
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specialized in "high end" Antique and Art
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site is a free online price guide to antiques and collectibles.
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter
archives, just search for "Hot List" 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:
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Here are today's classifieds......
Great Secret Santa Gift Ideas!!
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Russian porcelain, gifts - directly from St.Petersburg!
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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.
Looking for some special people
I don't know if you can help us but if so it would be greatly appreciated. I
belong to the USS Forrestal Association and we are trying to find the
below listed peoples families to obtain a photo of said person. All these
men died in the tragic fire aboard The USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967.
A total of 134 men died and we have been searching for those families for
over two years. This list is the only men we have not been able to find. We
have located 114 so far but have hit 20 dead ends. We are reprinting the
"Cruise BooK" related to that fire and would like to have all the crew
members who died included. The 40th anniversary of the fire is coming up
and it would be great to have this project complete so it can be printed for
the Anniversary reunion. If you would like some background info click on
They can contact me at GESiburn@optonline.net or any of the other
people involved on the web site. Any information would be helpful, as many
people are on this project. Below is the last of the crew members and their
last known addresses that we are still looking for. We need pictures of:
1. ADKINS, MARVIN JARRELL, PR2, MALLORY, WVA, DOB:
07/28/34, AGE: 33 - VF-11
Has Son AT2 Michael Adkins, who may still be in Navy, served with one of
our shipmates in NAS Norfolk 1986-90
2. BROWN, BOBBY JOE, AE3, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, DOB: 06/12/46,
AGE: 21- VF-11
3. CRENSHAW, JAMES LEE, AMH2, DALLAS, TX, DOB: 05/18/42,
AGE: 25 - VF-74
4. FIKE, RUSSELL LARRY* , AN, ORLANDO, FL DOB:11/27/47
AGE: 19 - VF-74
5. FRAZIER, JOHNNIE LEE*, AN, PLAINVIEW, TX, DOB: 07/03/47,
AGE: 20 - HS-2
6. GARZA, RAMON, AN, MISSION, TX, DOB: 08/31/46,
AGE: 20 - VF-74
7. GRACE, LARRY EDWARD, AMS3, GORDO, AL, DOB: 12/15/45,
AGE: 21– VF-74
8. GRAZIER, RUSSELL ALLAN, AE3, NEW YORK, NY,DOB: 10/04/43
AGE: 23 – VF-74
9. HOLLEY, LARRY DOUGLAS, AMH3, LAS VEGAS, NM,,DOB: 11/27/46,
AGE: 20 - VF-11
10. KANE, THOMAS MICHAEL, AN, CHICAGO, IL, DOB: 01/15/47,
AGE: 20 – VF-74
11. MC DONALD, GEORGE COLUMBUS, ADJ1, LOS ANGELES, CA,
12. MILLER, GEORGE DANIEL, AN, GLASGOW AFB, MT, DOB: 11/22/45,
AGE: 21– VF-74 -
13. MORGAN, HUBERT HARROL JR, PR3, FRIENDSHIP, TN, DOB: 11/21/42,
AGE: 24- VF-11 -
14. PRUNER, JOHN MARK*, ATN3, NEW YORK, NY, DOB: 05/14/48,
AGE: 19- VF-11
15. RUNNELS, JAMES MIKEL, AN, GAINESVILLE, FL, DOB: 03/03/47,
AGE: 20- VF-11
16. SCOFIELD, HARVEY DREW, AOAN, MIAMI, FL, DOB: 08/18/47,
AGE: 19- VF-11
17. SHARTZER, JOSEPH CLARENCE, AO2, ALEXANDRIA, VA, DOB: 02/16/44,
AGE: 23 - VA-65
18. SMITH, RICHARD TERRY, SN, GULFPORT, MS, DOB: 01/02/47,
AGE: 20– VF-74
19. SNOW, JOHN FRANCIS* , AMS2, ROUSE PORT, NY, DOB: 09/10/38,
AGE: 28– VF-74
20. TERRY, DELTON EUGENE, AN, CHOCTAW, OK, DOB: 03/12/45,
AGE: 22- VF-11
Hope this qualifies......Gene E. Siburn POB 102, Stony Point, NY 10980.
Phone 845-429-1290, or send email to GESiburn@optonline.net
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
FISHER-PRICE TOYS-Dr. Doodle was the very first Fisher-Price toy. This
duck pull toy sold for just $3 when it was introduced in 1931. In the November
issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry
Kovel report a Dr. Doodle sold for $2,200 at a recent auction of Fisher-Price
pull toys from the 1930s and '40s. The company is still in East Aurora, New
York, where it was founded in 1930. The following year it introduced its first
16 toys, including five wooden pull toys covered with lithographed-paper
designs. For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
The story about the whipped cream brought to mind my own problems with
the same thing. Several years ago, when our granddaughters were quite
young, we had just finished a nice family dinner and we getting ready for our
dessert. I had served the pie and was giving the can a good shaking, per the
instructions. When I pressed the nozzle, the cream shot straight up to the
ceiling and hung there in a big blob. After several seconds. it let go, came
down and landed on the oldest girls head! Her eyes got as big as saucers
as she looked at me. The expression on her face was priceless.Then we all
burst out laughing and so did she. We still laugh about it every time I offer
whipped cream from a can.
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: Horlick's Jar Screw Lid
WANTED: 1930s Carved Oak Dining Room Chair Sought
WANTED: WANTED: Clock movement
WANTED: WANTED--Clear glass dome top wire bail fruit jars
WANTED: Wanted to Buy: Old Ace Hippie Guitar Straps
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars, Amplifiers and Saxophones
WANTED: old Reed & Barton stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge'
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 Elaine C. requested a recipe for a "fogots"
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.
Take a look in an Italian cook book, I think this is your dish! It is
a rather flat bread with sliced onions across it...Elaine in Texas
I found this one: Rosemary Focaccia....
4 1/2 to 5 cups all purpose flour
1 large onion chopped or sliced into very thin strips
1 heaping tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pkg dry active yeast
2 cups very warm water
2 teaspoons dried rosemary leaves crumbled.
Mix 2 cups of the flour, the onion, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teasp
rosemary, the salt, and yeast in a large bow., Add warm water,
beat with electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl
frequently, Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl
frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1 cup at a time to make
dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface,
gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about ten minutes until smooth
and elastic. spray large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in
bow, and turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place
about 1 1/2 hours or until double. Dough is ready when indentions
remains when toughed.
spray jelly roll pans with cooking spray, sprinkle lightly with
cornmeal. punch down dough. Press in pan Cover and let rise in
warm place about thirty minutes until almost double.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. press dough to edges of pan. Brush
lightly with oil sprinkle with rosemary and onions and bake thirty
to thirty five minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool.
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.
My Mom who recently passed away made wonderful fudge and candy
for the holidays. She once gave me her recipe for Penuche which
everyone asks for but somehow I lost it. The recipes I find in the old
cook books just aren't the same. Does anyone have an old recipe they
will share? Suzie P. Fulton,NY
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:
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