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The Collectors Newsletter #287 December 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #287 December 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Miss Universe & Old Flame
2. Happy New Year! Send A Card Today!
3. Your Classifieds
4. Software For Collectors. The Perfect 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 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.
My husband's aunt died and we were in charge of having an estate sale
of all her belongings. I found so many wonderful things to keep that I
pulled out of the house before the sale. One of these was a stack of
Miss Universe program brochures from 1953 to 1959. This lady and
her sisters were hostesses at the Miss Universe pageant in Long Beach,
CA, and my husband remembers, as a young boy, these beautiful girls
from all over the world staying at their house for a week during the
pageant. Anyway, my hobby is selling on Ebay, and just for the heck
of it one day I offered one of these brochures for sale. I was amazed
that it went for over $100 - people were bidding like crazy for this
program brochure that originally cost 25 cents at the pageant.
One day I offered the 1957 program brochure on Ebay as an auction.
I got an email from a woman in South Dakota, and she asked me -
"My mother was in the Miss Universe pageant that year. But she would
never talk about that time in her life - it is like a closed chapter - and we
would love to know about it. I don't suppose her picture would be in that
book." She gave me her mother's maiden name, and I told her, "Sure,
her picture is here, on page such and such." She was so excited to
hear this and she won the auction and I sent her the program. I
received an email from her telling me how delighted her sisters and she
were to finally have this artifact from their mother's past!... Jan
After washing dishes one day, I got the bright idea of storing my bright
yellow dish pan in the oven. Everything was going smooth until I
decided to bake some cookies and turned the oven on, to pre-heat.
My husband John came in and was watching me mix the batter when
he noticed a strange smell. "Whatever you're baking in the oven doesn't
look too good" he informed me. I ran over and couldn't believe my eyes.
It looked like yellow string cheese hanging like huge fingers to the next
rack below. I started to open the oven door, but jumped back in alarm
as the "cheese" burst into flame. John grabbed the only fire extinguisher
we had, which was old and antiquated. He had complete confidence in it
however, aiming it into the oven and activating the foam.
"Good job", I complimented. The fire was out, but the old trigger wouldn't
turn off! "Get it out of the house," I yelled. Bad advice! when he turned
around to go out the door, he sprayed the entire kitchen, the hallway
walls and the porch as he went out. Before it ran out of foam, my shrubs
looked like it had snowed. Thank goodness we lived in a secluded
mountain home, where only we knew how crazy we were! Iola
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) Happy New Year! Send A Card Today!
Plenty of time to send one of our free online Holiday Cards. We have a
huge selection of vintage cards available for you to send right now online.
Take a look at:
Send One Today!
3) Your Classifieds...
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 240,000
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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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.
Item needs home...
I purchased a box lot of pictures/frames at an auction in Simcoe, Ontario
a couple of years ago. One of the items was a framed Bachelor of Arts
degree from the University of Michigan for Charles Hickey Ruttle, dated
June 18, 1908. There are also two tags on the back from storage
companies: Potter Moving & Storage, Royal Oak MI and P. Van Haaren
& Sons Storage Co., Bay City MI. If there are family members interested
in this item, I would gladly send it along to them. Teresa Sinkowski
Waterford, ON Canada send info to: email@example.com
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
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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.
Here is a classic story from my family:
My mother has a 40 year old drawing in her home. When my sister was
a very small child, she labored over a paper, with pencil in hand. Finally,
upon presenting it to my mother, she beamed from ear to ear! Mom was
in a bit of a jam, because she couldn't quite figure out what it was. So,
carefully mom inquired, "Can you tell me more about this?" "Well, it's
YOU!" my kid sister said, seeming a bit put out. "ME?!?!??" mother
queried with surprise. As she turned and walked away our baby sister
said, "Well, I can't make you any better than you are!"
Our family still roars over this story and any time someone does something
silly or makes a mistake that they feel badly about, we lighten their mood
by saying, "Well, we can't make you any better than you are!" Kathy
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: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: WANTED large vintage Fairy Phonograph Lamp
WANTED: TAMAQUA, PA Items wanted
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 R. Reynolds requested a recipe for a "Danish
Here is one of the responses to that request. 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.
Here is the recipe for the Danish Pudding Cake - Southern
Living Cookbook 1991
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose four
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
1 tbsp grated orange rind
1 tbsp orange juice
1 1/2 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 cup sugar
Beat butter in a large bowl at medium speed with mixer; gradually
add 1 3/4 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs one at a time,
beating well after each addition.
Combine flour, soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately
with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in
pecans and next 3 ingredients.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake
at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until a wooden pick
inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Do not remove from
Combine 1 1/2 tsp orange rind and 1/2 cup orange juice in small
bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Spoon over hot cake, cool in
pan on wire rack. Dee S.
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.
Hello! I have a friend who sampled some Pumpkin Butter at an Amish
cafe while on vacation. She says it was a bit like old-timey apple butter.
We've played with a few recipes but they seem to be missing
"something". Any help out there? Thanks! Nancy in ND
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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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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