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The Collectors Newsletter #290 January 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #290 January 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Words from the past
2. Red Cross Refuses Donations from eBay Competitor
3. Your Classifieds
4. What you need for 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
NEW series on PBS (sponsors message)
Antiques Roadshow FYI
starts 1/19 @ 8pm
Sneak preview at
1) After you read this story, 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.
This is not the usual type of story that we get from our readers, but
it is appropriate and will probably get a smile out of you. Hope you
Words from the past
What a great blast from the past! I haven't thought about fender
skirts in years. When I was a kid, I considered it such a funny
term. Made me think of a car in a dress. Thinking about fender
skirts started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear
from our language with hardly a notice.
Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking
of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will
probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some
of these terms to you.
Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders
and tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as
a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some
point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the
hint of drama that went with "emergency brake." I'm sad, too, that
almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator
the "foot feed." (Ford called it a Spoon) Here's a phrase I heard
all the time in my youth but never anymore-"store-bought." Of
course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But
once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a
store-bought bag of candy.
"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement
and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term "worldwide"
for granted.This floors me. On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was
once a magical term used in our homes. In the '50s, everyone
covered their hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting!
Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with
hardwood floors. Go figure. When's the last time you heard the
quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word
"pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a little too
clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about
stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply expecting."
Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the
other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now.
"Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all. Most of
these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I
came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty
Here's a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to
say. And what was it replaced with? "Coffeemaker." How dull.
Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this. I miss those made-up marketing
words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so
retro. Words like DynaFlow" and "ElectraLuxe." Introducing
the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!" Food for thought
- Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago?
Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor
oil cured, because never hear mothers threatening their kids with
castor oil anymore. Some words aren't gone, but are definitely
on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most - "supper."
Now everybody says "dinner". Save a great word. Invite
someone to "supper. Discuss fender skirts.
Someone forwarded this to me, and I thought some of us of a
"certain age" would remember most of these..Bill..aka..Fleabees
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
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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 .
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2) Red Cross Refuses Donations from eBay Competitor
In the wake of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, online sellers
are trying to find ways to contribute to the relief efforts. In a strange twist,
Ina Steiner reports on one charity who has cited an exclusive relationship
with eBay as their reason for turning away donations from a competing
online auction site.
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 found home
In a recent newsletter I told of a Marriage License/Certificate for a Mary
Zapp and William Glaze and dated 1885. I received several answers to
this little story and am pleased to say that the 120 year old Marriage
License will shortly be on its' way to a relation of Mary Zapp. Thank you,
TIAS, for making this possible. F. A. Stollery
Looking for item
An AD. from a vintage Comic book from 1960s upwards. It featured a
Cardboard Spaceship that a child could stand up in, It was about 5 ft. tall.
At the time I believe it cost $9.99 far too much money to buy it for my
son at that time. It has always been a joke in our family that I wouldn't
buy it for him. He is 48 years old now and has been in the hospital 33
days in the Intensive Care Unit, with ARD resulting from a ruptured
appendix He has been , and still is heavily sedated. I know there is no
way I can ever get him that spaceship.......But I want to find a copy of
that ad. and have it framed for him,.....in the hope that he "does" recover"
If anyone has any old comic books and would look for me, I will be
eternally grateful.Sincerely, Gwen Amato contact: 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
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Several years ago my brother was on a road trip with his daughter and
two sons. It was lunchtime and the only available place to eat was a
tavern with a family room, so they pulled in. A sign out front advertised
"Free Pool". As soon as she saw the sign, my 8 yr old niece cried,
"Well who would have thought to bring a bathing suit!". Her brothers
have never let her forget it. Carey S.
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: Wanted: Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses
Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states
Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Ann requested a recipe for "Coffee Cake"
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.
SOUR CREAM COFFEE CAKE
1/4 lb. butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen) or substitute chopped
cranberries with shredded orange peel, apples, raspberries,
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg until fluffy.
Beat in sour cream. Add rest of ingredients. Fold in berries,
grease pan. Sprinkle topping mixture on top. Bake at 350
degrees for 40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. nuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
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 mother used to bake a pie, similar to a chess pie, that we called
Sugar Pie. This is a very old recipe...and recently at an Aunt's funeral
meal, someone had brought this wonderful pie. Would anyone have
the recipe? thanks, Betty W.
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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
Vintage and retro items from the 1950-1980's as well as true antiques
at affordable prices. New items added daily so check back often! Soon
to be added items include art, prints, books, dolls, glassware, pottery,
collectibles, western, and jewelry.
From art pottery to advertising collectibles, from fine china to
depression glass you will find it here.
Through diaries, journals, miniatures, scrap books and photographs,
we at MAIDEN'S MEMOIRS are thrilled reconstructing past lives through
vintage personal mementos. We don't sell antiques, we offer cherished
vintage possessions that communicate experiences, memories, loves
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible SHop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
13) Helpful Resources:
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