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The Collectors Newsletter #296 January 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #296 January 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Stories of past things
2. Collector's Corner: Bakelite
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve 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 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 story shows reality is stranger than fiction. When I was eleven
years old (in 1970) in Michigan I traded for a Superman #21 comic
book that was published in 1943. It was my prize possession and I
took it everywhere with me on my bike. As a result a piece out of
the binding tore off and I put it in my keepsake box with my coins
and postcards from my grandparents. When I turned 20 I went in
the military and sold my comic because I was putting my childhood
behind me. When I turned 42 and lived in California I became
nostalgic and found several websites that sold comics. I ran
across a Superman #21 and gave in to the nostalgia and purchased
it. When it arrived I was astounded, it was exactly my comic that I
had sold 22 years earlier. I took the piece from my jewelry box and
it fit exactly, even the little wrinkle in the piece and the rest of the
comic matched. The corner of the comic that I has spilled my Coke
on was there and discolored. The purple store stamp on the front
"March 21, 1943" was there. Somewhere across the years it had
found it's way back to me. I will never part with it again. Thank
you for listening to my story. Sincerely,Steven F
-- Another Story --
I opened a box of memorabilia to show my oldest son some of my
precious things. I asked if he'd take what he liked and display them.
Wasting no time, he said "I don't display stuff, Mom." But I thought if
I explained to him what they were, they'd seem more appealing. Why
would he turn down the first pair of glasses I wore in 1941, still in its
original blue case? Three surviving souvenirs from my trip West in
mid 1940's? The tiny plate on a stand that always held my childhood
birthday cakes? Two flapper purses from his grandmothers? The
knob from my dad's 1934 Ford featuring a photo of tiny me? Ok, I
got the message from this modernist. I'll just check with his siblings.
Vivian N. ...Madison, MS
-- Another Story --
A few years ago my Uncle and Aunt were moving from their home to
an assisted living facility. As we were helping him pack, he asked if
I would like an old sewing machine that had been my mothers. My
Mom had passed away twenty years before. I told him I would like to
have it. My husband said I did not need an old machine since I had
a new one. I said that it made my Uncle happy to give me something
and we could throw it away when we got home. Well we brought it
home, the case was falling apart and held together with masking tape,
we put it in the garage without opening it. Later when my husband
was cleaning out the garage I told him that I wanted to see what was
inside before he threw it out. Inside was a perfect Singer
featherweight sewing machine. I don't remember ever seeing it in
my parents home. I had it dated by singer, it was made in 1934.
That was the year my brother was born. What a treasure it is to me.
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 .
It's no hassle to ship large antique and fragile collectibles.
Check out the new Web site at Craters and Freighters. Get your questions
about shipping answered. They have an entire new section dedicated to
antiques and collectibles now. Take a look online at:
2) Collector's Corner: Bakelite
Whether it was career advice at cocktail parties, or worn around the
wrists of the cocktail party socialites, plastic was hot in the 50s. Michele
Alice turns her collecting eye on Bakelite jewelry and tells you everything
you need to know about this plastic jewelry that just won't go out of style.
Take a look at:
And here is a nice interesting selections of Bakelite items. Take a look at:
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:
Trifari, Boucher Har, Robert,Caviness and lots more
WWII Painted Celluloid 'Son' Pendant Locket Brooch
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many way to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sothebys to
their clients. It works with EVERY type of antique or collectible.
Order a Free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
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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.
Hi, I'd like to help a group of historic radio broadcasters find one of their
comrades. The WSB Old Timers is a group of men and women who have
worked for WSB Radio. They swap email messages and are amassing a
wealth of interesting stories about WSB's history. WSB was the first 50,000
watt radio station in The South and began broadcasting in 1922. Many of
the WSB Old Timers are retired from the station and participated in
developing WSB during its early years. They have tried in vain to find
one of their members, John Steuber, who used the radio name, Jack Scott.
If Jack (John) could be located, it would make this group very happy.
Thanks so much. Janet Beerman, Atlanta, GA send email to--
email@example.com or go to wsbhistory.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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
DATING COSTUME JEWELRY- In the February issue of Kovels on
Antiques and Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel explain how
color can help date costume jewelry, which was made to go with the
current fashions. Pale purple glass, amethyst, and opals were popular
about 1910. Crystal, black, silver, and bright colors like red, yellow, blue,
and green were used in the 1920s. Bright stones and rhinestones were
in vogue in the 1930s. Red, white, and blue were popular in the war
years of the 1940s. Turquoise, coral, red, royal blue, and other strong
colors were used in the 1950s and 1960s.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
January 28, 2005 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.
One day while driving in town my young daughter asked me what the signs
along the road consisting of a P with a circle around it and a diagonal
slash through it meant. I reminded her of when we would be driving in the
country and if one of the kids had to go potty we would pull over and let
them go right there alongside the road, by the car. Doors kept open to
protect their modesty.
Well here in the city you couldn't do that so they put up the signs so
people would not stop along the city streets to Pee.
Many years latter she reminded me of that and told me how surprised
she was in driver's training to find out that those signs meant "No Parking."
All that time she had just accepted my reason as fact.
I also used to let the kids blow out the red traffic lights. Worked every time...
..Lee W. in Midland Michigan
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 To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states
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 Sandi requested a recipe for "Krispie date cookies"
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 also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Here is a recipe that my mother used to make and that we make
for wedding receptions. They are usually a big hit.
1/2 stick margarine
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. chopped dates
2 c. Rice Krispies
1 lb. coconut, flaked
Cook margarine, sugar, eggs and dates for 5 minutes in saucepan.
Stirring almost constantly to keep from burning. Remove from heat
and add Rice Krispies. Mixing well.
Make into walnut size balls and roll in coconut. Store in airtight
container. M. White ....Willards, MD
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
Hello there fellow collectors, I am looking for a recipe for home made
mayonnaise that is just like the brands you find on the store shelves. My
best friends mom used to make her own, 2 quarts at a time and it was
ever bit as rich and thick as the famous brands. I personally think it had
better flavor. I have tried a couple from select books, however they are
thin and not what I had in mind. Thanks for your help! Cheryl
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
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
Damyank TOYS and COLLECTIBLES
DamYank Toys and Collectibles is a store filled with antique toys and
collectibles of all types including Primitives, Pottery, Photos, Glass,
Dinnerware, Silver, Advertising and MORE. Constantly updating. Come
browse and enjoy.
For more new online shops, take a look at:
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:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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