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The Collectors Newsletter #311 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #311 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Comments from readers" and "A Postcard"
2. Collector's Corner: Miniature Books
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
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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.
Here are two comment on last weeks story from one of our readers. If you
would like to reply, please post a message to our online forum at:
Greetings- I'm writing in response to the personal story about the old
doll found in the outhouse hole. It was written by a bottle 'digger'. I
enjoy collecting and say this not as a criticism, but as an entreaty.
Can you please post a comment about rummaging in old homes and
digging in old outhouse holes (or anything else)? Even with the owner's
permission, these places really should not be disturbed by anyone other
than an archaeologist. Archaeologists, contrary to many people's
opinion, are not really as interested in the artifacts themselves, as they
are in where EXACTLY the artifacts were. An old bottle, in itself, is
interesting, and even the information that it came from an outhouse,
but if an archaeologist digs it up and appropriately documents everything
according to the correct procedures, so much more information can be
obtained (and recorded in a format that allows people all over the world,
and into the future, to use the data for their own research and to add to
their knowledge). Not only is more information obtained, but it's the
most important. The contents of the soil around the item, the depth it
was in the ground, other things associated with a similar soil layer in a
different area... these things all tell a story and put the item into context,
which is impossible to do if things have been dug or the situating of
the item has been disturbed at all. Collectors, of all people, should
understand the value of context for items. A beautiful little cat figurine
is interesting, but it's more interesting when there's a full story to tell
that goes with it. Please help to encourage collectors to value the
unique insight that archeology can give to collecting, and to respect
the necessity of keeping untouched sites untouched. In fact, it would
even be greatly helpful for people who are 'diggers' to instead call the
local archeology office or anthropology department of a nearby
university. Not only would the archaeologist be very appreciative of
this information, but they would likely be happy to share information,
findings, and possibly even work out a deal for the final disposition of
the artifacts with the 'digger'. Please help collectors put our history
(wonderful stories such as the one of the older woman and her birthday
doll) before greed. Thank you. Sincerely, Errin E.
-- Another Story --
I read a story signed by Paul J. about how he digs up old bottles. He
talked mostly about digging around old outhouses. I found this very
intriguing and wondered if he's like to elaborate. Why around outhouses?
Were there better finds there and if so, why? Also, it sounds like an
interesting hobby, but I can't imagine too many people allowing someone
to dig up their yards or whatever. It could leave quite a mess. If Paul J.
should be able to read this, please respond in the next newsletter Thanks.
-- Another Story --
The old postcard story reminded me of my postcard story. I was
browsing my family's hometown items on ebay and found a postcard
of the local school. The seller had included a picture of the used
reverse side which had a quick note from a young man to his cousin.
The young man was my great- grandmother's brother. I was thrilled
to be the high-bidder and now have this family postcard with my
family treasures!! Joyce H.
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) Collector's Corner: Miniature Books
In today's Collector's Corner column, Editor Michele Alice takes a look at
the history of miniature books. Who can resist these tiny tomes, with
everything from great literature to Cracker Jack inserts. Read on, and
find out if you are a "microbibliophile"!
To view more children's books, take a look at:
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
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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.
Hello- Thanks so much for the opportunity to share this story and if anyone
knows anything or can help it would mean a lot to my grandmother and to
my cousins and I.
My grandmother, Erma Ring-McDonald tells a wonderful story from her
childhood about a family that she will never forget. In the early 1940’s my
grandmother would have been about 8 or 10 years old and living with her
family near Valdosta, GA. A young soldier and his family were on their
way through town when their car broke down near my grandmother’s family
farm. Times being as they were, the Ring family offered their “visitors” a
place to stay for the night until a mechanic could look at their car the next
My grandmother remembers the man’s name was Earl Lewis, his wife’s
name was Natalie and their baby boy’s name was Brent. Mr. Lewis was in
the Army Air Corps and was stationed in either North Florida or South
Georgia in the early 1940’s; the Lewis family was originally from Oklahoma
City. Brent would probably be in his early to mid 60’s now. She remembers
Brent as being the cutest, sweetest baby and even named her youngest son
Mr. Lewis was a pilot and my grandmother remembers him flying over her
family’s farm regularly on test runs. She says that for about a year he
would fly over and drop notes out of the airplane to her father when he
was working in the fields. The letters would tell her father that he and his
family would be coming by for a visit the following weekend. She and her
sisters would await the visit with enthusiasm. My grandmother is not
exactly sure when the letters stopped or why but eventually her family lost
touch with the Lewis family and she would be so thrilled to find them or
anyone having information about them again. If you can help my
grandmother please contact me, Renee Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again - Renee
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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8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and comments 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.
One day I was baking cookies & my daughter, who was around 5 at the
time, was "helping" me. I was reading the directions out loud & one at a
time would go get the item. When I read "two cups all purpose flour" she
ran out the back door, and a few moments later ran back in & handed
me 2 flowers & said "here mommy, here's your two all purple flowers!".
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.
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Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Toni H. requested a recipe for "Boston Cheesecake"
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.
This recipe was sent in by someone using metric measurements
so many of you will have to convert. To convert from metric try
For the sponge cake base:
# 50g melted butter
# 190g Optima flour
# 4 eggs
# 30ml water
# 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
For the topping:
# 550g cream cheese
# 200g sugar
# 4 large egg yolks
# 200g whipping cream
# 1 tbsp lemon juice
# 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
# 125g flour
# 25g cornflour
# 1/4 tsp salt
# 4 egg whites
# 2 tbsp sugar
To make base: Whisk (A) till thick and fluffy. Stir in melted
butter. Line the base of a 22cm or 23cm round cake tin.
Pour batter into tin and bake at 190 ºC for 20 to 25 minutes.
To make topping: Cream (A) till smooth and light. Gradually
beat in egg yolks one at a time. Beat in whipping cream
and vanilla essence. Fold in (B) gradually, followed by lemon
Whisk egg whites and sugar until just stiff and fold lightly
into creamed mixture.
Line the base of a loose-bottomed cake tin with the sponge
cake. Line and grease sides of tin.
Pour cream cheese mixture into the tin. Bake cake in a
water-bath at 170 ºC for one hour or until skewer inserted in
the centre of cake comes out clean....Nancy N.
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.
About 30 years ago, as a child, my parents took us on a trip to an Island
in Greece. I remember having a breakfast of what looked like small donuts
with honey and cinnamon dribbled over them. They were called
Loukoumades. I remember eating several plates for breakfast. They
were absolutely amazing. Does anyone have the recipe? Bill in CA
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:
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Arnita, Hutschenreuther, Beswick & others!
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