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The Collectors Newsletter #318 April 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #318 April 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Aviators
2. "A Little Art"
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) A special issue of the newsletter
I received an interesting note from one of our readers a few days ago. It
was a request for our "Lost and Found" section. The request was quite
a bit different from the usual requests we get for that section, so I thought
I would run it at the top of the newsletter.
We've had great success in the past finding people. If you can give any
help finding the relatives of these military personnel, please use the phone
number or the email address at the bottom of the story. I did investigate
this, the request is real and they would appreciate any help you can give
to track down family members....Phil
Seven World War II Navy aviators' remains have been recovered from the
side of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands.
They were aboard a twin-engine PBY-5A amphibious reconnaissance
aircraft when it was shot down June 14, 1942 on Kiska Island, which
Japanese forces occupied during part of World War II. The crash site
was at the 2,750 ft level of the northwest face of Kiska Volcano.
"It is of the utmost importance that we find these families, because our
mission is to make sure no stone is left unturned in resolving these cases,"
said Navy Lt. Robert Sanchez, with the POW/MIA Branch of the Navy
Personnel Command in Memphis, TN.
According to military records, an American search team first found the
wreckage in 1943 and buried the crewmen in a common grave at the
Attempts were also made in 1946 and 1947 to recover the remains, but
heavy snow prevented the search team from reaching the site. An associate
professor of biology at a university in Canada found the wreckage site
while doing research on the island in 2001. The crash site had a cross with
the words "Seven U.S. airmen."
The Navy is still trying to find family members for two of the crewmen whose
remains were found at Kiska, in order to return them for proper burial with
The two crewmen are:
Robert F. Keller
Birthday - 15 Jan 1918,
Birthplace - Denver, CO
Next of Kin - Nellie C. Keller (Mother)
Robert A. Smith
Birthday - 06 Aug 1916
Birthplace - Glen Dive, MT
Next of Kin - Arthur Ray Smith (Father)
John Cloe, a historian for the Alaskan NORAD Region and Alaskan
Command at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska listed the crew members
in his book, "The Aleutian Warriors," a History of the 11th Air Force and
Fleet Wing 4.
Cloe's account of the mission is in this book, with information coming from
the naval history of Patrol Air Wing 4. The pilot and crew headed into the
flak-filled skies over Kiska and their plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft
fire. The records say the plane suddenly came apart in a violent explosion
and pieces of burning metal fluttered down to the hillside below. Cloe said
Pilot Davis was the last casualty of what was called the Kiska Blitz, the
consistent bombing of Japanese targets in Kiska Harbor.
The recovery team consisted of nine specialists who used DNA from a
maternal line blood sample to compare DNA from a bone fragment of a
deceased service member. This comparison can lead to the identification
of remains and is used in 50 percent of the cases. Family members of
unaccounted-for service people are encouraged to submit a reference
DNA sample to go on file.
Records indicate there are more than 78,000 Americans unaccounted for
from World War II, 8,100 from the Korean War and 1,800 from the Vietnam
War. There are also 120 service members missing from the Cold War and
one from the Persian Gulf War.
If you have information that will help track down the families of these two
WWII crewmen, please contact Lt. Robert V. Sanchez toll free at
1-800-443-9298, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax a
901-874-8854 DSN 882.
2) A Little Art
I collect old fishing tackle, I buy bamboo rods, old reels and especially like
and enjoy old fishing lures. I live in a western state so while it is locatable,
it can sometimes be hard to find. In any case, I usually display the lures
in glass show cases or picture frames. My friend had an older relative
sell her home and he was tasked with clearing some of the items out of the
residence. Hanging on the wall in a deep glass frame was a very large
"picture" of a basket of plants. It was made from old yarn that was coming
unraveled and was a garish faded green, blue and yellow. My generous
friend offered me the frame for my fishing lures. I gladly accepted his
offer as it would work great for that suggested use. I removed the
cardboard "canvas" that held the bundle of twisted yarn and buttons and
was about to head to the dumpster when I thought of another friend who
was big into white elephant gifts. I took the picture home with me and a
week later showed up on her doorstep with it. I knocked and my friend
opened the door and spotted the art work in my hand (It measured over 3
feet across by two feet tall) I could see the look of distaste on her face
almost immediately. I proclaimed that my wife had taken up "yarn art"
over the past winter and had made this picture for her to hang on her living
room wall. I watched as she made her grimace turn into a smile as she
took it and held it up to look at. She tried to act happy and I tried not to
laugh as she said it was lovely and that she really liked it. I explained about
the long hours my wife had spent working on it and that she knew my friend
would be really happy with it. I told her if she would get some tools I could
help her hang it in the middle of the living room on the wall. This
flabbergasted her enough that she was at a loss for words. I couldn't
keep the smile off my face. I thought my head was going to be hanging
on the wall after I let her in on the truth. She was mad and relieved at the
same time. The best part was she insisted on keeping it as she had
someone else in mind to present it to as a gift. I wish I could be there to
see it... thanks for reading.....E. Hilbert
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
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
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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 of your collection. There are many
ways to do this. The easiest is to get yourself some collection management
software from Collectify. Collectify is the only collection management software
recommended by Sotheby's to their clients. It works with EVERY type of
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5) Lost and Found
We accept two 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.
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 an item.
When I was small my grandmother who had immigrated from Scotland in
1926 had returned for a visit. She brought me a Bonny Prince Charlie Doll
on her return to the states. My grandmother is now gone and the doll has
been misplaced and I would like to replace it for the sentimentality of it.
Any help would be very much appreciated. send email to:
Karen Grubb 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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
The Kovels have a new book out. The Kovel's Advertising Collectibles Price List.
Signs and other ads from the ’50s and even the ’60s are going up in price
and they’re not hard to find at flea markets. What about a 19th-century wooden
cobbler’s trade sign that set a record when it sold for more than $113,000?
Well … maybe you won’t come across one of those. But if you’re interested
in collecting, you can find great buys everywhere. Just keep your eyes open
and learn everything you can from the KOVELS.
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Thursday
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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.
I had just started out collecting about 20 some years ago, and had a habit
at turning over things at friends and relatives houses to look for makers
marks. One night I was over visiting my best friend Cheri, and picked up
the cute milk creamer sitting on her kitchen table. I was holding it above
my head to get a better angle in the kitchen, and turned it over. Imagine
my surprise and her reaction when the milk from what I thought was an
empty creamer spilled down on my face and clothes! Needless to say,
since that time I have been careful to make sure that an item has nothing
inside of it before I turn it over. Camille 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: Tiffany & Co. China
WANTED: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
WANTED: Pre-1950s Quality Costume Jewelry
Wanted: 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 Jean Graham requested a recipe for "Swedish Raisin
Bread" 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 might be the bread recipe Jean Graham is looking for ~ as
requested in the latest newsletter. I haven't made this, it's just one I
found in my collection. It sounds good enough to make me want
to try it soon! Linda R., Tucson, AZ
Swedish Raisin Rye Bread
36 ounces (or more) seedless raisins
5 cups warm water (105 degrees F)
6 tablespoons yeast
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup dark molasses
9 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons salt
4 to 5 cups medium rye flour
10 cups white flour
Soak raisins in cool water overnight. Dissolve yeast in water. Beat
brown sugar, molasses, salt and shortening. Add yeast mixture. Add
the rye flour and beat until smooth. Add enough white flour to make a
soft dough. Add drained raisins.
Let rise, punch down, and let rise again. Put into loaf pans. Bake at
350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 7 to 8 loaves.
This is excellent for making French Toast.
-- Another Recipe --
1/2 cup melted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
21/4 cups hot milk
2 teaspoons finely ground cardamon
1 package dry yeast
1 egg well beaten
7 cups flour
3 tbspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
Mix the butter sugar salt and hot milk in a large bowl and let cool to
Stir the yeast into 1/4 cup warm water and let stand 5 minutes.
Add yeast, beaten egg, and cardamon.
Add 3 cups flour and mix vigourously.
Add 3 more cups and mix well. (use a dough hook on a mix master,
my mom would do this by hand.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for a minute.
Add the remaining flour if dough is sticky.
Let rise in a buttered bowl in a warm place until double in size.
Roll out and sprinkle cinamon and raisens on surface.
Roll up and turn into a ring and place on baking pan.
Slice outer edges all around with a scissor and lay flat.
Let rise again...
Decorate with cherries, brushed egg yellow and sugar.
Bake 1 hour at 350.
Amazing bread from my swedish family. This will make one large
ring. My mother used to make 8 at a time.....Lisa
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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.
When I was a student at Palmer College in Davenport Iowa in the 70's I
frequently ate at a small Mexican resteraunt called Rudy's. They served
the best beef enchiladas I have ever eaten. As I remember they had
tiny pieces of chopped potato in them along with the meat and other
ingredients. I've often looked for a recipe like this but can't seem to find
anything like it. If anyone knows the secret I would love to have these
again. Sandy A.
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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These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
has antiques, memorabilia, and collectibles that range from cast iron to
sterling silver, from primitive to art deco, from architectural to industrial.
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Edition collector plates and Christmas ornaments. Whether you are new to
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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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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
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