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The Collectors Newsletter #322 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #322 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Photo was waiting" & "A Letter From China"
2. Collector's Corner: Mad about MAD Magazine
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
We want to hear news about your Antiques & Collectibles Club,
Auction, Estate Sale, Shop, Antique Show, New book and other
newsworthy information related to the antiques and collectibles
This is a new service and costs you nothing. It's very easy to use, So
stop by and give it a try today 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.
The Photo Was Waiting
Recently my 80 year old friend Bruce was driving in the county trying
to find an address when he stopped at a small antique shop to ask
directions. Now Bruce always introduces himself to anyone he talks
to, even when just asking a quick question of someone. This habit
paid off nicely for him that day. When the man at the store heard his
name he said he had something for Bruce. From out of a drawer he
pulled an old picture of some young soccer players from a by-gone
era, and there in the second row was Bruce at age 12 ! The antique
store manager remembered his name from the caption that listed all
the players. He presented the picture to Bruce as a gift and it is now
proudly displayed in his office. ....Sandy
-- Another Story --
A letter from China
Hello. I like your news letter. I'm working in Shanghai, China, in a
Cabaret Show from Paris. I'm living literally next door to the Dongtai
Lu antique market, which is a street market. There is a lot of junk, but
every once in a while I find some nice things. I've been collecting the
blinking clocks, the admiral (Napoleon) Aunt Jamima, and a few
others. I have also been lucky enough to find some old instruments.
I bought a cello which is over 100 years old and made in Austria. It
has great tone, although it was pretty beat up, I have cleaned it up
and play it. I paid only US$100 for it. I bought a hard case which cost
me triple that! I also found a couple of old Mandolins. I restored one
and it's a beauty. with case. Cost me about US $200 plus another $70
to restore both the Mandolin and case. It's at least 120 years old. I
have found a second one, this one is pretty scratched up though and
I cant decide whether or not to buy it. The guy wants $50 for it. It has
good tone, but frankly I dont know how I can restore this one.
There is a lot of interesting junk here, but like I said I do find some
good pieces. Old suitcases and hat boxes are very nice. I've been
picking them up for a while now. So anyway thats my story. I'd very
much like to start a business one day, I have collected rare and
interesting art and objects from my travels the past 30 years. From
Papua New Guinea to Zimbabwe. I have a lot of stuff in storage, but
do plan one day to ship it all to the US. Not sure about customs and
all that though. Personal effects? Not really sure about that.
Ciao for now, Dr. Penguin
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) Collector's Corner: Mad about MAD Magazine
What would Alfred E. Neuman say about eBay? We're sure he would be
MAD about it. In today's Collector's Corner column, Michele Alice takes
a look at the collectability of MAD magazines. Who would have thought
those juvenile issues would stack up to grown-up dollars?
Want see some vintage Mad Magazines? 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 235,000
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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4) Improve the value of 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
antique or collectible.
Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
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5) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
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.
Thank you for all your kind attention to my search for this lost childhood
fairy tale book. With all due credit going to TIAS readers my book was
identified as "The Golden Book of Fairy Tales" published by Simon &
Schuster in 1958. It is a collection of European stories translated by
Marie Ponsot and illustrated by Adrienne Segur. Thumbelina was actually
an inside illustration and the cover was of a child looking on a magical
woodland scene. I have ordered a replacement but, on the suggestion
of another reader, will continue my search for my own lost book. Per
this reader's suggestion the details are as follows: This book was packed
among things that were left behind when I moved from an apartment in
El Cajon California in 1974. Through a series of misunderstandings and
my relocation to another city after graduation, my losses were not
discovered until months later. I lost many things in that move but the loss
of this book is the only regret I have. My name, Erika (and other
scribblings), was written on the inside cover, I believe the R was turned
as wrote this way as a child. I would gladly purchase this original book
from anyone who has it. Thank you again, you are all wonderfully kind.
Please contact me at: email@example.com
Items need to go home..
I have Family photos and other family items from Harold Ditlow who lived
in Reading, Pa. and was a fireman for the Reading Fire Department.Would
like to hear from any family members. I think the family is from the
Harrisburg, Pa. area. Please contact Dale at : 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
According to KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter,
since Wonder Woman is appearing in a new movie, Wonder Woman toys
and memorabilia will probably go up in value. Collectors will also be
searching for pieces related to the Bewitched TV series, which ran from
1964 to 1972. A new Bewitched movie will be out soon and should create
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
May 06, 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 comments 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.
My daughter took her little granddaughter for a visit to the mall. After
lunch the little girl said she had to go potty, so my daughter headed to the
restroom and told her she hoped she got there in time. In the narrow stall there
was very little room to remove her little granddaughter's diaper so she
removed it with her standing up. At that point a little stool dropped out of the
diaper and it landed between my daughter's legs. So that she wouldn't step on
the stool she lifted her skirt, at which point the little girl said, "Don't
worry Nanna, you didn't mean to do it. You are not potty trained.
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: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China
WANTED: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
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 Nancy B. requested a recipe for "perfect vanilla
cake and perfect chocolate cake from scratch"
Here are several 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.
Some tips to good "from scratch" cakes
I don't have a particular recipe, however the secret is in the flour.
Cake mixes are heavily sifted. Experiment with Cake Flour or all
purpose flour sifted twice and measured loosely and properly.
Best Wishes, Beverly B.
You can make any cake lighter by using 7-Up instead of water
or milk, and by beating the eggs, oil and 7-Up together until the
mixture is fluffy before adding it to the dry ingredients.
Oil/shortening, eggs and milk/cream are what make a cake heavy.
I am not a particularly good cook but my friend is and she makes
decorated cakes (professionally) that are just fantastic - her recipe
is a basic victoria sponge recipe BUT she ALWAYS uses white
Flora which makes a lovely light, white fluffy sponge which holds
up to icing, looks fabulous, keeps exceptionally well and what's
more tastes fabulous - not a bit sandy or soggy!!!! We have very
good self raising sponge flour here in UK which also makes a big
This chocolate cake recipe is great, and might be the light-but-
substantial texture you're looking for. It was in a Hershey cocoa
ad a few years ago:
CHOCOLATE CAKE & FROSTING Hershey Recipe
2 cups sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup Hershey’s cocoa
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 350; grease and flour 2 9”cake pan or one 9x13x2” pan.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add eggs, milks, oil and
vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in boiling water –
batter will be thin.
Pour into baking pan(s), and bake 30-35 minutes. Cool ten minutes
in pan, then remove to wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
Melt 1 stick (½ cup) butter.
Stir in 2/3 cup cocoa.
Alternately add 3 cups powdered sugar and 1/3 cup milk, beating at
medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed.
Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix in.....Richard
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Nancy B. requested recipes for Yellow (Vanilla) & Chocolate cakes which are
lighter than the customary ones. Here are 2 recipes I love & use often. Hope
these help. Best of luck in the new business! - Rev. Joel Keith.
Old Fashioned Yellow (Vanilla) Cake
2 C. All-Purpose Flour
1½ C. Granulated Sugar
2½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
¾ C. Vegetable Shortening
¾ C. Milk
3 Lg. Eggs
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
½ tsp. Almond Extract
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease & flour 2 9" round, or 1 13"x9"x2" cake
pan(s). In a large mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Make a
well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients to the well. Start
mixing at low speed in the well first, then draw in dry ingredients until
all is incorporated. Then increase speed to medium and mix for 5 minutes,
scraping bowl occasionally. Do not over-mix. Pour batter into prepared
pan(s). Cut through batter with a butter knife to pop any air bubbles. Bake
25 minutes for 9" round pans, or 30-35 minutes for 13"x9"x2" pan. Cake is
done when cake tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan(s) on wire rack 10
minutes. Un-mold and cool completely. Frost as desired....Rev. Joel Keith
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.
HI, Looking for the recipe called the HOOVER CASEROLE. My Mom
said she received the recipe from her sister in law. It was said to be
President's Hoovers Favorite meal. I sure hope someone can help me.
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
Fur Kids Antiques
Fine China and Collectables Our store includes pottery, porcelain, glass
and other items. McCoy, California Pottery, Red Wing, Hall, Mikasa,
Noritake, Lefton, Murano and may other manufacturers will grace the
pages of the Fur Kids' store - be sure to check back often!
Welcome to our gallery where you will find Victorian to Modern and
Costume to Fine jewelry. We offer a wide selection to suit every taste
and budget and each piece is selected for its beauty and excellent
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
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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