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The Collectors Newsletter #334 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #334 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Dishes" and "The Nude"
2. STAR WARS collectibles
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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
Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- "Roadshow" Sells Jewelry On QVC --
-- Atlanta Auction for Count --
-- Aberdeen Mississippi Auction --
-- Central Europe Antique Tours --
Tell us about your event, auction, exhibition, sale or antique show.
Post them online 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.
I was attending a local historical museum auction and the things they
were selling were the things they had no room for or were duplicates.
A set of melamine dishes come up and absolutely no one bid. I finally
held my hand up and bid $2 for the set of what I thought were a
mismatched set of melamine ware. Well needless to say I won the
box of dishes. When I got them home I took a good look at my $2
treasure and found it to be a complete set of 8 with all the extra serving
pieces of Russel Wright's Residential by Northern, Boston 27. which
are very valuable. I was pleased with my purchase but wonder now
how many really valuable things left the museum that day.
I intend to keep my set as they match the 1950's chrome dinette set I
use on a daily basis along with my brushed aluminum lazy susan with
melamine center dishes that was manufactured for Westing house. I
think I won those dishes solely because with my decor I probably am
one of the few who still appreciates their beauty. Warmest Regards
Carol Wolf Britton
-- Another Story --
My husband, three children and I had just moved into a new home,
much bigger than the first one we had shared together. We found
ourselves with a living room furnished with "fisher price" and not much
else. We had decided that we wanted to fill our home, built in 1918,
with antiques and collectibles, but really hadn't decided on a color-
scheme or much else. One day while garage saleing together, we
came across a large, over-the-sofa picture in a gold frame. It had a
mostly blue background, with a figure of a young man (nude!!!!)
bending over a woman, with greek columns surrounding them. Not
sure what colors we would eventually want to decorate with, we talked
it over and wondered if we should pay the $7 the lady had the picture
priced at. As a young married couple with three small children and a
new home, we were strapped for cash and it seemed like a lot of
money for something we weren't sure we liked or not. Finally, we
purchased the picture and placed it over the mantle in the living room.
Shortly afterward, I found out the picture was a 1922 "Maxfield
Parrish" print, titled Daybreak. At the time, I had few resources for
finding out the history or value of my print. A few years later, we
were browsing in an antique mall in Milwaukee, and came across the
same print, in the same frame (which I had wondered at being the
original) priced for $450. I still laugh at the fact that we were
"worried" about spending $7 for the picture. Lisa Klassen-Pakkala
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) STAR WARS
Since the latest movie came out, there has been a great deal of demand
for collectibles from the original trilogy. The STAR WARS trading cards
are probably the most common. There have been several different series,
all of them priced quite differently. STAR WARS collectibles are available
in all price ranges. Interested in seeing some of these "old" treasures?
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) Increase 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
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
get a huge discount off the regular retail price. For more info, take a look at:
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.
Items looking for Home..
I have been cleaning out my mother's estate, and, since she loved to go to
estate sales and auctions, have come across some unusual things. I have
an entire box of pictures, most from the turn of the century or before, of the
family of Gilbert Herschel Hamil. They were apparently from Childless,
Texas. There are also handmade guest logs, possibly from a bridal shower,
showing the names Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Hamil, their children (?) Gertrude,
Beatrice, Johnnie, and E.L. Hamil. There is also listed among the guests a
John Patrick Hamil. My best guess at a date for these names would be
around 1915-1920.( These logs have the initials "R" and "H" entwined on
them) There are baby pictures, baby shoes, a purse with receipts, etc. Mr
Hamil seems to have been employed at, or owned, the Gulf Auto Supply
Company. He seems to have had a fairly large family, possibly 4 or 5
daughters and a much younger son, judging from the pictures. I do not
know any of the children's names. I would love to return this little piece of
history to his descendants for them to enjoy. If you have any info email me
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Jeannie
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
Vintage hooked rugs come in all shapes and sizes and all colors and
styles-and they sell for all sorts of prices, too. In the June issue of KOVELS
ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel
report that at a recent auction top price, $1,485, went to a pictorial rug
showing two cats perched on a branch. The rug has a folk-art look, a
humorous design, and lots of vibrant color, all qualities collectors prize. Most
of the rugs offered at the auction sold for prices ranging from $200 to $500.
Patterns stamped on burlap were sold in the United States after the Civil War
and continued to be popular through the 1930s. But rugs made from the
maker's original designs are of most interest to collectors.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
June 17, 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.
Many years ago, my daughter had just finished kindergarten and we were
on our way to church for a Baptist Young Women's meeting. As we were
going into the church my daughter saw a large insect on the railing. She
was fascinated, she would not leave. She carefully look the insect over.
When she asked what kind of insect it was, I told her that it was a praying
mantis. She looked at me and then back to the insect, and then slowly
turned around went up the steps and told me that he had come to the right
place! Carol Rigsbee..Apex, NC
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: Wisconsin Brewery/Tavern Pressback Chairs
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 Norma requested a recipe for "Baked Cheese".
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 my recipe for baked cheese. Where it says "not cheese food"
that means no canned cheese or cheese whiz. Good Luck! (Darla
H. in Florida)
2 slices American cheese (not "cheese food")
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 ounces deli-sliced Colby-Jack cheese
salsa, as needed for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Stack the slices of American cheese and cut it into 16 small squares.
Separate the pieces, and transfer them to a small bowl. Add the salt,
chili powder, and garlic powder toss to combine. Arrange the 32
cheese pieces in 4 rows of 8, on a parchment paper-lined baking
sheet, leaving as much space in between each as possible.
Stack the Colby-Jack slices and cut them into about 24 small pieces.
Arrange them on another parchment paper-lined baking sheet in 4 rows
of 6—without any seasonings.
Bake both until well-browned and crispy, about 7 and 7 1/2 minutes. If
undercooked, they'll be soggy, so don't be afraid to check them and
put them back in for more time, if needed.
Cool the crisps and crackers completely before serving—as they cool,
they'll crisp up. Store on the counter in an airtight container for a
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.
A Thank You...
I wish to thank the lady's for the recipe and explanation of the Ammonia
Cookies. I use to get laughed at when I would mention them. Usually
they would say since I was a very young child that I was mispronouncing
it. Again a Hearty Thank-You....Laura D.
-- Recipe request --
I noticed someone was looking for a recipe for Penuche Fudge and I
am looking for a recipe for Penuche Cake. It is from the 30's and 40's
from the San Francisco, CA area. It was made for my friend for his
birthday each year by his aunt. It is a chocolate cake with the Penuche
frosting and the cake has Penuche spread through the layers. It was
made from scratch and not from a mix with the crunchy candy and nuts
throughout the layers. It took a long time to make this cake.I would love
to surprise him with this cake. Thanks "J"
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
Offering a wide selection of antique glassware, pottery, china and
Precious Moments collectibles.
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
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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