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The Collectors Newsletter #365 October 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #365 October 2005
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1. "Haunted Portrait" & "Picture Glass" & "Haunted Watches"
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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
Fresh Antiques & Collectibles Just Added
Believe it or not, this is the time of year when TIAS merchants start to
load up on antiques and collectibles for the Holiday Shopping season.
For over 10 years TIAS has been serving online collectors with
quality merchandise at great prices.
Want to see what our dealers have just added? Take a look at:
ALSO! at the bottom of this issue, we've listed 8 brand new merchants
with fresh inventory. Check them out...
1) After you read these stories, 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.
Here come the "Haunted" stories. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were fortunate to be left a lovely old country home by my husband's
grandparents...It was a former tobacco plantation and looked much like
Tara in Gone With The Wind.
We had many happy times there and used it as a summer home. But
as the children grew older we spent less time there...So it came to pass,
that we had several robberies.
Several times we noticed as the thieves tried to take away the silverware,
it was dropped at the door...and the door was left open...It wasn't until
several years later when we decided to sell Tara that we called in the
local Historical society to take what they wanted. They took many things ,
including the family portraits....As they were taking down the portrait of
Grandma Hille a bat flew out...and immediately I knew that Grandma Hille
was still watching over Tara...and had scared the thieves away....
Another interesting thing...several times when I was there with the
children, and I would say, "It's time to go."...we could smell coffee...and
that was of course Grandma and the Aunts wanting us to stay for supper.
They always insisted that we have something to eat before we left. The
home has been well preserved and has an owner who really appreciates
it...Sally H., Williamstown, West Virginia.
- Another Story -
I have an older picture of an Indian (I am Choctaw) which has come to
be a symbol of an imminent death in our family. This picture used to have
glass covering it until one day as I was standing in my kitchen it fell off
the wall without any provocation and the glass shattered. As I cleaned up
the glass I had a premonition that some one would die soon. My
grandfather passed away in 3 days. I am superstitious and believe in the
dead being able to reach us through means which we cannot quite
comprehend. Since that day I have an overwhelming feeling that if I
replace the glass the picture shall fall again to warn of another death in
our family. Naomi T.
- Another Story -
I remember my father telling me about this watch and a 'ghostly spirit'.
When Great Uncle Jack (Meldrum) died in 1966, my father Lenard
received his gold watch. Of course the watch wasn't working, but such
a nice gold watch had to be worn. In 1967, one year to the very day of
Uncle Jack's death, my father discovered the watch was running. It
didn't just run for a little while, it provided the correct time until my father's
death. Then it stopped running. Maybe because there was no 'ghostly
spirit' to keep it wound up.
The second incident having to do with a watch and ghostly spirits
occurred in 1975 when my Grandmother Lena passed away. In the
course of making funeral arrangements and talking to the mortician, my
Uncle John and my aunt had to make several trips to the mortuary. On
the very first visit, Uncle John noticed that his watch had stopped
running. Upon leaving the mortuary the watch started running again.
Each visit and right up to the funeral, the watch would stop running the
moment he walked in the door of the mortuary and then start running
after he left. Needless to say, these events really gave my Uncle John
a case of the 'beejeevies'. Jaci
- We Want Your Haunted Story -
Send us your story about haunted building, antiques and collectibles.
Readers have been sending in some great ones for Halloween and we'll
keep publishing them for as long as they keep coming in. Send them
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) The Latest Antique News
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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 200,000
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)
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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
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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.
Looking for an owner
I have been in possession of several letters I found amongst a large pile of
"stuff" out on the street about 30 years ago in Santa Monica. CA. Half of
the letters are addressed to a Thompson S. MacDonough, starting out in
Michigan and ending up in California. The earliest letters date from 1893.
It seems that he was married to May Abbot of Coldwater, Michigan in 1894.
I have tried to find someone related to this man , off and on, over the years
without luck. But now that I have joined this site, I thought I might try again
and get some results. If there is anyone from either of these families who
would like these letters, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
RANDEE! if you find an owner for these letters, please let the rest of us
know. Send us an email at LostAndFound@tias.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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
The fifties look is "in" again. If you're searching for interesting accessories
to go with your Danish modern furniture, Ralph and Terry Kovel suggest
you look for Scandinavian art pottery. In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, the Kovels write that although it accounted for
only a small portion of United States imports from the 1930s to the 1950s,
Scandinavian art pottery was an important influence on American
designers. It is a bargain today (compared to American art pottery), but
prices are going up as more collectors realize its value. The largest,
best-known Danish factories were Bing & Grondahl and Royal Copenhagen.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
October 21, 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.
Hey folks, we need some more humorous stories of family life. Everyone has
them, so share them with the rest of us. These can be about kids, relatives,
things that happen at work or school. Just about anything that will put a grin
on someones face. Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org THANKS!
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 To Buy: Vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS BY COLLECTOR
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
We had a request for "Irish bread"
Here are two of the recipes that were sent in. 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.
Irish Soda Bread
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seed (optional)
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut
in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in
raisins and caraway seed. Add buttermilk, blending to moisten the dry
ingredients. Turn dough onto a floured board; knead for several minutes until
smooth. Form dough into a round ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
Flatten ball until dough is about 1 1/2 inches high; brush top and sides with
egg-water mixture. Cut a 1/2 inch deep cross in the top of bread with a sharp
knife. Bake in a 375* oven 30-40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in
center comes out clean. Transfer to wire rack to cool; brush top with butter
or margarine and cover with cloth. Makes one round loaf.
This came from my Ideals Bread book and there is also a recipe for Irish
Freckle bread, but it makes 2 round rolls and uses yeast. This is the Irish
Bread I remember. Linda H
- Another Version -
My grandmother, Ruth Marsden MacDougald, grew up in Providence, RI.
Her mother, Rose McKenna Marsden, came from Ireland. This is her
recipe for Irish Bread. I bake it in a bundt pan, and it is much more like
a cake than a bread.
Rosie McKenna's Irish Bread
3 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Put in a bowl and cut in a stick of margarine or butter. Rub in with your
fingers until mixture is crumbly.
Next, mix 2 beaten eggs with about 3/4 cup of milk. (Buttermilk or sour milk
are best if you have them). Mix with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth.
Add 1 cup raisins. You may also add 1 Tbsp. of caraway if you like it. Mix
Bake in greased bundt or angel food pan for about 30 min at 375. Test with
a toothpick. Brush top with a little melted butter mixed with about 1 Tbsp.
sugar and 1 Tbsp. milk when finished. Great with orange marmalade or jam.
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.
How about a favorite Halloween Cookie Recipe? Does anyone have one?
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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
Antiques and collectibles, glassware, paper, pottery, postcards,
victoriana, jewelry, linens and other items from 1890-1970.
A great eye for collectibles - over the years I have gathered many
interesting items. While my primary items are porcelain, I have
something for everyone. Stop by.... Orders - Shipped within 5
business days. - I use PayPal
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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