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The Collectors Newsletter #369 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #369 November 2005
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1. Haunted Stories #3 (Also the October "Hot List")
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
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1) After you read these stories, 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.
These "Haunted" stories seem to have inspired many of our readers to
send in their stories. We've never seen such a huge response to a
story theme before. Please keep them coming. We'll run them for as
long as we keep getting them......
Many years ago my husband and I rented an apartment in what had
once been a beautiful huge old mansion in Portsmouth,NH. The
previous tenant in our apartment was an elderly couple who had bought
the building after WWII and renovated it into six apartments, keeping
the original living room with the entry hall and three bedrooms for
All of my living room furniture fit into the large round turret on one side
of what had been the old ballroom. The ceilings were ten feet high
and there were three oversized mantelpieces and huge fireplaces --
it was very elegant altogether.
The story we were told was that the man who renovated the building had
lived in that apartment with his wife for over forty years, until he died.
Then she sold the building and moved into housing for the elderly
When we first moved into the building I used to hear footsteps in the
middle of the night, and assumed it was our upstairs neighbor, who had
a new baby. One day I saw her in the back yard and said "You must
be tired, I hear you up with your baby every night." She replied that
she never got up with the baby, and definitely had not gotten up the
night before. I told her we heard footsteps almost every night, and we
talked for a few minutes and figured out that she was definitely the
tenant directly above us.
I had always had a skeptical attitude about ghosts. I can't tell you why I
did it, but the next time I heard footsteps, I went into the living room and
started talking out loud. I thought the only logical thing was that the
footsteps might be the old man who had died. "I guess you are looking
for your wife," I said. "But she's not here. She went to live in the home
for the aged down town. Why don't you go down there to see her?
Please don't come back here, you are scaring me." I didn't see or hear
anything, but the hair on my head was definitely standing up and I
distinctly felt the presence of something in the room with me. Then it
seemed like a cold mass was moving across the room. It seemed to go
out through the locked two inch thick oak front door, and I felt it moving
away from the house. I was a little shaken up but felt peaceful, and went
back to sleep. After that we never heard footsteps at night again!
-- Another Story --
I had a friend, whom I visited only once. On the day I went to see her,
she informed me her house was haunted by a former owner. I asked
how she knew and what he did. She said he opened and closed doors.
Later that morning, I was sitting across from a door that lead to the
back yard. Laughing secretly at my friend, in my mind, not aloud, I
thought, "If there is a ghost in here, let him open and close that door
The door suddenly unlatched and slowly opened, creaking as it did.
It stopped when it reached full open position, and then slowly closed
and shut just as easily as it had opened. The hair on my neck stood
up. My friend said she was used to it.... Patricia
-- Another Story --
My husband and I really enjoy old house, antiques and the like.
When we were dating we went to San Diego old town to visit the Whaley
Mansion that has a long history of being haunted. During our visit we
had taken pictures with a normal 35mm camera - no flash used with
high speed film.
After developing - imagine our surprise when we had unknowingly caught
photos of "spirit orbs" (according the caretaker there) and a women half
in and out of the floor wearing an irridescent gown, with long hair taken on
an angle as if she were moving. The woman slightly resembled myself -
but I am not see-through... haha.
When we took these photos back to the curator on our next visit. She
verified that indeed we had capture what so many before us had tried with
all sorts of timed and high speed - high cost equipment! The gown was at
the cleaners at the time of our last visit and she directed us to the upstairs
room to view it.
We had chills as we gapped at the dress, now in the display case sans the
During that visit we smelt the cigar and kitchens smells of old and my teen
son went running out of the building with the "creeps" haha Since having
our daughter we have never returned - even though we enjoy the museum
and area. Always had the feeling that it would not be a good idea, for
some reason. It just makes you wonder how and why such things connect
to the living... B in Rancho Mirage, California
-- The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles --
This months "Hot list" of antiques and collectibles from TIAS, Kovels' and
AntiqueArts can be viewed online at:
- We Want Your Haunted Story -
Send us your story about haunted building, antiques and collectibles.
Readers have been sending in some great ones and we'll keep publishing
them for as long as they keep coming in. Send them to:
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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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
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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.
As an avid reader of this website, I am always interested in things that
people have found, either at flea marts, yard sales. Estate sales etc. and
wonder if they were successful in their quest to return the items. I have
something that I hope will find its way home. After my father, James T
Corum, passed away in May of 1998, there were a lot of things that my
mom, Velma, had to go through. Once she figured she was finished, the
children took over and each of us was able to retain things that were
special to us. I had gotten a box of things that I thought were suitable for
me and my memories of Dad, and amongst these items was a Pocket
Notebook that apparently belonged to an Edna L. Dutton from Newtown
Square, Pa. The date on the book is 3-6-1914 and it has listing of what
seems to be recipes, from salads to sandwiches and beverages. It is an
interesting read but I feel that it should be back with her family, where
ever they are. The book is dark brown; the writing seems to be a fountain
pen of some sort and in fairly good condition. If you are familiar with
this family, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to hear
from someone soon. Sincerely, Kim Arms
KIM! if you get a response, please tell us all about it. We want to find out
if the notebook gets back to the family and how it happened. Send an
email to 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
KOVELS' PRICE LIST - 2006 EDITION
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PRICE LIST has had a dramatic face lift for its 2006 edition. The book that has
become a staple in every collector's library now features hundreds of color
photographs and 800-plus pages packed with prices for more than 45,000
items. This new edition of the Kovels' annual price list includes everything
from ABC plates to Zsolnay pottery-more than 500 categories-all in full
color for the very first time.
KOVELS' ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST 2006 - 38th edition
- features: 45,000 items and prices-what collectors paid at shows, sales,
auctions, and on the Internet
. More than 400 color photographs, plus factory histories and
hundreds of marks and identifying logos
. "A Record-Setting Year," a 16-page color insert picturing some of
the highest-priced, unusual, and noteworthy antiques and collectibles sold
in the past year
. Easy-to-use index with alphabetical cross-references
And it's just the right size to take with you to sales.
SPECIAL OFFER-Order online and the Kovels will send you this year's new
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My grandson, Dwayne was walking around the pasture and animal pens
with his papa one morning helping him feed all the animals. While walking
along he told his papa, "Papa one day I'm gonna have a farm just like you."
Papa replied "You are!" Dwayne said, "Yep, I'm gonna have a hundred
chickens, a hundred cows and a hundred pigs" Papa asked Dwayne,
Who's gonna take care of all those animals? Dwayne said, "You are."
Then he thought a second and said " Well, naw you'll be dust by then."
Out of the mouths of babe's! Marianne H. Bluffton, SC
Do you have a funny family story 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: COLLECTOR BUYING SIGNED. AMER. PAINTINGS 1850-1945
WANTED: *AUTHENTIC* OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTORS
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
Bev G. requested a recipe for "Oatmeal Gems". 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.
We had an overwhelming response from our readers to the request
for the "Oatmeal Gems" recipe. By consensus, this appears to be the
recipe that Bev G. was looking for:
Oatmeal Gems from the 1962 edition of "The Joy of Cooking"
I happen to have the 1962 edition of Joy of Cooking
Here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 350, makes about 50 2-inch cookies.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup uncooked quick rolled oats
3/4 cups flour
1 can flaked coconut, (I'm not sure how much this is)
You may spice these with:
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each cloves and freshly grated nutmeg
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned.
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.
Iím hoping someone out there can help me with this request for my
husband & his father (age 75). My husbands Grandmother used to fix it
all the time & I even remember my Granny making something very
similar to this.
Itís a white cornbread recipe made with bacon grease, buttermilk and
white stone-ground corn meal (course) and I donít believe she used
sugar in this. Before she put the batter in a bread pan she would grease
the pan & then sprinkle corn meal in the bottom of it.
Weíre about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary & how happy
he would be with a good ole pan of ham & beans, Grandmaís cornbread
and a white Christmas! Thank You so much, Kathy F., Stover, MO
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:
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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