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The Collectors Newsletter #372 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #372 November 2005
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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.
While reading the Letter to Santa, by Louise Edinburg, I couldn't help
but smile with nostalgia and tears in my eyes. Her story brought back
so many warm memories of my own childhood. The times were lean
and it was nothing short of a miracle for Mom and Dad to provide gifts
for my brother and me at Christmas.
One particular memory has stayed with me throughout my 71 years.
I must have been about 8 years old. We lived in upstate New York,
where Christmas was usually snowy and cold. Following the big day,
Mom established a routine whereby I would get ready for bed, then
we would cuddle on the couch, one of us at either end, facing one
another, with our feet touching and a blanket over us. With mugs
of hot cocoa, she would read from the new book Santa had brought
me. I especially loved hearing her read Little Women, but more
than that, I cherish the closeness we shared during those special
evenings together. My mother was my best friend until I lost her to
emphysema at age 72. And although I miss her terribly, I cherish
the many wonderful memories she created for me. Those were
the greatest of gifts. Charlotte
-- Another Story --
The Gold Chair
As a young girl in Birmingham, Alabama.. our home was quite
beautiful and filled with antiques. Among them, my favorite was a
Louis IVth corner gold leaf chair.
My father passed away and the large house became too much for
my mother to handle. We sold the house and moved to an
apartment . In 1945 mother sent the gold chair to be reupholstered.
The wonderful man who did her work left suddenly for the Army.
In 1958, pregnant with my first child, I began to think about my own
childhood and realized that the gold chair was not in my mothers
possession. When I asked her about it, she replied "I don't want to
talk about it.. I sent it out to be upholstered " and never saw it again.
I however , remembered the name of her faithful upholsterer and
looked him up in the phone book. When I called him, identified
myself, he immediately told me, our gold chair was in his shop but
he had forgotten who it belonged to. That afternoon there was a
tearful reunion. not only with the now elderly upholsterer but with my
The chair now sits proudly in a place of honor in my own home. No
one dares to sit on it. Barbara K., Birmingham Alabama
-- Another Story --
Whenever I read ghost stories it reminds me of this one. When my
Granddaughter, Taylor, was only three years old, we visited the
cemetery where her Great Grandfather is buried. It’s a family tradition
to visit his grave site on Memorial Day every year for a small ceremony
to honor him as a Veteran of WWII. At such a tender age, Taylor
was far more interested in playing with the water spigot at the nearby
oak tree than standing for a ceremony, so her Mother let her play.
After the ceremony, she joined us for our walk to touch the gravestones
of many other relatives buried there. Only half-a-dozen sites away
from her Great Grandfather’s grave is a lovely stone with a lamb,
marking the grave of a child named “Natalie”. Embedded in the stone is
a small, brass, wallet-sized locket that opens to reveal a photograph of
the child. My daughter explained to Taylor that a little girl by the name
of Natalie was buried there and they both opened the locket to see her
photograph. In a heartbeat, Taylor said, “No Mommy, that’s my friend”,
and she pointed to the oak tree and said, “She’s there”! We like to
think that Natalie was comforted to have a little playmate that year and
we have added her grave to those we visit every time we are there.
Faith Ann - Victoria, MN
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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.
Dear Tias' Readers:
I just wanted to write and thank everyone who helped
me with my request to find a "wrist fence". I have
been searching since last Christmas and within two
days of my request in the newsletter, I finally found it
with the help of your readers.
The responses have been unbelievable. What a great
group of people that subscribe Tias newsletter. An
extra special thank you to Jo, Michelle, Mike & Paula,
Ruth, Joy, Pat, Gary and Jenni. I could not have
found it without your help! Leslie Klehammer
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
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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.
My Mom's house had a big eat-in kitchen. One wall next to the refrigerator
was tiled in yellow with an occasional red tile interspersed. When we were
growing up, my little sister's and my job was to clear the dinner table
after eating. The leftovers on this one particular night included some
mashed potatoes that Mom always made from the instant mashed potato mix
in a box. For whatever reason, Mom's mashed potatoes were always stiff.
After dinner one evening in the early 1960's when I was about 12 and little
sister was 9, we decided to "play" with the left-over mashed potatoes. We
shaped them into small balls and decided to see if we could hit a red tile
on the yellow wall. Our overhand tosses were rewarded with a splat as the
potato balls hit the wall, sticking to the tile for a moment, then sliding
down to the floor. My sister had just let one fly when Mom walked into the
kitchen and asked us "WHAT are you doing?" "We're throwing potato balls,"
we said. Mom, being the sportswoman that she was, decided to join us. She
made herself a nice big potato ball, and with a powerful overhand pitch
(she played softball), hit that red tile with full force spraying the
kitchen with bits of potato as that ball disintegrated on impact. We all
laughed with glee at the great shot. Just then, Dad walked in to see what
all the commotion was about. Mom explained we were throwing potato balls,
Dad shook his head and left. Mom made her mashed potatoes creamier
Do you have a funny family story 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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
Judy requested a recipe for Orange Fudge. Here are a few 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.
Just a big thank you to the people who take the time to send in their
recipes. I had looked for the recipe for date nut bread for so long
and in every cookbook I came across, but your wonderful readers
came through with just the one I longed for. Thanks so much! Ann
This is for Judy who was looking for an Orange Fudge recipe. I had
never heard of it so searched high & low. This is what I found. I
hope this helps! Stacey C., Massachusetts
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Rind of 2 oranges, grated
1 cup pecans
2 tablespoons margarine
Heat milk in double boiler. Caramelize 1 cup sugar in deep heavy
saucepan. Stir in orange juice and hot milk. Stir in remaining sugar
and orange rind. Cook, stirring often, to soft ball stage. Remove
from heat and add margarine.
When cool, beat until creamy and stir in nuts. Pour out on greased
platter and cut into squares.
-- Another Version --
Perhaps this is the Orange Fudge recipe Judy from Indiana is
looking for. Betty from PA
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup boiling orange juice
2 cups granulated sugar
pinch of salt
grated zest of 2 oranges
1 cup chopped nuts
2 tablespoons butter
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, set aside. In the top of a double
boiler, heat the evaporated milk. In a deep, heavy sauce pan, melt
the 1 cup sugar. When sugar is a rich brown color, slowly stir in
the hot orange juice and orange zest. Add the hot evaporated milk
and stir in the 2 cups sugar and pinch of salt. Stir until sugar is
completely dissolved. Cook syrup slowly to soft ball stage, 238 F on
a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and add butter; pour
immediately into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat at high
speed for 2 minutes. Stir in nuts and pour into prepared baking
pan. When cool, cut into 1" squares.
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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.
Back in the sixties my mom used to bake a delicious chocolate cake
for special occasions-like birthdays and such. It was called 'Chocolate
Dependable Cake'. She added chocolate frosting and was it ever
delicious. I have tried many chocolate cake recipes over the years
and have not found one that is similar. Would anyone happen to have
a recipe for 'Chocolate Dependable Cake'? thanks a bunch. Audrey
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
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