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The Collectors Newsletter #374 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #374 November 2005
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1. "A Christmas Story" & "Potty People" & "Another Holiday Story"
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.
Reading all the Christmas stories made me think of a Christmas when I
was about 13 or 14 years. My brothers were about 5 or 6 and still
believed in Santa. It was a custom in my family for my grandparents to
come down for an evening meal on Christmas eve and then they would
take us out to look for Santa so my parents could put presents out that
Santa brought. This particular year - we found Santa in a big black
shiny Buick!! It was funny for me to listen to my Grandparents
explanation that since we had no snow this year Santa had to deliver
toys in his car!! It was a good enough explanation for my brothers and
sure enough when we arrived home somehow Santa had gotten to our
house and tree! Mary S.
-- Another Story --
My mom passed away 1 1/2years ago and I have the privilege to
display her and my grandmother's collection of "potty People" (as
she called them) now in my bathroom.
The collection consists of 40+ of all sorts of people, sitting on the old
bathroom pots from years ago. One is dated 1904 by my grandmother
- the first purchase in this unusual collection.
I so remember antique browsing with my mom, and in every little store
- she would ask"do you have any potty people". Some knew what she
was talking about, others needed descriptions, which mom readily gave.
I would love to hear from anyone out there - that may have any of
these figurines as I find it an interesting collection, and not seen very
often anywhere. email@example.com
It is also, so grand to have a collection passed down by a family
member - the ability to add on to the collection makes my memories of
her and my grandmother so strong as I continue the search for "potty
people". Oh yes, I now ask this at every antique store and flea market
I attend. GeorgAnn
-- Another Story --
In 1930 my family moved from a good sized iity to my father's
"ancestral" farm in a Valley of Virginia. My mother was so distraught
about the move (she had grown up on a farm) that she gave away all
the Christmas decorations and ornaments, thinking that my sister and
I who were 10 and 12 were too old.
On the day before Christmas we two went up in the woods about a
quarter mile from the farmhouse and looked and looked and finally
found a scrubby little pine tree about three feet tall. We were
determined to have that tree.
We had no tools, but utter determination won out and we finally with
rocks broke the trunk and proudly took it to the house. My mother
was so touched that she put us in the car and drove to a nearby village.
The country store had one box of ornaments left. There were nine in
it. She bought it and we went home and decorated the tree. It might
be the happiest tree we ever had. Shirley H.
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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
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
can help contribute to the overall value of your collection. There are many
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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.
Want to see a wrist fence? There were some online at Google images,
but they seem to have vanished. Anyway, imagine a very small picket
fence wrapped around your wrist and you have imagined a wrist fence.
My husband, when he was a little boy, had a large toy boat called "Big
Ceasar". He loved that big boat and played with it all the time. Somewhere
in moving, he lost his Big Caesar boat. We would like to find another one.
If anyone knows of one or has one and is wanting to sell, please e-mail
Catherine at email@example.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
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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.
It was a quiet early evening. My husband was reading the newspaper, I
was cooking dinner, and my daughter Antonia, then 8 years old, was doing
her homework. The telephone rang and I answered it. A telemarketer was
on the line, selling subscriptions to a theatre membership. I listened for a
minute, said "I am sorry, but we are not interested" and hung up. Antonia
looked up from her homework and asked "Who was that?". I replied "The
New York City Ballet. They wanted us to become members." Antonia
looked startled, then puzzled. Finally, she blurted out "But mommy, we
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.
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:
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10) A Vintage Recipe
So this week we have two recipes. One for "chocolate dependable cake"
and the other for "Chow -Chow".
If you have a variation of either 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.
Chocolate Dependable Cake
I got this recipe from one my vintage cookbooks, in the section called "Cakes
for the Family". This is not a spectacular gourmet cake to impress people.
This is the sort of thing you whip up when you want a little something sweet
after dinner on a weeknight.
1 tbsp softened safe margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg (2 egg whites)
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (1 tbsp lemon juice + soy milk to equal 1 cup)
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cocoa powder
Mix the margarine and sugar together thoroughly. Beat the egg and add it
in. Dissolve the baking soda in the "buttermilk", add this into the mixture.
Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together and add to the first mixture.
Add the vanilla and cocoa and mix the batter well.
Bake in greased (spray with cooking spray) and floured 9-inch square pan
in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out
Make a half recipe of chocolate frosting, but use the full amount of cocoa.
Spread over the cooled cake. Serves 9.
By the way, the cake itself isn't chocolaty, as you probably could have
guessed by the small amount of cocoa used. I'm not sure what it would taste
like with the cocoa omitted or increased, but that little bit of cocoa does give
the cake a nice color, so...
Green Tomato Chow-Chow
4 quarts green tomatoes
1 large head of cabbage
10 medium onions
5 medium green peppers
7 medium sweet red peppers
1/2 cup salt
15 cups vinegar
5 cups sugar
3 tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
1 tablespoon turmeric
4 tablespoons mustard seeds
3 tablespoons celery seed
2 tablespoons pickling spice
Chop all vegetables; combine in a large kettle. Stir in salt; let stand at
room temperature overnight, or at least 8 hours. Drain.
Combine vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, ginger, and turmeric in a large kettle.
Put mustard seed, celery seed, and pickling spices in a 6-inch square of
cheesecloth or cheesecloth bag. Tie ends or gather and tie string and add to
the kettle. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Add
vegetables and return to simmer for 30 minutes longer. Discard spice bag.
Spoon chow-chow into hot sterilized jars and seal.
Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner, or 20 minutes for
altitudes of 1001 to 6,000 feet. Over 6,000 feet, process for 25 minutes.
-- ANother Version --
A good way to use green tomatoes, this chow chow is a spicy and hot
accompaniment to beans and peas.
1 quart green tomatoes, chopped (about 6 to 8 tomatoes)
2 sweet green peppers, chopped
2 large mild onions, chopped
1 small head cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup salt
3 cups vinegar
2-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons celery seed
Grind the chopped vegetables. Add the salt to them, and let the mixture
Drain the vegetable mixture in a jelly bag, pressing out all the liquid you
can. Transfer the vegetables to a large pot. Add the vinegar, brown sugar,
mustard, turmeric, and celery seed and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat
and simmer for one hour. Stir frequently.
Pour the relish into hot, sterilized pint jars, cover, process 15 minutes in
a boiling bath.
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.
I am looking for a family favorite lost recipe. It had rice, tomato juice,
browned hamburger meat, onions, garlic, salt & pepper and a splash
of hot sauce. I do not remember the name, could have been
Hamburger hash. I think you placed uncooked rice with meat, juice,
onions and seasonings to simmer until rice was done.
If any one has this recipe, I will really appreciate it.Thanks, M.Gregg
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:
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13) Helpful Resources:
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