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The Collectors Newsletter #379 December 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #379 December 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 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.
I have two special memories to share.
I met my husband by way of a gulf war letter to an unknown Sailor. I
had met his sister and she gave me his name and address and as they
say the rest is history. The war ended, he came home on leave in April,
we met and we moved from Ohio to where he was stationed in Virginia
in October. When Christmas came around I still had not found a job
and had no savings left and I was heart broken that I did not have any
thing for him under the tree. I know this will be strange, but Christmas
morning he decided to go fishing in the creek behind our apartment.
That was when I brainstormed and rushed around our apartment. I got
out a can of his favorite soup and a new tooth brush, toothpaste and a
bar of soap yet unopened and anything else I could find of his that he
had not yet opened and wrapped them. Along with a few hand written
coupons for back rubs and making his favorite meal and cookies it
became our first Christmas together and a treasured memory.
A few years later when out daughter was 4 he came home from
deployment 2 days before Christmas. My daughter and I had tons of
fun Christmas shopping without "daddy" around to sneak a peak. We
had everything ready for Santa's big day. I had been coaching her
all along not to tell daddy what we got him. By the time we came home
from picking him up at the pier she spilled the beans on every thing he
was getting. with in minutes of walking in to the apartment still in her
snowsuit she dove under the tree and got out this brightly wrapped soft
football and tossed it at him shouting catch your football daddy it's a
surprise from me and Santa!
Now at 13 we still tease her about keeping secrets which she still can't!
-- Another Story --
I was amused to read in edition 378 about the lady’s husband’s chest
hair. When my second son was 9 he contacted a virus and had to go
into hospital for tests, one Doctor had very dark hair and a lot of it, it
grew up under his collar and down the back of his hands, Gavin looked
at him very seriously and said “was your mother a monkey”?
I didn’t know where to look and if there had been a hole in the ground
I would have jumped in head first I was so embarrassed.
The Doctor just laughed and then said “no Gavin, but I think my dad
was an Ape”.
Many years later I heard that this Doctor used this story and Gavin’s
case in a published medical paper. Moira L. Scotland
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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 email@example.com
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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.
Looking for a home
I have a wedding picture of the Isak - Rimer wedding one mile southwest
of Galchutt, ND 1894Either they were 2 HUGE families or everyone in town
came - there are over 100 people pictured.of all ages. It is mounted on
posterboard of some sort. Miracle of America Museum, 58176 Hwy 93,
Polson, MT, or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (A Great Gift Idea from Kovels)
Reproductions of old milk bottles are everywhere. KOVELS ON A
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter offers a clue to tell the
difference between old and new: The paint on fakes scrapes easily.
The most common fakes are decorated with sports heroes, Disney
characters, or war slogans.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
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.
Years back I was having a horrendous day. Work was a terrible mess
and when the work day ended there was more to come. The drive home
was marked with accidents (not mine) and endless traffic jams. When I
finally pulled into my driveway I thought "Boy what a day! I'm home.....At
least nothing else can go wrong." As I took a few steps from my car to my
front door, which was only a few feet, I felt something fall on my head.
Yes! A bird decided to poop and my head just happened to be underneath.
Yuck! I yelled as I ran to the shower. As I showered I remembered a "lot
wives tale" that my grandmother told me. She said that when a bird poops
on your head it's good luck. Well, a few days later my luck did change.
I met my future husband. He's the best man anyone could ever want and
we have been happily married for 15 years this Dec. 8. WHAT LUCK!
Since then I've been standing out in the yard waiting for another bird to
releave himself but to no avail. Guess that million dollars is out of the
question! LOL Barbara C. Kingsland, GA
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: *AUTHENTIC* OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTORS
WANTED: COLLECTORS BUYING **AUTHENTIC** ANTIQUE TIFFANY LAMPS
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10) A Vintage Recipe
Rebecca in NH. was looking for a recipe for "light colored and
super-creamy peanut butter fudge". Several more suggestions came in.
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.
Here's a recipe that I've made for years. It came from my mother's mother
and further back than that, I suspect. It's old-fashioned and yummy!
Peanut Butter Fudge
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
Mix together and cook to soft ball stage.
Add 2 Tbsp. butter and 4 Tbsp. peanut butter after it’s cooked.
Beat until thickened and pour in 8- x 8-inch greased pan.
It's good with creamy or crunchy peanut butter. I'm sure my
great-grandmother didn't have the crunchy, though!
Linda J. D. Crete, Nebraska
This is the actual "peanut butter fudge" recipe straight from Durkee-
Mower - the creators of FLUFF. I have also included a URL that
your readers might find interesting - it is Durkee-Mower's downloadable
recipe book - all recipes use FLUFF!
Enjoy! Stacey C., Billerica, MA
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
2/3 c. milk
2 c. sugar
1 c. smooth or crunchy peanut butter
1 7 1/2-oz. jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 tsp. vanilla
Grease a 8-inch square baking pan; set aside. In l large saucepan
combine milk and sugar. Over medium-high heat, cook stirring
constantly, to 230° to 235° F. on a candy thermometer or soft ball
stage (when a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold
water forms a ball which flattens on removal from water).
Remove from heat, cool slightly and blend in peanut butter, Fluff
and vanilla. Pour into pan and cool until set. Makes about 1 1/2
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.
Hi, Sometime in the late 1970's or early 1980's, the La Victoria brand
had on the label of their cans a recipe for tomatillo pork chile. My
aunt had used this recipe and since I loved it so much I wanted to
copy her recipe. She told me she got the recipe from the La Victoria
can label, which I have since lost. The recipe called for fresh tomatillos,
pork and some type of chile. I would appreciate it if anyone can help
me with this. Thanks, JP from Colorado
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
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Offering many early Precious Moments,unique kitchen tools, gadgets
and old canning jars, European ceramic pieces and an assortment of
straight razors and strops. You will find something special for gift giving.
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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
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