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The Collectors Newsletter #380 December 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #380 December 2005
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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 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.
Back in the early Fifties while I enjoyed being the youngest of three
children I was still intent on keeping up with my older brother and sister.
The Christmas that I was seven years old, the presents were prewrapped
by Mom and then stored in separate upper cabinets above my parents
bedroom clothes closet ... too high for a seven-year-old to climb and
peek at ahead of time! But that year I guess I felt it necessary to keep
track of how many presents each one of us kids got and that everything
On Christmas Eve day my Dad, and sweet Uncle Mason, had us kids be
the Carriers of the Gifts retrieved from those upper cabinets. We Three
would take whatever package from Dad as he stood on the ladder, run
out to the Christmas Tree in the living room, and deposit the package in
the appropriate kid's pile or in two piles for the adults. With such
enthusiastic help the job was complete quickly and Dad came down off
the ladder. But ... He and my Uncle Mason found me crying by the
packages. Dear Uncle asked me what was the matter and I replied through
my tears and sobs: "Bill and Sara each have 5 more packages than I do
and I thought I'd been real good this year! It doesn't seem Fair!"
Well, Uncle and Dad looked at the tagged packages in each pile, and
even checked the adult's piles, and didn't see any misplaced packages
under the tree. So, since Uncle Mason was lots taller than Dad, he offered
to climb the ladder and double check the back of the cabinet while using a
flashlight. Lo and behold, there were packages still up in the cabinet! The
forgotten were happily retrieved and carried to the tree ... and Christmas
was a Very Fair Holiday that year! Submitted by ("the youngest") Susie G.
Some years ago when my daughter, Holly, was eight and my son, Ryan,
was four we were getting Christmas gifts ready for family members -
wrapping and setting aside those we had to deliver - and putting the
wrapped family packages under the tree. The night before Christmas we
always allowed the children to open one gift before they went to bed. On
Christmas Eve, after they each had selected the one they wanted to open
my daughter proudly produced a long slim package she had wrapped and
gave it to me announcing "this wooden spoon in here is for you from me
She was obviously excited with her gift because it was exactly
what I had asked for and she saw no need for me to wait until it was
unwrapped to find out what was inside. To this day we laugh each time
we go to use a wooden spoon or see one in the store. This week, many
years later, the night before my retirement party my daughter the lawyer
emailed - "well, Mom, I might as well tell you about the wooden spoon I
got for your retirement ..... then she went on to describe the gift she had
arranged for me. I am sure she was laughing as she typed - I know I
was as I read her message. Marsha
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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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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 item
I am looking for a Roseville Pink Foxglove Jardiniere 659-10. My
mother-in-law always had it displayed in her home on the matching pedestal,
but years ago my father-in-law broke the jardiniere. The pedestal is still in
perfect condition, so I am only looking for the jardinere to be replaced. I
have had the hardest time finding one, and I am beginning to believe that
they are more rare than I originally thought. Can you help me?
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's all in the perception. Your recent stories on hair or lack thereof
reminded me of a "folically challenged" friend who took his son for a haircut.
When the barber asked the son what style of haircut he wanted, he was
quick to reply, "I'd like one with a hole in the middle like daddy's."
When my grand daughter was in kindergarten she noticed that some of the
students were excused from class when Christmas topics came up. This
is multicultural Toronto and there are many faiths.
When the teacher announced that they were going to see a movie that Liz had
already seen she put her hand up and said "Please may I be excused -- in
our house we don't celebrate Walt Disney."
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
JP from Colorado was looking for a recipe for "La Victoria brand
had on the label of their cans a recipe for tomatillo pork chile".
Several suggestions came in. See below....
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.
Found on the La Victoria Site -
1 1/2 lbs. pork, cubed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2-4 Tbsp oil or shortening
1 onion, slivered
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 16 oz. jar La Victoria Salsa Verde
1/2 cup water
To Prepare: Season pork with salt and pepper; brown well in oil. Add
onion and garlic and brown; drain fat. Add remaining ingredients;
cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring frequently. Add more water if
necessary during cooking.
I found this online and thought it might be the recipe JP from Colorado
was referring to:
GREEN CHILE STEW WITH PORK
3 lb. boneless pork, cubed into 1 1/2 inch pieces or 4-5 lb. pork butt,
deboned and trimmed
3 tbsp. peanut oil
3 stalks of celery
2 med. tomatoes (in season)
7 green chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
preferably homemade chicken stock or 2 cans Campbell's chicken
broth and 1 1/2 to 2 cans water
Salt to taste
LaVictoria brand salsa jalapeno
Brown pork in oil, doing so in 2 or batches. Use a large black frying
pan so that the meat will brown quickly. Place meat in a 3-4 quart
covered oven casserole and add the next ingredients. Deglaze the
frying pan with the chicken broth or water and add to pot. Barely
cover the ingredients with chicken broth or water. Chicken broth may
make this to rich for you, so you might try just water or half of each.
Cover and simmer until the stew is thick and the meat very tender,
about 1 1/2 hours. Add salt to taste before serving. If the stew is not
hot enough for you, add a bit of LaVictoria salsa jalapeno. This is
wonderful, but be careful, it's hot....Pat
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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.
In the '60's and early '70's my dad worked at Indiana Steele and Wire,
he brought home a cook book from the shop that had a recipe for
Sugar Cookies in it and they were the best! A little crispy on the outside
and soft and cakey, on the inside, maybe a hint on lemon. When my
parents divorced in 1977 my mom got us and dad got the cookbook,
so we never got the cookies again. I don't remember the name of the
cookbook, (mom covered the book in wallpaper to match the harvest
gold of our kitchen), but I do remember the book was sort of a beigey
gold color hard back and 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick. I don't know if it was
recipes from the employees or some sort of fundraiser thing, I just know
we always called it the wire mill cookbook. Being the granddaughter of
the best cookie maker in Indiana, I would love to add this to granny's
list of cookies I make every year. I have tried tons of recipes but none
are the same as the "wire mill" sugar cookies. My little bro ther is
moving across country (new job) and will be alone for the holiday's
(wife to join later) and this would be a special treat for Christmas. I will
try any sugar cookie recipes sent in or to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all and a very happy holiday's.
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
This merchant just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
Home to one of the largest collections of fine antique porcelain on the
web. Specialists in Limoges, Pickard, RS Prussia, Nippon, Noritake,
Continental, English and other fine hand-painted china from the
Victorian through the Art Deco Periods.
A Walk Thru Time
Welcome to our little corner of Yesteryear. Where you will find vintage
items of Days Gone By as well as collectible plates, Beam decanters,
figurines, paintings and so much more. Come on in and stay awhile.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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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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