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The Collectors Newsletter #381 December 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #381 December 2005
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1. "Cut Cut" & "Aunt Lynn" & "Iron lady" & "The Train"
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.
Many years ago My younger brother and I saved our nickels and dimes
for a gift for our mother that loved to sew. We save enough to go to the
Singer Sewing Machine Store in our home town and purchased her a
pair of scissors, good ones. Our younger sister wanted to know what
we had gotten Mother, we refused to tell her but finally gave in after many
promises of I won't tell. Well she didn't before Christmas she goes to
Mother and says, Mother I can't tell you what my brothers got you for
Christmas but you can "CUT CUT" !!! She has never lived that Christmas
down. Tom in TN
Back in the early 70's when my kids were little their Aunt Lynn always
sent them really neat Christmas presents. They were beautifully wrapped
and much handled when I wasn't looking. In order to get the kids to bed
on Christmas Eve we let them open one of Aunt Lynn's presents (she
always sent toys, never clothes or underwear). One year when my son
was about 8 years old Christmas Eve was filled with anticipation. What
had Aunt Lynn sent them this year? They both had two presents from
her so we let them choose which one to open. After much deliberation
on their part they selected the special present. My son's package was
heavy and on the small side. I remember my son really tearing into his
present when the tearing suddenly stopped and a look of disappointment
came over his face. We asked what Aunt Lynn had sent and he held up
a pack of rechargeable batteries. Quickly changing gears we handed
both of them the second present from Aunt Lynn. Disappointment was
replaced by glee when my son discovered an electronics kit that required
-- you guessed it -- rechargeable batteries.
In later years I always made sure he had a pack of batteries in his
Christmas stocking as a reminder of that Christmas. Any mention of the
Christmas of the Batteries always brings a smile to his face (and mine).
About twenty years ago some friends of ours were helping clean out their
aunts house as it was being sold and she was going to a nursing home.
My husband and I stopped in to ask our friends if they wanted to play
cards that weekend like we always do, and while we were there we were
told to look around and make an offer on anything we were interested in.
Back then, money was always tight and my husband called everything I
collected "junk". The house was very plain and the contents mostly
common. However, attracted to unusual things, I dug around and found
an old lace hand fan and an incense burner.
The incense burner was made of what appeared to be cast iron, about a
foot long, and depicted an Egyptian lady lying on her stomach holding a
little pot with a lid. This is where (I guess) you put the incense. The finish
was a dull gold with black undertones. It was unique and I think I gave
about five dollars for both items.
Throughout the next several years, I hung on to that "iron lady" (as my kids
called it) even after moving and "de-junking" on occasion. Lots of times I
considered throwing her into the rummage sale pile, but didn't. Actually,
she came in handy. I can't count the times I used her as a hammer as I
hung pictures or curtains or needed to give something a good sturdy
Then one afternoon I was watching the Antiques Roadshow and my iron
lady was there! The appraiser said she was composed of some type of
pot metal, possibly originated from Bulgaria or Hungaria or someplace
like that. I watched carefully and noticed that the "iron lady" on TV had a
long braid on one side of her head and on the other side, her hair was
short. I thought- "She's different than mine." But on closer inspection,
mine was exactly the same- I had just never noticed the details.
I swallowed hard as the appraiser guessed the value at somewhere
between 400 to 600 dollars! Needless to say, I never used her as a
hammer again. She still sits on the entertainment center and all my kids
have asked if they can have the iron lady when I pass on. Rae
50 years ago I was on the train from NYC to Philly to Carolina and
sat down wearily into a clammy seat..my eyes were killing me from
an infection. Soon I looked up and saw a pair of hands folded on a
lap..glancing upwards I beheld a young beautiful girl..and said 'Hello'
she smiled and said hello back and we began to chat.
I quickly noticed she was blind..I told her of my problems and
adventures in the service and she would just nod or smile..but then when
I said ..'will it ever end,,my eyes my sight are really going' she 'looked'
at me and whispered .."things could always be worse....things could
always be worse!.".I felt so bad at that realizing what she meant.suddenly
the conductor yelled.."next stop Philadelphia..all out for Philly.." she
jumps up.."thats for me"..then she whispers ..'may I ?.reaching out her
hand.she slowly traced her fingers down my forehead,nose ,lips and
chin.smiled a beautiful smile..turned.
I glanced down..looked up ..and she was gone..I never saw her again..
and so on a cold winters nite in December half a century ago,,a young
soldier has a brief encounter with a blind girl on a train...a 'blind' girl who
could see farther and more deeply and clearly then most others I have
met since then..and every Christmas eve I think of this mysterious gentle
wise creature who brought light into my world....Nino
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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.
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
poster board 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
Trolls were a collecting phenomenon of the 1960s, then again of the '90s.
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports they
are back again. Look for the vinyl trolls of the '60s by Dam of Denmark
and the new "Trolls" by Hasbro that are colorful and very feminine. Old
trolls sell for $5 to $50.
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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.
We always let our two boys know what we were getting everyone for
Christmas because like typical young children they wanted to be involved
in everything; unfortunately, they weren't real good at keeping secrets.
One year our oldest got out of the car at Grandma and Grandpa's and ran
into the house telling Grandma " I can't tell you what you're getting for
Christmas, but it's going to sit right there,'' pointing to the spot where her
old broken rocking chair was sitting. Yes, Grandma got a new rocker that
It was a joke that Grandma and Grandpa always knew what they were
getting before Christmas came. One year my husband devised a plan to
fool Grandma and Grandpa. He sat down with the boys (they were about
4 and 5 years old) and told them that we were planning on getting Grandpa
a new red wig to cover his bald head to help keep him warm in the winter,
and to keep from getting the top of his head sunburned in the summer.
He explained that for Grandma we were going to get a new girdle. She
was getting older and putting on weight and a new girdle would help make
her look slimmer and feel better. Neither child liked the idea of the gifts.
They claimed to like Grandpa's bald head. They said he could just wear a
cap all the time, and they didn't like the thought of red hair. And Grandma
didn't need a girdle, they liked her nice and soft just like she was.
Needless to say, this turned into quite a conversation but they finally
agreed. The following Sunday after church we went to Grandma and
Grandpa's for dinner. As always, the boys were the first out of the car and
raced into the house. We were still outside the house when we heard
Grandma's scream. "You better not get me a girdle! I won't wear it!"
Grandpa didn't say a word until we we leaving and then he whispered to
my husband. If you get me a red wig, you don't want to know where you'll
be wearing it. We laugh about this nearly every year as Christmas
approaches. The boys are now 32 and 33 years old. Trudy
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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
email@example.com was looking for a recipe for "Sugar Cookies that
are A little crispy on the outside and soft and cakey, on the inside ".
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.
These are always a hit at our school functions. Renee rolls them out
about 1/4 inch thick. The parchment keeps them from burning and helps
produce the perfect cakelike texture.
Renee’s Sugar Cookies
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
granulated sugar, colored if desired
Beat butter and shortening thoroughly wi th an electric mixer or pastry
Add sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt and mix until well combined
Beat in egg and vanilla then as much flour as you can with the electric
Stir in the remaining flour.
Cover and chill for at least 1 hour
Split the dough in 1/2 and roll one half at a time. Cut out with cookie
Keep the piece you aren't using in the fridge.
Bake on parchment-lined ungreased cookie sheets for about 7 to 8
minutes, until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.
Bake at 325 degrees.
Back in the 60's there was a recipe for Sugar Cookies in the Gold Medal
flour sack that was called ;Can-Do Cookies). My oldest son was just a
baby then and I was a newlywed. I thought this recipe would be a good
family tradition to start. And it was because all of the kids use it now.
Anyway, here it is. There were 3 or 4 variations using the same recipe,
but time has faded them....Alyssa
Can-Do Cookie Dough
2/3 cup of shortening
2/3 cup of butter
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
Roll out, cut in favorite shapes. Or put through cookie press.
Bake at 375* for 8 to 10 min. Enjoy!
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'm looking for a recipe my sister-in-laws mom used to make. It is sugar
cookies with a raisin sauce inside. I know you cut out 2 sugar cookies
place the sauce on one and then cover with the other.We don't know
how to make the sauce or how long to bake them at what temp. Sure
hope someone can help. Thanks alot. S.J. Rice
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.
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Home to one of the largest collections of fine antique porcelain on the
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