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The Collectors Newsletter #382 December 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #382 December 2005
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1. Stories of Christmas
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
Antiques & Collectibles as New Year's Gifts
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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.
The "Christmas of the Batteries" story reminded me of my grandfather.
He used to give everybody money for Christmas, but always came up
with very unique ways to "wrap" the money. One year he drilled a hole
in the end of a corn cob, rolled up bills and stuffed them inside as a
gift for my parents. I remember one Christmas when I was about 6 or
7, I opened my present from him to find a box of "Absorbine Jr" (he
suffered with arthritis). I was quite upset until he got me to open the
box up and there I found several silver dollars! I still smile every time
I go down the aisle in the drug store that contains the arthritis creams!
Merry Christmas everyone.Sincerely, Margaret W.
When I was five or six,somewhere around 1958 or 1959, I was playing
in the woods behind my house and found a beautiful stray dog. Of
course, I brought her home and begged my Mom to let me keep her.
Mom agreed to let her stay until we could find a good home for her. I
named her Tina and fixed her a warm box to sleep in down in the living
room. Since Christmas was right around the corner, I figured Tina
would enjoy sleeping by the Christmas tree. Well, Christmas Eve rolled
around, and I was awakened not by the sound of bells, but the sound
of mice squeaking loudly in Tina's box. So, I sneaked down the stairs
to check on Tina. To my horror I saw four or five mice in her box and
began yelling at the top of my lungs, "Mom, there are mice in Tina's
box". Mom came down the stairs and started laughing as she explained
to me that the mice were really puppies, and they belonged to Tina. I
have never forgotten that wonderful Christmas or Tina and her puppies.
When I was little my mother and I lived with my grandmother. They
were very crafty and did a lot of sewing. Since we didn't have much
money all my clothes were beautifully hand made. This particular year
I "lost" my favorite doll just before Christmas. I had asked for a
highchair and some clothes for her. I was pretty sad that I didn't have
a doll and my mother told me the doll would probably turn up sooner
On Christmas morning you can imagine my joy at having a "new" doll
with clothes and sitting in a highchair. I didn't know it was my old doll
for a long, long time. Of course she had been cleaned up and dressed
in some of the finest hand made clothes from the left-over scraps of
many house dresses. Ann M. New Hampshire
Years ago when my son was 3, he's 26 now, I started collecting bells.
My husband took him shopping that Christmas and when they came
home they went downstairs to wrap the gift he had chosen. Sean came
upstairs carrying the parcel carefully but they had forgotten to stuff
the inside and as he walked there was a ringing sound which I chose
to ignore. He placed it under the tree and said " You'll never guess
what I bought". As he left the room he slowly turned, covered his
mouth and said "it's a bell". We still laugh at how he couldn't keep a
secret. Barbara M. Toronto Canada
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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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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.
We have recently retired after almost 40 years in the wedding business
- and I have three old Framed wedding certificates that we had hanging
on our walls. I picked then at various times at antique shops, so wonder
if there is any family left to find. But it would be nice if they could find
relatives who would appreciate them.
1. Mr. Jesse W. Cross wed to Miss Laurah J. Dalton
10 December 1882, Ashland County, Ohio - signed by James Steele
11 x 14 (13 x 16 with frame)
2.W.H. Gifford of Cleveland Ohio and Katherine Jones of Rome NY
United in Buffalo NY 28 July 1892, by minister S>P>Barker
12 x 17 (15 x 19 with frame)
3. Mr. James R. McBride and Miss Maggie B. Stephen - Ohio
26 July 1890 by reverend Wm. Danford
at bottom of cert it says - B.F. Kennedy, Proprietor, Conneaut OH
18 x 22 (22 x 26 framed)
Nancy Keener, North Olmsted Ohio email: 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.
Several months ago, I was purchasing an Easter egg plate with Easter
bunny salt & pepper shakers at a local antique store. While paying for my
items, another worker--an elderly woman--carefully began to wrap them.
"I am going to wrap your bunnies separately," she told me.
I smiled and nodded, assuming that she had meant so that they wouldn't
Instead, she went on to add, "...so you don't end up with a lot of little
bunnies before you get home!" Sue L.
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
S.J. Rice was looking for a recipe for "sugar cookies with a raisin sauce".
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.
Here is a recipe that I have. S.J. Rice called it a sauce, but I call it a
"filling", however, I do think this is what she is looking for.
1 C. dates
1 C. raisins
1 C. chopped nuts
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C water
1 Tbsp. flour
Chop dates and raisins in food grinder. Mix with sugar, water and
flour and cook. Cool slightly. Stir in nuts.
Place the cut out cookies (dough) on a cookie sheet.
Place some filling in the center of a cookie, top with another cookie.
Press around edges slightly to seal. Bake at 350 for about 10 min.
(If you assemble the cookies right on the cookie sheet, then you
don't have to fool around trying to move them after they are filled and
sealed.) Hope this is what you're looking for. Bev B. from Ariz.
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
filling (see recipe below)
Mix shortening, sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Stir in vanilla. Measure
flour by sifting. Stir dry ingredients together and blend in. Chill dough.
Heat oven to 400F. Roll dough 1/16" thick on floured board. Cut with
round cutter or any desired shape about 2 1/2" in diameter, cutting 2
alike for each filled cookie. Place the bottom pieces on lightly greased
baking sheet. Spread a rounded teaspoonful of cooled Filling on each.
Cover with top cookie. Press edges together with floured tines of fork
or fingertips. Bake 8 - 10 minutes, of until delicately browned.
Makes 4 1/2 Dozen 2 1/2" cookies.
Date, Fig, Raisin, or Prune Filling:
2 cups dates, figs or raisins, finely cut up or ground, or 2 cups mashed
cooked prunes (2 2/3 cups uncooked)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
Cook fruit, sugar and water together slowly, stirring constantly, until
thickened. Cool. Makes 2 1/3 cups filling.
This is for the lady who was inquiring about Sugar Cookies filled with
a raisin sauce. This recipe was one of my mom's favorites and I have
used it for many years.
Rolled Sugar Cookies:
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. milk
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking power
Cream the shortening and sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and milk. Add
dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed. Chill the dough until cold. Roll
out to desired size, top with a tsp. of raisin filling, add another cut out
on top of that and seal around the edges with a fork. A little white or
colored sugar can be sprinkled on top, if desired. Bake at 375 for 15
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. hot water
1 c. raisins
1 1/2 tsp. butter
Combine all the above ingredients and cook on stovetop until thick.
Let cool before using. D Johnson.
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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.
I am looking for a recipe that someone gave to me years ago called
something like "Slumgullion". It had hamburger, macaroni, some sort of
sauce (tomato, I think) and the fried onion topping (French's) on top, I
think! It was a super-easy meal to make and everyone loved it. I've
always lived in North Eastern Ohio, and I've never seen a recipe online
or anywhere around here since. It's cold outside, and this was always
a quick, on-hand meal to prepare... and filling, too! Thanks, Heather
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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