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The Collectors Newsletter #385 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #385 January 2006
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3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New Online Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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.
After reading all the wonderful Christmas stories I
thought I'd try my hand at just one more.
It was a tradition at our house to decorate the tree while my mother
made Santa Clause soup. Santa Clause soup as it turns out, was really
minestrone soup but what did I know as a small child. Well anyway, while
decorating the tree we had the special box with all the hand made
ornaments. You know the kind, the ones you made as a kid and your
mom proudly displayed them on the tree year after year. At one point in
your life you put them on the tree with a proud feeling as you grew older
that proud feeling turned to embarrassment, but that would not deter Mom
from displaying them just the same. She even had some that she and her
twin sister made as young children, that were ever so gently handled and
hung on the tree. Along with those also went the really old ones. You
know the kind. The ones passed down from generation to generation.
Mom always proudly placed each one on the tree telling us who it
belonged to and how old it was. I guess that was the year that I decided
that I would start "making" Christmas. At first as a young teenager I
started with wrapping the smallest boxes I could find and hanging them in
the tree. Then as the years passed I'd make some really nice ornaments.
With each Christmas for the past 40+ years I've come a long way in my
Christmas is not Christmas without Aunt Mary making something for
everyone. It's like giving part of me with every Christmas. It has even
become a question that I am asked through out the year. SO? What's
for Christmas this year? I giggle and say "You'll see soon enough".
I'm fondly called the "Martha Stewart" of our family. The past few years
I have even signed the cards Love, Aunt Martha. This year I made
quilted table runners and wall quilts and scarves made from that new
trendy fun fur yarn. I guess the point is give something of yourself each
and every Christmas and through out the year. Make your own tradition
to be passed on from generation to generation. I hope I did and hope it
will be continued by someone in the family when "Aunt Martha" is not
around anymore. Mary
I had to laugh when i read the story about the commercial roll of
wrapping paper. Our family also had one of those rolls for as long as I
can remember. It was red with Santa's on it. We also have an empty
present wrapped with this paper that we have kept all these years.
We tried to establish a Christian Bookstore, which just didn't make it in
a small town. We sold a lot at Christmas and wrapped, but I had
purchased several huge rolls (big was the only way to buy them). And
like the story you printed we wrapped every year in that paper for
years and years and still have some of one roll left. Family would say,
"When are you going to get a different wrapping paper?" It just doesn't
seem like Christmas without it. My son was 8 at the time and is 37 now.
Long, long time.
My mother...Gramma Jane...embroidered quite a few pairs of pillow
slips for me many years ago. I used them till they were very thin, but
the embroidered edges were still beautiful. This year for Christmas
gifts I decided to frame the embroidery of each one for my 3 daughters
and also my 2 sisters. When we all got together this year to exchange
gifts, my oldest daughter had for each of us a framed sheet music
cover...of Gramma Janes...from the early 1800's. They were so
beautiful. She also made copies of the music and my grandaughter
played them for us. My mother passed away 7 years ago but it was
like she was there with us. The music she played, the embroidery she
did, and all of us together remembering how dear she was. It is rare
that we are all together at the same time, so this was truly a Christmas
to remember. I am thankful that we didn't just throw out all these lovely
things that belonged to my Mother just because they were old or worn.
They made the most priceless gifts.
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4) 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.
Would love to find a 1977 yearbook from Dumont High School, in Dumont,
Iowa. The school has long since closed, many thanks to anyone who can
help! Barry Morgan - 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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Jewelry shaped like beetles, spiders, bees, flies, and other insects is no
longer rejected as too creepy-crawly. According to Ralph and Terry Kovel
in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, collectors
are buying it along with pieces shaped like birds, butterflies, and even
snakes. Realistic pins based on nature were very popular in Victorian
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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7) 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.
My aunt overheard a conversation between her son, Gene, and another 7
year old. The friend asked Gene if he believed in Santa Claus. Gene
answered, "no, but be quiet because my mother and father do!" Nancy
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.
8) 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: COLLECTOR WANTS SIGNED AMERICAN PAINTINGS c.1850-1950
WTB: Old Gibson Les Pauls and Fender Stratocasters
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Dorothy M. was looking for a recipe for "Scones".
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.
I believe Dorthy M. is looking for a cake/bread called Sally Lunn. It
originated in Olde England. This story of the bread is from Michael
Smith's book "Afternoon Tea" given to me by my English daughter-in-law.
I quote from his book. "Legend has it that Sally Lunn touted her
special Bath buns in the streets of that city. There is reference in 1772,
to 'Lun's Cakes' and these were in fact probably made at a baker's shop
at that time. We do know that an enriched bread with caraway seeds
and sprinkled with crushed 'sugar loaf'' was popular for breakfast in
eighteenth-century Bath homes. It was called 'sol-et-lune', which was
Norman French for sun and moon, and referred to the golden sun color
of the egg-glazed top of this cake or bread (the moon being the lighter
part of the bread). However it is said - and not without good reason -
that Sally Lunn, when crying her wares into the streets, called out
'Soleilune'. Which story came first, we really don't know; the truth
probably lies some where between the two." End of quote. I had the
pleasure of eating at 'Sally Lunn's' restaurant in Bath England. They
served the mildly sweet cake/bread, 'minus the caraway' seeds, thankfully,
and made in 5 inch round pans. It was served with 'Clotted' cream, a
very thick cream, and a variety of jams. A lovely pot of tea made it ever
so elegant. Just what lovely memories are made of.
Sally Lunn Bread, made as a tube loaf.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup sugar
1 package dry yeast
3 large, eggs lightly beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Combine the milk, 1/2 cup of butter and sugar in a saucepan. Gently
heat until butter and sugar are dissolved in the milk. Let cool to lukewarm,
then stir in the yeast and let it sit until small bubbles appear. Stir in the
Put mixture in a large bowl and blend in the flour and salt. Stir with a
wooden spoon until dough becomes elastic and shiny, beating 400 strokes.
Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, let the dough rise in a warm draft
free place until doubled. Beat dough down, counting 50 strokes. Set aside
for 15 minutes.
Generously butter a tube pan with the remaining butter. Beat dough another
50 strokes and put it evenly into the prepared tube pan. Cover again and let
rise until doubled.
Bake in the middle of the oven until bread has risen and is a golden in color,
about 40 minutes. Makes 10-12 servings ....Enjoy, Alice in Texas
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10) 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.
My Mother used to make a Date Roll with miniature marshmallows,English
walnuts,dates & graham crackers. These were mixed together & maybe a
little milk to form a roll. The roll was then rolled into graham cracker crumbs
& wrapped in wax paper & refrigerated for a day. When served, it was
sliced & served with whipping cream. My problem is, I don't know what
amount of each ingredients it takes. I hope someone can help me with
this request. This recipe goes back to about 70 years ago. Maybe
someone in the Topeks, Ks. area would have it as that is where I was born
& raised & still live here. Thanks Winnie M.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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Fishing an' Lace
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world. I am constantly cleaning my attic, so watch out for many new
and interesting finds. I hope you enjoy your stay here. Have a great
day! - Carol
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