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The Collectors Newsletter #389 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #389 January 2006
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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
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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.
Last summer my wife was setting up a yard sale. Just like she always
does every summer. Its funny how we always go to garage sales, yet we
seem to need to do one ourselves Ironic. Anyway, while going through
our change jar, for her sale, I had found a bunch of old looking tokens.
I was using a 4 tray type of hand sorter. The tokens and such were set
aside for later. A couple of hours later, I turned my attention to the
tokens. One of them looked much different than the rest. My curiosity
had me do a little cleaning. It appeared to be a nickel. But it looked
different than any I have ever seen. It had a date of 1885. I started
looking it up on EBay. WOW! I was shocked. A key date Liberty Nickel.
It was in better shape than ones I saw going for 200.00 . A little research
later, and a couple of pictures, I had it listed on EBay. A gentleman from
Hawaii purchased it for 175.00 . I was hoping for more, but, oh well.
When he received the coin, he sent me an email. He said " The coin
looked nicer than in the pictures". Lesson learned. Always check your
change. And, learn to take better pictures. Michael H. Manvel, ND
Several responses came in regarding the story about the Old Sleepy
Eye Flemish Stein that was purchased for $2.
How appropriate that Connie B should find a valuable old stein for two
dollars and sell it on eBay for 800... Just a pity she didn't let the seller
know something more of the true value of her discovery and give her a
better price for it. Personally I wouldn't be able to sleep having cheated
the owner out of so much value through ignorance... Marticelli
A response to the letter from Connie B. who purchased an item from a
neighbor at their garage sale for $2.00, knowing that the item was worth
much, much, more. Ran home and looked up the value, see story below:
I'm not sure how a person can buy something at a garage sale that is
extremely under priced, for the purpose of cheating the unaware person
having the garage sale, out of money. I could understand if your
intention was to keep the item for a proud buy and to admire the item
for years to come, but to blatantly buy the item, run home and look it up
and then profit from selling it on e-bay. This is outright wrong and you
are not the neighbor I want in my neighborhood....Anonymous
I was cleaning the kitchen up at Thanksgiving dinner and noticed that the
wedding ring I wore that was my Mothers had lost the one carat diamond
that was valued at ten thousand dollars. We took apart the garbage disposal
and the trap under the bathroom sink and cleaned the house with a Rainbow
vacuum cleaner and strained the water from that-no diamond. Six months
later I was again cleaning the stove drip pans with a sos pad and next I saw
a large single diamond laying in the drip pan. I guess the stone had lodged in
the sos pad and tho I had cleaned the stove several times I must have used
another used sos pad and I was elated and went right away to have the
stone put back into the ring setting but with a lower post as the original one
was quite high and they do not make them like that any longer.
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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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Japan’s First Internationally Acclaimed Artist
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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.
I am looking for something for my Mom, in fact, I have been looking for it
for years for her. Many, many(like over 35) years ago one of my brothers
found a light green creamer lying on top of a garbage bin when walking
through the alley behind our house. He brought it home and proudly gave it
to my mom. Several years ago we were finally able to identify it as a
Westmoreland Wings creamer. My mom is 75 and in not so good health
these days, but whenever she goes to a flea market, garage sale or antique
show or store, the first thing she always looks for is the matching sugar. I
would love to find one to surprise her with and have looked all over the
internet and ebay for one. If anyone has one to sell, I would love to talk to
you! Warm Regards, Cathy send email to email@example.com
Do You Have An Old Yearbook, Or Need One?
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Post your yearbook's school and year online at:
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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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.
To say that my 4 year old granddaughter, Lauren is VERY expressive,
animated and theatrical is an understatement! One day she was carrying
on about something or other and her mother turned to her and said, “Oh
stop being a drama queen.” to which Lauren replied, “I’m NOT a drama
queen, I’m a Princess!” Thoroughly enjoy the newsletter! TL
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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9) A Vintage Recipe
Lucy was looking for a recipe for "Chocolate Gravy".
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 see where you have a request for Chocolate gravy, My grandkids think
they have to have chocolate and biscuits on every special occasion .Here
is my version which is very simple and I don't measure anything, so it is
by guess and by golly, but here goes.
1 heaping big tablespoon of Hersheys powdered baking chocolate'cocoa'
then 3 times that much granulated sugar. a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon
of flour, Mix all these dry ingredient,together, then add about 1 cup of
water or milk, I use water my daughter uses milk. .Stir over medium heat
until it starts to thicken, when it gets to boiling stage, remover from heat
and add a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring "This is a must" Then you can melt
butter or oleo in the hot gravy or put the butter on the plate and pour it over
the butter and biscuits. I have had this gravy in my family all my 63 years
of life, and it has been passed down to my children and nieces and so on.
If you don't have time to make this and you have a hot biscuit on hand,with
some butter on it. Take the hershey's chocolate syrup that you buy and try
a little on your hot biscuit. It serves for a quick fix.. Please enjoy
Jody Emerson Scott. Moundville Al If you have any questions please feel
free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will be glad to try and help.
Darlene's Chocolate Gravy
( Darlene learned this from her mom, Lula Carver Spurlock)
1 cup sugar
3 heaping Tablespoons flour
1- 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa
mix well before adding
1 - 1/2 cups hot water
stirring until thickened add 1 teaspoon vanilla
and 1 - 2 Tablespoons butter ,still stirring.
Remove from heat. Serve over hot buttered biscuits.
Adding more butter if needed.
( Most people use milk instead of water in this recipe. But then it tastes like
pudding. This Chocolate gravy was made in EVENING SHADE AR. And
still is. )
( Family recipes are now being added to our family's genealogy for future
generations ) Vi Johnson email@example.com
Having been raised in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas, all our family
appreciates Chocolate Gravy : )
The recipe is basically the same as any flour gravy.
The flavor is best if bacon grease is used, but any shortening can be
Generally speaking, for each cup of gravy, you need:
1 - tablespoon shortening
1 - tablespoon flour
1- tablespoon powdered Cocoa
3/4 tablespoon sugar (note: you can start with less sugar, if desired,
and add sugar to taste during the thickening process if you want a
sweeter mix. )
Brown flour in bacon grease, add sugar and cocoa, mix well and cook
to bubbly stage, remove from heat and add milk, stirring all the while to
Replace on heat and stir constantly until thickened. More milk may be
added during thickening process to bring to the desired consistency.
Best served over hot Biscuit halves that have been well buttered.
DELICIOUS with bacon. Maxine from the Ozarks
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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.
In New Jersey back in the 50's or 60's there was a recipe for a tuna
casserole that was made with spaghetti. It had tomato sauce in it and I
don't remember what else. I think it originally was in an old "Shop Rite"
cookbook. Shop Rite offered a series of these books at that time.
Thanks Barbara M.
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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The Glass Diva
I proudly display new collectible glass tableware and barware. This
glassware is not only decorative but useful. When these pieces are
used on your table, they make memories and become the heirlooms
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