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The Collectors Newsletter #398 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #398 February 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
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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.
My wife phoned me at work one day and told me that some people who
were emigrating were having a house sale just up the street from my
office. Being an avid collector of bric-a-brac and small antiques, I shot
out in the hope of finding something nice. It was very disappointing
however as I saw nothing that interested me.
The owner walked with me to the gate and as we passed the garage I
spotted 3 or 4 wood framed pictures and I asked him if they were for
sale. He replied that they were going out with the trash and that I could
have them if I wanted them. I refused to take them for nothing and he
reluctantly accepted what I thought was a fair price.
A couple of months went by and I decided to use the largest frame for
a collection of old family photos and proceeded to remove the rather
non-descript picture of flowers. To my utter astonishment, under the
picture was the most beautiful print of a litho done in 1912 of Admiral
Lord Nelson on the deck of HMS Victory addressing his crew before
the Battle of Trafalgar. What a thrill!
My windfall now has pride of place above my pub, appropriately
draped with the Union Jack... Pete in Durban, South Africa
I hate to sound stupid, but I must admit that I do not understand the
uproar over the practice of "sniping", which I understand is putting in
a bid at the very last minute. People seem upset that someone who
snipes gets the item at a price that is less than what they (the original
high bidder) would have paid. Ebay does not bid an item up unless
someone places a higher bid on it, right? So if you want an item badly,
why not just put your original bid in at the highest price you would
pay? If no one snipes in at the last minute, you get the item cheaply.
If they do try to sneak in a bid just before the end of the auction then
you automatically can outbid them up to your limit. If the sniper then
outbids you, it does not matter if the bid came in at the last second or
earlier on in the auction, it simply means that someone wanted the
item more than you did and was willing to pay a higher price. Judy
One of the most underhanded things I've ever seen done occurred at
a well-attended estate auction held at a farm a couple of years ago.
While the auctioneers were up at the barn selling items, I was hanging
out at the corner of the concession trailer sipping a soda when I saw a
man pick up a Roseville wall pocket from one of the tables and walk
across the yard with it. He bent over one of the boxes which had been
laid out on the ground in a row with the rest of the box lots. I watched
him rummage through the items in the box and hide the piece of
Roseville under them, then quickly walk toward the barn to join the
crowd of people around the auctioneers.
Some may say I was wrong for doing so, but being the honest person
I am, I reported the incident to one of the auctioneer's helpers and
pointed the culprit out to him. He said, "We'll take care of him." He took
the wall pocket out of the box and placed it beneath a large overturned
glass bowl on the table nearest the auctioneer's trailer.
When that box came up for bid, the man who thought the wall pocket
was still hidden inside opened the bidding at 25 cents. The
auctioneer's helper stood at the back of the crowd and continued to
bid him up. The bidding reached $15 and people were looking at
each other in amazement that someone would bid so high on a box
of junk. The bidding continued to $30 before the helper backed down
and the auctioneer shouted "Sold for $30 to number..." The man
obviously thought he'd secretly bought that piece of Roseville, judging
from the grin on his face. He quickly claimed the box and carried it
along with him as the rest of the box lots were sold.
Then the table items came up for bid. Right away, the auctioneer
picked up the overturned bowl, reached under it and held up the piece
of Roseville calling out for a starting bid. The man's jaw dropped. He
hastily set his precious box down on the ground, crouched over it and
began looking through the contents. He was obviously rather miffed
that the piece of Roseville he'd so carefully hidden inside earlier was
no longer there. By the time he'd put the stuff back into the box and
stood up again, the wall pocket had been sold to someone else for a
fair price. "Sneaky Sam" ended up spending $30 on a box of
worn-out plastic bowls, stained plastic kitchen utensils, and a couple
threadbare dish towels. And no, I didn't buy the piece of Roseville myself.
Annie from Ohio
When I read the letter by Martin S., about the on-line auction
procedures used in New Zealand, it was like a breath of fresh air. It
has gotten to the point on e-Bay where I don't even bother to bid on
certain items because I know exactly which other bidder will come in
and snipe me with two seconds left. When I was new to e-Bay, I
had my heart broken a few times, after counting down to the last few
seconds only to have someone grab it like a spoiled toddler: "Mine!"
It also rubs salt into the wounds to know that I have been beaten out
by a machine and that the person winning the auction probably didn't
even bother to show up.
It would seem to me that the rules laid out in Martin S.'s letter would
benefit both the seller and the buyer as well as to make the auctions
more sporting--where can I sign up? Tina F.
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2) The Latest Antique News
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
The Long Island Paper & Ephemera Show
Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair - England.
TURNERíS ĎBLUE RIGIí TO BE OFFERED IN BRITISH ART WEEK
Alma's Attic Antique Answers #1: What Are Hair Receivers?
ANTIQUES AT ELM BANK ESTATE
EUROPEAN ANTIQUE BUYING TOURS UNCOVER NEW SOURCES
Wiw2u.com Launches Express Appraisal
York Toy, Doll, Holiday & Antique Advertising Show Feb. 18
Morphy Auctions' March 30-31, April 1 Spring Sale
Grading, Doctoring and Crack Outs Explored in The Coin Collector's
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Autograph Auction Sat. Feb 25 with RFK, JFK and DISNEY
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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.
Many years ago my husband's grandfather was a cabinet maker in
Muncie Indiana. He made many pieces of furniture and some were in
cherry. He passed away several years ago and we would like to locate a
piece of furniture that he made. Vernor Bilby was his name and he lived
on the west side of Muncie for many years on Jackson Street I believe.
I would really like to locate a piece of his furniture for my husband. He
remembers his shop well back of the house. Marilyn send email to
Please let us know if the item is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.com
Do you have some old yearbooks? Are you looking for an old yearbook?
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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
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel warn readers to beware of "masterprint," a new manufactured
word meant to confuse collectors. It is often used to describe movie
posters for sale on the Internet. A masterprint is a digitally reproduced
poster printed on card stock. It is not an original.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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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.
When my son was about 4, he had a really bad cold and was lying on the
couch with orange juice and a box of tissues on the coffee table next to him.
He kept blowing his noise, continually, and started to complain that his nose
was getting sore. When I told him that his nose was sore because he kept
blowing it, he answered with cute little puffly eyes, "Then why don't you buy
"Puffs?". I thought this would make a really neat commercial.
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
Shirley was looking for a recipe for "Bisquick 'Garden Pizza' "
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.
A COMMENT FROM A READER ON COOKING RABBIT
Hi Everyone, I have enjoyed reading the newsletter and especially the
letters from others.
I am writing to raise awareness regarding the sensitivity some of us have
with eating animals and specifically rabbits as has been the topic of
some recipes recently.
I have had House Rabbits as companions since 1997. I am a Fosterer
and Shelter Manager with House Rabbit Society. HRS is a nationwide
and worldwide organization regarding the rescuing and care of House
Rabbits. Domestic Rabbits are the third most abandoned pet in our
country after cats and dogs. There are millions of homes that have
House Rabbits as pets the same as many have a cat or dog. We have
them spayed or neutered and litter box trained. They are best suited
for adults as they are a prey species and don't enjoy being picked up.
It is best to enjoy them sitting on the floor with them.
I wanted to make others reading TIAS aware that the meat Rabbit is
exactly the same kind of Rabbit as the Domestic House Rabbit. There
is no difference. Therefore, many of us will find it as offensive to serve
rabbit meat as if you were to serve dog or cat meat.
Thanks for reading. I hope this has served to help educate our TIAS
readers about House Rabbits. They are wonderful, intelligent and lovable
companion animals. Sincerely, Delores
First off, I want to thank Andrew Fenn in Australia for sending in a
wonderful list of tips for making Pizza. We are going to run it in this
coming Monday's newsletter, because it is quite extensive. Mr. Fenn
has been a regular contributor to this section, with some excellent
cooking tips. Be sure to look for it on Monday.
2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. cold water
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tsp. horseradish
1/8 tsp. pepper sauce (red)
1 can tuna
Assorted vegetables: celery, tomatoes, broccoli, fresh mushrooms, etc.
(diced) 1 c. shredded cheese
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix Bisquick and water until soft dough
forms. Put dough into ungreased pizza pan with flour hands, forming
1/2 inch rim. Bake crust about 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Mix cream
cheese, mayonnaise, horseradish, pepper sauce, and tuna. Spread
evenly over crust. Top with assorted vegetables in fancy design and
top with cheese. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting into pizza
wedge or appetizer squares. Refrigerate leftovers.
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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.
Hi. When I was a teenager back in the early 60ís, my step dad used
to make a German dumpling that he called Ca-nay-doles. Iím spelling
it phonetically, cause I donít know how it is spelled otherwise. It was
made using left over mashed potatoes and flour and other spices. I
specifically remember that caraway seed was in it and I asked him to
leave it out because I didnít like it. Anyway, the ca-nay-doles were
about the size of a baseball, they were rock hard, and were placed in
boiling water for about 15 minutes. We then cut them into bite size
pieces and poured gravy on them. They were so delicious. The
important thing here, is that they were very hard. Not soft like a
dumpling normally is. That is what I liked about them so much. I
remember my Mother saying she couldnít make them because they
were to hard for her to knead. I would just love to have that recipe if
anyone knows it. Both my Mother and step father have now passed
away, so I cannot get the recipe from them. Thank you so much for
your help. Katie
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
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