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The Collectors Newsletter #402 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #402 March 2006
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hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
I loved the story about garbage night.....I decided I truly love garbage
night..because that's when I found MY TREASURES......We have a
dog which my husband walks twice daily.....If the weather is good I
usually go along....I realize, for the most part, if people have
something that is good but don't want, they will set it along side the
garbage cans...We came across some books, in fact, six fairly large
books....I could not read exactly what the books read on the cover
because it was dark...they were new books and all sealed in shrink
wrap....my husband refused to help me carry these books because
he said I had too much stuff at home already....with my back aching
and me moaning, he finally did carry the books. When we got home,
I discovered all six books were the same, New Law books, that were
just issued this past Sept. 2005 ..... needless to say, I sold each one
on ebay for over $30.00 each.....I would really like to knock on his
door to see if he has anymore..
Now my next wonderful find happened two weeks later.....again,
walking the dog on garbage night...this time I have my flash light with
me......we came across five boxes stacked next to the garbage cans
....I started to look and pull things out....I said, Honey, we better get
the van, there is too much here for me to look through and there are
some goodies in these boxes.....again he moaned....I said, come on
Clyde, Bonnie has a job to do and you have to drive the get away car
....we loaded the boxes and brought them home....I stayed up to 2:00
am looking through the boxes and throwing out what I didn't want to
keep because our garbage pick up was in the morning....he kept
saying jokingly "Did you find any money yet?"....These boxes were
loaded with truly treasures....yes I did find four Morgan Silver Dollars,
two from the early 1800's and two from the early 1900's......old tin
pictures, postcards, valentine cards, items dated in the early 1900's
......what I think happened here...was when this person died, all her
keepsakes were thrown in boxes and put out for the garbage without
even going through her things....Tonight is garbage night, I am
looking forward to the walk.....but my husband said, "How many times
can you find a Honey Hole?" Who knows? You know the old saying
...."What's one man's JUNK is another man's TREASURE. Marlo
Once upon a time...
Back in the 1960s until the late 70s, that is, I collected political
campaign items. Specializing in "cause" items, I had what was then
America's largest accumulation of radical Americana in this field -
civil rights, civil liberties, woman suffrage, socialist, communist,
prohibition, and other such political and social cause ephemera.
The search was endless and I think I drove my wife slightly mad on our
vacations, what with my constant stops at antique stores, junk shops,
and the homes of other collectors. But I found some real gems. Three
moments stand out:
1. The time a Los Angeles antiquer said, "Oh, I've got a political ribbon,
but it's sewed into a quilt, and I won't take it out. I want $5.00 for it."
Turned out that the ribbon was an extremely rare Teddy
Roosevelt-Hiram Johnson jugate (double picture) ribbon from Teddy's
1912 "Bull Moose" Progressive Party campaign. I was only too happy
to fork over $5.00 for the quilt.
2. The time an ad in the Daily Worker for old Communist Party
pinbacks brought me an entire cigar box filled with left wing cause and
presidential items from the 1920s into the 40s. What a treasure trove.
(Good luck doing that today. I doubt if a dozen of those old radicals
even still exist.)
3. The woman in Nebraska who "held me up" (she thought) because
she wouldn't let go of a card of half a dozen pinbacks for less than
$6.00. Why? Because there was a large JFK pin among them. "That
one alone is worth $5.00," she chortled. Well, I hemmed and hawed
and finally broke down and paid the $6.00. And delighted in the little
pinback she had ignored on the card. An item for Tom Watson,
People's Party candidate in 1896. Far scarcer, I warrant, than any
JFK button was at the time.
But the joy was never mainly in finding rare and now expensive
pieces for pennies. It was more in establishing links to our country's
wonderfully colorful political history that provided the thrills. No longer
a collector, I must confess to still harboring a big dollop of nostalgia
for the time I haunted America's backroads and dustbins for an item
that made me say "Wow!" What fun. Dan B.
As a boy I used to dig in the bank of a small creek near our house in
Swarthmore PA, it used to be a dump or an old land fill. I would find
old bottles by the hundreds. I kept a few, the ones with writing on
them because they looked good on my shelf in my room. One
summer day we had a rain storm the likes of which I have not seen
since. I went down to the creek to play during the storm, all young
boys know that when it rains the creek is a lot more fun!
I have never seen our little creek so violent, it was tearing the side
a hill away, and the sidewalk above it collapsed into the creek. The
creek was also doing something that my little bottle digging shovel
could never do...it was removing massive amounts of dirt and debris
from the old dump/landfill! The bottles and other old junk were
revealing themselves and then falling into the water! This was great!
The rain quit and the creek slowed down enough that I could get to
the old dumping area without getting washed down stream. I started
to pick up the bottles, there were more than I could ever hope to carry!
While I was concentrating on the bottles, something caught my eye,
a large flat chunk of metal. I picked it up and looked at it, it was
nothing special, just a flat white chunk of metal with two holes on one
edge...I threw it back in the creek.
After a few minutes had passed I began thinking how strange it was
that the chunk of metal had two perfect holes in it...I walked down the
creek a bit to where I had thrown it and picked it up again...this time
I turned it over to look at the "back" of it...My jaw dropped into the
creek, I had an almost mint condition 1907 Pennsylvania License
plate in my hand!
32 years later I still look at that plate, It is framed and hanging in my
wood shop. It never fails to take me back to that carefree time when
I was young and didn't have to do anything but have fun!
If I ever get back home to PA again, I am going to visit the spot
where I found it...hopefully on a very rainy day! Jim F.
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The TIAS "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for February 2006
Rare Emile Galle Vase to be Offered at Auction.
Exquisite Ultra-Cameo Dollar Coin to be Auctioned
EUROPEAN ANTIQUE BUYING TOUR SLATED FOR APRIL
Aladdin Collectors Manual & Price Guide
Seraphim Classics Angels-New Spring Releases!
Items of Iraqi Interest Up for Auction
Kitchen Trivia At Mama's Treasures #5
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
A Thank You..
The Collectors Newsletter’s readers are amazing! What kind and generous
I’ve already received more than a dozen responses to my posting about
the mysterious children’s book from my past … a book about how the
angels designed the first lion. The book is titled LION, and it was written
by William Pene DuBois. I’ve already purchased two copies online!
(I plan to collect more, for my nieces and nephews.)
To everyone who wrote me with the answer (or even just a clue): thank
you very much! Best regards, Judith
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
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
Precious Moments may become an even more popular collectible.
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, the brand is being expanded beyond
figurines, and you will soon see Precious Moments plaques, stationery,
and other giftware. Collectors of the figurines will still find new ones,
but lots of other items will show the teardrop-eyed children, too.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family 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.
I am also a grandma of many (11) and dearly love each one, but 5-year-old
Alex comes up with so many cute remarks that I’ve been keeping a special
“Alex-ism” file. He learned my cell phone number when he was three and I
got delightful daily calls every day until kindergarten and soccer-age
busy-ness made them a little less frequent. The other day he called to tell
me something special, then made a loud noise and asked if it scared me.
“Well, yes it did,” I said, “I almost jumped out of my skin!” I could hear him
as he held the receiver away from his face and shouted, “Mom, Grandma
said she was going to jump out of her skin!” I had to explain the expression,
but it was too late to stop his runaway imagination. He laughed as he
painted a grotesque verbal picture of Grandma without skin...and I thought
what a wonder young minds are, and what silly expressions we use
sometimes! Sandra T.
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publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Linda was looking for a recipe for "Pinwheel cookies"
here are several of the suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of this 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.
This recipe for chocolate pinwheels comes from what I believe is
the Betty Crocker Cooky Cookbook. I inherited the book from my
mother- and it was so well loved it was missing the cover. Anyway
here is the recipe. Make dough for Ethel's Sugar Cookies:
3/4 cup shortening(part butter or margarine)
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix shortening, sugar,eggs, and vanilla thoroughly. Stir flour,
baking powder, and salt together; blend in. Divide dough in half.
Blend 2 sq. unsweetened chocolate (2oz), melted and cooled, into
one half. Chill. Roll remaining dough into oblong, 12x9". Roll
chocolate dough same size; lay on top of white. Roll layers of
dough together until 3/16" thick. Roll up tightly, beginning at wide
side. Chill again. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut into 1/8" thick
slices; place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Makes 7 dozen cookies.
I hope that this is what you were looking for- Susan F.
1 lb. butter
3 1/2 c. flour
2 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
1 c. sugar
Mix all together and divide in 1/2. Add 3 tablespoons cocoa, put
into 1/2 of dough and mix well. Roll out white dough and put
chocolate dough on top and roll like jelly roll (tight). Divide roll into
3 smaller rolls and refrigerate. Cut into thin slices. Bake at 350
degrees for 8 minutes. Jan
These cookies are a favorite childhood memory of mine too.
Mother would make up a huge batch of dough during the holiday
season and freeze the rolled dough logs wrapped in wax paper
twisted on the ends.
Anyone in the family could then bake up a batch when needed.
We also were ahead of our time in discovering that frozen cookie
dough was a treat in and of itself. (before anyone had ever heard
of the commercial variety.) We often sneaked a few slices, still
frozen, for an afternoon snack. Below is Mother's recipe.
Celia N. Cullman, Alabama
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk (or double recipe and use 1 egg)
3 tablespoons milk
1 square chocolate or 2 tablespoons cocoa
Mix all but chocolate or cocoa.
Divide dough into two portions.
Mix the chocolate or cocoa into one portion.
Roll each portion into rectangle
Place the chocolate half on top of the plain half.
Starting at one long side, roll up as for jellyroll.
Wrap in Saran (plastic wrap) and freeze. (You can also use wax paper)
Take from freezer and slice and bake as desired.
Bake at 350°F until lightly browned -- about 5 to 10 minutes.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
A Thank You!
I made the Chocolate Meringue Cookie recipe that were sent in by Jim
B. in response to my request (Newsletter #395). They were fantastic.
If you are looking for a great cookie recipe, give them a try... Bill
I am looking for a recipe for Black Forest cake that my mother used to
make. It was made from 7 or 8 eggs and some bread crumbs and cocoa,
I believe. It was baked in 3 9 inch pans and then the layers were sliced .
It was layered with whipped cream and cherries from a tin which had
benn laced with kircsh.Thank you for your help Linda M
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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Huguette's Collectibles is THE source for collector plates. We have a
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Whilst specializing in Wedgwood jasper and Royal Albert, we have a
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