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The Collectors Newsletter #404 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #404 March 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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 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 unframed canvas was rotting ever so slightly in one corner and its
staples were rusting, but something told me this exquisite painting of a
fall Connecticut church scene was important. It's cost was three dollars.
I spent $100.00 to have it framed and learned it was a transfer, I believe,
of a photograph of the original to canvas--a technique I still know
It was the signature that intrigued me most. I could see it was painted
(not transferred) very carefully in perfectly aligned old English letters,
I found out recently that he is a well-known painter who, with his wife,
recently published a book on old Haviland Porcelain. He is a museum
educator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.
The painting has been hanging in my living room since 1983. It has
taken me that long to find out who Robert Doares is. Esther T.
I learned my trash to treasure ways from my very frugal mother. As an
Army brat, we traveled to many different parts of the country. The
meager military salary my dad earned taught my mother to improvise
when it came to furnishing our home. Many of my favorite pieces came
from our spring clean up expeditions.
Your stories, especially the one from the artist, reminded me of an
incident that happened to my parents one spring here in Northeast PA.
They belong to a local Bach and Handel Chorale and were practicing
for Easter. On this particular night, when they arrived for practice, they
noticed a huge pile of stuff on the curb in front of one of local apartment
It appeared to be "out for the trash" as many items were in trash bags.
Among the treasures were lamps, paintings, and some beautiful furniture.
Mom immediately wanted to poke through the stuff, but they were late so
they decided to wait until after practice. Several other chorale members
had the same idea, and it was a topic of discussion as everyone readied
themselves. Dad claims it was a mad dash for the treasure when practice
It appeared that others had also taken a look, as there were several larger
items noticeably missing from the pile. As some took their treasures and
drove away, others rooted through the bags, mom and dad began loading
a nice piece of furniture. They couldn't understand why anyone would
throw away such nice stuff, and speculation as to why it was out for trash
Only moments later, A small car pulled up and a woman began frantically
screaming, "my stuff, my stuff, get away from my stuff." As she got out of
the car and ran over, many people assumed she was crazy and left.
Those who stayed soon found that the poor woman had been moving,
but she had only a small car and could not afford a moving van. She had
methodically moved all of her belongings out to the curb, so that she
didn't have to make multiple trips up the stairs to load her car by herself.
Because of the size of her car, she could only take a few items at a
time to her new apartment.
Needless to say, everyone was extremely apologetic and vowed to return
the items that had been already taken by other members of their group.
Unfortunately, many of her items were never returned. Since this
incident, I always ask if something is trash before I assume it is. K.P.
TIP: I live out West in Eastern Oregon and we have sagebrush all over
the place. I discovered a method of finding real old trash just by looking
at the horizon over the sagebrush as you drive along. You see,
sagebrush all grows pretty much the same height and follows the contour
of the land on which it's growing. As you drive along you suddenly
notice the sagebrush goes upward, then back down which indicates a
trash pile. Back in the "old days" people used to load their cars up with
junk and trash and drive out in the country and would dump it alongside
the road. Everybody did it including my parents. Stop the car and see
what is in the trash pile. I've found lots of stuff, a cast iron toy car, a
pedal car, a trike, old bottles, old license plates, etc. Tom H. Nyssa, OR
I had received a call from a friend who was cleaning out some of her
accumulations. My wife and I decided it was time to pay a visit so we
went to look. My wife fell in love with a braided rug but was told that it
was not for sale, boy was she disappointed. Then came the bargain.
Mrs. Smith pulled out a well worn oriental rug and offered it to us for
$10 and she would include the braided rug that my wife wanted. Of
course my wife grabbed that offer in a heart beat. Now what to do with
the oriental rug? I asked an auctioneer friend what he thought and
with his usual dry sense of humor he suggested that I use it to bury
the cat. Well, the cat was nowhere near dying, so what to do. A dealer
friend and his wife stopped by a few days later so I took him into the
basement and showed him the rug. He showed some interest so I
offered to sell it to him. Then came the question "How much?"
I told him I had no knowledge of oriental rugs so he could pay what
he would pay if he bought it at the auction he usually attended. He
wrote the check for $300. Don't you love a bargain. J. B. in CT
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
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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
2) The Latest Antique News
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
RESTORATION Parts for Furniture, Lighting, Etcetera - do you need a
Antiques in the Park will be on Sat., May 7, 2006 in McHenry, IL!
Monograms, More Than Just Letters
Rare 1803 Large Stars Reverse Coin Found
Luray, ‘History Detectives’ will be on the Hunt at ‘Atlantique City'
David Rago to take part in 'Atlantique City' Show March 25-26
Art Restoration Services at Atlantique City March 25-26
Mr. Peanut™ to Participate in March ’06 Atlantique City Show
MISSING AND PRESUMED STOLEN Private Photograph Collection
LiveAuctionTalk.com Takes Close Look at Collecting Vintage Baseball
Photography of Charles Conlon.
CHILKAT DANCE BLANKET TO HIGHLIGHT MORAN'S MARCH AUCTION
McCoy Pottery: Floraline, Roseville Floraline, and Fineforms
Psychedelic Concert Posters from Fillmore and Avalon at Auction
Autographed Murray The K Concert Programs from Brooklyn Fox &
Paramount Theaters at Auction
Rare, $700,000 San Francisco Coins Return to Bay Area
World Records Set at February John Moran Art Auction
Auction House & Antique Center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland To
Hold Their First Goose Auction!
There are MANY more fresh news stories online at:
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3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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.
Hi there, I don't know if this qualifies as vintage to most of us, but to a 12
year old I guess it would! My friend's daughter had a doll when she was
younger and its name was Rosebud (Bud for short). It was made by Gund
and from what I understand she was all material and had a painted on face.
I think that she also "talked" (not sure of the workings). They had her for
several years until tragically they lost her. She was quite a part of the
family and they still talk about her. They have tried contacting Gund and
other sources over the years to find another but have had no luck. Gund
makes teddy bears with the same name, but Rosebud was definitely a doll.
If anyone can help locate one, I would love to surprise them with her!
Thank you! send email to: email@example.com
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
American painted tinware, yesterday's utilitarian ware, has becomes
today's collectible folk art. In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel report that prices can be surprisingly
affordable. At a recent auction, prices ranged from $115 for a miniature
document box probably made in the late 18th-early 19th century in Berlin,
Connecticut, to $633 for a 9-inch box attributed to the Filley shop, which
operated in Connecticut from about 1800 to 1846.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
A cute story about my one and only granddaughter. She will be 9 this coming
Saturday, March 11th. When she was about 2 years old I got my first
computer, naturally I spent a lot of time on the internet and having only one
phone line it was busy a lot. One night about 9 pm I got an email from my son
saying "Mom get off line, Lindsey is throwing a fit and won't settle down
because she wants to talk to you", I got off line and called her, then she was
happy and went right to sleep. A few days later Lindsey came to spend a few
hours with me, while eating lunch she said to me " Grandma was you on the
internet? I said "Yes Lindsey, Grandma was on the internet and she replied
"I threw myself a fit". Since then when anyone in the family gets upset about
something "we throw ourselves a fit". Joy G Thank you for such a nice n
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: Original Illustration/paintings Cover or Calender Art
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
250,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Pat was looking for a recipe for "soft Snickerdoodles"
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.
We had a HUGE number of responses to the Snickerdoodle recipe request.
Everyone seems to have a favorite version. I'm going to post more of them to
the Newsletter forum because we don't have nearly enough room in this
newsletter. Thank you to everyone who sent in a recipe. take a look at:
My sister just sent me this recipe last week at my request I thought this is too
much of a coincidence send it on to the person requesting the recipe. Enjoy
3-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup of butter
2 cups of sugar
l/4 cup of milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Stir together flour, soda, cream of tartar and 1/2 tsp salt.* Beat butter for 30
seconds, add the 2 cups of sugar and beat until fluffy.
Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture
beating until blended.
Form dough into 1 inch balls, roll in a mixture of 3 tbsp. sugar and the
Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of
Bake at 375 oven about 8 minutes or until light and golden.
*I use a little less salt.
Makes about 66 cookies, Yum Yum...Mary Alice Semelsberger Hamilton &
Shirley Ann Conover
This is an all time favorite of my family. I hope this recipe will be just
like grandmas. Kathy
Preheat oven to 400
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 3/4 Cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. In a separate bowl
sift together flour, cream of tarter, salt, and soda. Add this to your other
mixture. Set aside. In a small bowl mix the 2 Tbs. sugar and the 2 tsp
cinnamon. Make cookie dough into small round balls with your hands. Roll
each ball of dough in the sugar cinnamon mixture and place on ungreased
cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Immediately remove from pan. Makes about 6 dozen
This recipe was a favorite as I was growing up, and then for my children
also. They have a lovely soft chewy texture inside, lightly crispy on the
outside. You might want to double the recipe as they disappear quickly!
Enjoy! Bonnie L Hamilton
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
Cream butter, eggs and sugar together
2 teaspoons salt
2 ¾ cups flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar (this helps makes them a little puffy, don’t
leave it out)
Mix dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture.
Chill for 3 hours or overnight.
Form into small balls and roll in cinnamon sugar (½ teaspoon cinnamon
+ 4 Tablespoons sugar.)
Bake at 400° on greased cookie sheet 8-9 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Makes 3 dozen.
Here's my family's favorite Snickerdoodles recipe:
1 cut shortening 2 tsp. cream of tartar
1-1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt
2-3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp. additional sugar (reserve)
2 tsp. cinnamon (reserve)
Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs and sifted dry ingredients.
Mix thoroughly. Chill dough then roll into balls about 1 inch to 1-1/2 inch
in diameter. Roll balls in 2 tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Georgene B. Stinnett
Kansas City, MO
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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 husband talks about what he calls “Belgian Pie” that his mother
used to make when he was a child in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He
said it had a risen dough crust, cooked prunes and applesauce in the
middle, and a top made with a mixture of cottage cheese and eggs.
Sounds unusual, but he said it was delicious. Any help I could get would
be appreciated! Vicki
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.
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