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The Collectors Newsletter #409 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #409 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
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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.
The house was a little out of the way, down a long driveway, tucked in
behind a church. The young couple had things spread out on their
plywood tables, and were laying back in the sun. There was not much
for me there, a book maybe, and as I walked away, I noticed a large
chess set marked $10. Since it had a board as well, I was thinking of
my son who does play. I yelled, will you take $8. He hummed a
minute and said 'Sure'. The lady brought me a box, and helped me
pack up the extruded aluminum pieces which were kind of odd shapes.
She mentioned that he got the set when he was a kid. He could not
have been more than 30 something, so I thought, 60's.
I came home and with a soft eraser, scrubbed away the dust and
scuff marks...it began to shine like new. I took a suede brush to the
fabric lined board, and it too looked great.
I was curious about these odd pieces, so went to search on eBay, and
about dropped the false teeth that I don't have. One set was nearing a
close, and was a duplicate, and was priced at $300.
Obviously, the whole package then got wrapped for his Christmas gift
the following month and a half.
I had gotten good values before, but nothing like that....Marie
This goes back about 20 years. I no longer live in the Central Illinois
town where this happened but will never forget the close call. Almost
every Monday morning I used to scavenge, looking for big garbage
piles before garbage pick up. I've found all types of treasures over
the years. The procedure was to look in open boxes, containers but
squeeze closed bags and if they felt like there might be something
interesting, you threw the bag in the back of your pick-up truck and
went on. When you were done you went home and sorted, still having
time to put unwanted stuff out to be picked up. One street was well
known for having "good" garbage. Well, for some reason I overslept
one particular Monday morning and didn't get to the good street. Am
I ever glad I didn't. A man who lived on the "good garbage" street killed
and dismembered his wife, put her in black garbage bags, and took
them to the curb. Can you imagine the horror of squeezing a bag and
feeling body parts. The murder was discovered when the garbage man
compacted the load and a bag broke open. The perpetrator of the crime
was finally convicted and is serving life in prison. The newspaper never
said anything about the mental state of the garbage driver but I don't
think it could be very good.
I would like to offer this correction to the story by "Esther T." in newsletter
#404 (3-10-06) about her 1983 purchase of a transfer-printed landscape
canvas by Robert Doares. The reader misidentified the artist as Robert
Doares, "a museum educator at Colonial Williamsburg" who "with his wife,
recently published a book on old Haviland Porcelain." She's referring, in
error, to me, Robert F. Doares. I do work at Colonial Williamsburg and
have written a book on porcelain, but I am not her artist.
The Robert Doares who painted Esther's Connecticut church scene, was
my distant cousin Robert G. Doares, who died at his home in Salisbury NC
on last March 26, 2005, at the age of 94. My cousin was well-established
commercial artist and illustrator living in Manhattan by the time I was born
in the 1950s. I knew him from family reunions and visits after he retired
to our home state of North Carolina some thirty years ago.
Robert illustrated dozens of books during his career. One of his most
successful, reprinted many times, was "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23" with
text by W. P. Keller (Zondervan, 1970). His last great book project,
published when he was 83, is called "Immanuel, God With Us: The Life of
Christ in Art" (Wheaton IL: Good News, 1994). This large format book
comprises some 40 dramatic, panoramic drawings achieved over a lifetime
of study of the landscapes of the Holy Land. The type of mass produced
transfer printed canvases of new England farms, barns, and covered
bridges, such as the one that prompted Esther T.'s letter, were the bread
and butter of Robert's commercial production in the mid-twentieth century.
Though I'm not Robert Doares the painter, I hope Tia readers will indeed
purchase my new book, "Old Limoges: Haviland Porcelain Design and Decor
1845-1865" (Schiffer, 2005). Robert F. Doares, Williamsburg VA
When I was a teenager in the Sixty's, I was going with this girl whose
mother was a bit of a Hustler and a Thief!!! She would back her Caddy
up at night to a Goodwill Box in some of the wealthy Towns around, and
pick thru the clothes, throw them in the trunk and sell them at Flea Markets
and Rummage Sales.
She told the story of one night she was doing this when a Police Cruiser
with 2 Policeman pulled up,she quickly dropped her car keys in the
dumpster. The Policeman asked what she was doing??? She explained
she was donating clothes and had her keys in her hand when she was
tossing the clothes in. Both officers climbed in and rummaged around
and found her keys and off she went!!! Years later when I returned from
the service, I found out my ex-girlfriend was serving time! The mother
was a great role model. Tony Q.
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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.
Well, the Doorenbos Discharge papers are on their way to the niece and
sisters of Charles Doorenbos, thanks to one of many responses I
received from TIAS newsletter readers! It's great to know that these
irreplaceable papers will go back to someone that they will mean something
to instead of being thrown away!..Thank you all!..Kerry
Here is a partial copy of the reply I received with the personal information
Yes that's my great uncle. When I saw you had a DOB, I called my mom ,
asked when uncle Chuck was born. She said the same date. My aunt and
uncle had no children. My mom and her sister where the closest they had
to kids. My aunt and uncle have lived in Kalamazoo all their life. Uncle
Chuck passed away in Feb 86, Aunt Marvel passed away in Nov 95. My
mom and aunt wanted to know where the auction was at that you found the
papers? If you could please send the papers to me.
Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOO much for asking about the papers, and
not pitching them. Thank You again. Jill
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
Here's a heart-warming story from KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
An oil painting donated to a rummage sale for a halfway house for
substance abusers in Corpus Christi, Texas, didn't sell at the asking
price of 50 cents. So after the sale, the house's director decided to
research the signature on the painting. He learned it was the work of
Alfred de Breanski, a 19th-century British artist whose paintings sell well.
A Houston gallery had the painting cleaned and auctioned it for $19,000.
The halfway house is getting a new kitchen.
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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.
I just read the story about a little girl asking how she got into her mother's
tummy. My six-year-old has been bugging me to death about this lately. I
had told her that daddy has a seed and mommy has an egg and when the
seed and egg get together, a mommy grows a baby in her belly. She was
satisfied with this for a while until last week she said "I know a lot of stuff,
but not how a daddies put seeds in mommys' bellies." I was cooking dinner,
not wanting to get into that conversation, but she kept asking "Do you
swallow it like medicine?" "Do you put it through the belly button?" And
"Do you cut open your stomach and sew it back up?" I could tell it was
worrying her to no end, so I finally explained as simply and matter-of-factly
as I could. I was afraid this would lead to even more difficult questions,
but all she said was "oh, that's cool. I wish you and daddy would do that
again because I want a little sister." Then she ran off to play. I guess I
was dreading that talk for nothing! N.B. Asheville, NC
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
Anita was looking for a recipe for "Orange Cake"
We had several responses to this recipe request. 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.
I have two versions from this Northern Finnish-American Michigan
community. I have eaten of the first recipe and then made it myself.
Delicious!! But, both come from good cooks, so enjoy!
Denia's Orange Cake
3 c. flour 1 T. baking powder
3 eggs 1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. shortening 1 1/2 c. raisins
1 c. sour cream 2 orange rinds (squeeze juice
1 1/2 T. baking soda first and put aside, mixed with:
3/4 c. sugar
Preheat oven to 350*. Blend eggs, sugar and shortening well.
Mix in sour cream, then add blended dry ingredients. Rinse
the raisins and orange rind, then run trough food chopper. Add
the chopped raisins/orange rind to the batter.
Bake in greased 9 x 13" pan at 350* for 35 min.
Spread the orange juice/sugar mixture on the cooled cake.
1/2 c. shortening 1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sugar 1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs, well beaten 1 c. raisins
1 c. sour milk 1 orange
2 c. flour
Grate orange peel slightly Partially squeeze juice from orange.
Add 1/4 c. sugar to this. Mix and let stand. Grind rind and pulp
with 1 c. raisins. (do this 3 times)
Cream shortening. Add 1 c. sugar gradually. Add beaten eggs.
Add dry ingredients alternating with sour milk. Add raisin/orange
mixture. Bake in a 9 x 13" pan at 350* for 45 minutes. While still
hot, cover with orange juice and sugar mixture....Phyllis
GREAT GRANDMA COOK'S FRESH ORANGE CAKE
In blender or food processor, chop:
1 whole orange, including peel
1 c. raisins with 1 c. buttermilk
Cream: 1/2 c. margarine
1 c. white sugar
Add: 2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
Add alternately with buttermilk mixture. Bake in greased 9x13
pan 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. While cake is warm,
poke full of holes and drizzle 1/2 of 6 ounce can orange juice
concentrate over. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup white sugar and 1/4
cup chopped nuts, if desired.
Not my great grandmother, but hope you enjoy her recipe! -
Nancy W, Winnsboro, SC
Rind of 1 Orange
1 1/2 cups sugar
Cream this until fluffy with:
3/4 cup butter
Beat in one at a time:
Sfit, then measure 3 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Add the sifted ingredients in about 3 parts to the butter mixture
alternating with the liquid. Beat the batter until it is smooth after each
Bake the cake in 2 deep or 3 shallow layers in 9 inch cake pans in
a 375 degree oven for about 1/2 hour.
I have made this several times for the family and hopefully this will
give you a close enough recipe to use for memories and good eating.
Jean in Sarasota, FL
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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.
When I was a child my parents entertained a lot. One of my Mother's
favorite desserts was an unbaked cake roll. I remember it had graham
crackers, marshmallows, dates, and pecans. You made it into a roll,
chilled it , then sliced it and served it with whipped cream on top. I
don't know the proportions or what held it together. I would love to
make it again if anyone has this recipe. Thanks for any help. Anne
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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