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The Collectors Newsletter #414 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #414 April 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
Mother's Day is May 14th. Find Great Gift Ideas at TIAS.com
TIAS merchants have been adding many fresh new items to their shops that
would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts.
How about a beautiful vintage vase for her Mother's Day flowers?
Maybe an antique locket for family photos?
Perhaps some vintage costume jewelry?
A Mother's Day gift of an antique or collectible will make a wonderful present
she will remember for years to come. Stop by today at
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.
I have many different collections, ranging from jewelry to toys to pottery, but
the one that creates the biggest stir is my collection of vintage groceries.
Since there aren't many collectors out there, I knew that pieces would be
easy to find, and my collection would grow quickly, so even before making
my first purchase, guidelines had to be set. Therefore, I only collect items
without bar codes, and the packages must be unopened. This is the most
difficult part, as it is easier to find empty boxes, tins, jars, and cans than it is
to find them in their original, unopened state. The perishable items in my
collection (bread, dairy, eggs, cheese, etc.) must be original store displays,
or be unused new-old-stock packages. I have two bread loaves that were
used as store displays, and a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box from 1939 that was
never meant to hold cereal. One of my favorites is a box of Swan's Down
Cake Flour from the 1940's with a picture of Kate Smith on the back. It is
just fascinating to me that these items should have been consumed and
discarded many years ago, but here they are, in the same condition as
when they were on the store shelf! Julie
in approximately 1978, I was at an estate sale and purchased some
glassware -19 plates,3 salad dishes .2 platters-$12.50...no knowledge of
what they were ,but I thought they would be useful at large gatherings, but
we had a small place and underneath a table in the basement they went....
until we moved to a larger place....on an excursion into a consignment shop
in 1986 and saw one of the plates with a sticker of $16.00...asked the
person on duty what they were --Manhattan ware by Anchor Hocking 1937
-1941-- well they were and never since have been treated so disrespectfully,
and we have collected a few more pieces...they are really so much fun to
interchange with other glassware I. e Libby/rococo ..just before I found out
what they were I cracked one of the bowls and my mom said make a planter
or something ---and I said mom it's just an old bowl(it was a full size
vegetable bowl with a hairline crack- and I pitched it)....when I came back
from the store and told mom what we had ...the glint in her eye was the
unsaid I told you so, and she never said a word.....this has now become a
family story ---and the plates are used often along with other collectible
glassware---we learn as we go along---thanks tias for allowing us to share
My girlfriends daughter was harassing us about how she could no longer
pass a dumpster with her 6 yr old since we had (corrupted) her into our
dumpster diving. One day while on her way to her car, her daughter spotted
piles of discarded items from a tenants move and made a mad dash to the
dumpster. She spotted an old box with miscellaneous toys in it and insisted
she wanted to take it home. Being an upscaled apt complex and not wanting
to draw any neighbors attention, mortified she hurried her daughter into the
car and tossed the box into the back seat.
My friend called me a few days later and we had a good laugh about the
story. Knowing I collected Barbies, and a few other old dolls, she wondered
if I might want this old doll that was in the box. We both forgot about the doll
over the next several months and one day while out browsing one of the local
antique shops, I started telling my friend about a Chatty Cathy Doll that I had
received on my 6th Christmas from my grandparents. I told her the story of
how I cherished that doll and would only bring her down from my closet to
play with her when no one else was around because I refused to share her.
I was of a family of 12 kids so to have a special toy just to yourself was rare.
The following fall my 5yr old sister snuck her out for show & tell at school and
broke the string. I told my friend that through the many years of shopping
antique shops I often thought about my old doll. I had only ran into one that
looked exactly like mine and the string was broke. She casually mentioned
"if I'm not mistaken I think that's the name of the doll that I kept for you at
my house"..... I couldn't wait to go check it out. Sure enough it was the
same identical doll, in the original box with all 5 outfits, shoes and all, in
almost perfect condition, AND SHE STILL TALKS! Checked it out on ebay
and a doll that was similar was going for $185. I'd never sell it and she has
since stolen the spotlight from by Bob Mackie Barbies. Needless to say we
since have allowed her granddaughter to tag along on our dumpster dives and
she's a natural! Georgia
I am from South Africa and love reading your magazine. I am also a dealer
and fleamarket trader so the stories relate greatly. Here is my story. sorry I
have substituted rands for dollars.
Last Saturday my husband and I went to a local farm auction where I get a
lot of my stock for next to nothing. A lot came up, as I was not really interested
in the lot I was not bidding however no one else was either. As I knew the
takings of the lot went to charity I bid anyway. We continued our rounds and
at closing time came back to collect the items. The lot consisted of used
wallets, kitchen utensils and junk. We sorted out the good items which we
thought we would at least get a rand for. My husband opened one of the
used wallets and to our surprise it contained a key and 55 Rand ($9) . Our lot
had cost me 5 Rand ($0.81). That's a huge profit. Zynbad
I remember when my daughter was young my mother had given her a box
of old buttons to play with. The buttons were my stepfathers mothers buttons.
I looked in the box and noticed something different than a button. I asked
my daughter if I could look at her buttons, and I pulled out a ring. I asked
my mother if she knew there was a ring in the box, she said yes but she
thought it was just junk. So I asked her if I could take it and find out about it.
She said yes. So I took it down the street to a jeweler. When he looked at
it he said something about it being a mine diamond, and asked if I was
willing to sell it. I asked him how much he would pay for it and he said I'll
give you $800. for it .I almost passed out! But I thought I had better get
another jeweler to look at it. The second jeweler offered $1000. I knew I was
onto something, So I ended up that day with $1900.00, can you believe that,
to say the least when I went and put $1900. on my mothers table in front of
her she asked where I got that much money.When I told her she was so
excited. She went to look in all her button boxes. Judy. G.
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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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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 thought your readers would be happy to know that the Carstens Baptism
papers have found their way to a Carstens family member. Thanks to a
friend of the family, here in WA State, who reads Tias newsletter and is
another fellow genealogist. Thank you for posting the original request. I
had several people email me with information-all of it was helpful. Thanks
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 tip from Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
Green-colored corrosion is sometimes found on old jewelry. It will spread
if not removed. Clean with a mixture of a tablespoon of vinegar, a tablespoon
of salt, and a cup of hot water. Rub with an old toothbrush or a nylon
scouring pad. Dry completely with towels and a hair dryer set on cool.
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.
After getting a new job in a different state, I had to start sooner than expected.
I went ahead without my furniture and belongings. Because I was so busy at
my new job, my parents were nice enough to pack my stuff for the moving van
to pick up. When I was unpacking the boxes, I found a small box packed
inside a large moving box. On the outside, my mom had written "very, very
old pig" and "antique". She had carefully packed the pig. I was wondering
what it was because I didn't think I had a very, very old pig. When I unwrapped
the piece, it was a ceramic piggy bank that I bought at a yard sale. On the
bottom of the piggy bank was the year I was born -1956. You must be old
when your mom thinks that you are an antique and very, very old. I was 40
at the time.
My dad was always the creative type and very thrifty. When he packed the
boxes, he used bath towels to put between the dishes- very smart. So the box
was labeled -Towels and Dishes. When I received the boxes, I told him how
smart that was. He said if you liked "Towels and Dishes" you are going to love
"Socks and Lamps."
We have had many laughs over that move but they did a fabulous job and I
was so grateful. Sharon Foster
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Janis was looking for a recipe for "yellow chiffon or angel food cake "
We had one response 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 got this recipe from a friend. She got it from the Internet but does not
remember where. It makes a wonderful fluffy cake. Celia in Alabama
Best Angel Food Cake
1 1/2 cups egg whites (10-12 large), room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided (superfine sugar is ideal)
1 cup sifted cake flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4-cup sugar and the cake flour. Set
Beat egg whites in a separate large bowl until frothy, then the add cream
of tartar and salt. Beat at medium speed until cream of tartar is fully
incorporated, then begin to add the remaining 3/4-cup of sugar a few
tablespoons at a time.
When sugar has been added, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Once you
have soft peaks, add the vanilla and almond extracts and beat for a few
seconds to incorporate.
With a sieve, sift the flour/sugar mixture over the egg whites in 6-8
additions, gently folding the mixture in after each addition. Take your time.
Spoon batter evenly into an ungreased 9-inch tube pan with a
removable bottom. Smooth the top with a spatula and tap the pan on the
counter two or three times to ensure that there are no large air bubbles
in the batter.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly pressed.
Mine generally take 55-60 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately invert pan over a bottle. Allow to
cool completely before attempting to remove the cake from the pan.
When ready to remove the cake, gently run a thin, sharp knife around
the sides of the pan. Lift the cake out, and then run the knife around the
bottom and center of the pan to release the cake. Invert onto a large
plate, then re-invert onto a serving platter or cake stand. Serves 12.
I think the yellow angel food type cake Janis is looking for might be
* 6 eggs, separated
* 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
* 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
* 1 cup cold water
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1 1/4 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks
form. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and beat again until stiff peaks form. Set
In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks well, adding the remaining 1 cup
sugar, cold water, lemon extract and vanilla. Beat until yellow in color,
about 3 minutes.
Sift together the flour and baking powder, add to the egg yolk mixture.
Gently fold the egg white mixture into the yolk mixture. Pour into an
ungreased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Invert
over a bottle. Cool. Remove from pan...Betty
I hope this is the recipe that Janis is looking for. I was collecting angel
food cake recipes for a friend of the family and ran across this one that
used the whole egg instead of just the whites. I haven't made this one
before, but it was evidently used in a bakery many times. Good Luck in
your search! Sandra, Midway, Kentucky
Yellow Angel Food Cake
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup water
6 eggs, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 Whip the egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar, and continue
beating until stiff. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until lemon coloured.
2 Boil the sugar and water until it reaches the thread stage, 230 - 234
degrees F (110 - 112 degrees C). Beat syrup into egg whites. Fold in egg
yolks. Fold in flour. Pour batter into an ungreased tube pan.
3 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Cool
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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.
I'm hoping someone can help me find a recipe for my Mom (81) who
remembers drinking it as a child. Her mom bought some sort of liquid
(phosphate?) at the drugstore and it was kept in the refrigerator. You
added a couple of spoons of this, plus some baking soda, to water and
a VERY fizzy drink was produced that had a lemon flavor to it. She
remembers it overflowing the glasses quickly. I have gone through every
cookbook I can get my hands on, but with no luck. If anyone else
remembers this drink, we would greatly appreciate having the recipe.
The geographic location during her childhood was western Pennsylvania.
Thank you. Connie
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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