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The Collectors Newsletter #418 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #418 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
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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.
I have enjoyed reading about the "finds" and "treasures" and the lost
pictures and papers. As an antiques dealer who handles many estate
sales, it has always been sad for me to have to toss family memorabilia.
I always show what I have found to the family who hired me, and I try to
convince them to keep the papers, pictures, etc. More times than not,
the family will tell me that they have taken everything they want and the
rest is "trash" to them. They will tell me if I can't sell it, then toss it. I
believe it is unethical to sell personal papers because information should
not be given freely, even after death. Therefore, I end up shredding the
documents and discarding them. I realize there may be someone distantly
related that would like to have these papers, but I have neither the time
nor the storage space to keep them. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life
and of death. My suggestion is that everyone, young and old, have
important papers filed and labeled as to their disposition before some
else have to make that decision. Jenny
I am not sure if this really qualifies as antique, or not but it is definitely
lost and found. About 20 years ago my mom decided that for Christmas
she was going to make quilts for my brother and I. Well , come Christmas
day all she had done was the tops for both quilts, so she wrapped those
up and gave them to us, with the promise of finishing them. Needless to
say when she passed away 3 yrs. ago, they were never finished. They
had become quite the family joke, whenever we needed something to
tease mom about. A few months before she died she had the top to my
quilt in the trunk of her car, and she told me that he had found someone
to finish it for her. After she died my hubby and I moved into her house,
and after cleaning out all of the unwanted stuff, I found my brothers top
but mine was not to be found anywhere!! I asked neighbors and friends
and co-workers, anybody I found who crafted or sewed. I was devastated
for 3 yrs. No one knew anything about it. Keep in mind that I had gone
thru every nook and cranny in the house! One morning I was really feeling
blue and missing my mom, I had gone into the bath to take a shower and
when I turned on the light in the bathroom, the linen closet door was open.
Noticing that things were a little messy I decided to clean it out and
organize things. As I reached the very back of the closet there on the shelf
under a pile of table linens was my quilt top, and a scarf that my sis-in-law
had made for mom that we could not find. My sis-in-law and I both went
thru that stuff and neither of those things were there. It's like they just
showed up when I needed them the most. Just a hug from mom. I am now
trying to finish the quilt tops. Sussie
When I was little, my father would always buy me toys for boys, (I was
a girl), needless to say I enjoyed them very much. One of my treasures
was a Lionel Electric Train Set, (1949-1950). I played with my train
more than my dolls. I made tunnels and bridges out of books. In 1955,
my parents had to sell out and we moved to Texas, they had an auction
and sold most of their items. At that time I was into boys, so nothing dolls
and trains didn't matter to me. Then ended up in California in 1962.
When I left home, I did manage to take several old items, that belonged to
my great & grand parents.
Well several years later in 1980 I remarried and my new husband, and I
went back to Indiana, he was from Michigan. So we could visit with his
family and mine. I went to my aunts home for a family dinner, Later that
evening, she said she had something to show me. Well here she came
out of the bedroom with this old blue doll wardrobe trunk, I screamed,
"my train set", as I had always packed it away in my blue doll trunk,
because the tracks and everything fit good. I couldn't believe it. It was just
like it was the last time I put it away. Cars in their boxes, and the
transformer. She also had several other things for me. She had gone to
the auction and purchased these things, but never told anyone. Later, on
that visit, we went to my husbands home in Michigan, and he took me up
in the attic, and lo and behold, there was his Lionel train set that he had
as a child.
We still have our train sets, I had them up in one room on a 4 x 8 board
for several years, but took them down a few years ago. Mine is back in
its blue trunk and his in a wooden box. I'm 64 my husband is 70 maybe
we will play with again soon. Jeri
Thought I'd share my Chatty Cathy story. When I was little I LOVED my
Chatty Cathy but I also loved figuring out how things worked. I had to
know how Cathy talked so I took her apart to find her little record player.
Well, that was fine but then I couldn't get her put back together. I was
so scared I'd get in trouble for taking her apart that I went next door to
the neighbors house and buried her in their yard!!! I still know the place
and my sister still lives in our old house. I keep thinking someday I'm
going to go dig my Chatty Cathy back up! Judy in Oklahoma
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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.
Looking for owner
I was cleaning out and found an old autograph book. I have no idea how
I ended up with it, but when I saw it I thought about this newsletter. What
a find! And in my own closet!
The book belonged to "Peggie Ann Beck" . The first page reveals a date
of 1940 and the information that she was in the 6th grade. I was really
excited by this time, imagining her smiling and happy, getting friends to
sign. As I continued to read, I knew I would be sending this story to you.
Alot of the entries begin with the date (from October 1940 thru January
1941) and also the location., Sabinal, Texas. Her friends and her teachers
signed the book. It lists her favorites: Mr Hilley/teacher - Doris Smith/friend
Reading/study Tennis/sport, There is also a list of her favorite teachers.
The poems written inside are precious, giving even more information.
In most cases, the signer used his/her first and last name. Anyway, I
hope someone related to Peggie Ann or maybe Peggie Ann herself,
will enjoy seeing a glimpse into her childhood years. I can list the names
inside if someone wanted them. Thanks, Kim Watson
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
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel report that shops and shows are selling more this year, and
auctions are getting high prices. Newer, younger buyers are furnishing
their homes with antiques, old reproductions, or '50s-style pieces that
cannot be found in a furniture store.
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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.
When my older brother was a preschooler, he declared that he was NEVER
going to have children. My mom's friend asked, well, how are you going to
keep THAT from happening. He rolled his eyes condescendingly, and said,
"Why, I'm just going to step on all the eggs!" Susan B.
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
Mitzi F. was looking for a recipe for "sourdough starter"
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.
Sourdough starter from scratch
from Pat's Sourdough Favorite Recipes
by Patricia Duncan
"3 small potatoes, peeled and cut into four pieces
3 Cups Water
1 cake or envelope active yeast
1/2 Tbs Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 Tbs. Sugar"
"Boil potatoes in 3 cups UNSALTED water until soft. Discard
potatoes saving the potato water. Measure 2 cups of the potato
water into a glass or pottery bowl and let cool to lukewarm. Mix in
the yeast and 1/2 Tbs. Sugar. Let stand until the yeast is working
well. It will be light and frothy. Now add 2 cups flour and 1 Tbs.
sugar. Mix well. Transfer to glass or pottery crock, cover with towel
and let set in warm place for 3 days or until actively bubbling. It is
important to stir the starter down each day. After the third day your
starter is ready to use.
To replenish, add equal amounts of tepid water and flour. Store
your starter in the refrigerator, uncovered."
I keep mine in the fridge in a covered crock labeled sour dough that
I picked up at a yard sale. It came complete with a rubber ring to
seal it. Works great even though I only use it a few times a year.
1 C. Wheat Flour
1 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 C. warm water
Mix all ingredients in a glass container (or crock) NO METAL!!!
Leave sitting out on counter. Next day, add additional 1 C. flour
and enough water to make a thick batter. Repeat flour/water
addition for next 2-3 days. Use where sourdough starter is called for.
First of all, thanks to all those who send information in on the "phosphate"
drink for my Mom. We really appreciate it!
The recipe below is for the sour dough starter. Why it's called "Herman",
I have no idea - unless because you can keep it going for years, it
becomes part of the family, so you name it! I've had this recipe for
about 30 years. The only problem with these starters is you always
have some left to give away even after you run out of people to give it to!!
"Herman" sour Dough Starter
1 pkg dry yeast
2 c lukewarm water
2 c flour
Dissolve yeast in water and add flour; beat smooth. Cover with plastic
wrap and leave at room temperature 48 hours. This will produce 2 c dough.
Friendship Bread (made using "Herman")
Use 1 c starter - Do not use metal bowls or utensils - Do not refrigerate
Day 1 - let starter sit
Day 2-4 - stir with wooden spoon
Day 5 - add 1 c flour, 1 c sugar, 1 c milk and stir
Day 6-9 - stir with wooden spoon
Day 10 - repeat day 5, then pour 1 c batter into 3 containers (2 to
share, 1 to keep)
To the rest of the batter, add:
2/3 c oil 1 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 c flour 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c sugar 1/2 tsp salt
You can also add diced fruit (fresh or canned that has been drained),
nuts or leave plain. Pour into greased and sugared (not floured) loaf
pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes or until done. Connie T.
--A Story About Starter--
I don't know where my recipe is for sourdough starter (packed
somewhere in one of my moving boxes), but wanted to tell you about the
story of ours.
It started when a lady at work brought in some sourdough starter and
we each split it and followed the recipes and started our own batches.
Well, this one lady said that she was going to name hers "Herman"
since she had a plant she called "Hermina" -- Pokey (her real name
was Pocahontas and actually came from the little town in Kentucky
that Loretta Lynn came from -- something Holler or Hollow. Anyway,
she always said she never had good luck with cooking and sure enough
several years later she came in and told us she had "killed Herman" --
she had forgotten to follow the directions and poor old Herman the
Sourdough Starter had "died". But, about a week or so later she came
in with lots of pots -- while Herman died, little Hermina had "lots of
babies" and she gave some of the plant babies to each of us. My
step-daughter, Bear, also had given me a plant that year -- a "corn
plant" because she said that she couldn't keep any plant alive and
thought it would do better with us. I also had some Lantana plants in
very unusual colors I had dug up and brought from Texas to Ohio.
Well, I had my all of these plants, as well as the "brother" of Herman,
little "Hermina", and that corn plant for over 19yrs -- but, alas, they all
"died" from neglect when I was caring for my dying husband. I not
only had my deceased husband's remains taken care of, but also had
a little funeral for all these dead plants and the starter dough -- burying
them all in my backyard (not my husband -- just the plants and starter
dough) -- but the memories of them will always linger on, as well as
remembering the day that Pokey came in so upset because she had
"killed Herman". Truly amazing how inanimate objects can make us
remember such wonderful friends and family members, making us
laugh and cry too. Judy S. M.
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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.
Hello to all the folks who read this newsletter,
First let me say I always look forward to the newsletters....they are
great fun to read and thank you!
I am looking for a dessert recipe from the 1950's. I think it was
prepared with chocolate pudding?, maybe whipped cream, nuts
(pecans?) and pieces of angel food cake. (I'm not sure of all the
ingredients.) I was just a kid but I do remember my Mom mixing
the ingredients, pouring it into a 9" x 12" pan and popping it in the
fridge to set. We kids all looked forward to this treat and I would
love to find the recipe and surprise everyone!
My Mom is elderly and cannot remember the recipe. I have searched
through her cookbooks but have had no luck in finding anything close
to this. Thank you! -- Cathy
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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