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The Collectors Newsletter #421 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #421 May 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 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.
Editors note-- We run stories on a specific topic because those are the
stories that people send us. We don't have writers. All of the stories we publish
are submitted by people like you. So send us your interesting story about
collecting and we may publish it here.
My sister and I both got Chatty Cathy dolls (we are just a year apart in
age, so got a lot of the same things) for Christmas back when. We played
with them a lot. I think one of my favorite memories -- and I have a picture
of it -- was Mom making a dress for me and Chatty Cathy so we could be
dressed alike. Of course, she also made one for my sister and her doll.
Mom still has our dolls. One still talks, but the other doesn't. My sister
claims the one that doesn't talk anymore is mine! Susan G.
The plant stories prompted me to share my plant story: My parents are
retired and live in central FL during the winter. One of the residents in their
retirement park has a flower garden and names his plants after the people
that given them to him. Now I name plants given to me after their original
owner too...I have a gardenia named "Bernice" after a lady in my parent's
winter park and a fern named "Binnie" after a co-worker who gave me the
plant as a graduation gift. How fun it is to relate my plants' names to others!
I would Love To Share What Happened Today! I thought Of you as Soon
as It Unfolded! I was set up At a Local Flea market. Today Was The First
Sunday of This Season. I Brought along a box That Has Been In My Garage
For Over A Year. It's Contents were from The House I rented ,till I moved
In With My 88 Yr. Father Whom I Now Care For. I live In altoona,Pa. It's
A small city & I know Alot Of People I always Give Those I'm Familiar with
"good Deals" A Guy Wanted To Buy a Little Teapot I was Asking $2.00
For, so I Told Him .50 I had met him A few years Back & remembered Him.
He wanted it ,So I Took The Lid Off To Wrap It ( with the lid seperate) & I
almost took A Masive Coronary! I Saw A Wad Of Cash Inside The Tea-Pot
With a $20.00 Bill Showing. I was So surprised! Everyone around Was
Stunned , No-one could believe How Lucky I was To "find" the money. The
Guy Said You should Give Me The Teapot For Nothing, I said, You Are
Absolutly Right, I Will Give It To you! , Now I wopnder If He opened the lid,
as we all know people do with anything that opens, saw the money &
decieded To "buy " It? Anyway It All worked Out I'm Glad he Didn't Tell Me
Not To Wrap It Or I would Have Never Known About The Money I obviously
stashed Awhile back! Judy
In the last newsletter #420, after reading Patti's story about asking
questions to folks who knew the answer, it brought to mind the questions
I should have ask my Dad while he was still with us. He was 97 1/2 when
we lost him and he had a wealth of knowledge to offer. His mind was
still good and he remembered all those years back. There are so many
things I wish I would have ask him. He would tell us of the good ole'
days. I now use stickers to label all the antiques that he left with us so
my grandchildren & future generations will know what the are and who
they belonged to. Dad liked to make things out of wood that he
remembered as a young man. Each one of his grandchildren and
great grandchildren have something he made. If you have someone to
ask, get out that notebook and ask away. You won't regret it. I have
lots of antiques from my parents and grandparents to remember them by.
I hope to pass them on to future generations to also remember them.
Also if you have old photos with no names, get to work and see if you can
find someone in the family who knows who the are. I didn't do this and
now I have tin-type pictures with no names and I know they are my great
aunts and uncles but don't know who is who. Good luck in your searching.
Dorthy in Ohio
Patti is right about asking questions and writing down family genealogys and
stores. I have one other suggestion. Ask for family favorite recipes before
it is to late. To often we enjoy "Mom's apple pie or aunt Ruth's Molasses
Cookies." Or even a favorite family meal, like Sunday pot roast or Sunday
fried chicken dinner. To soon our loved ones are gone and with them the
recipes we took for granted are gone also. I suggest that everyone get those
recipes written down while you can. I am storing ours in the Family Tree
Maker program, where we are also putting stories and memories. There is
a place in each person's file for 80 or more photos and a description space
to tell about each photo. I hope that this will help save someone's fond
memories for the generations to come. Great granny Vi
Reading all the stories of long-lived houseplants in the latest issues of the
Collectors newsletter, reminded me of my two "heirlooms". These plants
have to be 60+ years old…they are "mother-in-laws tongues" (not sure
what the real name for this type of plant is, but they have long, long spiky
green leaves, with lighter markings). These are plants that my mother
(now deceased) bought to decorate her first apartment in the early 1940's
when she was about 20 years old. She said those plants were the first
things she bought when she moved in. The plants moved with her several
times over the years, and came to rest when at 37 she married my dad.
I was born the following year, and those plants have been a fixture as
long as I can remember. When my mom passed away in 1994 we
brought these plants back to our place, and when we bought our home
in '95 they were given a place of honor in the dining room bay window,
where they are to this day. Amazingly, for "senior citizens" these plants
are very strong, and each year produce new leaves & offshoots. Funny,
how a couple of little plants bought at Woolworth's during World War II,
have gone on to live such long lives with generations of the same family!
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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 purchased a box lot at an auction and after looking through it realized that
family members of Jean Wolaz or Joseph Kafsky might like to have the
family pictures and other mementos that were in the box. Included is a birth
certificate for Dennis Joseph Kafsky born March 2, 1942 at St. Ann's
Hospital in Cleveland, OH, father was Joseph John Kafsky, mother was
Genevieve Wolosz [there seems to be a discrepancy in the spelling of her
last name, Wolaz and Wolosz] several photographs of family or friends,
taken in the 1940's [some snap shots, some studio prints], some WWII items,
an invitation to the ordination to the priesthood for The Reverend David F.
Wyrzykowski of the Franciscan Order June 17, 1943 at St. Mary of the
Angels Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin and a Bible [looks like it might be
in Polish?]. I would love to return these items to family members. If any
Tias reader knows this family, please contact Shirley at:
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
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its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at LostAndFound@tias.com
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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.
My nine year old grandson came up to his Mother at a ballgame that had been
cancelled because of rain, (he Missed 2 out of 3 games because of rain) and
told her that Mother Nature should be Father Nature, because Father Nature
would know the importance of baseball, then he stomped off. Another Mother
who was there said "Little does he know, but Father Nature does what Mother
Nature tells him." Linda H.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Sheryl was looking for a recipe for "chocolate mint pie"
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.
Chocolate Mint Frangos
1 cup slighty softened butter
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
4 squares of semi-sweet chocolate
2 teaspoons peppermint
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts, optional
Beat butter & sugar unil light & fluffy. Melt
chocolate and let cool sllightly. Add to butter mixture. Beat eggs and
add to chocolate mixture. Beat until light & fluffy.
Add flavorings & beat well. Spoon into
paper cupcake liners. Sprinkle with nuts
and freeze. Store in freezer, Makes 18.
These have a lovely velvetly texture.These are ready to serve dirictly
from the freezer. Remove paper & put in sherbet dishes. Hope this
is what you were looking for.This came from "The Taste of Terrace
Hil" cookbook. DeMoine, Iowa, home of the governor. Ginny Stencil
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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.
One of my Mom's friends use to make us oatmeal pancakes (for lack
of a better word) for breakfast when we visited her. They really are
not pancakes as they are smaller and thicker. All I remember is that
they were made with oatmeal and you cooked them like pancakes (on
the griddle) and ate them with melted butter and syrup. They were so
good. My Mom's friend has since passed away and I have asked my
Mom for the recipe but she doesn't have it. If anybody has anything
similar I would love to try the recipe. Julie
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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