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The Collectors Newsletter #422 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #422 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
Send your mother a FRËË vintage postcard by email!
Remember, May 14th is mother's day. We have a wonderful collection
on vintage online postcards for you to send to your Mom. They are easy
to send and cost you nothing, so put a smile on your Mom's face today!
To send a card, go to:
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 laughed and laughed when I read the story of the flea market teapot with
the wad of money hidden inside because it reminded me of an experience
I had that didn't have quite the same outcome.
A few years ago, I went to a church sale that I go to every year. I was
late, and everything was 'picked over', but I went over to look at some
canning jars I saw as I was planning to can some tomatoes the next day.
In the bottom of a box of old dirty jars, I saw a grimy, different looking
jar that had a piece of lace and some other things in it. Being the treasure
hunter I am, I of course dug it out. Then three things happened at once; I
turned it around to get a grip on the lid, saw that 'flash of green' that
definitely means money, and was tapped on the shoulder by another
treasure hunter friend of mine. I nonchalantly tucked the jar into another
item I was holding & shot the breeze with this fellow for a few minutes; all
the time DYING to get that jar out to the car and find my fortune. I spent
little time paying, (25 cents,the jar was so dirty they barely touched it) got
outside to the safety of my car and opened that puppy up. Yes, it was a
wad of bills..a wad of joke bills that looked truly genuine, printed 'Not Legal
Tender' and 'printed as novelty' with a nice magnet stuck on the back.
You could have probably heard me laughing on the next block; I love a
good joke, especially when it's a cheap one on me! And I enjoyed pranking
my husband that evening when he came home from work. We keep it
around just to see the looks on peoples faces when they think it's real too.
Happy Hunting! Debora in Fort Wayne, IN
After reading the plant stories, I had to tell you about "Nana". Nana is a
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentine cactus. It belonged to
my mother-in-law and I don't know how long she had it. I just remember
it always being in her home. In the summer she would take it outside
(with help) and put it on a bench and leave it, letting nature to it thing.
Every year it would be full of beautiful blooms and I thought it was
beautiful. My in-laws owned a farm in another county and it was their
dream for them and us to moved down there and build new homes.
Well for them that never was to happen. After we lost Nana, I took the
plant and could hardly wait for it to bloom. It never did, I would nurse it
and try to do all the things that Nana did, but it would not bloom. This
went on for four years. In 2004 our dream came true and we built our
dream home on the farm. We moved in November 2004 and with us
came the "Nana". She was placed in our dinning room on a beautiful
antique plant stand and in December that Christmas, "Nana" bloomed for
the first time for me. I saw that as a sign that Nana was happy that our
dream had come true. In 2005 the plant was just full of blooms and
seems to be very happy. But it has a mind of its own, I never know
when it's going to bloom, that is why I refer to it as the Thanksgiving,
Christmas, New Year, Valentine cactus! Carol
When my mom died, I realized that many of the stories she had told us,
over the years, about "that watch", or "that pair of candlesticks", were
vague in my mind. Thankfully, I had my Aunt, and her memories, to
keep us from getting rid of any family treasures. Several years later
when my Aunt was getting on in years, and knowing that she had sons,
who probably hadn't listened to her stories either, I went and visited her
for a weekend, with my digital camera and laptop. We went through
every cupboard, box, nook and cranny, taking pictures of every item
of family significance. I loaded each photo onto the laptop and then
we labeled each with the history of each piece. In the process, we
laughed a lot, we cried a little and I learned a lot about my past. The
final product of the project was a CD, with all the pictures and history,
sent to each of my Aunt's sons. When she died a couple years later,
the sons used the CD to m ake su re that nothing of importance was
let go. I had a great time doing it, and I know that I helped my
cousins to keep hold of their past.
The plant stories lately reminded me of my mom and her poinsettia
so I thought I'd share it with you all. Mom is one of 10 kids, 8 girls and
2 boys. Her brother, Johnny, died unexpectedly right before Christmas
in the mid-1970's. He was about 51. His funeral was on Christmas
Eve. Among all the many flowers sent to the funeral home were
poinsettias. After the funeral, Uncle Johnny's wife gave each of his
sisters one of the poinsettias. How Mom treasured that poinsettia!
She always referred to it as "Johnny's." She has a green thumb
second to none and she carefully tended this plant, repotted it as
needed, but it just wouldn't turn red until exactly 10 years after Uncle
Johnny died. I have never seen such a huge poinsettia! Eventually
this plant ended up in one of those pots that sit on the floor and is
about two feet tall. The plant itself looked like a tree! It stood at least
five feet tall, four feet wide, perfectly proportioned, and absolutely
gorgeous! Freaky. But gorgeous! She never watered it with fresh
tap water. She would fill up a plastic milk jug and store it on the floor
in the cupboard then use it after the chlorine evaporated and the water
was room temperature. One day she was in a hurry and grabbed a
jug that she thought was the water. As she was pouring it into the
flowerpot, the smell hit her and she realized it was white vinegar. She
quickly lugged this plant that weighed as much as she did, heaved it
over the side and into the bathtub, and started to run as much water
as she could through the dirt in order to flush out, or at least dilute,
the vinegar. It didn't work. After nearly 20 years, the plant died. She
was heartbroken and said it was like losing Johnny all over again.
She still gets sad when someone mentions it, but she also gets so mad
at herself for making a mistake and grabbing the wrong jug. Since
then, I have never again seen a poinsettia that big or that beautiful!
Patty in SW Pennsylvania
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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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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
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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.
A Tip For "Lost" Vintage Photos
There are a couple places that you can post pictures to see if anyone
online can identify them DeadFred.com is one. You give as many details
as you know. The location of where the photo was taken, family surnames
that photos might be. Details on how to post pictures is at the site. I know
there are more sites that do this but this was the only site name I can
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
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collectible for you. They're available in many types of art glass at prices
to fit most budgets. According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, the bottles were made from
about 1885 to 1925. During this period, barbers made their own hair
tonic or bought it in quantity. They refilled individual bottles each day with
hair oil, bay rum, tonic, rose water, shampoo or witch hazel.
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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.
We are from the Philippines, and would like to share something from our
daily lives. My 4-year old niece, Trish, is such a "lawyer", she never ceases
to amaze my father (her grandfather)!
Yesterday, when Trish and her family were getting ready to go for an out-
of-town trip, my father (now 77 years old), asked her why he wasn't going
Trish replied solemnly, " Because you have to stay in the house, to watch the
news on TV!"
Again, my father "pleaded" with her," But I want to go swimming too, in the
To which Trish retorted, slowly explaining to my father," Because, there is a
pool there, only for 4-years old children, like me! There is no pool there for
100 - years old people!"
My father roared with laughter! It is like this almost everyday in the house,
with Trish starring (and winning hands down!) in a debate. - Marianne from
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out?
Post your wanted ad here so our readers can help you find it :-)
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Julie was looking for a recipe for "oatmeal pancakes"
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.
1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp. butter, melted
shortening or butter for griddle
Toast oats in heavy cast iron skillet (400 degrees)
until toasted. If pan is hot already about 5 min.,
longer if skillet is cold. Process a couple of bursts
in food processor. In mixing bowl add other dry
ingredients. In another bowl whisk buttermilk, yolks,
melted butter. In 3rd bowl beat egg whites to stiff
peak stage. Make a well in dry ingredients, add wet
ingredients, gently blend, then fold in egg whites.
Cook on a greased, hot griddle as for regular
pancakes. These do not bubble so much as puff around
edges. When they begin to look unshiny and dry on
edges, flip, cook on other side. These are great all
by themselves, but particularly good with warmed
strawberry preserves. Makes about 8 - 10 cakes.
Hope this helps Julie bring back some fond memories.
Laura Winters-Duke Columbus, Ohio
In response to Julie's request, I believe I have the
recipe she is looking for. I have been making these
oatmeal hotcakes for many years and they are always a hit.
Eleanor from So. California.
1 cup raw rolled oats
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup butter melted
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Utensils needed: large mixing bowl, wooden spoon,
griddle (I use cast iron frying pan).
Soak oats in milk for 5 to 10 minutes in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in brown sugar.
Add melted butter to beaten eggs and stir into oat mixture.
Sift flour with baking soda and salt, add to mixture.
Stir with wooden spoon, do not beat. Spoon onto lightly
greased hot griddle or frying pan. Yield, 16 4 inch pancakes
Hope this helps Julie who wanted the recipe for oatmeal
"pancakes". We called them griddlecakes, or hotcakes, but I
think it's the same as what she's wanting. Rebecca T.
3/4 cup rolled oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1-1/2 cups whole milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cups sifted flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Combine oats and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Sift dry
ingredients. Mix together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add all to oat
mixture. Stir only until combined.
Spoon onto hot griddle. Wait until bubbles appear. When
undersides are lightly browned, flip the griddlecakes over, and
again cook until undersides are browned.
Serve with butter and/or syrup. Makes: 12 to 16
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
As a kid, during the summers I worked in my parents "tea room" in
Santa Barbara California. The place was called Earthling Books and
was a combination Book Shop and Tea Room.
We served the most amazing carrot cake. I remember a local baker
made it at her home and delivered it on a huge cake sheet.
It had cream cheese icing and was just wonderful. It was one of the most
popular items we served.Does anyone out there have a great recipe
for carrot cake? Phil
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory that new TIAS merchants have
been adding for your Mother's Day gift giving.
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Barclay, to name a few. Also offered, vintage treasures such as perfume
bottles and compacts. We are always adding inventory. A King's Ransom,
where everyone is "Queen for the Day"!
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