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The Collectors Newsletter #424 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #424 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.
More vintage plants
When I was in the second or third grade we had a science project on
the effects of light on plants or something like that I don't really remember.
It has been years since then.
We were to bring in a plant in from home that could be spared and I
remember my parents being upset with me because we didnít have any
plants and had to go buy one.
I got a philodendron and named it Phil. In class we too a sheet of carbon
paper and covered several leaves of the plants and over the next few weeks
we would remove one paper a week and see what happened. Slowly all
the plants started to die over the weeks of the experiment I talked to Phil
and told him not to die like his buddies and would spend all recess some
days just talking to Phil.
Phil grew and grew while the others died one by one till the last of the paper
came off and Phil was the only one left. Phil stayed in class with us
because as I told the teacher Phil loved to learn and I was afraid that my
little brother would eat it.
I had to take Phil home at the end of the school year and at home mom sat
him on the dresser by the window and Phil loved it there, over the years he
grew up and around the mirror several times and then some how it
attached him self to the curtain and then the wall and up, up he went to the
top and across and around the window sill.
Phil still remains there some 35 years later still growing around and a round
the window and the mirror. We are afraid to move him now, we tried once
and he didnít like it and dropped a few leaves so after a couple weeks we
put him back so that is where he still remains to this day. Diane in VA
Daddy and the brown chair
My parents were avid antique collectors beginning in the
fifties through the seventies. You know back when they
were cheap and we could afford them. Daddy built
Momma a nice big brick house in the late sixties to house
these beautiful antiques that they collected in their travels
from coast to coast and north to south. Mom furnished this
house with the skill of a professional decorator. She was
very happy the last years of her life, she passed away in
winter of 1971 from cancer.
A couple of years later my dad retired from the civil service
at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. To keep busy
he continued to travel and browse through antique shops, and
flea markets. He and my younger brother lived in the big brick
house with the priceless antiques(which I got the job of cleanup
lady weekly) and Daddy opened the B&S antique shop across
the street in an 1892 house that my brother had bought, you
know the kind that was two story with front porch across the
front and an L shape one story addition on the back for the
kitchen. This house is now listed on the National Registor of
Historical Houses. But back to the antiques and junk,
naturally my dad tried to fill this old house with all sorts of
things from his travels and flea market finds. He had a couple
of guys who traveled the back roads of Tennessee and bought
items that they sold to him for the shop. He had a collection
of old car tags from all the states he had visited nailed on the
wall by the kitchen door. His favorite pastime was to set in
an old brown recliner under these car tags and wait for the
next customer to come by.
One day an artist by the name of Mutt from somewhere up in
Tennessee came by and asked if he could come in and take
pictures of old pie safes and other pieces of furniture, naturally
Dad said come on in and help yourself. When the artist came
out Dad was setting in his brown chair under the car tags with
his Camel cigarette in his hand and he said; Now make my
picture. Mutt said of course... Dad passed away in September
Several months later my daughter and I went to an antique
and art show at one of the local shopping malls. I was looking
for an oil painting for my living room. We were walking down
the middle of the vendors when suddenly I stopped dead in my
tracks and exclaimed: There's Daddy!!. She caught me by
the arm and held me tight and said Mom! what's wrong with
you?? I just stood there and pointed to a painting in one of the
vendors area ... It was a watercolor painting of my Dad setting
in the old brown leather recliner on the porch of the antique
shop. We rushed over and was just standing there staring at
the painting, Mutt the artist came over and asked if we knew
that fellow? He went on to explain that he thought everyone
in North Alabama was either kin folks or had worked for him
at one time or another. He also said the painting was the
highlight of his show. I just stood there like a mute and
stared at the picture, finally I got a grip and looked at Mutt
with big tears in my eyes and said he was my Daddy. Now
we all know I just had to have that painting, right? However
being my daddy's daughter I had to haggle with Mutt over
the price he was asking.. well we finally came to a very nice
agreement.. half price, provided I left it there until the close
of the show. Well I agreed but did not sleep very much
that night. I was so afraid he would find someone to pay
the full asking price. I could hardly wait for next afternoon
and was at the mall hours before closing time. Mutt was a
very honest person, my painting was still there. It has been
hanging in my den for the past 29 years and is considered
to be a family treasurer. Peggy
I was raised in a beautiful house on the river. Home was the most
peaceful, wonderful place in the world for me. I talked to the animals
and stomped in the river, while always taking care to preserve the
beauty of the woods and river front. My father, built this home for
my family when I was a teenager, and he took extra care in planting
the beautiful Sago palms that adorned the house. Unfortunately, my
father passed aways when I was 22, and I moved to a home of my
own. When I moved, my mother let me take one of the beautiful Sago
palms with me that my beloved father had planted and nurtured for
so many years. A friend of mine brought his huge back hoe over and
pulled the palm tree up and planted it in my front yard. After 11
years, my palm tree is still as beautiful as ever. Every time I look at
it, I remember my father with a smile and know in my heart that a
piece of my life and my father's will be around for a long time. It
comforts me to know that one day another family will get pleasure out
of this beautiful tree from my past. Marsha
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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 just wanted your readers to know that the grandson of Joseph Kafsky &
Genevieve Wolosz has been found and the items returned to him. Thanks
to the lady in California who helped him find me and also to the others
who responded with information. It's always so nice to know that family
items are back where they belong. He was so excited to get his family's
treasures back. Your newsletter serves a great need and thank you for
offering this service. Shirley firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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.
Many years ago, my family and 4 other families from our neighborhood
decided to go out to eat. Now you have to understand, that many years ago
we didn't go out to eat very often, so it was a very big treat for all 5 families.
As I think back I believe that there were 26 people involved. Needless to say
the waitress had her hands full. After a big meal, lots of soda for the kids
and drinks for the adults, we were done. Everyone put in their share including
tip. She deserved a big tip, she had worked very hard. The bill was paid by
my father (after collecting everyone's money) and the tip was left on the table.
We all piled into our respective cars and drove home. Once we got home I
walked up to my father and told him that he was going to be very proud of me
(I was probably 5). I then reached into my pocket and pulled out the tip that
he had left on the table for the waitress. I told him "You forgot this on the table,
so I got it for you". He was shocked to say the least, he then got back into the
car and drove the 1/2 hour back to the restaurant to give the waitress her tip.
My Dad is now 88 years old and whenever I take him out to dinner he tells me
not to take the tip. I guess some things you just never live down. Arcelia 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
Laura was looking for a recipe for "Boiled Fruit Cobbler"
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.
A note to the lady who wanted a recipe for fruit cobbler, cooked on the
stove top with the topping added on as it boiled-look for recipes for a dish
called a "grunt" that is the correct term for that dish. The 1950 bEtty
Crocker Cookbook, available in reprint, has several recipes for these
types of fruit and topping desserts. And many others-it's one of the best
cookbooks ever for basic baking techniques. Good luck! Kathy in NJ
That request brought back a lot of memories. My mother used to always
have plenty of canned fruit on hand.
Cherries, peaches and the like. When it was time for a quick dessert,
she would boil the fruit and sweeten it to taste and then make regular
"drop dumplings" that had been sweetened as well and drop them on top of
the hot fruit mixture. If you follow the directions for dumplings on a
Bisquick package (plus some sugar) I think you will find this is what
you are looking for! It's been some 60 years since I had even
remembered my Mom doing this, so thanks for the memory!
The boiled fruit cobbler recipe Laura is looking for sounds a lot like the fruit
dumplings most of us in the south grew up enjoying. In the basic recipe
small balls of dough are added to a boiling fruit mixture and cooked until
puffy and done throughout. The dumplings and fruit mixture are then
spooned into bowls and thoroughly enjoyed...especially with a big scoop
of homemade vanilla ice cream! This is a boiled blackberry cobbler (or
dumplings!) recipe that works well with any tart berry. Adjust sugar to taste
depending on the berry and whether they are wild or domestic. Sandra,
1 quart blackberries
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup water
1 cup sifted flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup whole milk
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberries, 1 cup
of the sugar and the water. Heat to boiling.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, sift together the remaining
2 tablespoons sugar, the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Cut in
shortening to make coarse crumbs. Lightly mix in milk with a fork to make
a soft dough. Drop the dough by tablespoons into the boiling fruit and
simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes; then cover and simmer another 10
minutes. Serve hot. Sandra
Laura's friend doesn't need a recipe for the dessert she described. It is
called a "Grunt" and you can use any fruit but you need to make sure
there is enough liquid as the dough takes up a lot while cooking. Cook
your fruit with extra water or juice and when boiling drop spoonfuls of your
favorite biscuit mix into the fruit mixture (small spoon ) put the lid on the
pot and cook without peeking for 20 minutes, Serve with cream or milk.
I use my own mix I keep on hand in my cupboard.
6 cups of flour
1/4 cup baking powder
1 lb of vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon of salt
Mix together and store for use later in puddings, biscuits or dumplings.
Add milk or water to make a soft dough for Grunts. Margaret,
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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 little girl I remember my great grandmother making lamb
patties. She fried them on low heat, and I know she used to buy them
as patties from Ralph's market in California. I now live in Illinois and have
never seen lamb patties here so I don't know what seasoning goes in the
patties. I would love to make them as a surprise for my Mom's birthday
dinner, and would sincerely appreciate any help. Thank you. Susan
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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