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The Collectors Newsletter #425 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #425 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.
When I was 13 years old my grandfather saw me drawing and painting
a picture with watercolors and said how about painting me a picture of
the old log house. The old log house was where he and all his brothers
and sisters had been born and was located on the property he and my
grandmother owned and raised their family on. I proudly told him that I
would try. Back then the only camera's we had her the square box that
made black and white and not very good at that so I took my sketch pad
and pencils and went down the lane to the old house. I sat for hours
trying to get it to look like I thought it should. I took the sketch back
home (We lived about 60 miles from them) and I worked on it for
several days, using water colors and finally decided it was as good as
it was gonna git. The next time I went with my parents to the farm I took
it all framed and ready for him. With tears in his eyes he hung it in the
hall for all to see. I know that it stayed on his wall until his death and
then I didn't know what happened to it. My grandmother had been placed
in a small house down near my Uncle for him to look after. Years later
when I was in my 60's my Uncle came to visit me and said I brought you
something. It was the painting. It now hangs in one of my bedrooms. The
tale doesn't end there though. A few years after that a distant family
member that I had never met wrote me and asked me if I happened to
know what ever happened to the painting that had been in my
grandfathers house. It seems my painting was the only picture anyone
had of the old family home where the clan all started from and they
wanted it for the family reunion and for the historical society of the
county where it all took place. Needless to say I let them display it at the
reunion and even had small copies of it printed so that all the family
members could have one. On the back I had written, The old Wimberly
Family Home as seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old. I am not
an artist. I was taking art in school at that time and I still love to paint
but that was my "Masterpiece". I am now 73 and still looking forward to
the family reunions . nita
In the 50's my father was a drug rep for Charles Pfizer and we lived
in new ranch-style house in Omaha, NE. A doctor in Whiting,IA kept
talking to him each trip about starting a store of his own in town. So
much to my Mother's dismay, we moved back here to a town 20
minutes from where she was raised. To give you an idea of the
condition the only house for sale in town was in; was that it was built in
1858, had a PUMP at the kitchen sink, and a warm-morning stove in the
centrally-located dining room. OK, if you don't know what that is we
have lost you in a time-warp. After many years of re-model and late
nights, my parents had brought it back to it's colonial beauty, and filled
it with antiques and "trasures" from their travels. When Dad died
suddenly in 1987.
I tried to get Mother to stay the night with me, but she said she needed
to go home and have her house "wrap it's arms around me". After she
passed in 2002, we put the house on the market, with heavy hearts.
We had so many people say that they had also immediately felt at home
in that house. Finally, we had a fellow come with real interest, as he
and his wife were coming back to his state of birth from California. She
was ill, so he came and looked thru the house. Well, she liked
hardwood floors, so the carpeting would have to go; she didn't like
flowers, so there went the period wall coverings; and had always had
Well. we needed to get the estate closed, so we made a deal not to sell
until he could get her back here. Let me tell you, when she went thru the
house, she didn't say a word; but asked me to get her a chair so she
could rest. She sat in the dining room, and looking around said, I love
this house, and this is where I want to live the rest of my life. To this
day, everything is just like Mother left it. I sent her a note after closing
the deal telling her I hoped Mother's love and nurturing spirit would wrap
around her and help heal her as it had for us all these years. She is doing
fairly well and whenever she sees me she thanks me for letting her live in
"this beautiful house".
In the year 1919, after many moves, through many states, my family
settled in the little town of Cloverdale California. The beautiful brick
house they bought, was where the first white child of Cloverdale had
With every move, all the way from the Mid-west, Mom had brought a few
bulbs of her cherished daffodils. This was no exception. I was her baby,
and I can remember when I was five, she let me help her separate and
replant the bulbs. They were a mass of gold each spring and people came
from all around town to enjoy them. Mom was always generous with her
flowers and shard bulbs with all her relatives, friends or just anyone who
was a flower lover.
Wherever she went, she planted more bulbs. They have shown up all
over town, at every relatives and even at our family mountain ranch,.
Though she has been gone many years (she was 99 when we lost her)
she has never been forgotten. Especially in the spring when the golden
daffodils burst into bloom. Iola
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
Years ago when I was a small child I would get to go and spend several
weeks with my grandmother. Every week she would do her laundry, and
hang them out to dry. After bringing in her cloths she would sprinkle the
cloths down with water and roll them up and put them in the freezer till she
was ready to iron them. This sprinkler was a aluminum gadget with a
cork on the end of it. It then fit in a glass pop bottle that my grandmother
had. I have looked for several years of one of them. If anyone has one
or where I could get them, I would very much appreciate it. My Email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you very much....Mary
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.
My parents came from simple stock. Food on the table and a roof over our
heads was something we learned to not take for granted. And with five
children my parents had to learn to be creative about finding inexpensive
entertainment so Kid's days at local museums and art galleries were a favorite.
On one particular Saturday the plans were to go to the La Brea Tar Pits (a
treasure trove of fossilized dinosaur and ancient mammal skeletons). On the
Friday before the planned trip I was babysitting my four year old sister. While
sitting under a tree reading a book, I over heard her conversation with her
playmate. "Tomorrow, we're gonna go to the La Brea Arm Pits," she proudly
announced. Her companion grimaced, wrinkled her nose and asked, "Why?"
Without missing a beat my sister answered, "to look at the bones and hair in
the oil, silly." To this day I'm reduced to tears when I recall the look of horror
on her friend's face. Susan Z, Medford, Oregon
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Susan was looking for a recipe for "Lamb Patties"
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.
If your patties are really like lamb burgers, I make them all the time. I
ask the butcher to grind lamb cubes for me and treat it just like ground
beef. To taste, I add salt, pepper, onion flakes (or fresh chopped onion
if you like), garlic powder, parsley, chervil, oregano, and marjoram. I
add one egg per pound and some bread crumbs to hold it all together.
Mix well, form patties and cook. Sherry
This is in response to an interest in lamb patties by Susan in the 5/18
newsletter. I often buy lamb patties at a grocery called Mr. Z's in Lombard,
IL. I sprinkle them with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cloves and cinnamon.
Then I just fry them in a skillet with a small amount of oil. My family loves
leg of lamb which we have during the holidays. These patties give us the
flavor of leg of lamb with a very little amount of work for my husband and
myself during the rest of the year. I really enjoy your newsletter. Suzanne
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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.
Comment on Family recipes
My grandmother was a minister's wife. During the 1930's and 1940's,
they moved from small town to small town, where my grandmother
collected favorite recipes from the women of each church. As I grew up,
she modified some of these recipes, and they became family favorites.
When I married in the 1960's, I asked her to create a recipe book for
me, containing many of these recipes. She did it, and I have a treasure
book of old family favorites. Best of all, they are written in her
handwriting, with odd notes about where she first got the recipe, how
she altered it, and other memories she had about using it for a family
gathering or how she found it to be good for taking "to the home of a
When my own daughter marries, I will give her a homemade cookbook
with my recipes for all of her favorite home cooked foods, plus some of
her great grandmother's recipes for posterity. If she loves it half as
much as I love that cookbook from my grandmother, it will be time well
spent. Javene M
--A Recipe Request--
Back in the 1960's I had a recipe for super easy chocolate chip cookies
which I am pretty sure was on the back of a Bisquick box. I have not
been able to locate it for years. Does anyone have this recipe in their
collection? Clare Steinfeld, Tennessee
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