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The Collectors Newsletter #428 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #428 June 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 recently went to a local auction where they have the good items in the
front room and the box lots in the back room. This night, one group
of boxes in this lot were old magazines and papers. I spotted one box
that had local papers that also included some Tucks USA Presidents Post
Cards from 1908. Also in the box were a number of State Capital Post
Cards, plus a bunch of old Valentine's Day cards sent to a Teacher in
1938 (many were mechanical). Good box I thought; I made up my
mind to bid up to $50.00 on that box.
After I finished looking through it, I stayed in the general area to see
who else showed interest. A short while later I spotted two Post Card
Dealers going through the same box. I overheard them making positive
comments on all the postcards, especially the Presidents. They thought
it was almost a complete set. My bid limit went up to $75.00 upon
hearing their opinions. They left and a woman that I recognized as another
dealer came by. She went through the entire box, item by item as I
watched. But she didn't unfold anything, those items she put down and
only concentrated on the post cards. When she was finished, she put
everything back in the box as it was before, then stood guard over it.
I guess she did not want anyone messing with its contents. I couldn't
resist looking into the boxes around her though. The box next to her
had old Fortune Magazines from the 30's and 40's. I looked at them
making "oohs" and "ahhs". You see at this auction when they auction
off the box lots, they auction off a group at a time with the winning bidder
getting their "choice" for the winning amount. During the next hour that
woman dealer kept standing right over that box like a mother hen
protecting her nest. Every so often I would walk over and look in the
boxes around her. I don't think she ever realized that I had already
looked in the box that was sitting between her feet. I kept thinking to
myself that she must have seen something else in that box; perhaps I
should raise my bid limit higher? If I had to, I thought, I'd raise it to
$90.00 and see if it would take it.
Finally, the Auctioneer was ready to do our group of boxes. A rather
large crowd formed; old magazines always are a draw. The two Post Card
Dealers were there and the Woman Dealer was still there perched over
that box. The bidding began. Immediately the Dealers went head to head -
$40 - $45 - $50 - $55 - $60 - $65 the men said. $70 the woman bid.
The men dropped out. Auctioneer said "$75", I raised my card up high.
The woman looked over at me. The Auctioneer said "$80. I looked right
at the woman dealer. I could see her thoughts in her head - "wasn't he
interested in that box of Fortune magazines?" she thought. Auctioneer
said "$80.00" again. I looked toward the box of Fortune magazines. I
saw the lady hesitate, then make up her mind. She shook her head
toward the auctioneer - she believed I wanted the Fortunes! Auctioneer
said "Sold for $75.00 to number 273. What box do you want?" I walked
over to the lady dealer and pointed down to the box between her feet - "I
want that box" and the helper pulled it out and over to where I was
standing. When this happened, the lady's jaw just about dropped down
to the floor. Then she huffed and puffed and left the back room. Boy,
was she angry! I had my partner take it out to my car.
A short while later in the front room, I saw the woman complaining to the
owner of the Auction house. She was quite animated. What she was
telling him, I couldn't hear, but it could have been for any number of
reasons. Why do I say that? Well, when I got home I was able to go
through the box carefully. There was a complete set of Tucks Presidential
Post Cards. Most had staple marks, but all were in great condition. There
were also a complete set of State Capital Post cards. And 29 Valentine's
Day Teacher's Cards. Out of the 29, there were 9 mechanical cards.
Some in perfect condition. There were also local historical documents
from the 1920's. And then I found this folded piece of paper, never
unfolded. I opened it up and it was the small version of the WWII US
Treasury Poster for War Bonds with the IWO JIMA artwork - perfect
condition. Another folded piece I opened up - it was the large version of
the same poster - again in perfect condition. And one more - the same,
another large Iwo Jima US War Bonds Poster from WWII. Perfect. I
was blown over. Those large posters alone are worth about $350 EACH,
and the small version was worth about $200. So those three posters
together were worth approximately $900 - and nobody knew they were
in that box! Add that with approximately $300 in value for the other items
in that box, and the total value was around $1,200. Not bad for a $75.00
Box-lot bid! Ken N. - Westminster MD
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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.
My mother used to have a Proctor Ironing board and just loved it. It was
destroyed in an accident and she hasn't been able to locate another one.
Can you help? Contact Kim at email@example.com
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
Do you remember making linoleum prints in school? You cut the reverse
of your picture into a block of linoleum, inked it, then stamped it on paper or
cloth. In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph
and Terry Kovel reports a color linoleum cut by Picasso in 1962 sold recently
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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.
On a recent trip to CA with my daughter and 2 granddaughters we went to
Downtown Disney. I was keeping the girls occupied while their mom was
making a purchase in one of the shops. Lauren, age 4 1/2 and Kailey, age
3 were having a great time running around checking out all the water
fountains and asking for pennies to throw in and make wishes. I had very
few coins that day and soon ran out. Lauren held out her hand and asked
for another coin. When I told her I didn’t have anymore, in her best, yet
typical “drama queen” fashion with hands on hips she replied, “Well you
have checks in your checkbook don’t you Grandma Laurie?”
Thanks for the great newsletter, Laurie - Cheyenne, WY.
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Dorothy was looking for a recipe for "rhubarb preserve"
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.
Combine 6 chopped rhubarb with 4 cups of sugar and let stand
overnight. Next day, cook mixture until rhubarb is tender, about 30
minutes. Stir in 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling and 6 oz package of
cherry flavored gelatin. Bring to a boil; cool. Pack in containers and
refrigerate or freeze until ready to be served. It also makes a nice
topping for ice cream or for sponge or pound cake.
Like Dorothy, I grew up in Iowa. I well remember the first rhubarb cuttings
of spring. We'd bring them in and put salt on them to eat raw. Mother
would make a cobbler. Later pies, jams, jellies, cakes, etc. would emerge
from that hot kitchen fueled by a wood burning (we used dried corn cobs)
black Kalamazoo. Below is a basic preserve recipe using rhubarb.
3 cups strawberries
3 cups diced rhubarb
6 cups of sugar
Mash strawberries. Cut rhubarb into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine and mix
the fruit. Add the 4 cups of sugar. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high
heat and boil for 4 minutes. You can adjust the heat at this time.
Add 2 cups of sugar and boil again for 4 minutes. Pour into hot jars; seal.
Makes 2 1/2 pints. Enjoy. Marilyn J. Collier
I hope these two entries might be of interest to Dorothy from Memphis. This
relish recipe sounds interesting and I plan to try this myself this week and
serve with grilled pork or lamp chops.
Rhubarb Relish from “The Country Preserves Companion” by Jocasta Innes
The author writes: “For all its homey associations, rhubarb is really an
Eastern vegetable as this Innes family recipe from the nineteenth century
2 pounds rhubarb
2 pounds onions, finely chopped
2 ½ cups vinegar
1 TBS salt
3 cups brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground chili
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp black pepper
Cut rhubarb into short lengths, stringing it if necessary. Put all the
ingredients together in the preserving pan and boil until soft. Bottle as
usual, heat sterilize, then seal tightly and label. The relish will keep for up
to 6 weeks unopened; once opened, store it in the refrigerator and eat
within 1 week.
This recipe was found in a Family Guidebook Series “Preserving Foods”
by Lena E. Sturges, Food Editor Southern Living Magazine 1975
Rosy Rhubarb Preserves
5 cups (about 2 pounds) fresh ruby red rhubarb, cut into ½ inch pieces
(or frozen rhubarb)
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
4 cups sugar
1 (3-ounce) package of strawberry-flavored gelatin
Combine rhubarb, pineapple and sugar in a large kettle. Place over low
heat and stir gently until the sugar dissolves. Cook over medium heat until
the mixture becomes clear and thick, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove
from heat and stir in the strawberry-flavored gelatin. Pour into hot
sterilized jars and seal with paraffin at once. Yield: 3 ½ pints
NOTE: Never eat rhubarb LEAVES; the are high
in oxalic acid, which is poisonous.
Pineapple Rhubarb Marmalade
5 pounds diced rhubarb
5 pounds sugar
3 large pineapples
2 C chopped figs
4 C water
Sprinkle sugar over rhubarb; pare and dice pineapple.
Combine pineapple parings and water; boil until liquid
is reduced to 2 C; strain.
To strained liquid, Add grated rind and juice of lemons,
and diced pineapple.
Cook rhubarb and sugar until clear; combine the two
mixes; add chopped figs.
Simmer slowly, stirring constantly, until thick.
6 C peel, diced raw rhubarb
3 C peeled, ground raw carrots
2 medium oranges, unpeeled
4 1/2 C sugar
Combine rhubarb and carrots.
Put oranges through the food grinder
(using medium knife).
Discard orange seeds, but reserve all juice; add
the ground orange and juice to rhubarb mixture.
Add the sugar; let mixture stand overnight.
Stir over low heat until boiling; reduce heat and
simmer (stirring frequently) until thickened
(about 2 hours).
Pack in hot sterilized jars and process via
boiling-water bath method.
Makes about 5 pints.
2 lbs. rhubarb
1/2 C chopped nuts
3 1/2 C sugar
Grind oranges and lemon; extract juice.
Wash rhubarb; cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Combine all ingredients except nuts and heat slowly
until sugar is dissolved.
Simmer slowly, stirring constantly, until mixture is
thick and fruit is clear.
Enjoy any and all! - Mary (Youngstown, OH)
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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.
We had a bunch of requests for Shanna D's Toffee recipe. We got in
touch with her and she's getting it for us. Does anyone else have some
good toffee recipes? send them in and we'll run a bunch of them.
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
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
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