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The Collectors Newsletter #431 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #431 June 2006
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4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
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7. Funny Old Stuff
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10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
Our theme for the next few issues is vintage items that find their way home.
If you have a story for us, send it in. Here are just a few that have come in over
the past week.
My mother was the most giving soul anyone could meet. If anyone came into
our home and complimented something, mom would always make sure that
person took home with them what they said they liked. In her older years she
lived with me. I finally had to start hiding things so that I would have at least a
few pieces left to cherish.
Shortly after my mother passed away a few years ago, I went to visit neighbors
who lived down the street from us. When I went to their home, the Mrs. of the
house said I have something to give you. She came out carrying a white box.
She handed it to me and said many years ago I told you mother that I liked
that blue glass dish. She said your mother would not let me leave the house
without it. She said she brought it home and said to husband some day I am
going to give this back to Billie Jean. She placed it in a box that very day.
Some forty years later, she handed me the most beautiful piece of cobalt blue
czech glass I have ever seen. It now proudly sets in the middle of my china
cabinet. Every time I look at it I have a great big smile along with a little tear in
the eye thinking about how long that dish waited to come home to me. Billie
Back in the mid '40s I worked in a place that made all kinds of parts for
electronics items and we worked with all kinds of little parts - rivets & coils &
wires. The floor was covered with these items and consequently would be
picked up on our shoes and pant cuffs etc.One day one of the men, Paul,
came in carrying on about losing the diamond out of a special ring his wife
had given him. Of course, we hadn't seen it so we went about work as usual.
About this time my husband and I were getting ready to go on a vacation. I
was packing and my husband was cleaning our shoes.The ones he was
cleaning for me were the same ones that I wore to work and had a
composition heel, not rubber, my husband was digging the rivets out of the
heals and all of sudden yelled out to me that he thought he had found a
diamond imbedded in one of the heels.
Sure enough it was the diamond that Paul had lost. Since we would be
driving past his house as we started on our vacation we decided that rather
than call him we would just drop it off at the house, which we did. We
actually gave it to Paul's wife as Paul was not home.She seemed rather
non-committal about it but we thought no more about it and went on our way.
However, when I next saw Paul he seemed more upset than pleased about
getting his diamond back. It seems that his wife did not know that he had
lost the stone and gave him pretty hard time about losing it. Mary
My grandfather was a Navy man, born and raised in London. He had a
lifelong passion for ships and eventually settled in Baltimore, MD. On
his console television he kept a model clipper made of cow horn, from at
least 1960 until both of my grandparents passed away in 1982. As a
child, I was constantly corrected for playing with it whenever I could,
but had handled it enough to become quite familiar with its' details.
When it came time to divide the personal belongings amoung the family,
the cow horn ship went unclaimed and remained in the household of one of
my uncles who had inherited the old house. My aunt was a big yard sale
and second hand shopper so many things were disposed of by that manner,
over the years.
While shopping on eBay last fall, imagine my shock (23 years later) in
finding "my" ship listed by an antique dealer located in Pennsylvania!
Needless to say, I promptly placed my bid and won the ship. After being
misdirected by UPS (not a normal occurrence!), and traveling across the
continent 3 (!) times, my grandfather's little clipper now rests in my
curio cabinet here in Montana where it brings fond memories of my
Back in the late 60's or early 70's, my mother purchased an American
Bisque cookie jar at a yard sale for $.25 (that's 25 cents). I was born in
1973, and remember that cookie jar with the big green ball of yarn and
the two kittens on it very well. I loved that cookie jar, as it held my
favorite cookies for most of my life. I always told my mom that I wanted
that cookie jar and she always replied "that old thing?"
I left to go out of state for college in 1991. Sometime that year, my
mother held a huge yard sale to downsize and my cookie jar was sold for
$8. For years I never let my mom live that down. We searched ebay,
every antique store we can across, but to no avail. I never found a
replacement. It was a long time before I even found it in a book and
discovered it was worth a quite a bit more than the $8 my mom sold it for.
Sometime, around 1998, my mom and I went into an antique store about
10 miles from her home. As usual, she started one way and me the
other. Just as I was wrapping up my side of the store I heard her call my
name. I knew by the tone she had found something exciting. Sitting on
a shelf, surrounded by other stuff was my cookie jar. I didn't even look
at the price I picked it up and started to check out. When I got it to the
counter, I set it down to inspect the condition. It was in perfect condition,
except for the crack on the lip of the jar, the three glaze lines on the
inside of the lid, and the bump of extra glaze on the inside of the lip of the
lid that had all been present on MY cookie jar. I know without a doubt
this is the same jar that I spent my childhood admiring. Needless to
say, my mom had to pay more than $8 to do get my jar back, but she
did so laughing and it has been a joke with us ever since. Eve rytime
any of us kids has something important, we always say "Don't do a
I have since found two other examples of this jar and none of the factory
flaws that were on mine were on those so I doubt the extra bumps of
glaze were supposed to be there. Even so, those characteristic cracks
confirmed it to me. Since 1998, it has set on my kitchen counter and
it considered one of my prize possessions. Rita
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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 Thank You...
A special thanks to Kathy, Jeannie, Denise & Priscilla for researching and
responding to my request for information on Keith Lloyd Dickinson and his
family. I was able, with their help, to track down Mr. Dickinson's grandson
who was delighted to have the 1920 photo of his grandfather at the age of
28 months returned to the family. The grandson says his grandpa recently
went into a nursing home and will be tickled to hear the story about how
his photo found its way home again. A big thank you to Tias as well for
providing me with the opportunity to reunite photo & family.
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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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 younger brother John and I grew up on a Pennsylvania farm in the
1950's. We were typical children of the fifties, strapping on our holsters
and cap guns, donning our cowboy hats and jumping on our bikes to take off
after the "bad guys". John was about 7 years old and always had to be the
"Sheriff". On a beautiful summer morning, off we went down the dirt road
on our bikes, passing the dead groundhog that had been laying in the road
for a couple of days, getting larger every day in the summer heat. Of
course, my brother "killed" it with his six-shooter as he went by. It had
probably been hit by a tractor originally, but it died a thousand more
deaths at the hands of the "sheriff". On our trip back home he "killed" it
again, only this time he jumped off his bike, walked over to it and said
"Take this!". I shouted, "John don't!!" My words hung in the air as his
foot came down with all the strength a 7 year old could muster.
Fortunately I had stopped far enough away to be spared what happened next.
I'll spare you the details. As bad as the situation seemed at that moment
(and it was VERY bad) I knew the worst was yet to come. My mother was a
hard working farm wife with little time for nonsense. After stripping him
down, scrubbing him at the outside pump, putting him in the bathtub and
burning his clothes, her usual stance that boys will be boys, had
vanished. My brother found out that day who was really the "Sheriff".
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9) A Vintage Recipe
BK requested a recipe for "Lemon pie with "clear filling"
We had several responses, 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.
First off, Someone played a trick on us regarding the Almond Toffee
Recipe. Here is the real one from Shanna Davis
Finally, here is the recipe for my Aunt Marie's Almond Toffee.
1 cup toasted almonds
1 cup butter (don't use margarine)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Hershey milk chocolate bars, broken into small pieces
( I use milk chocolate morsels and you can also use semi-sweet if you like)
1. Chop 1/2 cup almonds into small pieces and sprinkle over the bottom of a
jelly roll pan. Grind the remaining 1/2 cup almonds and set aside.
2. Butter the sides of a heavy 2 quart saucepan. In the pan, melt the butter
over low heat. Stir in sugar, water and corn syrup. Cook to boiling stirring
constantly with a wooden spoon.
3. Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 290 F. (soft crack stage). Note:
The candy should be a golden color at this stage. If it is still a blond color
it isn't ready. Don't remove from heat until you see the candy turn gold or it
will be chewy.
4. Pour candy into the pan over the chopped almonds. Let it stand 2 to 3
minutes until the surface starts to get firm. Sprinkle the surface with the
chopped chocolate or morsels. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes until the chocolate
softens. Spread the chocolate over the candy with a knife or spatula. Allow
to cool slightly and then sprinkle the top of the chocolate with the ground
almonds. Cool completely and then break candy into pieces. Store in tight
container. You can also wrap the whole slab of candy in plastic wrap and
then foil and place in freezer for giving later. Shanna Davis
--Lemon Pie Recipe--
This may be the lemon pie filling requested by your reader in the #430
newsletter, June 2006. Make your favorite graham cracker recipe for a 8
or 9 inch pie. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Cool and
fill with a can of Musselman's Lemon Pie filling. Made by Knouse foods.
This appears to be the same manufacturer
Top with whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping. I have been using
this brand of pie filling for years, sometimes just serving it as a pudding.
Eleanor from Brea, California
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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.
I love your recipe section, I usually end up printing every one of them. I
would love to make this recipe again and surprise my sister. In the early
60's we lived in Toledo, Ohio and our houses were at one of the street
from each other. This wonderful Pineapple pie had canned pineapple,
sour cream, I believe, and was cooked on the stove. It was poured into
2 pastry pie crusts and topped w/meringue. It was a great dessert
because you had one and one to share!! We made these pies at least
once a month for several years. I have lost the recipe and so has she.
Can anyone help me find it? Thanks in advance. Chris J.
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