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The Collectors Newsletter #433 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #433 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 On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
Send us your stories about Lost items that have been found
We are looking for stories about items from your past that have been lost but
then show up months or years later.
1) A reader lost his high school class ring on a fishing trip. Five years later he
gets a phone call from someone who tracks him down claiming that his dad found
it inside a fish 4 years ago.
2) A family bible with 100 years of family history is inadvertently given away in a
pile of books that is donated to a local charity organization in Chicago. Two years
later while on a trip to a flea market in North Carolina, a family member finds the
Bible in a stack of books.
Have you got a story like this?
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish them here.
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.
A card from the past
Just a short story. I handle estate sales and buyouts in Massachusetts. Two
years ago while selling stuff at the volusia county fairgrounds in Deland, Florida,
A gentleman browsing through a box of postcards I had, came across a card
sent by his father to his mother in the 1940's The Mother ( who was there)
was so delighted, I gave her the card. The father had passed away several
In 1982 I organized a family reunion. As we all gathered to share stories and
memories I was asked about the family history. It was timely as my mother
and I had recently gone through the belongings of my deceased grandmother,
aunt and uncle. I was soon excited by the genealogy quest. One of the first
letters I wrote was to my mother's cousin in the Midwest. His wife, Lorene,
replied and was very helpful. I had asked if she had any old family photos as
we had relatively few and, as is so often the case, few of those are marked.
She replied that there had been many and they had been treasured by her
mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Aunt Nellie had died many years before. Her
husband had remarried and a relative was visiting one day and discovered barrels
of old family photos in the yard. The barrels and photos had not been seen
since and it was assumed they were thrown out.
In 1999 I came home to a phone message from Lorene. She was very excited
and asked me to call right away, saying she had news I wouldn't believe. It
seems she and her husband were in the process of moving. Her daughter had
suggested they have a sale before the move and would bring items of hers as
well. As they were busy setting up, Lorene walked into a room and stopped in
her tracks. There she stood in front of two large, framed photos. She asked her
daughter where she had gotten them. The reply was an auction years before
and that she only bought them for the frames. They had gone in the attic and
since nothing had been done with them she decided to sell them. Lorene said,
"Do you know who those people are? They're your great-grandparents!"
I told Lorene that we had a trip to their area scheduled in a couple of months
and asked if I could take photos of them while we were there. What she said
next just floored me. "They're yours Kathy." I could hardly sleep for days. Then
I began to wonder, since they weren't marked, if they really were my great-
grandparents. On the flight I told my husband I was going to be surprised and
happy even if I thought the photos were not of my relatives. When I walked in
the door and saw them I knew instantly they were my great-grandmother and
great-grandfather. I only have one copy of a photo of William but many, many
photos of Mary Susan. Although I would have preferred to carry them home in
my lap, they were just too large. We found a store that would box them for us
and I reluctantly let them go into the cargo area of the plane. Unfortunately,
the man who wrapped them put one frame inside the other instead of wrapping
them separately and the glass broke and cut into one of the photos. But, that is
"small potatoes" as the older generation would have said. The photos of my
great-grandparents now hang in my hall. And there is always the hope that
other family photos will turn up somewhere as well. Kathy
I used to shop one of the local antique malls on my lunch hour. One day, I came
upon a very interesting wood wall pocket. It was hand carved with hearts and
curves and had the nicest shape. I had since quit collecting heart items, but
something about the piece called out to me. I liked it, but decided the price was
just too much for my current budget. Every time I came back and saw it there,
it seemed to cast a spell on me. I finally decided that I had to have it. Six or so
months later, my mother came for a visit from out of town. When seeing it
hanging on the bathroom wall, she said, ďWell, wherever did you get that? It
used to hang on the wall in our house when you were about 9 years old!Ē
Growing up in the home of an antiques dealer, you got used to pieces coming
and going, but this item now seemed to want to stay in one place. I have had it
for years and it isnít going anywhere! Robin
Iíve been meaning to tell this story for a long time and now that youíve specifically
asked for these types of stories, here it is. About 20 years ago, I was going to
garage sales. At one sale, I noticed a beautiful Bible, printed in the early 1800ís
in the Netherlands. A good friend of mine, Frank, had been researching is family
history and I knew that his family was from the Netherlands, so I picked it up for
him. The cost was only $7 and I figured that if he didnít want it, Iíd keep it. It
had a lovely silver clasp and the cover had a beautiful inlay. There was an
inscription in the front, but I couldnít read it. I knew Frank could.
Later that day, I stopped by his house and took him the Bible. I told him the story
of how I found it and thought of him. His response was that people do that all the
time, but he also commented on how nice the Bible was. The real surprise was
when he opened it and saw the inscription. His mouth about hit the ground. I
didnít know what was going on until he explained that the inscription was to a girl
that had left the Netherlands for America in the early 1800ís (I donít remember
the exact date, but it was in there). It even said exactly where in the Netherlands
she was leaving from. The connection wasnít to his family, but to his painting
teacherís family. He was taking painting classes on Monday nights and his
teacher was researching her family and had gotten stuck on this girl. They
couldnít figure out where in the Netherlands she had originally come from and they
were stumped Ė until this Bible came along.
He gladly gave me the $7 and I mentioned that there were some albums of tintypes
at the same sale. We jumped in his truck and went off to the sale where he
bought all of the tintypes. He took the whole package to his painting class the
next Monday and his teacher cried when she saw everything. The tintypes were
of her ancestors, along with the Bible. She was finally able to make progress on
her genealogy research. The only thing we couldnít figure out was how all of this
stuff got at this sale. She didnít know the people that were selling it. For a long
time after that, Frank and I were amazed at the sequence of events that had to
happen to get these items back to the family that they belonged to. I still marvel
at it. Scott C.
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
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
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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 sure hope that "Jackie" has some good success, and the "warm fuzzies"
are there, but the one time I returned a class ring I received zero in response.
While metal detecting at a drained sand lined swimming pool 90 miles from
my home, I found the one year old ring, with school name the the girl's name
inscribed. This was in November, so I thought about it and decided that I
would write to the high school office, and have the girl's father give a call, and
he could give it back to her as a surprise Christmas gift. The school office
followed through, and about 2 weeks later a man called me and said that it
was his daughter's ring. He gave his address, and I quickly mailed it out.
There the story ends.... no response, no thanks, and no payment for the
mailing, etc. Of course, the mailing cost was nil, but a thanks would have
been nice. Hope others are more considerate. James B.
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 husband and I try to take our son to the beach every summer. The trip we
took the summer he was three was an especially nice one - The weather was
absolutely beautiful the whole time that we were there. We even overheard a
waiter at breakfast the last day we were there say that this was the first time
all summer that there were three rain-free days in a row. When we were in the
car on the way home, my husband and I were discussing how nice the
weather had been. Then I said, "Thank you God for such beautiful weather!"
From the backseat our son said in a deep voice, "You're welcome!" My
husband about crashed the car he was laughing so hard! Jennifer C.
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?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
I. requested some favorite home made Ice Cream recipes.
here is what came in.....
If you have a variation of these recipes that you would like to share with
our readers, send them to us at email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Grandma Kirby's Homemade Ice Cream
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Tall cans Pet Milk
1 Can Sweet Condensed Milk
6 Large Eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Put all ingredients in one container. Mix well. Pour into ice creeam
maker. Add plenty of ice and rock salt. Turn on maker and let it go
until it shuts off. Best ice cream ever!
Option: To make another flavor other than vanilla, just add fruit or
flavoring in place of the vanilla. (If you add fresh friuit, add 1 Cup of
chopped fruit) Still you get the same results with the creamest
refreshing taste ever. Junea S.
You may already have many good ice cream recipes. Because frozen
yogurt is so popular these days, this recipe will provide another nice
summer cooler. It makes about 7 1/2 cups and there are about 82
calories per 1/2 cup serving. ...Mary (Youngstown, OH)
PEACH FROZEN YOGURT
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup sugar
dash of salt
2 1/2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups frozen peaches, pureed
* Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a saucepan; let stand 1 minute.
* Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves.
* Stir in yogurt, vanilla, and pureed peaches.
* Cover and chill.
* Pour yogurt mixture into freezer can of a 4-quart hand-turned
or electric freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's
* Scoop frozen yogurt into individual dishes; serve immediately.
And...if you don't have an ice-cream freezer machine, you may enjoy
these sherbet recipes. ...Mary (Youngstown, OH)
ORANGE (or LEMON) CREAM SHERBET (1 quart)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup frozen concentrated orange juice
and 2 pieces thin orange rind (no white)
1/3 cup frozen concentrated lemonade
* Put all ingredients in blender; process at
"whip" setting until thick.
* Pour into 1-quart freezer container;
freeze until firm.
KOOL-AID_SHERBET (about 3 cups)
1 cup sugar
3 cups milk
1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid
(ANY FLAVOR - your choice!)
* In a bowl, stir sugar, Kool-Aid mix and
milk until sugar is dissolved.
* Pour into a shallow freezer container;
cover and freeze for one hour (or until
* Transfer to a mixing bowl; beat until
* Return to freezer container; cover and
freeze until firm.
* Remove from freezer 20 minutes before
I don't remember where I got this recipe, but it is THE BEST homemade
butter pecan ice cream you will EVER eat! Susan
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Ready to eat: 45 minutes
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.In a small skillet over medium heat, saute pecans in butter until
lightly browned, stirring frequently. Set aside.
2.In a medium saucepan over low heat, stir together brown sugar, eggs and
half and half until smooth. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and
cook 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in cream, vanilla and
3.Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers'
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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.
My husband speaks fondly of something his mother used to make when
he was growing up. He said they were called Jeppos (Iím not sure if Iím
spelling it right). They consist of fresh corn from the cob which was ground
or chopped and mixed with ?, then placed in the corn husks and steamed.
Iíve looked everywhere for a recipe and have come up empty handed.
Can anyone help? Thanks! Valerie in Colorado
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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