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The Collectors Newsletter #435 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #435 June 2006
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1. Animals that collect :-)
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
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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.
This was interesting. We suddenly got a bunch of stories about animals that
"collect". If you have another one to share with us, send it to email@example.com
The rat and mouse stories reminded me of an amusing episode.
When I moved onto this old ranch, there were many antiques of every
description. I used one old building to display lots of interesting curiosities.
There were all kinds of goodies. Old collectible tools and even varmint traps
that had been used years before. Among them, sitting on a shelf, was a large,
very old, spring style, wooden rat trap.
There was a hole somewhere in that building and mice started finding it a haven.
Then one day I was surprised to see some sticks, paper, and junk on the floor.
I cleaned it up, but ,every day there was a little more.
I decided it had to be a pack rat, but hoped it would get discouraged when I kept
destroying its nest.
Then I had to leave for a week and when I returned and casually checked out my
tool collection, I was shocked to find a huge nest in the center of the room. It
was about three feet high and composed of sticks, rags, paper, tools and all
sorts of weird articles. What really made me stand and stare in awe, was what
was perched precariously, on the very peak of this eclectic work of art. As
unbelievable as it seems, honestly, it was the old antique rat trap! Iola
This is an unusual story about collecting. When I was in college I had the
wonderful fortune of living with a Manx cat named Max. Max was very jealous of
my studying, sewing, and playing a dice game. Well, it wasn't long before things
began to disappear around my house. First, it was my dice, then my sewing
needles and thread, and last but not least, my college literature paper that I had
worked on for weeks and completed the night before it was due. I searched
everywhere for this paper that had mysteriously disappeared in the dark of the
night to no avail. Just imagine how hard my professor laughed when I told him
my cat must have taken it. Anyway, months later when I was moving and had
everything packed up, I decided to clean the kitchen. So, I moved the
refrigerator, and there underneath the fridge were my dice, needle and thread,
and my long lost paper. Max had become quite the collector!!!!! Marsha
Paqrat's story Amuses me as it reminds me of my habit of hanging my rings on a
'peg' that normally holds coffee cups by my stove. One day when I went to put the
rings back on, I realized my diamond was missing. I looked everywhere. Under
counter appliances, all around the cabinets, in the pantry...etc. About two days
later, my cat was sitting patiently waiting to be fed ...by my feet in the kitchen. I
looked at her and said, 'look, i'll feed you in a minute, but I wish you'd bring my
diamond back.'. When I got up the next morning, the diamond was laying on the
kitchen floor under the peg rack. Now the floor has been swept and mopped and
area around thoroughly searched. When Miss Priss came strutting into the kitchen,
I thanked her and she politely gave me THAT LOOK and meowed. Real Story....
My mother was big on garage sales my whole life and I used to love to go with her.
I knew that there was always something in it for me! Needless to say, I also caught
the Junker bug! So while attending a local flea market recently, I wasn't having much
luck finding anything worth selling on ebay. So I was making the second round to
see if there was anything my kids would want. There on a table was an old rubber
stamping set. The kind a store would have used to label and price there items. It
was in a wooden case and had some cool graphics on the stamps. There was no
ink pad however and I wasn't even sure my kids would play with it but there was
something about it that kept drawing me to it. You know that feeling you get when
you find certain items. Its not even a memory, more of a feeling that somehow takes
you back in time. Love that feeling! Anyway, needless to say, I couldn't resist and
bought it. I got home and presented it to my 8 year old son and told him I would get
him a stamp pad later. Thats when the weird thing happened! My son asked me why
he couldn't just use the stamp pad I used. I never had a stamp pad I told him.
That's when he asked me how I had stamped my name Robin R (my maiden name
initial) on the bottom of the box. There on the base of the box, hidden by the
stamps, were the sloppily stamped letter of my name! I have no idea how or why that
box made it back to me 40 years later. I don't even remember playing with one. But
like I said, it was just a feeling! Robin
Be sure to read the great story we have in today's "Funny Old Stuff" section. See #7
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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3) Your Classifieds...
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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 am trying to find a small, ceramic (I think) doll called "Mr. Mazel". My
84 year old Daddy's "Mr Mazel" got killed in an earthquake years ago and I've
been trying to find one since then. Daddy loved his "Mr. Mazel" and I would
like to get him another one. It was mass produced back in the 70's or 80's,
and was designed by Morrie Amsterdam. If anybody can help me, I'd
appreciate it very much. Thanks! Sharon - 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 Kovel's
NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Here's a tip for coin collectors from KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter: Never buff a coin. It is worth more with the scratches
than it would be if buffed.
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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.
My hubby and I are square dancers. We were participating in a colorful dance
demonstration, in full costume, at a local church in Maryland during their annual
Strawberry Festival. As is customary to involve those watching the exhibition, I
went to pull one shy-looking man from out of the large crowd. He was reluctant,
but I persisted, when finally his wife said, "Go ahead!" So he then joined me in
a beginners dance. I asked him his name, and it was the SAME name as my
son-in-law's! Turns out he and his wife were visiting from Texas and decided to
drop in at the strawberry festival where they were also serving yummy crabcakes.
He WAS my son-in-law's father!!! He had been unable to attend my daughter's
wedding to his son, so I had never laid eyes on the man before. In fact, that was
the first and only time I've EVER seen him! We were both flabbergasted beyond
words. It was one of those 'takes-your-breath-away' moments! My daughter and
son-in-law recently visited them in Texas, and I emailed her to ask her
father-in-law if he'd done any square dancing lately. Both families still laugh about
the irony of the incident. Anita in Maryland
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Junea S. requested a recipe for "pound cake that is crunchy on
the outside yet super moist on the inside." Here are the responses
that came in. If you have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share
with our readers, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I do have a lot of great lb. cake recipes but I just wanted to tell the lady in the
#434 June ltr. that to make a crusty pound cake always use solid shortening
to grease your pan - do not use a spray or oil. I use Crisco because I love the
crust it makes! Then lightly flour the pay, also. Have a great day!
Beth in Texas
Pound cake got its name because it called for a pound of butter, a pound of sugar
, a pound of flour, and a pound of eggs...some folks even added 2 Tablespoons of
brandy. Pound cake is rich, yellow, and rather heavy...it was usually served at tea
time and many women kept it on hand for "drop-in" visitors. Originally mixed with
fingers, recipes have been adapted for modern cooks.
From the description, it seems to me that the request might really be for a sponge
cake...??? Just in case, I'm sending often used recipes for both. Both are
yummy! - Mary (Youngstown, OH)
Grandmother's Pound Cake (New England Cookbook, 1954)
1 C butter
1 2/3 C sugar
2 C cake flour
*Cream butter until creamy; beat in sugar; beat in eggs (one at a time) until light.
*Fold in flour gradually. (If desired, add 1 Tbsp caraway seeds with flour.)
*Bake in greased and floured loaf pan at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours, or until done.
Sponge Cake (The Household Searchlight Recipe Book, 1937)
- this can also be made without the orange/lemon, if desired
3 eggs, separated
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp orange (or lemon) juice
1 1/2 C cake flour
1 Tbsp grated orange (or lemon) rind (zest)
1/2 C boiling water
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
*Beat egg yolks until thick; add sugar gradually; add juice and zest.
*Add hot water, stirring constantly.
*Sift flour, measure; sift with salt and baking powder.
*Sift flour mixture into egg mixture (fold in as you add).
*Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into batter mixture.
*Pour into well-oiled loaf pan; bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes.
To make a pound cake crunchy on the outside, butter the pan and dust it
with granulated sugar instead of flour. The outside will be crunchy for several days.
Marguerite Couvillion, San Rafael, CA
This request is very timely as our ancestors come from Mississippi and I have just
finished typing recipes for our family reunion coming up next month. I am attaching
Great Aunt Willie’s Pound Cake
1 pound butter
4 cups sugar
12 medium eggs
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Cream butter (only use real butter) and sugar
together. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Add flour a cup at a time.
Add vanilla and beat well as this is the key to a great pound cake. Pour into a greased
and floured angel food pan. Or will make two loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees, until a straw comes out clean.
Aunt Willie was born in 1868 as Willie Virginia McNeely, one of nine children in Pontotoc
Co., Mississippi. They moved to Comanche Co., Texas where she died in 1955. She was
known for her delicious pound cakes, which was always made with fresh ingredients from
Junea S. from Mississippi was looking for a crunchy-on-the-outside, moist-on-the-inside
pound cake. This recipe came from my aunt, who was a super cook! A lot of her fabulous
recipes live on, but this is one of my favorites. ~Anita from Maryland
WALNUT INCRUST POUND CAKE
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon mace
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
Grease 10” tube pan generously. Pat walnuts against side and bottom. Sift together flour,
baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream butter and sugar together; blend in vanilla. Add
eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Blend flour mixture into
creamed mixture alternately with milk. Turn batter carefully into walnut-coated pan. Bake
in 325º F oven about 1-1/2 hours. Cool 5 minutes, and then turn out onto wire rack to
cool. …Or… bake in bundt pan and put any extra batter in cupcakes.
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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.
A lot of years ago, Buttrey Food Stores here in Montana,made a cake-like confection
called Apple Squares. It was heavy & moist with large chunks of apple in it. It was
cut in about 3 1/2 " squares & frosted with cream cheese frosting. Recipes have been
given to me by various people over the years but they all have more of a light cake
texture to them. Would anyone have a recipe for this or be able to advise me how to
adjust cake recipes to come up with this heavy, moist texture that would be the
thickness of a bar. I would so appreciate it. Thank you
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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