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The Collectors Newsletter #436 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #436 July 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 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.
More stories about animals that collect. Send us yours...Phil
I was really glad to read the stories about "collecting cats" because I always
thought we had the only one. CB has been with us since he was five weeks old,
and he's been a lap cat from day one except for one annoying habit. He'd climb
up onto the office desk and steal ink pens, paper clips, pencils - whatever took
his fancy. If there wasn't anything on the desk he wanted, he'd stretch really
tall and dig through the office waste can until he found exactly what he wanted.
He had quite a collection, but it was a bit hard to explain to callers that I had to
find the cat's stash so I could take a message. His bent for "stealing" led to
his name - CB is short for Cat Burglar.
Thank goodness he hasn't decided that he likes my perfume bottle collection.
Love the newsletter...Pam
Until I read the story from ‘grits10’ about the “cat and the diamond ring” I thought
I was the only person who would ever believe my story about my cat and the
contact lenses. Kitty loved the saline solution in my lens case. When I went to
put my lenses on one morning, the case was GONE! I had looked every reasonable
place and was in tears when she walked in the room. Knowing her love for ‘soaking
solution’, I looked her square in the eye and (can you believe we talk to cats this
way?) said, “If you took my contacts, show me where you put them RIGHT NOW!”
. She turned around, walked to the corner of the room under my desk and there they
were; the lids opened, licked clean, contacts intact. Cats just want us to think
they’re dumb. Judy in TX
Hi, I have a strange story to tell about a missing ring.
I was washing dishes and I put my wedding ring on the ring holder above the sink.
when I was done the ring was missing. My husband took off the trap but no ring
was in it. I tore the kitchen apart looking for the ring but alas no ring.
Fast forward to six months later,my grandmother had died the week before and
when she passed she said that she would watch over us. So my girlfriend and
I were standing in the kitchen across the room from each other talking. I told
her about how my ring had disappeared six months earlier and how I wished I
could find it. All of at once my ring appeared out of thin air and hit the kitchen
floor with a ping.
My girlfriend and I just gasped and stared at each other in total disbelief.Neither
one of us had moved,we were the only ones in the kitchen and we were at least 8
feet from each other. I always thought my grandmother gave me back my ring.
Great animal stories and reminded me of my beloved Babycakes, a black Maine
coon cat with great intelligence, who loved lace, ribbons and pearls. I had ropes
with pearls on the Christmas tree and caught her taking them off and trying to put
them back on the tree when caught, but did not immediately relate this to my pearl
earrings which mysteriously disappeared. When complaining about this on the
phone to my mother, she suggested I ask Babycakes where they were. Having
nothing to lose, I asked. What followed was a mystery novel, as she led me from
place to place throughout the second floor of a row house (70 feet long) looking in
every possible good hiding place for well over an hour. Finally it occurred to me
that there was only one place she had not taken me. Sure enough, there were my
earrings! She subsequently took so many others, even from overnight guests, that
I threatened to take her to Tiffany's!....Sharon
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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
2) The Latest Antique News
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Pre-WWII Classics at RM's Meadow Brook Sale - Aug 5
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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.
This lost and found request is a bit unusual, but if anyone can find these
lost Native American model houses and miniature totem poles, it would be
TIAS newsletter readers. Here are details from the University of Washington
University of Washington Art History professor and Burke Museum curator
Robin Wright is trying to track down 14 hand-carved Haida house models that
have been lost for over 50 years.
Originally created for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the models were part of
an exhibit on Northwest Native American arts and culture.
Fair organizers hired Haida artists from the village of Skidegate, BC., to
make the models, which were based on real Skidegate houses and totem
poles, and depict Haida family histories and clan crests.
â€œEach one of the houses is a fascinating piece of cultural history and a
work of art, says Wright.
Wright has been able to locate 15 of the houses so far, and she hopes that
people will contact her with information about others.
â€œThe missing models could be in someone's attic or basement, or
maybe someone's private collection, says Wright. I'm hoping someone will
see the houses online and recognize them.
The model houses are about 3 feet square, and the frontal "totem" poles are
from 3 to 5 feet tall. The houses and poles may have become separated over
time. Wright thinks the totem poles are more likely to have survived, because
they're more compact.
Photos of the missing model houses can be viewed here:
Thanks for any help you can give! Linda 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
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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.
A very dear friend of mine was telling me a story about when she and her
children who were small at the time were coming home from her mother's house.
Well, my friend told me that it was dark and her children had fallen asleep in
the back seat. All was quiet when all of the sudden she heard some talking,
she looked towards the back seat and her kids were still asleep, she once
again heard talking and suddenly realized that the kids each had a furbie and
they were talking to each other. She told me that she just about ran off of the
road. She said she pulled off the road and took the batteries out of the furbies.
I never laughed so hard in my life when she told me that story. Carrie T.
(For those not familiar with the "Furbie", it is a small, fuzzy, computerized toy
that can talk.)
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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Get your wanted ad listed here....
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9) A Vintage Recipe
A reader requested a recipe for "Apple squares." Here is one response
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.
Hope this helps the reader looking for the Apple Squares - Nancy W.,
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil (Crisco)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. flour
4 c. diced apples
1 c. walnuts, cut chunky (optional)
Beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Add baking soda, salt,
cinnamon and flour. Mix well, then add apples and walnuts. Bake in
lasagna size pan for 50 minutes at 325 degrees. Frost with Cream
CREAM CHEESE ICING:
4 tbsp. soft butter
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese, soft
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
Mix together and spread on squares.
When I was a child in 4-H I aquired this Apple Cake Recipe from Grandma
Bierwagen in Chicago Park, Calif. She passed away many years ago. Her
grandchildren now run their apple ranch. I do believe this is the recipe you
are looking for. Bars moist, heavy, and yummy.
Combine: 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup oil, and 2 eggs.
Add: 4 cups diced apples
Sift together: 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. nutmeg, and
2 tsp. baking soda Add to apple mixture. Bake 1 hour in 350 degree oven in
9" by 12" greased pans. Top with butter, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar glaze.
I am sure this is the recipe but they chose a different frosting which I bet was
This recipe won me lots of blue ribbons at the country fair and my 23 year old
daughter also won many blue ribbons with this recipe while in 4-H.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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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 co-worker has told me of a pickled peach recipe his relative use to
make but has been lost over the years. We have been looking for it
and can't seem to find anyone that has even heard of it. Maybe you
can help us with this search. Thank you so much. Jo Larsen
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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