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The Collectors Newsletter #438 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #438 July 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
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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.
Having read all the interesting "found ring" stories on here I thought I would
I purchased a tenement house in mid 1994. It was a 3 family with lots of
traffic in and out of the entry hall. The floor seemed in need of repair as it
was dipping in the middle. Not wanting to take any chances I purchased
a circular saw and was going to attempt to reconstruct the flooring myself.
Well, there were actually 3 whole floors beneath the vinyl I had installed.
After cutting out a good size area through all 3 floors I realized there was
no way I could "fix" it myself.
Being a dump digger from way back...I looked and dug around area beneath
the 'Hole'. Well I found 3 things. A little doll's head a cone shaped piece of
plastic (?) and a ring. I placed the ring on the plastic piece and doll head on
The ring was dated 1972 and had the same name as the elementary school
up the street. But no initials. So it sat there amongst my greatest finds.
A few years later an elderly woman and her son were at my door. They
wanted to know if they could see how it looked inside as they lived there
quite awhile ago. While conversing I found out the elementary school was
formerly a high school. The son said he had graduated from there, I asked
what year. His reply 1972. I asked if he had ever lost a ring and he described
the one I had found... Another ring back in its rightful hands/fingers. Nancy
In reading about lost jewelry, I thought I would write and tell my story. A few
years ago, we were visiting family at Thanksgiving. I had on my diamond
cross that I always wore, especially when traveling. I had borrowed my
daughters shoes to wear because they were easy to slip off. When going
through security at the airport I was pulled aside. Since there had been a
long line it was getting close to departure. It seems my daughter's shoes
had metal in the heel so that is why they pulled me aside. While the woman
put the wand up and down my sides she asked if I had something on the
chain that was unhooked and hanging from my neck. I said :Oh no! My cross!"
We looked all around and could not find it anywhere in the area so I thought
it was gone. I told the woman which door I had entered in the airport. While
seated on the plane the security woman came to my seat and said "I believe
this is yours." She had traced my steps and even went outside and it was
found in the snow at the curb where my brother had dropped us off! I was so
shocked I forgot to get her name. I wrote the airport and told them my story
and wanted to reward the woman. Their policy was not to give out names
but they would tell the woman how thankful I was. I would still like to thank
the woman in person. This was in La Crosse, Wisconsin about 4 years ago.
I also thank my daughter for the shoes. I would have never been pulled over
if not for her shoes. I thank God for the special efforts of a wonderful, honest
security woman. I am convinced if the security person was a man, he would
not have noticed the chain. Funny, how things happen. Anita, Indianapolis, IN
When my son was 3 or 4 years old, he had a Baby Furby. One night I was
having a tough time trying to get my son to go to sleep. He finally was
resting quietly, when Baby Furby started to talk. He kept saying,
"I'm hungry..." My son started calling me into the room, saying "Mommy,
the Baby is hungry. We have to feed him!" I was slightly annoyed because
I was tired and wanted my son to go to sleep, but nonetheless, we
pretended to feed the Furby so he "would not be hungry anymore" and
would go to sleep. I went out of the room after getting my son to settle
down...again. This time, Baby Furby started saying "I'm scared!" They're
supposed to go to sleep when the lights are out, but apparently this one was
afraid of the dark. Once again, into my son's room, where I could not get
the thing to quiet down. I finally convinced my son that I would d comfort the
poor scared Baby so he could go to sleep. I brought Baby Furby out into
the living room with me and after awhile got the Baby Furby to go to sleep
and quit talking by having him face the wall and get into darkness. At last,
my son went to sleep. I thought the toy was very cute, but I have to tell
you, I didn't think it was so cute that night! C. McColly
Dinosaur in the Navy
On my husband's last deployment with the navy a few years back my
children and I were packing up a care package for him when my son 3 year
old at the time, snuck in some extras for him with out my knowing about it.
Once it arrived at the ship and hubby started to unpack, he found some of
our sons little hotwheel cars and some other things and a bunch little plastic
dinosaurs. The guys he worked with all got a kick out of them and when
they were bored they enjoyed playing with them. Diane
I just had to tell my story after reading Jefferson Ps' story about items
disappearing an re-appearing in odd places.
Back in the mid 1970's I was living in my grandmothers old house she had left
me. Small items were always disappearing and some never turned up. One
evening I wanted to watch some TV so I went to the kitchen to get my glasses,
that I always keep in the "junk drawer". They were not there. I searched high
and low that night and for days afterward, to no avail. About 6 months later I
went in to my hope chest for something and there were my glasses sitting
in the little shelf above the main part of the chest. Now, why on earth would
I put my glasses away in the hope chest??!! I only wear them to watch TV or
movies. Deb A.
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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2) The Latest Antique News
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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.
Looking for an owner...
I bought a box of misc. items at an auction several months ago. One of the
items in the box was a school notebook. The front page is titled English Book
of Erika Moller. At the time, she gives her address as 1460 E. 13th St.,
Brooklyn, NY. One of the pages is dated February 20, 1929. Towards the
back of the book are her General Science notes. And in the very back are
a number of pictures - some of them are actors and actresses of the period.
Actually, they may all be, but I am only 71 and not familiar with the all of
the stars of the 1920
As a person who has worked hard on my family genealogy, I would love to
have something like this from one of my ancestors. If anyone is related to
Ericka, please contact me and I will gladly send you the notebook.
Please contact Lalah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
One day I was visiting a local "Thrift Store" and the volunteers were going
through bags of donated items. As one of the lady's hands was reaching into
the black plastic garbage bag, a terrible "squall" like a very terrified cat came
from within the sack. Needless the say, a hand came back out much
quicker than it went in. Upon further careful investigation a not so real cat
that would give this terrible cry when it was touched was found. We all got a
good laugh out of that. I had the opportunity to purchase that cat, and had
much fun by placing it in places where it would not be seen but nudged,
that same screeching gave many more laughs. Carolyn Cox/Alabama
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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Get your wanted ad listed here....
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Tammy Clardy requested a recipe that used "frozen peas, water chestnuts, soy
sauce and maybe canned mushrooms." Here are several 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 email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Since Tammy's request didn't mention any meat, rice or pasta, this may be what
she is looking for:
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas
1 can bean sprouts
1 sm. can water chestnuts, sliced
1 (6 oz.) can mushrooms
1 1/2 can mushroom soup
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 can French fried onions
Drain all vegetables and mix together with soup. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Put fried onions on top and bake 10 minutes more. Nancy Wilkes, Winnsboro, SC
I just found this on www.cdrecipes.com. It sounds like what she's looking for. I'm
going to give it a try. Karen P, Beach Park, IL
PEAS WITH MUSHROOMS
2 C sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 C chopped onion
2 T butter
32 oz frozen peas -- thawed
8 oz can sliced water chestnuts -- drained and halved
1/4 C soy sauce
In a large saucepan, saute mushrooms & onion in butter.
Add peas, water chestnuts and soy sauce.
Cook until heated through, about 10 mins. Serves 8
I thought this was such an unusual recipe that I did a search on the web and Lo' &
Behold, I actually found a recipe from a website called "The Practical Pantry", that
sounded just like what Tammy described. Hope this is it! -- Michelle H. - Senoia, GA
1 medium onion, chopped
2 4-ounce cans mushroom pieces and stems, drained
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 16-ounce packages frozen peas, thawed
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained and halved
3 tablespoons soy sauce
In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onion and sautť until onion
softens, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, peas, water chestnuts and soy sauce.
Cook until heated through, about 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings.
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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.
Pickled Eggs and Beets
Over 25 years ago when I lived in Colorado I was given a recipe from my
friend Arlene, I have since lost touch with her. The recipe was a picked
egg recipe, and it had small whole canned beets with their juice in it, in
addition to the eggs, sugar (maybe brown?) and vinegar along with other
spices. It was a sweet and sour recipe, the eggs would turn purple from
soaking up the beet juice after a few days. They were the best pickled
eggs I have ever eaten and I misplaced the recipe years ago, and am
hoping one of your readers has it. Gayla Parker
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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