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The Collectors Newsletter #439 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #439 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 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.
On the day of my late husband's funeral, ten years ago, we had all assembled
back at my house for the wake. There were many people, family, friends, and
assorted others. I was in deep mourning. I could not be consoled by anyone,
even though they did try. Inside me was a pain so deep I felt I would never
come out of it. Grief has to be the most horrible thing a human can go through.
I was walking into the kitchen to talk to some wonderful women who were
cleaning up after the meal. I looked down and there was a square piece of
paper on the floor. The house had been cleaned the day before by these same
women, so I was curious as to what this paper was doing on the floor. I
picked it up and turned it over. It was a picture of me when I was about 3, I
was running in the yard and I had the look of such glee on my face. The sun
was behind me shining through the trees. It looked like the picture of complete
happiness. I looked at the picture and thought how far I had come from that
moment. Then I thought what is this picture doing HERE. I keep my old
pictures in a photo album, in a tub, in another part of the house. No one had
been in there looking at pictures since my husband died 3 days before.
Surely this must be some kind of sign from someone greater than myself, to
buck up, stay the course, keep your head above the water. Inside me is that
little girl and she wants to come out and play again. I kept that picture close
to me all through my mourning period. It was not only an inspiration but a
goal to be her again. I am proud to say ten years later, that I have achieved
that goal. I am once again that little girl, happy, healthy, and full of life. And
that picture is framed and sits where I can see it often, as an inspiration, and
acknowledgment to someone greater than myself.
I love your stories about lost and found items. Why is it precious rings which
are lost seem to reappear where you least expect them? My mother gave me
my grandmothers 22 karat gold wedding ring just before she died. I lost some
weight and the ring was getting loose but I treasured it so much I continued to
wear it. My husband and I went to a show in the city and when we came out
it had snowed. We threw some snowballs at each other before getting into our
car and when I got home I realized my ring was gone. I instantly thought about
the snowball fight and was certain I had lost it then. I searched the house but
couldn't find it and I was devastated and prayed I would find the ring. A week
later my husband backed our car into the driveway ( he usually drove in front
first) and as I got out I looked at the ground and there in front of me was my
grandmothers ring. It was just sitting on the pavement and hadn't been run over
r by the cars going in and out of our driveway for a week. I was so grateful to
whatever fates had given the ring back to me I made a large donation to a
local charity. Barbara McNamara Toronto, Canada
Reading the stories about the talking Furbies reminded me of an experience
my husband and I had with a different sort of talking toy. When we were first
married, about ten years ago, we had planned on going on a trip to Key West
and I was very excited. We had gotten the time off from work and were in the
initial stages of planning when my husband informed me that he had just learned
that the basketball league in which he played had a game scheduled during the
time we had planned for our trip, so we would not be able to take the trip. Our
five-year-old niece had been finishing up a short visit with us, and at the time
he informed me of this new development we were packing her little suitcase
and toys, including her talking Lion King, into the car for the drive back to his
I asked him why they couldn't play without him, because, after all, the league
games are at least once a week, but we don't get time off together all that often.
His infamous reply to me was, "I can't just blow off my friends..." I think I must
have looked at him in incredulous silence for ten seconds. We resumed
packing our niece's things and made the hour-long drive to her house in
complete silence. I couldn't believe I had married this idiot.
We began unpacking the car, and my husband grabbed an armload of toys,
including her Lion King. The paws on our niece's Lion King toy, when pressed,
activated different pre-recorded vocalizations from the movie. My husband
somehow managed to pinch one of the paws with the other things he had in his
arms, causing the Lion King to chant, "We'll always be together! We'll always
be together! We'll always be together!" My husband and I burst out laughing.
We never did make it to Key West, but we made the newlywed adjustments and
every once in a while one of us will say to the other, "We'll always be together!"
My husband was in the Navy during the Viet Nam War and was sent to Viet Nam
to be part of a crew on a River Patrol Boat. We had three children at home with
our son being in Kindergarten. One evening I found him sobbing uncontrollably.
I finally got him calm enough to tell me what was wrong. Seems he had caught
some of the "War" news. He told me that people were shooting at Daddy and he
was going to die because he forgot to take his guns with him! My husband was
quite the big game hunter and had several guns. I wrote my husband about it
and the other guys in his crew fixed him right up by taking his picture with a
hand gun on each hip, a long gun on a sling on his back and a machine gun in
his hands plus bandoleers of ammo crisscrossing his chest. When the picture
came my son was satisfied and didn't cry about his Daddy again!! ..Carol
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
2) The Latest Antique News
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Necklaces Are Back and Glitter Gals Has Them
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Frank Speal's Advertising and Country Store Auction
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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 come from a long line of "junkers" and "plunderers." My uncle recently
stopped at the old school (which has not been occupied in many years)
where he and my dad went to school. Since the ceilings are not water tight,
most everything that is still there is ruined from the water and/or rats.
Anyway, he found a stack of text books and started going through them,
only to find my dad's history book from 1942! He gave me the book, and I
was ecstatic to get it...amazing that it is still intact with no damage at all,
other than normal wear and tear. Sandy
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
With the release this summer of "Superman Returns," there should be
renewed interest in and higher prices for old Superman collectibles, according
to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter. The 1954 Universal Superman lunchbox sells for over $4,500.
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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.
The story about the talking Furbies reminded me of something.
A few years ago I was driving and kept hearing the door buzzer go off; you
know, the sound you get when one of the car doors is not quite closed. I pulled
over three times to check all the doors. Finally, it was driving me so crazy
(short drive, I know) that I got out and started checking all the doors. In doing
that, I knocked a box in my back seat and heard the noise again! Turns out
there was an Outburst game in the back seat, and every time I turned or hit a
bump, the buzzer was going off!
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
Gayla Parker requested a recipe that used "Pickled eggs made with beets." 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.
* 1 (15 ounce) can beets
* 1 onion, thinly sliced
* 12 hard cooked eggs, shelled and left whole
* 1/4 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup vinegar
1. Drain liquid from the beets into saucepan. Place beets, onions, and eggs
into a large bowl or pitcher.
2. Pour sugar and vinegar into the saucepan with the beet liquid and bring
the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer 15 minutes.
3. Pour the beet juice mixture over the beets, eggs, and onions. Seal the bowl
or pitcher and refrigerate. Refrigerate for at least one to 3 days; the longer they
are allowed to sit the better they will taste. Submitted by Deb Kratzer
I've done this for years and here is my recipe: Mix half beet juice (from a can of
beets) and half pickle juice (from a jar of pickles) together with hard-boiled eggs,
black peppercorns and a bay leaf and place all in a big jar...depending on how
much you are making. The eggs will turn red and be "pickled" in a matter of
hours and the whole thing keeps for days in the fridge, if they aren't all eaten first.
Too long and the whites of the eggs get rubbery. Although I eat them rubbery,
too. Ana in California
This is most surely the recipe Gayla is seeking. It is my family's favorite from
northern Indiana ..Elkhart on the Michigan state line. It is especially pretty when
layered in a glass half gallon jar. Judy T. Tennessee
PICKLED BEETS AND EGGS
1 CUP BEET JUICE RESERVED FROM CAN
1 CUP VINEGAR
3 / 4 CUP WHITE SUGAR
SALT TO TASTE
1 REGULAR SIZE CAN SLICED OR SMALL WHOLE BEETS
1 DOZEN BOILED PEELED EGGS
Drain beets. Measure juice and add water if necessary to make one cup. Add
vinegar, sugar and sprinkling of salt. Bring to boil . Cool and pour over beets and
eggs. Chill and will keep a long time in refrigerator.
ope this is what Gayla is looking for.This is a recipe handed down to me from
my mother. Sometimes I use the cans of sliced beets instead of the whole
ones and also double the recipe if using more eggs. 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup
liquid from #2 can baby beets, 2 Tablespoons sugar, 2 whole cloves, 1 or 2
bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 peppercorns. Bring all ingredients to a boil.
Pour over 6 shelled hardboiled eggs and beets in a bowl. Cover and chill in the
refrigerator. These are real good days later. Suzanne
1 - 1/2 dozen eggs boiled & peeled and cold
1 can of beets and juice
1 dozen whole cloves
1 teaspoon sugar
Boil eggs and peel and chill. Put eggs in a large glass gallon pickle jar and pour
1 can of beets and juice over eggs. Cover the eggs with vinegar. Add salt to taste.
Add whole cloves and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Cover lid and let eggs sit 3 days and nights. Enjoy!
My mother made these for Easter and picnics in the summer. We seemed to
always have them around the house. Sincerely, Cherry Lane
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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 have been trying to find a recipe for Watermelon Pickles. My aunt used to
make them when she lived in Hawthorn, CA around the late 40's or early 50's.
They were absolutely delicious. She died many years ago and no one in the
family has the recipe. Can someone help me? The only thing I remember
about them is they were made from the green rind of the watermelon.
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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