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The Collectors Newsletter #441 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #441 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.
After getting several stories about lost rings, this reader thought they could give a
IF you remove rings while applying hand cream, or some other task not taking
a long time, GENTLY hold the ring between your LIPS! NOT in your mouth,
obviously. You simply cannot forget or leave behind anything between your lips.
Works for me! [For longer chores such as dish washing, safety pin the ring to
your clothing. Also works for me!] ;.) Cassandra
I have been reading about the lost ring stories and it brought back memories of
my own experience.
Back in 1987 I came home from work unexpected at noon time and had just
missed the guy that had broken into my home. The neighbor man saw him go
thru a back bed room window and then leave with what looked like a pillow
case. My lab dog danced around him so it meant that he knew the intruder.
The neighbor knew I worked so they did call the police. To make a long story
short when I arrived home unexpected and saw a drawer pulled out and emtied
on my bed, I sensed that something was wrong. The blood on a blouse sleeve
was still wet. When I called the police I was told it had already been reported
and they were searching behind my house.
I had a jewelry chest on my dresser with several drawers. In one drawer was
my wedding ring which I never wore as I was divorced. Last year in 2005 I was
looking for something in this very old blanket box. When I looked down there
was the wedding ring laying out in the open as of to make sure I would see it. I
froze, this was the last thing I expected to find, EVER, it had been 17 years.
This blanker box had never been in the same room as my ring. I had moved it
twice and had taken the items out several times.
I still ask the question, where has it been all these years and what is the
meaning of my finding it now?
First let me say how much that I enjoy reading your newsletters, please keep
up the good work.
If I may, I'd like to add my own lost and found story. Its one that started in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1960's. As a vintage bear collector, I was out
looking for Teddy bear and Billy possum items. I went into a show and while
not finding Teddy or Billy items on my list. I purchased a Gobel figurine of a
chimney sweep riding a pig because the clerk had told me it was a good luck
piece. I thought it could be very fitting to bring some luck into my search. Years
later, my husband accidently broke my figurine beyond repair and I was
heartbroken as by this time I was very fond of it. The very next week we were
out traveling and found the same piece in a shop and brought it home. Shortly
after this second piece was again broken by my husband and we went several
years before finding another as nice. We did in 2004 at a Valley Forge
collectible show and while waiting for my husband to make the purchase I also
discovered a pair of Billy Possum buttons one of the very items that I had
wanted all along. Needless to say, my Gobel piece is now housed in a locked
curio case and my husband has strict orders to stay five feet away from it.
In 1970, my mother lost a beautiful gold coin necklace in the St. Johns river.
She was fishing off the dock with my father when the necklace fell off her neck.
The necklace was very large and very heavy. It was a gift from my father and
the rim of the coin was set in beautiful diamonds. The coin was very rare.
Mom was beside herself, because the St. Johns river is brackish water and
you can't see a thing in the water. Needless to say, we dove down numerous
times trying to find the necklace and came up empty handed every time.
Well, many years passed and the necklace was gone but not forgotten.
Everytime I walked down on the dock I looked for the necklace. One day, a
baby manatee was floundering in the water by the dock. He had a net
caught around him; probably from someone's crab trab. So, I enlisted the
help of a few boater friends and we cut the manatee loose. While we were
in the water, one of my friends came up with a beautiful, gold coin necklace.
I was shocked when I saw Mom's necklace. It had been sitting in the same
place under the dock for about 25 years. What are the chances of that
happening? Unfortunately, my father was not still with us. He had passed
away in 1974. But, I am sure he was with us the day we found the necklace.
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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 a home
At a rummage sale in Clear Lake, Iowa a few years ago in a box of
merchandise was this stuff I am listing. Dog tags with the name Frank H.
Flores 0780916T9399A. I am not sure of all the numbers. Immunization
records from 1943 @ 44, Pilot and Crew member physical record card,
Rank 2nd Lt. Army serial No 0780916. Also a letter addressed to Honey,
sent September 10, 1945. The return address was from Ames. Iowa and
sent to Frank Flores, Stuttgart, Arkansas.
There was also 4 pictures of family members, there are afew other items.
I would love to get these too whomever they belong. My email is
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
The Hitchcock Chair Company ceased production on May 12 this year. In
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel report the New Hartford, Connecticut, company plans to auction
its Farmington River factory and hopes to sell the brand name.
Nineteenth-century Hitchcock chairs are high-priced. Newer ones can be
identified by the letter R in a circle, first used in 1946, or the label "L.
Hitchcock, Conn." with the N's backward, a version of the mark not used
in earlier years.
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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.
I come from a very large family and we knew from my mom to always go to
garage sales or flea markets, we have all done thus since we were little, as
we grew up and married and had children, we did the same with our children.
my niece has always been a fanatic about stopping and shopping at many
different sales.She has taken her children with her and Lexi is only 5 so
when you read this e-mail, you will understand, she has already inherited the
Lexi and I were driving home the other day and we took the route through
the country. Well, as you all know we want a farm and we told Lexi that we
could have all the animals we wanted on a farm. We went past sheep, and
horses and then we got to a herd of cows with some calves in the bunch.
So, we stopped to moo at them and she pipes up "mom, those cows are
buyable." I asked her what she meant and she said " they have sale tags
on their ears." Gotta love 'em. Robin from Smithton,Illinois
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Sherry requested a recipe for "Polish dish of noodles, cabbage, seeds" 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.
I forwarded Sherry's recipe request to my Austrian-born and cook-extraordinaire
mother, Hermine Kelty, because it sounded like something she makes, although I
don't remember eating it. She replied:
"Yes, I am familiar with the dish. My mother made it often, and when Werner
stayed with me for a while, I found a recipe in a German cook book that tasted
exactly like my mothers. The recipe includes the home made noodles, too,
which I make, but regular store-bought noodles do just as well. Below is the
recipe as I make it.
CABBAGE WITH NOODLE SQUARES
3 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fat (or oil)
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (or to taste - optional)
Noodles, cut into squares
1 teaspoon pepper
1 medium sized onion.
Mix the cabbage with the salt and let stand 30 minutes. Press the cabbage to
squeeze out moisture. Sauté the onions until translucent, add the cabbage,
pepper and caraway seeds (if using). Cover after 5 minutes and cook until done.
Cook the noodles in boiling salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain
and rinse with hot water. Combine with the cooked cabbage and serve.
This noodle pastry is suitable for soup, main dish or dessert.
Mix together the flour and salt. Break the egg into the center of the flour, add
the water and mix all together. Knead thoroughly until the dough is smooth
and velvety. Put flour on your hands and shape dough into a loaf. Cover and
let stand 15 minutes, to make rolling easier.
On a floured board, roll out the dough tissue-thin. Divide in half if it becomes
too large for the board. Slightly dry the sheets of dough on a cloth. Roll each
into a tight scroll and slice (either thin or wide). Scatter the noodles as they
are cut, to dry them further.
NOTE: Instead of rolling up for cutting, the thin pastry may be stacked in
strips and cut into 1 inch squares; or it may be rolled less thin and torn into
PS: I make the pinched noodles simply because that is what my mother did.
I love this dish. I do not always use caraway seeds. The sautéed onions
give them enough flavor for me."
Bavarian Noodles and Cabbage
8 oz Noodles (wide)
5 cups Cabbage (shredded)
6 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Caraway Seeds
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
2 Tbs. Parsley (fresh, minced)
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Cabbage, Sugar, Caraway
Seeds, Salt and Pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until Cabbage is crisp
tender. Keep warm.
Cook Noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain Noodles
and toss with Cabbage mixture. Garnish with minced Parsley and serve.
Serve with your favorite Brats or you may wish to cut the cooked brats into
one inch pieces and add to the noodles and cabbage. Dianne in Austin
It sounds as if Sherry is searching for HALUSHKI. Our city has a wide variety
of ethnic origins with quite a spectrum of great recipes. Some people add
caraway seeds to Halushki, some don't...depends on your taste. Halushki is
known as both Polish and Hungarian and this is the delicious recipe used by
my Polish in-law...he was a man who also didn't write things down, just made
it like his mother had...I watched him with a pen and paper in my hands.
Mary - Youngstown, OH
1 medium cabbage (about 3 lbs.)
1 package medium-wide or wide noodles
1 large onion, diced
4 Tbsp. butter
2 strips bacon, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
caraway seeds (optional)
*Chop bacon and onion; in a large skillet,
sauté in butter until golden brown and
tender (NOT crisp).
*Chop cabbage and cook in salted water
until tender; drain, rinse, drain again
*Combine cooked cabbage, fried bacon
and onion (and caraway seeds, if desired);
continue to cook, stirring frequently until
cabbage is lightly browned.
*Cook noodles and drain; add to the mixture.
*Fry a few minutes longer, stirring frequently,
so the butter/bacon/onion flavor will
penetrate through the mixture (add more
butter if needed for better flavor)
Kluski kapusta po
(polish noodles & cabbage)
Yield: 6 Servings
* 1/4 c Butter
* 1/2 c Yellow onion peeled chopped
* 4 c Cabbage chopped OR Thinly sliced
* 1 ts Caraway seeds
* 1/2 ts Salt
* 1/8 ts Black pepper
* 8 oz Package of egg noodles
* 1/2 c Sour cream (optional)
Melt butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute until transparent.
Add the cabbage and saute 5 minutes or until tender but still crisp. Stir
in the caraway seeds salt and pepper. Meanwhile cook the noodles in
salted water as directed on package. Do not overcook. Drain well. Stir
the noodles into the cabbage and add the sour cream. Cook five minutes
longer stirring frequently. Bob H.
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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.
Many years ago my mom baked homemade cakes for Christmas and my
favorite was a yellow cake with chocolate icing. She made the icing from
cocoa,sugar,water and maybe a little lard. She would pour this thin icing
over the cake till it dripped over the sides. When cool the icing would be
glossy but if you touched it there would be crackles appear and would be
soft underneath. I have tried many times to make this icing and it never
turns out right. I hope someone can help me to recreate my favorite cake
from my childhood. Thanks,Margaret
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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