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The Collectors Newsletter #442 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #442 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.
This is another amazing lost ring story. My nephew lost his senior class
ring shortly after graduation. He had no idea where he had lost it. Three
years passed and he became very ill and had to go to the hospital. They
thought he had kidney stone and did one of the intravenous dye tests,
but decided to try and see if the stones would pass rather than do surgery.
The pain got worse and nothing passed, but instead of going ahead and
doing the surgery they did another of the dye tests. He had a massive
reaction to the dye---too much injected in a 24 hour period. His body
basically shut down and they put him on life support. After a week they
told my sister that he was brain dead, and she had to decide to remove
life support. It broke her heart. For months she was so despondent and
prayed constantly for some relief in her sorrow. Finally, one day she
prayed for just a sign that he was at peace and safe where he was.
The next day a neighbor brought my sister her son's class ring. He had
found it the previous day when he rode down a little dirt lane he had not
used in years. As he drove he saw something glinting in the sunlight.
On impulse he got out to see what it was. It was the ring. He found it at
just about the time my sister was praying so fervently. This sign helped
her deal with her grief and go on with life....Texas aunt.
I liked Cassandra's suggestion for keeping track of rings (Newsletter #441).
If the problem is a too-tight ring, though, I have found using Windex to
remove the ring, rather than lotion, works much better and doesn't gum
up the ring like lotion does. Joni
Hi, I have written to you several times in the past and never got in the
newsletter, but thought what the heck, I'll try again. In regards to the lost
and found letters, I definitely believe there is a higher power that helps us
find, or brings the lost items to us. Two years ago I lost my 4 carat
diamond in a horse pasture. This ring means a lot to me as my mother
gave it to me a couple of months before she passed away. I wore it
always. One November afternoon (in Michigan) I did the evening chores.
We had four horses in two separate pastures and I was tossing the
hay out to them. I went home and three hours later notice that my ring
was gone. I was supposed to go bowling, but called in a told them that
I had to go back to the farm and look for my ring, as that was the only
place that I could of lost it at. Now, this was late November, wet and
rainy, and dark by the time I realized that the ring was gone. My
husband and I went out with a metal detector and a flashlight. Went
went to the first pasture and hunted through the pile of hay. Now those
of you who understand how horses eat, know that the hay had been
pushed around, stepped on, and worse. No luck in the first pasture.
We went to the second pasture and hunted around through the hay, mud
and manure. I was getting desperate as the loss of the ring was more
than a monetary one, it was sentimental one. The metal detector was
picking up nothing and I was beside myself. We were just about to give
up when lo and behold I looked down and saw something shinny, and
there was my ring. I firmly believe my mother was guiding me to where
this ring was. Talk about finding a needle in a haystack, I couldn't
believe my good fortune. So to all of you, don't give up looking for
beloved lost items, just ask.................and you may receive. Thanks
again for your great newsletter, Jane MI
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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.
Found! After writing the letter to you about Frank Flores's things we had
bought in a box of things at a sale, he is found already thanks to one of
your readers, Denise from Alameda Ca. She sent a phone number she
thought might be the person so I called it and his son answered the phone.
He gave me the address of his sister to mail the things to and talk about
a small word. The sister is my granddaughters principal at there school.
It is one happy family waiting to receive their fathers things. Thank you for
your help too. Gloria
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.
Several years ago, my son's family and I conducted a garage sale with a vast
variety of items from three homes - their's, my mother's, and mine. It's funny
that the things you think will sell right away don't sell at all and the things you
think no one could possibly want are snatched up quickly. Well...we had a
few interesting sales our first day!
The very first sale was two old mattress pads...and I do mean OLD. Not too
strange - I figured maybe they wanted them for their dog.
The next sale was an old custom made upholstered valance that did not
include the display board. Wanting to be sure the lady knew what she was
buying, I asked her if she knew what it was. She said, "No, but I'm sure
my mom will like it."
Then the real winner! I was tending the cash box when a very petite,
grey-haired lady who was obviously in her late 70's or early 80's came
rushing to me. She was just squealing with excitement! She had found a
small castle shaped figurine and was thrilled. While getting her change, I
asked, "Do you collect castles?" Her answer...(are you ready for this?)..
"Oh, no...but see...(as she proceeded to pull up one leg of her seersucker
shorts)...this castle is exactly like the one I have tattooed on my thigh!"
We managed to contain our chuckles until she entered her car and drove
away...but chuckles didn't do it...we laughed until our ribs ached and the
tears streamed down our faces. Mary - Youngstown, OH
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Margaret requested a recipe for "chocolate cake icing" 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.
This "thin icing" sounds a lot like the icing for petis fours from the Better Homes
\and Garden's New Cook Book (1970). The icing is very thin, "crakels" when
touched and is poured over the Petis Fours to cover. I have added cocoa to the
recipe for flavoring in the past.....
Petis Fours Icing
3 c. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Sifted Confectioners' sugar (about 2 1/2 c)
In covered 2-quart saucepan, bring granulated sugar, cream of tartar and 1 1/2 cups
hot water to boil. Uncover; continue cooking to thin syrup (226 deg F). Cool at
room temp, not over ice water, to lukewarm (110 deg F). Add vanilla and
confectioners' sugar till icing is of pouring consistency. Tint with food coloring.
(I add the cocoa at this step when making it "chocolate").
I think the chocolate frosting recipe Margaret is looking for is the same one my mom
used for frosting yellow cakes when I was a child in the early 1950s. We called it
a Boiled Chocolate Frosting because that is just what it was.
Boiled Chocolate Frosting
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Heaping Tablespoons Corn Starch
Mix all together in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until very thick - stirring
all the time. Pour at once onto cold cake, covering the cake top and letting the
frosting drip down the sides.
Brings back great memories, I'll have to bake a yellow cake this afternoon and
frost it with the Boiled Chocolate Frosting.
Thanks, Margaret, for reminding me of this simply wonderful dessert.
Diane Doyon Estes from Hebron, Jewett City, and Voluntown, Connecticut
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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 grandmother, who grew up in Munich, used to make a wonderful
dessert which she called "mydoshen". I have no idea how to actually
spell the name, so have typed it phonetically. The dessert was plum
filled turnovers. The crust was made with potatoes and flour and then
rolled thin. The filling was made with plums to which some sugar had
been added. When I was little grandma used to use fresh plums, but
after she got older she would used drained canned plums. After
assembly the turnovers were then baked. I asked my grandmother
several times for the recipe, but she was one of those people who did
not find it east to quantify things. She always said things like "when the
potatoes feel right add enough of them them to the flour so that feels
right". My grandmother died a few years ago at the age of 96 and I
would love to be able to make this dessert for my mother and sisters.
Thank you for any help you are able to provide, Mary
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