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The Collectors Newsletter #451 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #451 August 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
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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.
When my mom and dad were in some foreign country years ago, Mom
bought jade earrings for my sister and me. I loved wearing mine and would
keep them on for days. One day I lost one, and didn't remember where.
But I always kept the one I had. I don't know why. Maybe because it was
from my mother. Well, my mom passed away a year ago on Memorial
Day. Last month while I was visiting my dad he gave me the boxes of
jewelry that my mom had. There in a little plastic baggy was a set of
jade earrings just like the ones I had. The only thing is, one of her's is
broken. Now I have a set of jade earrings like I used to have. the best
part is, I have one of her's and one of mine. That makes them all the
more special. MJA AZ.
Just six weeks before fathers day I happened to go antiquing with two of
my best friends. We were about 20 miles from where we live. We were
not looking for anything in particular, just looking. Imagine our surprise
when we all spotted at the same time a container shaped like a small
wooden barrel with rusty bands of metal holding the barrel together.
On the front burned into the wood was "Don Cohoon's private stock".
That was my husbands name. They were saying how funny to find
something with my husbands name on it while I was thinking I bought
that for him about 30 years before. He must have put it in a garage
sale thinking he got rid of it. I bought it for his fathers day gift and
wrapped it with a big ribbon . Image his surprise when he opened this
rusty old gift and just looked at it with a funny look on his face until our
son spoke up and said "Mom did we have that at our other house when
I was young", I remember turning the spiget on. We all got a big
laugh about things put in garage sale returning after 30 years. Leila
Cohoon - Lake Lotawana Mo.
Hi - I'm an antique dealer and a few years ago I was asked to check
out the contents of an attic in an old house. There were a lot of great
items but one thing kept getting in the way. At first I didn't pay much
attention to it. Just thought it was a kid's toy: a toy space rocket. But
gradually I started to feel uneasy and looked at it more closely. It was
metal, not plastic and with its fins looked suspiciously like the bombs
I've seen dropped out of planes on old movies. Finally I asked the owner
what it was. "I don't know. It was in the house when we moved in," she
said. "My kids like to play with it. She laughed when I told her I thought it
was a bomb but finally agreed to call the fire-department. Sure enough.
They agreed it was a bomb and sent to the nearest military base for an
explosives disposal unit to come and take it away, which they did with
their robot. The military said it was a fire-bomb of the type used to bomb
Dresden during World War II. They also said it wasn't the only one they'd
been called in to dispose of. Apparently the bombs were brought home
by returning service-men as souvenirs. This one was still active and could
have destroyed the house and its neighbor. Gillian, NB, Canada.
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interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
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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.
Erica K was looking for some space toys. We had several responses
I think the items Erica K. is trying to locate are from Mattel`s
Matt Mason line of toys or from a line of space toys Colorforms
produced in the 1960s.
The green fellow I believe to be Calisto from the Matt Mason line.
He was skinny and green with a transparent head. Arms and legs were
a ribbed black rubber, green boots and gloves and a purple weapon.
The other monster that had a mace might be Colossus Rex, the Man
from Jupiter. He was a green scaled monster made by Colorforms. There
are several other Colorform figures, there is a skinny red figure with
a large exposed brain. His name is Orbitron from Uranus. Maybe you have
confused the colors of the two? Happy Childhood! Jim
Had to ask my son to search his memory bank - this is what he came
up with. In response to the inquiry in your: The Collectors Newsletter #450
Augugust 2006 The like below has pictures and descriptions that might be
what this person is looking for.
Hopefully you can forward to Erica K. Take a look at:
Please let us know if the item is returned! 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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price guide to more than 750,000 listings and adding a digital version of
"Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles" newsletter, a searchable archives,
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An online price guide expanded to include over 750,000 free prices,
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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 enjoy reading the stories in the newsletter and the old recipes are such fun
to try and share. Reading about the caramel topping mishap brought to mind
my near "mishap" that occurred years ago, although there is no relation to
exploding cans. It was about 30 years ago, I was a newlywed and a
"newlycooker" with little clue but much enthusiasm to try anything. One day
our neighbor who had quite a large vegetable garden was nice enough to
bring over an armful of gourds. I was delighted to get them and thanked her
very much but being embarrassed, I didn't ask her how to prepare them.
That evening I began to fix supper and was so thrilled to have something
new to serve my husband, I kept the gourds a surprise. I washed, peeled
and cut them, placed them in the pot and brought them to a boil hoping for
the best, I couldn't wait to serve them with butter. I was so grateful for being
anxious to serve them, because just when I thought they were done, I took
a taste test....they never made it to the table. To this day, when I see a
harvest display with gourds, I think about the day I almost served them to
my hubby. He's never complained about my cooking and I owe that to the
'taste test', even to this day, I taste. Thank you for your newsletter, it's a
highlight for me. Ann
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
Patricia requested a recipe for "Tea Cakes"
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.
Edenton Tea Party Cakes
Cream together 3/4 cup of butter with 2 large cups brown sugar. Add 3 eggs
and blend. Stir 1 teaspoon soda into a small amount of hot water. Cool
slightly and add to creamed mixture with 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough
(5 cups) flour to make a stiff dough. Flavor with vanilla. Chill. Roll out thin,
cut with cookie cutter and bake in hot oven, 400 degrees, until done.
This recipe is reportedly the one used by the ladies at Edenton as they
met around the tea tables to help plan their part in the American Revolution.
The measurements have been left just as they were without converting
them to standard measures.
Patricia's request (newsletter #450) sent me scurrying to find my 80-year-old
Aunt Martha's handwritten recipe for Tea Cakes. Our family is firmly rooted
in Texas, but our first ancestor came from Scotland to Georgia in the 1700s,
so there's a trail of us across the south!
This is exactly how she wrote it:
2 sticks oleo
1-1/2 cups sugar
3-1/2 cups flour with
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 eggs (medium)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or more)
Drop by teaspoon
4 doz big tea cakes
If these aren't sweet enough, dip bottom of glass in sugar & press down on
cookie before baking! I like my cookies sweeter than plain tea cakes.
- from Stephanie Unger Katy, Texas
sorghum tea cakes
1 c butter
1 c sugar
1 c sorghum syrup
2 T buttermilk
6-6.5 C flour
1 t baking soda
1 t ground ginger
1 t ground cloves
1 t ground cinnamon
Cream butter,gradually add 1c sugar, beating
at med speed with an electric mixer until light
& fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well
after each. Add sorghum syrup & buttermilk,
flour, soda & spices, stir dry ingredients
into creamed mixture. Chill 3 hours or overnight.
Roll dough into ¼” thickness on a lightly floured
board, cut with a 1.5” cookie cutter, or a jelly jar.
Place cookies on greased cookie sheets, sprinkle lightly with
Additional sugar. Bake at 375f for 8-10 minutes, cool on
wire racks.Makes 9 dz cookies.
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 mother used to make the best fig preserves using fresh figs and
strawberry jello. Whenever I would ask how she made it, it was always
"oh, a dash of this and a dash of that". Does anyone know how to
make this? Sue
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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