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The Collectors Newsletter #452 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #452 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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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.
About a year before Dad passed away he was living in a nursing home.
Both my brother and my birthdays were approaching (same day, different
year) and since I was handling Dad's finances he asked me to get
something for us for our birthday presents. I wrote us each a check and
mailed my brothers to him (he lives in another state).
At a local shop, I had been admiring some coin banks made from an old
post office box door. The kind where you had to turn the little dial on the
door to the correct combination to open the door. A lovely wood box had
been made and the door fitted into the front of the box to create the
space for coins. It had the P.O. Box number printed on the little glass
window in the bottom of the door. I had always wanted one of those and
now I had enough spare cash to purchase one. Dad was pleased with
my selection as we had had a similar box at the Post Office when I was
little. I had started saving the State Quarters in it and it is proudly
displayed on my desk.
About a month or so after Dad died, I was passing by the bank and
glanced at it...I stopped in my tracks as it occurred to me the number
on the P.O. Box door was the same numbers as the date we lost Dad,
6 5 4 (June 5, 04).
When I purchased the bank, I had several to choose from, but was drawn
to this particular one. It was pretty special as it was to be the last b
birthday gift from Good Ol' Dad, plus it became much more than that, as
a very personal memory of the life of a very great man. Joni
I, too, had one of those bombs. We acquired it in a box of metal "stuff"
that my ex-husband bought at a garage sale in the 1960's. We would
find collectible treasures in these boxes and what was left he would
scrap . We thought the bomb interesting, set it aside in the basement
and forgot it.
Move forward to the late 1980's. I had moved this interesting collectible
to the garden as a conversation piece. Yes, I knew it was a bomb; I was
born in 1940 and well versed in such items, but did think that a GI would
not bring back live momentos....Then I watched a documentary on PBS
about the archaeological search and grid-mapping done at the Little Big
Horn Battlefield, comparing data with Indian diaries of Custer's folly.
The instability of gunpowder as it gets older was mentioned and how
they were being very careful prodding around for old bullets as they could
Well; that set me to wondering about my bomb and worrying big time! I
called the police about it and soon a police car was out front and two, one
very nervous, policemen came in. They looked, from afar, at my old friend
and called for professional removal. One policeman went back to their
car, the other plopped down on my sofa to wait. Soon some professionally
dressed guys came and took my old WW11 friend away. I would have
liked a report on what they did with it. I do have a photo of me kneeling
beside it, for remembrance......Jackie Darstein, Seattle, WA
Back in the late 70s our good friend Maria,who was an antique dealer put a
wrapped antique fire extinguisher under the Christmas tree for me (I'm a
volunteer firefighter) when I saw it I remarked "you bought me a bomb
for X-mas?". Well everyone had a good laugh over that but the biggest laugh
was when I carefully opened my present the next X-mas to reveal a full
size Navy practice bomb!! When the tears from our laughter dried Maria
told us how she spotted her find at a garage sale and quickly paid the
$10.00 and this petite 90 pound woman happily carried her find back to her
car. I still have the bomb hanging from my garage ceiling and laugh
every time I look at it. Thanks Maria! Larry,CT
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2) The Latest Antique News
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Vintage Office Equipment
Public Tailgate Auction - Charlton MA
Chicago Chic: Prairie School Designs by Teco, Maher, Jarvie, Wright,
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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 have identified the family (but not the descendants yet) in the 1872
photo album. The family was in MS, NY, OH, IL, IA, KS, & OR at least.
How would we copy the photos? 1872 was the year that Franklin Alphonso
Paull, a Civil War Veteran, settled in KS so their Historical Society
should have a copy. His wife was a war bride from Mississippi! The
various family members may want copies.
Ben Palmer, Middletown, Md. email -- email@example.com
Re: Collector's Newsletter #449
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Rookwood Pottery is reopening in Cincinnati after an absence of 45 years.
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel report that the name, trademarks, molds, glaze formulas, and
other assets have been purchased. The new owners plan to manufacture
new pottery in the tradition of the old wares, some from original molds
with original glazes. New modern pieces will also be made, and so will
architectural tiles and trim pieces. New marks will be used.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
You're all interested in antiques...so you know what I mean when I
mention a 'candle snuffer'....right? Typically about 8"-10" long, it may
have been made (actually still are being made) of brass, silver or silver-
plate. The handle may be straight, slightly curved or twisted, and the
'snuffer' part is roughly bell-shaped, just big enough to cup over the top
of a candle to smother the flame.
My husband and I were given a lovely silver candle snuffer for a wedding
gift, by a dear family friend. At my wedding shower, which Mrs. M. hosted,
she told a story about having given one to a friend's daughter. It seems
the young bride-to-be had never heard of a candle snuffer, and in her
sweet and thoughtful thank you note, she wrote:
'Dear Mrs. M, thank you SO much for the darling little gravy dipper!'
Needless to say, no-one among my family and friend has EVER been able
to look at a candle snuffer with a straight face...to this day!
Shon, from California
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Sue requested a recipe for "Faux Strawberry Preserves made with Figs"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
From Fredericksburg, TX, Home Kitchen Cook Book (Ninth Edition 1967)
3 cups figs, cut up
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 box strawberry or blackberry jello
Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
Pour into jelly glasses. Mrs. A. C. Kast
6 cups figs (packed) Be sure cut off stems
6 cups sugar
2 large or 4 small boxes strawberry gelatin
1 box Sure Jell
Mix all ingredients in a large pot. Cook very slowly, stirring to prevent
sticking. Cook until figs become transparent and the mixture is thick.
Spoon into sterile jars. Makes about 4 pints.
I use the smaller jelly jars to have more. Gail San Antonio,Tx.
This is one of the best preserves I made while raising a family in Phoenix.
It uses figs and strawberry Jell-O.
Mock Strawberry Preserves
3 cups of crushed figs 1 box of Strawberry Jell-O
2 cups of sugar
Mix ingredients together and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes. Pour
into prepared glasses. Cool and refrigerate. Keeps indefinitely. (Not
really, my family ate it too rapidly too give any lengthy time frame.)
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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 husband & I had something called Hen's Butter at a barbecue restaurant in
Dickens, TX a few years ago; they have since gone out of business. It was a
dark brown colored, very sweet and thick spread. It was kept hot in a crockpot
and served with homemade hot rolls as a dessert. I've never had anything
else like it, & I don't have a clue what is in it. Any help with a recipe for
this would be appreciated. Thank you, Carmin
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
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wrap, bubble wrap and use peanuts, to make sure your items arrive
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