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The Collectors Newsletter #454 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #454 September 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 reading about all the people finding bombs I can't help but recall an
incident that happened to me I'm known as Mr Cleanout in my
neighborhood,as i do cleanouts and get houses ready for closing.Well I
was cleaning under a bar in the basement of a home when I knocked
out the pin on a hand grenade that had been left under the bar. Not
knowing whether it was live or not I quickly depressed the plunger and
told my helper to drive me to a military store nearby.You should have
seen the look on the faces of these three Vietnam vets when I walked in
holding the grenade up high telling them I'm not some nut but someone
who don.t know what to do. They quickly used duct tape to tape the
plunger as I gingerly let go.To this day I have no idea of how they
disposed of it, I no longer reach under shelves without looking first.
Don Oceanside New York
In the late 1950's my family was living in Havelock, N.C. My father was
in the Marine Corps and we were living on the base. There were four of
us kids. I have to think it would have been my older brother and myself
took our red wagon and went out into the woods. We found a bomb.
We placed it in our wagon and proudly walked down the middle of the
street, with the bomb bouncing along, so everyone could see what we
found. To say the least everyone was freaking out and called the military
police, who then called the bomb squad. We were rushed away to our
mother and the bomb squad discovered the bomb was a dud. I truly do
not know how my mother survived all the things we got into. Thanks for
letting me share. I really enjoy all the stories.Patti Miles
Thank you to all who answered our call for help in preserving the
christening dress. We are overwhelmed at the number of responses
received! Each and every one was appreciated! So very many wonderful
people were helpful !
We also received an inquiry from someone who wanted info and happily
sent instructions to him. Peg
One of the responses--
I was told the best way to preserve the dress, most likely cotton, is a
careful, gentle hand washing and rinsing which was what I was told to do
with a 65 year old hand crocheted bedspread given to me. I consulted
an antique fabric specialist who suggested a few soakings, hand
squeezing in water with a little soap and rinsing well in between soakings
and especially at the end to remove all soap. Do not machine wash.
For your dress, dry it on a rack flat on a piece of 100% white cotton.
You can straighten it out while wet with your hands.
It should not be pressed!
But the one most important thing the specialist said is that the paper
you may wrap it in, if used-probably unnecessary, and the box the dress
is placed in are VERY important. Both must be heirloom quality, non
acidic, like the special boxes wedding dresses are placed in when the
dress is treated. Ask your dry cleaner where you can buy them if they
can't provide a small one for you. For a wedding dress size they are
about $35. A small one would be less and worth it for your treasured
dress. Good luck!
In response to the story about collecting doors in collectors newsletter #453
To Sue whose husband collects doors.The question of it being a Frank Lloyd
Wright or not. Contact the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. They are on the
Internet. Also located at Falling Water, Taliesin East, and Taliesin West.
They will be able to answer your questions. Walt Boelstler
In reference to the husband who collects doors, maybe he should use them
to build a fence. In our area there is a restraint called Treehouse Cafe,
that has a funky looking fence made of different kinds and sizes of doors.
That's recycling! Pat.
i love your newsletter and the stories! thanks to everyone who is brave
enough to share... including the lady who wrote awhile back, asking about
a rubber peter pan doll she had as a child. it struck me like a bolt... i
used to have one of those, too! what a flood of memories opened for me
by her words! i could envision the house we lived in, 40+ years ago, and
that peter pan doll- it had the clothes painted on, right? i could
remember building huge hide-outs out of tinker toys, then covering the
walls with blankets, hiding inside and watching the goings-on in our small
house from my private hidey-hole... i recalled the garish pink shag carpet
on the floors, with loops that i would catch my pinkie toe in! and all the
rabbit turds ( poops?) under the chairs and sofa, because my parents let
me have 2 small bunnies one easter... i named them roger and mickey,
after my 2 favorite baseball players at the time... so thank you for
writing, dear lady... your quest made my day! ( and i hope you found
your peter pan!) judy in downeast maine
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3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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 a couple of 82nd airborne items that belong to Ray Shaffer (army
from approx. 1956 to 1960). If you know his whereabouts email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org.. thanks Sharon
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
Antique paste jewelry is made of glass cut and set like gemstones.
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, it is now hard to find and going up in price
among serious collectors in England. The paste jewelry is very "showy,"
with large stones and gold or colored-metal mounts.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Sept 5, 2006 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
When my husband and I were young newlyweds we were living with his mother
and younger brother for a while as we were having a small shell home built in
a neighboring state about 60 miles away. We would go on weekends to work
on the property and inside the house. Most of the time we were accompanied
by his younger brother, and almost always visited by our friends while we were
there at the new little house. Well, needless to say, we had precious little
"private time". We had found an antique stove and refrigerator to help make
our time there easier, and more convenient. The stories of the caramel and
gourds brought back this memory:
One of the rare times we found ourselves alone, I had set some eggs to boiling,
for what I may never remember. We had been working in the yard as it was too
stifling in the house (south Mississippi in July). We came in and plopped on a
quilt on the floor in the living room in front of a fan, and, naturally began to
indulge in our few precious moments of privacy as a young newlywed couple
would do. Well, it wasn't long before we heard an ExplosioN!!! We were way
out in the woods, real country. We thought a hunter in the nearby woods
bordering our property was un-knowingly about to shoot into our house!!! Then
BANG! ...BANG! ...BANG! ...more explosions!! All at once it came to me, a
new, young, "cook" ...the eggs had boiled dry and were exploding!!! My brave
husband ran into the little galley kitchen and grabbed the pot and threw it into
the sink, where the remaining eggs exploded anyway! Obviously the "mood"
was destroyed, but did we laugh!! We cleaned that mess up for hours. But
over the next several years I'd still occasionally find a bit of egg, or egg shell
from time to time and burst into laughter remembering that hot (for all the
wrong reasons) afternoon. :)
I love and often share many parts of the Newsletter, thank you for bringing it
to us. Keep up the good work! Lesia (Michigan, now)
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?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
Wanted:OLD GUITARS and AMPs
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
220,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Linda requested a recipe for her "Mirro Doughnut Press from the 60's"
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.
In response to Linda Richard's request for mirro doughnut mix, I found four
options. Hope this is helpful. Lori T.
DOUGHNUT MAKER DOUGHNUTS
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. sweet milk and 2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/6 c. oil
4-5 c. flour
Mix ingredients in order. Spoon into doughnut maker and fry in
hot shortening, turning once - drain on paper towels. Cool before
storing. Makes about 3 dozen.
DOUGHNUT MAKER DONUTS
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. sugar
1 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. soda
4 c. flour
Mix together ingredients. Fill donut maker. Drop into hot fat,
turn immediately then again as they appear to crack and bubble out
of the edges.
2 c. sugar
2 c. buttermilk
1 c. cream
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
6 1/2 c. flour (unsifted)
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
Beat eggs, sugar and spices. Add buttermilk and cream. Lastly
add flour and mix well. Let rest for 5 minutes. Put in doughnut
maker. Fry in hot lard. Turn immediately. Makes 10 dozen.
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 c. sugar
4 egg yolks
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
(1/2 tsp. nutmeg may be used if
Combine butter, sugar, egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the milk. Beat
one minute on medium speed with the mixer. Add rest of milk and
vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder and salt together. Add 1/2
to the first mixture. Beat one minute and add the rest of the
flour. Mix well; drop small amounts from the end of a teaspoon into
deep fat that has been heated to 370 degrees. Cook 2 to 3 minutes
on each side. (You may use a drop doughnut maker.) Drain on
absorbent paper (paper towels work very well) and roll in sugar.
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tblsp softened shortening
3/4 cup milk sift dry ingredients into bowl. add softened shortening.
add eggs, vanilla, milk, mix about 1/2 minute. put batter in donut
maker, and fry in 2 inches shortening at 365 degrees.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sifted flour
1 cup boiling water
melt butter in water: bring to a boil. dump in flour and beat vigorously
over direct heat until mixture becomes thick and leaves the sides of
the pan. remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time, beating hard
after each addition. beat until glaze disappears. fry as above.
orange sour cream donuts
2 eggs, beaten lightly
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup thick sour cream
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp nutmeg
1/3 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
finely grated rind of one orange
add sugar, sour cream and milk to eggs and beat thoroughly. sift dry
ingredients together several times, and add orange rind. stir into
egg mixture to make batter. fry as above. (2 dozen)
1 1/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons rum
add sifted dry ingredients to milk, egg, butter and rum mixed together.
beat only until flour disappears. this will make 1 dozen donuts. fry
good luck--these came right off the box my donut maker is sitting in!
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.
I'm looking for home brew beer recipes. I remember in college I had a
roommate that made the most amazing beer. He used raspberries to flavor
it. I'd be interested in hearing how to make any and all unusual beers like
this that can be made at home. Bill
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:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Visit Belle Maison and enjoy our genuine antiques and vintage collectibles
selection. Our specialties include old silver, china, porcelain, linens and
glass. We find a variety of other interesting items as well. Visit our site
At Katie's Attic, we know you will find a few treasures, and also some good
"Junque". Wonderful books, unique and strange miscellaneous items,
jewelry, paper collectibles, silhouettes, art and more. You click on, and
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