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The Collectors Newsletter #456 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #456 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
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.
How did you start collecting? Many people don't start a collection, they
just sort of fall into it. We'd like to hear about how you started collecting.
write to us with your story and we may publish it here. Send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks, Phil
One more "Bomb" Story
In the late 70"s I was in New Mexico fishing close to Roswell in a sink
whole pond with my two small boys and my Mom who was in her 50's
at the time. We were fishing for Bass and Catfish when my Mom yelled,
" I gotta big one, come help". I ran over to where she was reeling in the
"fish" and as soon as it came out of the water, we discovered that it
was 5-6 sticks of dynamite tied together, as soon as my Mom saw what
she had, she hands the pole to me to take care of. Some one had tried
using dynamite to go "fishing" and the fuse went out as it got wet. We
called the sheriff and they disposed of our "big fish".
My father was a moving man, and as we lived near a military base, much
of their business came from families transferring in and out. Often, they
would give my dad junk they didn't want to pay to have moved, and he
always brought it home. My mother had loftier ideas and wanted nothing
to do with someone else's 'cast-offs' or'hand-me-downs'. One evening,
my dad came in the house with a wicker basket that had mysterious
Chinese coins on it, silk tassels, and a lilac colored glass ring the size
of a bangle bracelet. There were faint markings of Asian styled flowers
painted on the top in black paint. Better yet was the treasure inside----
buttons made almost all of them, of mother of pearl. Somehow, nearly
45 years later, I managed to keep those buttons, used them on clothes
over the years, but dunno what ever happened to the basket. After my
wonderful father died last fall, we were cleaning out an old trunk he'd had
in the garage for the last 30 years when he married my stepmom. We
opened it up and there in the corner was the old Chinese basket, just as
I remembered it. Someone told me it was worth a good deal more than
$50, and that the old buttons were quite valuable to collectors, but for
me, the memories are the priceless provenance that go with this rather
humble basket. To me as a child, it represented the wondrous
adventures and exotic locales of places I'd only read about, somehow
given validity and credence by the object itself!
Also in the old trunk was a large cardboard box. It was tightly wedged
in the bottom, with all manner of books, tools and other stuff. My
stepmom and I struggled to get it out and noticed it had some very old
stamps on it that hadn't been canceled. As we opened the box, we
were amazed to see several pieces of carnival glass, carefully packed
in corrugated paper and newspaper, which was dated 1960. Also in
the box as a note from my dad to the addressee, stating that he'd found
the dishes in her house after she'd left, but the movers had stayed to
finish packing. We contacted the woman's son and asked if she was
still living, told him what had happened, and did he want us to send it to
him? He remembered the dishes, but said that no one in his family
wanted them, and we could keep them. I thought they were kind of
pretty, so I took them home and put them in the china cabinet, where
the sunlight hits them and they indeed look very lovely.
About 2 weeks ago, an elderly friend called to tell me that one of her
cousins had passed away, and had 2 storage bins that needed 'going
through'. She and her husband had brought home a load of stuff, but she
said I could go over and see the stuff they were going to throw out to see
if there was anything I wanted. She said the family had already gone
through it all and didn't want any of it. As we arrived at the unit, she rather
apologetically said the stuff left wasn't really worth anything, and all that
was there besides old clothes and books was a box full of the ugliest
orange and green dishes she'd ever seen! Yes, you guessed it! It was
another box of carnival glass. I told her about my dad's trunk, and that I
now had THAT carnival glass. I told her some of it was very valuable, and
we had lots of fun looking it up on the web. None of it was going to let
us retire on our own private island, but she gave me several pieces that
now reside in the hutch, a quiet, glowing nod to beautiful things that
never really get lost, just hidden away. Denise in Salt Lake City
The latest "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles is out. Take a look
at what collectors were looking for in August of 2006.
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
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.
We found a box of vintage photographs and clippings in a box on the side
of the road (Minton Road) in West Melbourne, Florida, about 10 years ago.
The family name was Winkenweder. I just couldn't bring myself to throw
them away. I tried to locate the family here, but I believe they were moving
away when they lost them. I will be happy to send them to someone in
this family. June Milton send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Superman is still flying high 68 years after he made his first national
appearance in Action Comics No. 1 in June 1938. According to Ralph and
Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter,
the release this summer of Superman Returns, the latest movie about the
world's most famous superhero, brought a slew of new Superman toys to
a store near you.
Collectors who prefer superhero memorabilia from early years found an ample
supply at a recent auction, where a 1978 set of 30 DC Superheroes stickers
sold for just $68 but a 1967 Justice League of America sealed coloring set
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, visit:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
Sept 12, 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.
The story about the exploding eggs reminded me of my sister's experience
with cooking an artichoke. She put it in a pan and covered it with water, and
put it on her electric stove to cook. While she was waiting for it to get done,
a friend dropped in. The two them each grabbed a beer and went out on the
patio to chat. Naturally, the artichoke was completely forgotten! When her
friend bade her good-bye, sis wandered back into the house to find the kitchen
full of smoke! Her artichoke not only had boiled dry, it was charcoal clear
through! The pan had melted and left a puddle of metal on the stove under
the burner, it got so hot! It truly is a wonder the house didn't burn completely
down; what's even stranger is that the smoke alarm didn't even go off! (She
bought a new one after that!) She still has both the pan and the charcoal
artichoke, just because the whole experience was so remarkable! She even
kept the puddle of metal!
Thanks for a great venue. I love reading about everyone's experiences.
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
Get your wanted ad posted in this spot so that over 200,000 people can help
you find it.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Connie requested a recipe for "Chile Con Carne"
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 super easy recipe comes from a neighbor and it is so yummy and
delicious, everyone comes back for more! It is a bit sweet and kid-friendly
but certainly could be made more spicy!
1 pound ground beef
½ cup or more chopped Vidalia or white onion
1 BIG (14-16oz.) can diced tomatoes (my kids prefer petite diced!) Do not
1 small can mild green chilies (optional)
1 packet chili seasoning or use your own blend of cumin, chili powder,
garlic and oregano
1 BIG (14-16oz.) can BAKED kidney beans..this is the secret to this
recipe...find these in the baked bean section of your store. Do not drain.
Optional: Sour cream, chopped onions, grated cheese
Directions: Begin browning meat in large pan. Add onions after about 5
minutes. Cook meat until no longer pink, drain. Add tomatoes, chilies,
chili seasoning, and baked beans and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Will keep
simmering stovetop or in crockpot for hours. Serve with bowls of sour
cream, onion, and grated cheese for guests to top themselves. Enjoy!!
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 grandmother used to make the most awesome soup in the fall and
winter called "Milk Soup". I always get nostalgic for this soup when the
weather gets cooler and the leaves start changing. We would ask her
how she made it, but all she just threw it together. We have been
looking through old papers, etc hoping that she had finally wrote it
down. But so far we haven't been able to find it. We are hoping that
we can find this recipe again. Thank you, Loretta
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.
The Paper Trail
Our specialty is old paper in many forms. We offer magazine
advertisements, ephemera, old magazines, books, sheet music,
magazine covers, vintage jewelry, pottery, glass, vintage advertising
items and other collectibles.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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