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The Collectors Newsletter #457 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #457 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.
A note from the editor
Thanks to everyone that sent me an email about how they started
collecting. We will be running as many as possible over the next few
weeks. Here is the first installment. Phil
As a child, I had always liked old things and bought my first antique, a
doll, for 25 cents. When my husband was in dental school, I taught at
a private business college, and one of my students kept inviting me to
visit his grandparents' new antique store. I finally rode out to their shop
to have a look. Besides being on a rather tight budget, I really didn't
see anything that struck my eye except a gray crock decorated with
blue flowers. The grandmother sold it to me for $2 (this was about
1967), and that began my collection of nearly 80 pieces of blue
decorated stoneware, but unfortunately, none were quite the bargain of
that first crock. Dinah
Thirty plus years ago, my parents were driving home from the grocery
store when they noticed something fall from the car ahead of them and
into the street. They immediately pulled over to retrieve it. It was a ladies
purse. Upon arriving home they obtained the owner's name and phone number
and immediately called the person. Seems that the owner had placed her
purse on the roof of her car as she was loading her purchases and drove off
with the purse still atop the car. As a token of her appreciation, the lady
presented my mother with a beautiful piece of hobnail glass and thus began
the start of a collection that grew and grew. Mom's hobby became so
bountiful that she eventually started buying and selling all types of glass
and has enjoyed many years setting up at antique shows. And to think, it
all started with a flying handbag! ~Diane
Phil- Your question about how people start collections brought to mind my
latest collection. A few years ago the New Britain Museum of American Art
here in CT had an exhibit of Winslow Homer's work. (Examples can be viewed
) Much of this exhibit consisted of framed
illustrations that Homer did for various magazines, like
Harper's Weekly. I was fascinated by the compositions- so much more
lively than many of that era that I had seen before by other artists. So, when
I was wandering around a semi-annual antique fair not long after that exhibit,
I was delighted to come upon a bound year's worth of Harpers from the 1880's.
Sure enough, that volume contained a dozen Homer illustrations and I was
off and running with this collection. I guess it will take me the rest of my life
to complete it though. After picking up a number of these prints at an
ephemera show I decided that I should look for information on how many
Homer drew in his lifetime. The most definitive book says that he provided
some 227 pictures for publication in magazines and books. Now I carry a
marked copy of that list with me when I'm hunting so that I don't waste my
money on duplicates.
I'm sharing the collection when I can too. I showed them at my church one
afternoon and hopefully encouraged others to start a collection.
Of course, some people wondered why I wanted to collect and frame what
essentially are pages out of magazines. After I told them that for 99% of
these illustrations this is the only way these pictures were ever printed,
they understood. It's too bad for the really serious collectors of art that
Homer didn't also do stand-alone prints of these compositions, or watercolors
or oil paintings of them- but then the ordinary antique and fine art
collectors like me wouldn't be able to afford to buy and hang a Homer on our
walls otherwise! Thanks for reading this. Carol N.
I was doing my MA in Fine Arts Valuation at Southampton Institute (now
Solent University) and at one stage had to do a ‘specialist study’. There were
only about 12 of us on the course and we had to split into 3 groups and pick
a subject. The general consensus was English Furniture, Metalware and
Watercolours – I had wanted to do ceramics but no one else did so I
reluctantly picked metalware! In about week 3 we were about to look at Arts
and Crafts metalwares when I went to a jumble sale. There was the usual
load of rubbish but I unearthed a brass dish with fish hammered in repousse
and bought it for 10p. When I got outside and away from the melee I had a
good look at it and saw the KSIA mark for Keswick School of Industrial
Arts! I took it to the next lesson and our tutor looked at it and thought it
was one of the best examples he had ever seen and I later saw the exact
same dish illustrated in Ian Bruce’s book The Loving Eye and Skillful Hand,
about the school and discovered it was made by Tom Spark! I decided to
write my dissertation on Keswick and went to the Records office in Carlisle
to look at the school’s documents that are kept there and I found several
letters from Tom Spark to Herbert Maryon the school’s director about
setting up the school’s stall at the Dublin Arts and Crafts Exhibition and
his search for suitable ‘digs’. It was so amazing reading such personal
(and in places – very witty) letters from the man who had made my beautiful
dish – it gave it such a human touch!
I later found some other gorgeous examples of Keswick and other
metalware schools and bought them for peanuts. A keswick rose bowl was
bought for £2 and my biggest outlay was £32 for a Lygon silver plated
bowl which screamed out Guild of Handicrafts - and sure enough - later
proved to be made by Harts at the G of H! I now have lots of lovely pieces
worth several hundred pounds but pride of place is my 10p Keswick fish
dish! My Tutor was an absolute inspiration to me with his own enthusiasm
and knowledge and how glad I am that I joined his group!!! I had no
intention whatsoever of studying Arts and Crafts metalwares when I began
my MA and now it is my specialism! Sheena, Southsea, Hampshire UK
You asked for stories on how collections are started, so here’s mine. In the
mid 80s, my grandmother was in the process of remodeling her kitchen in
north Texas and I lived in far south Texas. One day a package unexpectedly
arrived from her in the mail. It contained three copper molds that had been
hanging in her kitchen since before I was born (late 50s). She included a
note that she was tired of them and if I wanted them, they were mine. I had
always admired them, but never told her so. That started my copper
collection. I now have over 75 pieces of antique and vintage copper,
including several molds, various cheese and salt/pepper shakers, ladles
and even a weather vane! Because of her I fell in love with the rich, warm
oranges, pinks and browns of old copper. Helen V.
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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.
My story is about lost items that were found, took place in Ft. Walton Beach,
FL. Many years ago, when I was a teenager, some friends and I were sailing
in a large bayou. Someone wasn't paying attention and the boat capsized,
throwing all six of us in the water. I had managed to grab my purse and while
we were waiting for help, two of the boys put their wallets in my purse, too.
Needless to say, since this is a lost and found story, the purse fell off my
wrist and sank to the bottom of the bay. It contained all three wallets with
quite a bit of cash plus my contact lenses. Imagine my surprise when I got
a call a couple of weeks later. A shrimp boat had brought the purse up in
their nets. They had taken it home, dried out all the money and found my
address to call me to pick it up. It was all there! Looking back, I just hope
we were able to tell them how thankful we were as it would have been so
easy to just keep the cash and throw away the soggy purse. Jeanine
S, Paris, KY.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Carol’s story about her sister’s charred artichoke and puddle o’pot reminded
me of something that happened to me a few years back in my old house.
One evening I put a large stainless pot full of water on my electric stove in
anticipation of a pasta dinner. Naturally I set the burner on “high” and went into
the living room to watch TV. Some time later I went back into the kitchen to
check on the water’s progress joined – as I was anytime I went into the kitchen
by my chocolate lab, Hershey (there is FOOD in there!). As I entered the
kitchen, I heard the strangest “zzzzst-zzzzst” sound coming from the stove.
I turned to look at the stove just in time to see the burner arc to the pan and,
believe it or not, shoot a blue fireball across the kitchen and out the window.
That is probably the first and last time I will ever see a 75 lb. dog fly. In the
micro-second it took for the fireball to pass over her head Hershey appeared
to levitate and exited the back door seemingly without her feet ever touching
After we both calmed down I found that the burner was toast, the pot had a
hole in it from the arcing and decided that leftovers might be a safer bet.
Fortunately Hershey’s appetite kept her from being emotionally scarred by
the experience and she continued to follow me to the kitchen for the rest
of her 15 years. If I had only had a video camera on that night….
Thanks for all the wonderful news, advice and stories. Love the Tias
newsletter. Amanda – Homestead, Florida
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Loretta requested a recipe for "Milk Soup"
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.
Everyone makes milk soup differently and depends on what they have in
the house. The main ingredients is about 4cups to 1 1/2 qt of milk, salt
and pepper to taste, margarine or butter.
Now to add "thickness" to the soup many persons will make a mixture
of 1c flour with 1 egg and add this to the soup, but other persons will use
crumbled crackers, or leftover mashed potatoes. Many persons will add
about a cup of noodles for thickness/thickening.
Some persons will add things like tomato soup to it, and have even seen
persons add fruit that has been blended or chopped extremely finely.
You have optional items you can put in the soup too -- these usually are
things like allspice seasoning, or pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg with
sugar, or cinnamon and sugar. Some persons want a sweet soup and
will add molasses or pancake syrup to it too. Judy Sandage Murphy
Here are a couple of exact recipes:
1 qt. milk (homogenized)
2 c. uncooked noodles
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. butter
Bring milk to boil in heavy aluminum 3 quart kettle.
Add noodles. Stir often; simmer until noodles are tender.
Add butter and seasonings (allspice or nutmeg and sugar can be sprinkled over soup at time of serving)
2 c. milk, heated to boiling
1 c. flour
Add the egg to the flour to make rivel. Mix with the
milk and cook 5 minutes. Put on plate and top with nutmeg and
sugar. Makes 2 helpings.
OLD-FASHIONED MILK SOUP
1 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
Heat 4 cups milk in saucepan. In a small bowl, put the
flour, salt and egg. With the fork work the egg into the flour
mixture to form globs or crumbles of dough. Drop into the hot
milk and slowly cook until small drops of dough are done. Add
salt to taste. If preferred add 1 teaspoon sugar. Eat with
crumbled crackers. Anyway, appease your individual taste!
TOMATO MILK SOUP
1 can tomatoes
1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 to 2 c. milk
Bring tomatoes and water to a boil. Add soda and milk;
bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, just to keep warm. Add
salt to taste.
Experiment until you find what tastes "just right" for your pallette.
Milk Soup (better than it sounds)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup cream *(see note)
1 cup water
2 large yellow onions, peeled and chopped fine
4-5 ribs celery, washed and finely chopped
4 - 5 tablespoons butter
optional - 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Put onions and celery into a saucepan with the butter & cook gently
for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 pint water and simmer for 1/2 an hour, or
until the vegetables are quite tender. Mix the milk and cream - make
them hot, and stir into vegetables. Season to taste. Bring to low boil,
add the parsley and serve hot with a dollop of sour cream if desired.
Note:(*can substitute whole milk or evaporated milk for cream, but
the cream makes a richer creamier soup) Mikrah
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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.
I have been trying to locate some recipes for both tacos and chili con
carne but instead of using hamburger they used "beef cheeks" -- I grew
up eating these at friends' houses as well as many restaurants in the
San Antonio, Texas area but never thought to ask for the exact recipe.
I remember asking about the flavor and texture and being told that the
secret is in using beef cheeks instead of hamburger. Some say they
added potatoes for thickening and would like some of the recipes with
the potatoes too. Now I am up in Ohio and would love to have some
of these recipes using the beef cheeks (both tacos, chili con carne and
other Tex-Mex foods using these). I have tried many times and never
seem to have them taste just right. Thank you, Judy M.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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