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The Collectors Newsletter #458 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #458 September 2006
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3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
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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.
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.
We moved to Conn. where my two older boys and a toddler played in a
neighborhood of 45 kids on one block. I needed a unique way-- not
related to whistles, horns, shouts, etc. to call my boys home from
the "wars in the field." I bought an old school bell with a mellifluous
tone. When rung easily, it meant "Come home now". When run
vigorously, it meant "Get yourselves in here P.D.Q."
As time went on, I received bell gifts and I acquired numerous
interesting bells from our world travels. My large collection now
provides the basis for talks on Bells and their History. The old
school bell still brings everybody home, even the grand kids!
Ruth W- Columbus NC
It all started in the late 60's, I mentioned to a co worker that I would like
to find an old phonograph. A couple days later she said that she knew
someone that had one to sell but I would have to meet him in the
cemetery. A time and date was set an I was off... The phonograph was
a 1903 Edison Standard with a 4' brass horn and 2 big boxes of records.
A couple of weeks later I stopped at an antique shop and asked the
owner if she had any phonographs for sale, she must have liked me
because she sent her husband to the attic to get his 1905 Edison with
morning glory horn, which I purchased. Before long I had 13 phonographs
taking up space. But the "worse " part was the friendship that started
with the antique dealer. Friday was payday and every Friday afternoon
after work I would stop for a cup of tea. Every Friday I would also be
introduced to the treasures that had come into the shop that week. Mrs.
K started to pick things especially for me, lovely Victorian glass, silver
and silver plate, unique whatsits, and great pieces of furniture. Then I
started hitting the auction trail to feed the habit. Mom's house was
starting to bulge and I was given the word to get rid of the "junque". So,
an Antique Dealer I became. I don't think that helped the situation
because it just financed the habit. About 5 years into this venture I met
a dealer who liked similar things and a friendship started. Six years
later, with more buying than selling, we merged the businesses. Now
the real trouble starts. Talk about collections... Hand painted china,
Guttmann and Nosworthy prints, home town collectibles from 3 towns,
Vintage Gund toys, antique dolls, phonographs and music boxes,
Teddy bears some of which are made from antique fur coats, Czech
items, antique Christmas (probably have enough to decorate 5 huge
trees, items relating to the family (been in the U.S. since 1630), 4-Dept
56 Villages, German smokers, Cherish Teddies, figural china napkin
rings, baskets, coffin plates, vintage kitchen items, antique pudding
molds, chocolate molds, and of course we can't forget the memories
of our childhood. Several years ago the local Historical Society asked
if my wife and I would set up a display of collections.. "Happy too" I
said, 7 banana boxed full of stuff came off the shelf in the kitchen for
the display of kitchen stuff. It was only gone 4 days but the holes had
filled in and it still sits in boxes waiting to return to the kitchen.
Sometimes I wish there was a pill to cure the "antique pox" but it would
spoil all the fun. Jim B, in CT.
p.s. The reason for the cemetery....The gentleman found out his sister
was selling things from the house and he figured he could too, but didn't
want to get caught.
In response to your collecting question, I have a confession to make. A
friend of mine has a small collection of eggs that look very beautiful on her
mantle. I found a large egg carved with a fruit design that I immediately
bought for my friend. Well, here's the confession. I fell in love with the
egg, placed in on my own mantle, had several people comment on how
beautiful it looked, and now I have a collection of close to 100 crystal,
ceramic, wood, marble, glass, etc. You get the picture.
Eggstatic in Texas
I was a girl during the depression and wanted a Shirley Temple Doll. There
were 3 girls and Mother could buy dolls for all three for the price of one
Shirley so I never got my Shirley Temple Doll. In early 1970 Garage Sales
were just beginning in our City and one day I found a Shirley Temple Doll
for $3.00 and from that I started a Doll Collection which grew to other items
such as Children's Plates and dishes and then I became a real "junkie"
and now I am in 2 Antique Malls and to know it all started with One Doll
which I still cherish and which will never be for sale just passed on to a
lucky Niece when I pass on. Nancy Pemberton Tulsa OK
I started my rolling pin collection after my parents opened up an auction
house. We had bought an estate and we cleaning out the house when I
came across an old German brown and white rolling pin. I fell in love with
it and my parents let me take it. I added it to my "small collection" of 2
rolling pins. The other one was one my grandmother's, that we used to
make cookies every Saturday, it was carved with flower designs. I now
have over 75 rolling pins hanging on my walls. Many were bought at
garage sales and antique sales. I have all types from plain glass, colored
glass, tupperware, marble, ceramic, and of course wooden ones of all
sizes and shapes. No new rolling pins for me. My family thinks I am
absolutely nuts to collect something like rolling pins but for me, finding a
rolling pin that i do not have is like Christmas morning when I was young
.. I love your newsletter. Susan
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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.
Hi, I am hoping to find a relative of Keitter Smith of Kenosha,Wisconsin. I
have a tintype of this young woman in a lovely dress. There is lots of
background pieces making this an interesting tin type. This "photo" was
in my Grandfather's album and I assume Ms. Smith was a friend when he
lived in Wisconsin. He lived in Norfolk, Nebraska working for the Railroad.
I have listed this on ebay but there were no bids. I just hope she can go
home to her family. Thank you, Kay C. email email@example.com
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
Have you ever thought it would be nice to have an antique silver hand mirror?
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, bidders had plenty to choose from at a recent
auction of more than 800 mirrors. Most dated from the late 19th and early
20th centuries. Prices ranged from $14 to $872.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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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.
Our whole family was in church one Sunday. Our son-in-law left the service
to use the restroom. When he returned (right in the middle of the sermon),
our then two-year old granddaughter blurted out, "Dad, did you have GAS?"
It nearly stopped the sermon, as everyone broke out in a large chuckle.
Our poor son-in-law looked for the nearest hole to crawl into. Sincerely,
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Judy M. requested a recipe for "tacos and chili con" made with beef cheeks.
Here are several responses 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.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of you who sent in recipes for "Milk Soup" I
believe one of them is the one my grandmother made. But what is really
fun is the other variations on this soup. It will be an adventure to try all
of them. My husband loves to be a guinea pig when I cook. LOL
The following recipe for Barbacoa Beef Cheeks is used here in the San
Diego border area for tacos and burritos. It is great for a Mexican breakfast
with huevos rancheros and tortillas. I love the TIAS newsletter!
4¼ hours 15 min prep
2-3 lbs beef, cheek meat
1 bunch cilantro
2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled
1 large onion, chopped
1. First, trim as much fat as you can from meat. Place in a slow cooker.
2. In a blender, add about 1 cup of water. Blend cilantro, garlic, onion,
salt and pepper with water. (you can use as much or as little spices you
want, depending on your taste)
3. Pour this mixture over meat then add about 2-3 cups of more water
depending on how much meat you are cooking.
4. Cook meat in slow cooker on low for about 3-4 hours. Again, this
depends on how much meat you have.
5. If you are going to eat this for breakfast (which is the traditional way),
cook the night before and let it cool overnight.
6. In the morning before heating up, skim all the grease that comes to
7. TOPPINGS: Chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped fresh
jalapenos, shredded cheese, & sliced avocados.
CHEEK MEAT: Beef cheek meat is very tender but very very fatty. You
may want to buy more or less meat, depending on the size.
-- More Info--
I was intrigued by Judy M.'s request for beef cheeks as I had never heard
of them. I did a google search and learned quite alot! I think I'll try these
myself. It sounds as if they are easily purchased at a butcher shop and
relatively inexpensive. A good meat grinder would probably do the trick
for turning the beef cheeks into ground beef for the tacos. My mother
and aunt always grated raw potato into the ground beef when making our
tacos. www.nimanranch.com would be a good source of information for
Judy. Also, in one search I read that someone purchased their beef
cheeks from WalMart! Although I don't often have too much to contribute
to your newsletter, I learn so much! Thanks! Jamie K.
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.
I lost my Dream Pie recipe, it uses 1 large can pineapple, 1 large can
drained cherries, 1 large box orange jello, 4 bananas, 2 cooked pie
shells and Dream whip in the Box. Does anyone have this pie? I
cannot remember how to make it or other items in pie. It is a very good pie.
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:
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