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The Collectors Newsletter #459 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #459 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
A note from your editor
About 66,674 Americans will be diagnosed with Lymphoma this year. My
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As always, thank you so much for your support....Phil
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.
I started collecting stamps about thirty years ago. My mom and I used to
go to old antique shops and garage sales and rummage around for hours.
One day when Mom and I were looking for stamps at a garage sale, the
elderly gentleman that owned the home started talking to me about his
lovely wife who had passed away. He showed me her china cabinet and
said it was his wife's favorite piece and told me she always wanted it to
go to a good home. I didn't know anything about furniture but I told him I
would buy it and give it a very good home on the river. So, I took the
china cabinet home and polished it up and filled it up with nick nacks. I
kept that lovely china cabinet for about twenty eight years and told the
story of the lovely lady that once owned it to everyone that visited my
home. I passed the cabinet on to a lovely young couple that was just
starting out with the understanding that it would have a good home for
many more years. Well, the story doesn't end there. Years passed and
I continued to dabble in collecting stamps and collectibles, but never
really took collecting seriously until one day my brother asked me to look
at some lovely prints from his wife's family estate. I looked at them and
decided to take the prints to a dealer. We did just that and found out
they were lovely but not worth alot of money. The dealer, or appraiser
didnt' charge us and sent us on our way. Well, I noticed that the
appraiser had a small office and seemed to be just starting out, so I
offered to do some research part-time if he needed someone. I was
shocked when the appraiser called me that week and asked me to help
him out. It seemed his partner was ill and he needed some help. That
call was the one that opened the doorway to my serious collecting. I have
been researching antiques for the same appraiser for five years now and
have learned to appreciate antiques and collectibles of many types. I
have become an avid collector of Bohemian glass and Roger Tory
Peterson's work. I now have a whole house full of lovely Peterson prints
as well as Balke, Wesling, Fernandez, and Hibel. Now you know my
My best friend began collecting advertising antiques when we were both
young women and I would often accompany her on her antique shopping
forays. At first, it was amazing to me that anyone would pay large
amounts of money for old stuff with the original price tag of a nickel on
it! But, I did like learning the history and trying to figure out what
obsolete (in today's world) items were used for. After about 10 years, I
discovered that I was drawn to certain items, milk bottles, wooden
advertising crates, and crocks. As I saw the prices of these items
skyrocket over the years I decided that they weren't a bad investment
after all and that they lent a certain charm to a person's home. I slowly
began acquiring pieces and I now have a small, but fine collection. My
friend complains that I was lucky and skipped a whole phase in collecting...
she said that most people waste their money by buying junk at first and
only learn to collect quality pieces after making a lot of mistakes. I
guess she was partially correct. I didn't waste my money, but it did
take me a decade to start! E. Wilwers, McHenry, IL
I started collecting after going to a house sale 30+ years ago. I was with
a friend who was very into antiques. When we walked in the door I saw
on the wall of the hall, straight ahead of me, a Wallace Nutting print.
These are very recognizable in their style. I had grown up seeing one my
parent's home that they had received for a wedding gift in 1938. I bought
that one, and have purchased them periodically through the years. I now
have 22 hanging on my walls, and they have increased considerably in
value.I even have the original one I got after my parents passed away. I
then started collecting collections, perfume bottles,Star Trek borg(I went
to work at an Internet company called borg.com),copper,and other thing
too numerous to mention, and I still go to house sales. From George and
When our kids were young and camping was the only kind of vacation we
could afford, we enjoyed checking out the nearby towns and shops
wherever we pitched our tent. I was always drawn to antique shops and
particularly to old pieces of pottery, about which my knowledge was zilch.
I loved strange-looking pieces which showed a lot of use and wear.
College was looming and so "window-shopping" was all I did. Years later,
my husband and I found ourselves in a dusty crowded shop which was
having a picker unload his truck. I heard my husband call me from the
back stairs to come look at something. He had found a piece of brown
pottery unlike anything we had ever seen. It had a spout, ear-like handles
and a little lip at the bottom back, the number 4 was etched at the top
and on the bottom in pencil was handwritten "Hampshire 1824." It was
love at first sight for me and we decided it was something we'd like to
have "if the price was right" as we had no idea what we were looking at.
The shop-owner was busy with the unloading, so he took a quick look at
the piece and told us we could have it for $75.00. I offered less but he
didn't budge and said he wasn't even sure himself what it was and would
have to do research on it, so erring on the side of caution, we let it pass.
All the way home we both agreed it was a very interesting, if somewhat
ugly piece, and it was "haunting" us. By the time we reached home, we
had that "kick yourself in the butt" feeling so we borrowed some books
on pottery and eventually found out that what we had looked at was
probably an albany-glazed stoneware batter jug. From photos and
descriptions of the shape, we also realized the handwritten date was
probably correct.....so.....after the few weeks it took us to learn about it,
we decided we had to have it. We went back to the shop and sighed with
relief when we immediately saw the batter jug prominently on display;
however, with a price tag of $150.00!!! The shop owner actually
remembered us and reluctantly gave us 10% off. The more we handled the
piece and the more we learned about its use, the more we appreciated it.
We have since purchased quite a few batter jugs, some complete with
wire bails and lids. With each I get the thrill of knowing that some woman
used it every morning for many years to feed her family or farmhands.
While there are more attractive pieces to be had, I adore the dinged and
chipped old bulbous batter jugs. They seem to sit there proudly and say
"I may not be pretty, but I helped to feed America when breakfast was
still a family affair!" Not to be forgotten, we also learned the invaluable
collector's lesson on our very first piece: if it speaks to you, buy it on the
spot - you'll only pay more the second time around! Sandy, Bucks County,
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
As I look back on my childhood, one memory sticks in my mind. With
seven children in our family, somone was always thirsty. My mother
didn't like us to drink from the community water fountain for fear of picking
up germs. For that reason, she always carried a folding cup. When she
passed away 18 years ago, I claimed the cup as my own and began my
collection of folding cups. I now have 64 cups (no two are alike) hidden
away in the bedroom closet. I will never get rich from the sale of my
collection, but my children will surely enjoy a chuckle when they find it
after I am gone from this world. Dianne
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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 was at a yard sale Saturday and came across a cross stitched item
of a church. It must have been done from scratch--don't usually have
patterns to church cross stitch. I bought it hoping to find someone that it
would mean something to. I've looked on the Internet and found what I
think is the phone number of the current pastor, but I'm not sure. The
items I was looking through came from bought out storage facilities.
So, the details are as follows:
Churh name: Mount Zion United Methodist Church (cross stitched at the
bottom) Location: Esmont, VA (stitched at the bottom)
Nicely framed although no glass. The back is brown craft papered and it
has a picture hanger (knotched). There is a tag on the back that says
"made with tender loving care" by Betty Mahone. Written on the back is
Sunday, December 4, 1991.
If anyone has a contact name or email, please email me at
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
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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.
Do-It-Yourself Car Repair
Back in the early 1930’s, when my dad and his friends were in high school,
most boys would acquire their first car by buying a “jalopy” and learning to fix
it themselves. Some of the kids had taken a shop course or two, but mainly
they learned by trial and error. The cars were, of course, much simpler to fix
in those days – most of them were old Model T Fords.
One summer, the boys had been working on a car, and noticed that when it
rained, the water was leaking inside the windshield. There was a gap
between where the roof met the windshield. How to solve the dilemma?
One of them thought he had found a solution, and when the guys got
together next, he told everyone he’d fixed the problem. Everybody decided
to pile into the car and go out for a ride. Things were going fine, until little
rivers of something black started streaking down the windshield. What the
heck is that? Everybody was asking, and looking at the guy who’d “fixed
the problem.” What did you use? His answer was “tar”…which was slowly
melting in the 90+ degree heat of a summer afternoon!
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
M Gregg requested a recipe for "Dream pie".
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.
Although this isn't exactly the requested recipe, I was reminded of my
mom's Millionaire's Pie and am pleased to share it:
1 medium can crushed pineapple, drained
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup juice of a lemon
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened milk
1 cup walnuts , chopped fine
12 oz. tub of Cool Whip
Fold ingredients together and turn into a graham cracker crust.
This recipe sounded familiar. I search my Mother's old cookbooks which
I have inherited, and found this recipe. It was on a piece of thin cardboard,
Possibly from a dream whip box. I can remember having it every Easter.
Delicious! I hope this is what you are looking for.
DREAM CHERRY PIE
20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 can cherry pie filling
3 oz. box orange jello
1/4 c. flour
1 c. sugar
Red food coloring
1 c. chopped nuts
3 or 4 bananas, chopped
1 box of prepared Dream Whip
Cook cherries, pineapple, sugar and flour over medium heat until thick.
Add red coloring (about 4 drops) and jello. Mix and let cool. Add bananas
and nuts. Put into 2 baked pie shells. Top with prepared dream whip.
1 (No. 2) can crushed pineapple
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 can cherries or strawberries
1/3 c. cornstarch
1 box orange Jello
1 c. pecans
4 or 5 bananas
2 pie shells
2 lg. containers Cool Whip
Cook until thick pineapple, sugar, cherries or strawberries and cornstarch.
While hot add orange Jello and pecans. Line 2 baked pie shells with 4
or 5 bananas. Add filling. Before serving top with Cool Whip
Dream Pie Recipe
This is from a very old cookbook put out by the wives of some dental
students at the Medical University of SC in the early 70's.
30 min 10 min prep
1 can crushed pineapple
1 can sour cherries
1 cup chopped pecans
1 package orange Jell-O
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 9-inch graham cracker crusts
Combine pineapple, cherries, flour and sugar.
Cook until slightly thick.
Add dry jello; cool slightly.
Add sliced bananas and chopped pecans.
Pour into pie shell, top with Cool Whip and chill.
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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 love these recipe requests! I have made many of the recipes and
added to my collection. One recipe I wished I had was for a
pizzaburger that our high school made. In the early 70's Sandy Union
High School in Sandy, Oregon made the best pizza burgers. The
hamburger was just regular hamburger but the cheese topping they
used wasn't sliced or shredded (I think) - it was more of a very thick
paste. It was mixed with tomato sauce and when you bit into it, the
cheese and sauce topping was about a half inch thick. It was bliss!
I would dearly love to taste these again! I'm hoping that maybe these
weren't served in just my high school and a cafeteria worker or cook
from another school can share the secret to that oozy cheese
topping! Thanks!! Sandy
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