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The Collectors Newsletter #461 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #461 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
WOW! I can't fully express how wonderful the response has been to my
request for sponsors for the Leukemia/Lymphoma charity run that my
sisters are participating in at the Long Beach Marathon next month.
Their goal was $2000 and thanks to our readers, as of this morning, they
have received $2033 in donations. You can still be a sponsor. It would be
great to push them over the $3000 mark. 100% of the funds collected are
being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
If you can donate $3 to help them out, you can make a quick and secure
donation and sign up as a sponsor of "Team Daddy-Davies" online at:
Thank you again for the emails and the wonderful 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.
Starting a collection, my parents bought there first home the year I was
born 1959 at that time I had 3 older brothers, I now have 8, anyway, my
mother was cleaning out a small cubby hole in the new home and found
some collectors spoon it was then that she decided she would start a
spoon collection for me, well 47 years later I still have those spoons along
with close to 2500 yes 2500 spoons and I will say I have NEVER
purchased one of them friends ,family and people I have met through the
years have given me these spoons on there journeys around the world. I
have places, events, people and hand me downs from other collectors
who have left there spoons to me. Some are of a monetary value but to
me as I look around my dinning room as they are displayed, yes a lot of
wall space the value is friendship as some of these people never even
have met me but they thought of me on their vacations, honeymoons and
in there travels and it warms my heart every time I walk by this collection.
My mom died before all of these were displayed and my dad recently
was called to her but before he left all he could say was that my mother
had no idea what she had started, some of my spoons were given to me
because others did not want there families to sell them like the first
Mickey Mouse spoon or Queen Elizabeth's coronation spoon they have
been added to my collection and with all my brothers some that were in
the navy and there buddies my collection is still growing everyday some
weeks I got none and other weeks I have received upwards of 16 and
more the only real problem is finding racks but when I was tending bar
one of my patrons came by my house one day saw my spoons and
another shoe box full, well he went home and the next day I had a
wooden boarder spoon rack for around my entire room there are good
people out there and I am very lucky to know so many.Teresa
I just finished reading the stories about how collections start, I have so
many collections in my life but this is one of my favs:
My parents (now deceased) traveled all over and my Mom would pick up
a token here and there. She would bring back wonderful things from all
over the globe. When they would arrive home, my folks along with myself
and brother would sit in the living room pouring over all the new treasures
they had brought back. We would inspect each find and discuss the
item. My Mother's stories would bring their trip to life. When I was in
about fifth grade I decided I needed a collection of my own. My folks had
come home from their trip to Italy, a long buying trip to purchase items
for my Father's retail men's store. I had announced that I needed a
collection of my own. My Father reached into the pocket of a leather
men's smoking jacket and handed me the business card of the tailor who
had made the jacket. A 3 x 4 miniature piece of art. He told me ...."look
at this card. It is in another language, This is Italian. See the picture of
the mountain, this is what the scenery looked like." I was thrilled as he
told me "from now on wherever I go I will bring you a business card so you
can see where I have traveled and this can be your collection." Well my
Father's words turned into years of travel by him, Mom, myself, family
and friends. My goal was a business card from every state in the U.S.
and one from every country in the world. I have over 5,000 cards, and at
age 47 have almost every State (could use one from Utah!!) and need
more countries than I can mention, but I can't touch a business card
without thinking of my Dad and how he made me understand a collection
doesn't have to be something you buy (could be a shell from a beach or
a pen from a hotel and of course that matchbook from a restaurant) it
really is that item you hold in your hand that brings you back to a feeling.
Thanks to all of you who write and contribute to this newsletter. I enjoy
reading it and enjoy all the stories. Keep up all the good work!!
Here is a story for "How I began collecting.....".I began collecting
Bullwinkle and Rocky items in 1986 shortly after my wife and I got
married. I'm big into pop culture and thought it would be a neat and
unusual hobby. We had been living in our house for about 3 years when
one day I happened to be walking out in the far corner of our backyard
and looked down and spied what seemed to be a small eye looking up
at me. I began to dig it up and wouldn't you know it was a 1972
Wham-o bendable Bullwinkle figure. My wife could not believe it and i
kept telling her"See honey we were destined to buy this house."
Thanks Jim Klaisle
Some years ago, I had a pet pig named "Ginger," not a pot=bellied
version, but a full-sized one. When she was little she used to sleep on
the bed with the dog and cat. I got plenty of stares from people riding
around in my VW bus with a 200-pound pig sitting in the passenger's
seat! Thus began what might be the world's largest "pig paraphernalia
collection." People began giving me all kinds of items - letter openers,
tape measures, hats, - you name it. Most importantly, "Ginger" lived
out her life as a beloved friend and pet, without ever making it to
someone's frying pan. kelly d.
As a child, my mother had two glass dishes that she had inherited from
her mother via her grandmother. One of these two pieces was one that
came out only on special occasions. It was a yellow colored, scalloped
sided dish with molded handles and under plate. It was the "pickle dish".
My mother died when I was a teenager and the dish came into my
possession. One day in college, I was driving past a yard sale and
decided to stop and poke around.
Sitting on one table were a series of odd dishes and lids. I saw this
oddly shaped, handled lid that appeared to be the same shape and color
of the pickle dish I had. I handed over my quarter and took my lid
home, assuming my investment was minimal, even if it wasn't a match.
I dug out the dish from some boxed items and placed the lid on the
"pickle dish" and sure enough, it was the perfect fit. At some point in
the past, our pickle dish must have had a lid that was lost or broken and
I was able to find it another. It was exhilarating.
From that point on, I have been hooked on auctions, garage sales and
the like. I still look at many items and wonder about their past owners,
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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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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.
Growing up in the 70s, I and my siblings often listened to an album that I
think was called “Mysterious Stories”. I am sure that one of the stories was
by Ambrose Bierce,, something about a shipwreck, another one was “the
Golden Arm” and then there was another one about a Spanish guitar player.
If anyone knows the name of the album, that would be great. I think one
of the stories might have been narrated by Vincent Price. The album has
been lost for about 18 years, I would love to get a few copies in time for
Christmas--- Thanks much! Scott Ellis 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
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When our son, Timothy, was about 2 1/2 years old, we were attending our
little country church on Sunday morning. There was a lady visiting our church
for the first time, from what we had heard was wealthy, her husband was a
diamond buyer. So the perfume she was wearing, no doubt, was a very
expensive brand. Our little boy stood up on the bench, looked around, and
said, "SOMETHING STINKS!". No one else sitting near us had any fragrance
on, she had to know he was referring to her. We were so embarrassed.
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Jean requested a recipe for "soft sugar cookie about the size of a thin
biscuit and had a slight hint of lemon". Here are a few replies 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.
Here is my recipe for the requested sugar cookies, I have made these since
the '60's and they are good.
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup soft margarine
1 egg white-beaten
1 teaspoon grated Lemon rind, no white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
extra sugar to sprinkle over cookies.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream sugar and margarine in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat egg,
lemon rind, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add to creamed mixture, mix.
3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually
mix dry ingredients into the creamed sugar and egg.
4. Roll dough to approx. 1/8" thick on a floured pastry board. Cut into shapes
with a cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place cookies on un ungreased cookie
sheet. Brush each cookie with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar
Bake cookies at 350 degrees for approx. 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Place cookies on a cooling rack and cool. After cool, store in a covered
container. These are good hot or cold. Can add more lemon rind for extra flavor.
Recipe request from newsletter #460 ask for a sugar cookie with a slight hint
of lemon. These cookies are not rolled and cut out but they are awesome.
1 C Brown Sugar
1 C White Sugar
3/4 C Butter
1 tsp. Lemon Extract
1 tsp Cream of Tarter
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/3 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Salt
2 3/4 C Flour
Cream together Both sugars, Butter, and Eggs. Add rest of the ingredients.
Chill for about 2 hours. Roll into balls and then roll in sugar. Bake at 350 for 8-10
mins. Until lightly brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE!
These are the best lemon flavored cookie I have ever eaten. They are a very
soft cookie. Kathy-Effie,Mn.
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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 am looking for a recipe called Snowballs. Growing up in Canada these
were one of the favorites. I believe the main ingredient was mashed
potatoes with coconut. The mixture was then rolled into small balls.
They were rolled in bitter chocolate and then coconut. It was always fun
to see what color center you would get. Thank you for any help. J A.
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:
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