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The Collectors Newsletter #462 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #462 October 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
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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.
I started collecting old rotary phones due to a circumstance that happened
to my mother.
I was talking to my mother by phone, when she told me to hold for a
minute so she could get a dog out of her yard. She laid the phone on the
table and left to take care of the dog. The phone fell on the floor and
destroyed the speaker in the handset that lets the person on that phone
hear the caller.
I tried calling for days to all the places I knew to find a part to repair the
phone. I could not find the part. I decided to go to a yard sale and look. I
found one and repaired the phone. I got hooked and started collecting. I
now have 75-100 phones. The phones are not all rotary, but most are. I
like to clean them and get them working again. I then store them in
containers that keep them from dust and light. I plan to display them one
day, when I find the space. Philip
I started antiquing in high school because my best friend, Bonnie started
taking me to the local shops in Covina and Glendora, CA. I was instantly
hooked!! I still have all the things I bought back then--a gorgeous flow blue
platter, antique dolls, an ornate Victorian wall clock and a over the mantel
mirror with spindles, handcarving and multiple small shelves. Now I own
a Victorian house and it's like all my "finds" have found the perfect home.
My taste in antiques has never changed, and I still love the thrill of finding
the perfect antique! Nancy
Hello, Thank you for the opportunity to tell you all about my Bear Family. It
began in 1981-82?? I was a bartender in Atlantic City and had a regular
customer, who one day just in conversation ask if I like stuffed animals? I
replied, that like most young girls I had always loved Teddy Bears. Well to
make a long story a bit shorter, from that day on he would bring me a
Teddy bear from time to time......the last one he gave me was in 2003.
Unfortunately I am now disabled and unable to work so do not see this
friend much anymore. But that is not the end of the story!! I met my present
t husband in 1985 and after seeing the collection that had been started also
began giving me bears as did other friends and family members. I now have
a enormous collection consisting of just about every bear you could
imagine, both stuffed and otherwise. It is such a pleasure to see the
expressions on the faces of children (& adults) when they walk in and see
so many Teddy Bears. I have lost count over the years but can give you an
idea. When my husband and I had our house built in 1990 we designated
an entire room to our little family (they allow me to use this room as an
office). The room is overflowing w/ my friends. I also have bags of bears that
I have put away over the years as I have began to refine my collection to
include Antique bears, beautiful Steiff and other specialty Bears. My plan
is to donate some of the ones I have put away over the years to a new
home, maybe the police or fire department to use when going on calls that
may involve children. The thought that one of my friends could help to
console a hurt and or frightened child makes it all the better reason to collect.
Have a great day!! Bear Lady in NJ
It all started with a gift from my mother-in-law. The old TURKEYS had been
placed under the bed in a box for some time. One day she asked if I would
like to have them. YES, was my answer so that I would not hurt her
feelings. That day was almost 30 years ago. My collec-tion of TURKEYS
now numbers almost 300 and in-cludes very old antique to new. My friends
over the years have helped to supply this collection. I am just a few months
from retirement and I do not know what will become of the collection as they
are in my office. I am a weekend auctioneer and love the "junque" business.
EA in ARKANSAS
I have seen stories about different collections and must say that I have the
collection bug also. My sister became an antique dealer years ago and
she went to a shop that was going out of business. I was 18 at the time
and not really interested in anything, but I went with her to help her pack
up anything that she bought. As she was looking around I started to look
also and found a beautiful tray with two perfume bottles and a powder jar
on it. I thought it would look nice on my dresser and my sister bought it
for me. It was marked Germany. That was the beginning of my collection
of perfume bottles. That was 40 years ago. I now have a large collection
of perfume bottles. When my daughter was about 4 years old I had
mentioned to her that she would inherit them when I was through with them.
One day she was looking at some of them and looked up at me and said
“when are you going to die so I can have all these pretty bottles?” I laughed
and told her not anytime soon I hope. That was 20 years ago and I am 58
now. I still collect and hope to pass all the “pretty bottles” to my daughter
and son. My son said he wanted certain ones and that his sister could
have the rest. He picked out one that is called a Golliwog, two sword
shaped ones, one shaped like a gun, and two hand blown deer shaped
ones. Now that my daughter is older I believe that she would much rather
have me around instead of getting the pretty bottles. We are very close
and all the treasures in the world couldn’t make up for that. Elaine
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2) The Latest Antique News
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The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for August 2006
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Early American History Auction: October 21, 2006
New Retired Seraphim Angels
BRITISH COUNTRY HOUSE ANTIQUES
Morphy Auctions lands premier mechanical bank collection
Antique Trader launches free weekly e-newsletter
Antiques & Collecting Newsletter
Sale & Kitchen Trivia #12 At Mama’s Treasures
Novelli painting brings $25,000 at Slotin sale, Sept. 16
LESLIE HINDMAN AUCTIONEER’S PAINTINGS, PRINTS, DRAWINGS
& SCULPTURE AUCTION REALIZES $2,131,946.
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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.
When I was a child (in the 50's and 60'), we went camping quite often, and
one of the joys of the trip, for me, was being able to use my Mickey Mouse
bowl and cup set, which was kept in the trailer and only used while we were
on vacation. I still have the bowl, but the cup was cracked and discarded
long ago. I'd LOVE to have that cup back! The bowl was embossed around
the rim with the letters of the alphabet. Pluto was embossed in the base
of the bowl. The cup had a decal of Mickey's face, and his ears served as
the handles. Both the bowl and the cup were pink and made of a soft
(not brittle) plastic. Can you help me find the missing cup?
Debbie Krewson 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
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel warn that any Dazey "round label" glass churns in pint or
half-pint sizes are fakes. Dazey never made round label churns in those
sizes--not even as salesman samples or toys. "Round label" refers to the
circular layout of the company's molded name on the front of the jar.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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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.
Howdy from Montana, This just happened to me on 9-30-06 but it struck a funny
bone in me so thought I'd share it for all those "Granny's" out there! I have worn
"cheater" glasses for a long time now. I don't need prescription ones yet but
must use the magnifier's for reading anything, including cans at the grocery
store. I have found that I lose these glasses on a daily basis if I don't wear one
of those glass holder necklaces. So it has become my trademark to always
have that necklace on and my glasses lay low on my nose (like Teddy Kennedy
wears his). I always thought that they looked attractive that way since I usually
wear a longer skirt and sometimes boots and it reminded me of the
"hippie-look" out of the late 60's and early 70's only more professional looking
since I do work. Yesterday there were some young teenage girls in the store
and they had a pair of glasses they'd been trying on. One on them put the
glasses way down on her nose and said, right as I was passing by with my
glasses down on my nose, that "this is the way old ladies wear them"!!!!She
looked up and saw me and turned about three shades of red! I just smiled at
her and every time that I got close to them in the store they'd look at me, look
away and start breaking out in the giggles! I don't feel like I look as old as I am,
57, and I dress stylishly etc, but what was funny to me was that I felt very
comfortable hearing that phrase, "what an old lady wears", whereas a few years
ago I would have probably gone home and cried and tried to figure out a way
to change my appearance! Funny how time can change our attitudes. Thanks
for letting me share that. I didn't have anyone here to tell that story to that would
have gotten a laugh out of it. I love to get your newsletters. They are
wonderfully relaxing after a long day's journey! Warmly, Jan from Montana
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
J A requested a recipe for "potato candy snowballs". 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.
Hello, I believe this is the recipe for snowball candy that was requested in
2 cups sweetend dessicated coconut
2 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup warm mashed potatoes
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup flaked coconut
Combine dessicated coconut, icing sugar, vanilla
and mashed potatoes in a large bowl.
Mix thoroughly until it becomes pastey.
Roll about 1 teaspoon into a ball. If it becomes
too sticky add additional icing sugar.
Place balls on a foil lined cookie sheet and cool
in the refrigerator for about I hour.
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and add
shortening mixing until smooth.
Place flaked coconut in a bowl.
Take chilled balls and roll them in the chocolate
coating them completely.
Roll coated balls in the flaked coconut.
Place balls on a foil lined sheet and chill.
I think this may be the recipe this reader is searching for ~
Linda Richards, Tucson, AZ
- 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes
- 1 teaspoon of butter
- 3/4 cup of shredded coconut
- 1 pound of powdered sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- 5 squares of unsweetened chocolate
1. Cook and mash the potatoes, do not season, place 1/4 cup in
2. In the bowl mix in the butter until well blended
3. Gradually add the powdered sugar and the coconut until it is the
consistency of play-dough. If the candy is hard to mix, add
teaspoons of water until blended.
4. Mold the mixture into round balls
5. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate on a double boiler
6. Dip the balls into the chocolate and coat well
7. Roll in additional coconut if desired
8. Place on wax paper, cool and enjoy
This sounds like a recipe my grandmother used to make at
Easter, it goes like this:
3# of powdered sugar
1 c hot mashed potatoes
1 1/2 T of butter
1 c chopped nuts or coconut
1 c of candied fruit
1 t of vanilla
bittersweet chocolate melted
Mix all ingredients except chocolate. Form into shapes of
eggs, let it stand for 2 days.
Melt chocolate and dip the egg shapes into it. Let it cool
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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.
Growing up in Upstate NY, and knowing that winter is on it's way, I am
looking for a recipe for a Maple candy made with fresh clean snow. I
remember my mother talking about it being done when she was a child in
the early 1900's.(she grew up on a farm).I don't remember how it was
done, but she made it once and it was wonderful. Love this newsletter.
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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