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The Collectors Newsletter #463 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #463 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
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.
I started collecting when my mother told my wife and I that there were
many of my old things in the basement and wanted to know what to do
with them. The message was clear, she didn't want to keep storing my old
stuff! We went down and looked and much of it was old toys. Dinky Toys,
Marx toys and American Flyer trains - and amazingly most unbroken.
That started me "on the track" of toy collecting 30 years ago.
I love your "collections" stories. I inherited my mother's lake cottage
several years ago, and since she was an avid fisherwoman, immediately
began filling it with fish-shaped things. Pictures frame w/fish that hold
pictures of my mom and her fish! Dishes to eat from as well as to
hang on the wall, pictures, jigsaw puzzles, fish lights, fish mirrors, fish
kitchen things like corn cob holders, swizzle sticks, glasses, cutting
board, trivet, even a letter opener and a hand-carved ink pen given to me
by friends. I haunt antique stores for more fish related items, and have
found a fish mold, and a beautiful bronze dish that has fish all in the
bottom--almost looks like a can of sardines! My latest find is an old
oyster plate that has fish in between the wells. Now, I've got a new
collection started....oyster plates! GB, Greensboro, NC
Hi after reading your newsletter for quite some time, I finally decided to
share my story about how I started collecting. Sometime around the
early 70's, a local furniture store was giving out a free set of dishes, just
for coming into there store. I was only 16 and just recently a new driver.
So off I went to pick up a new set of "Willow Blue" dishes to start my
"Hope Chest". Well.... here it is almost 36 years later (boy time flies)
and I now have an intensive collection of blue and white.... oriental,
transferware, state plates (have to be blue and white), old calender
plates. You name it, if its porcelain and blue and white it's for me.
Young people come to the house and remark about "how much I have",
and I have to remind myself and them... I've been collecting items for
over 30 years, on vacations, gifts, garage sales, antique shops, ebay....
I still enjoy looking and (dusting) and displaying the items in my house.
Marsha from Taylor Michigan
In 1973, my Great Aunt Iva passed away. After the funeral, the family
gathered at her house. We were asked to pick out "keepsakes" that we
would like. She had a small collection (25-35) of open salts. I had to
ask what they were, but thought they were neat. I picked out two of her
salts and from that start, I now have over 7,000! Next June, my wife and
I are hosting the 10th National Open Salt Collectors Convention in
Indianapolis, IN. Don Rabourn (Don R)
I don't know if it's too late to share a story about how collections are
started but here goes. When I was a teenager in the early 1970s, I went
with my parents to an antique store. The store was in an old general
store that was quite big and crammed with all manner of stuff. It is still
open in Mill Run, PA. I was looking through all of the cases of jewelry
when a small round photo pin of a baby caught my eye. I had never seen
anything like it, being rather young and not exposed to many antique
stores. The woman running the store told me that it was most likely a
Victorian mourning pin. It was possible that the baby was deceased and
that the mother wore the pin as a remembrance. I was heartbroken to
think that this "heirloom" ended up in some store case. I bought it for
$15 of my much hoarded allowance money. My parents thought that I
was crazy. I believe that I was around 15 years old at the time. I had
only that one pin which I loved for quite a few years. I was "a kid" and
didn't have a lot of disposable income and honestly didn't plan on
collecting anything. Later, when I was in my 20s and working, I came
across more of these pins and started to collect them. I am partial to
the photographic pins although I do have pieces with hair, brooches
and watch chains, some engraved with information about the deceased,
and a few wreaths with various family members hair woven into flowers.
I have over 100 items in my collection. Last year I saw an old wedding
photo in a resale shop for $1 and bought it, saddened that it was no
longer in someone's family. My sister, with whom I frequently antique
shop, saw the wedding photo and said, "Oh no. Here we go again!"
Maybe I am on my way to another collection. I also collect pigs,
turkeys, fairy lights, charms, clocks, inlaid boxes, trays, cased glass,
Santas... whew! a few other things but I'll end it here. Thanks for a
great newsletter! Gina Costello
Hi, I always enjoy your newsletter, and the many stories. We moved to
the country from the city when my kids were very young 4,5,12 years old.
We had neighbors who had children the same ages, and between the
two families we had a total of 15 acres and a creek. Well, my neighbor
could whistle threw her fingers, so she called her kids with her whistle.
I had a old bell, It had been on my mothers cow when she was a girl in
Colorado, and she brought it to California when she moved out here. I
would step out on my porch and ring that cow bell when I wanted my
kids, They would come a running and if it was meal time, so would the
neighbor kids. I was the cook of the neighborhood and I fed them all.
We always had a table full of children. They are all grown now, but still
talk about the many meals at our house, and have brought their own
children by to share their memories and food with, If I ring that bell today,
who ever is home in the neighborhood show up at my door. I would not
wish it to be any other way. Sincerely, Valerie B. Anderson
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
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
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to email@example.com
2) The Latest Antique News
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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.
Back in the 50's I used to read to my children from a wonderful story book
that I think was called "365 Bedtime stories" . We wore the story book out
t...and I guess I must have thrown it out. If anyone knows where I can get
a copy I would appreciate it. Sally Hille Email: 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.
I have a small antique shop and prowl Goodwill looking for treasures especially
on half price day. Another woman and I kept finding ourselves in the small
aisles getting in each other's way. She looked at the baby buggy I was pushing
and commented, "isn't it funny that when we were young we would not have bought
any of this stuff, but now that we are old we are trying to find what we had when
we were young?" We both chuckled and continued our search for memories.
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
A reader requested a recipe for "maple candy made with snow". 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.
Maple Snow Candy
Fill large pans with fresh, clean, firmly packed snow. Boil real maple syrup
until it reaches the soft-ball stage, then pour it in a thin stream from a large
spoon onto the snow. After the syrup has started to harden, it can be lifted
in sections with a fork and twisted into elaborate shapes. Bob
Of all things, I remember reading about this in one of the "Little House on the
Prarie" books when I was a child!
Here is a recipe or mainly just instructions for the process.
"Jack Wax" or "Maple on Snow"
"Jack Wax" or "Maple on Snow" is a maple product produced by pouring hot
maple syrup over snow or crushed or cracked ice. It is most commonly eaten
quickly, rather than stored for future use.
Make "Jack Wax" or "Maple on Snow" by heating maple syrup to a temperature
18 to 40°F above the boiling temperature of pure water and immediately pouring
the heated syrup over snow or cracked or crushed ice. The nature of the product
produced depends on the temperature attained. At the lower end of the
temperature range, the "Jack Wax" will be taffy-like, and chewy; at the upper end
of the temperature range it will be much harder, and more glass-like.
Hope this is what she's looking for. Lori T.
I found this recipe on massmaple.org. for your reader in Clinton, NY.
This delicacy has been a traditional spring-time favorite at sugar houses and sugar
camps for over 200 years. In some areas of the maple region, it is also known as
"leather aprons" or "leather britches", due to its chewy, leathery consistency.
Here in New England we know it as sugar-on-snow. A real New England Sugar
Eat can easily be prepared at home.
Ingredients: Maple Syrup, Pan of snow, Sour pickles, Saltines or plain doughnuts
Heat maple syrup to 22 to 28 degrees F. above the boiling point of water. Usually
heating to about 2340 will do the job. A higher heat will make a stiffer product. As
soon as the syrup reaches the proper temperature, it is poured or drizzled
immediately, without stirring, over packed snow or shaved ice. Because it cools
so rapidly, the supersaturated solution does not have a chance to crystallize. It
will form a thin glassy, chewy, taffy-like sheet over the snow. Twirl it up with a
fork and enjoy! Traditionally it's served with sour pickles to cut the sweetness,
and saltines or plain doughnuts. from Charlotte (originally from Utica, now in
My family is from the northern PA area and I remember my father talking about
that very thing. They would tap the trees, boil the sap down until the soft ball
stage and throw the hot sap on the snow. That would cool it down enough for
the children to pick it up and eat the sweet maple treat. The tapped trees were
gone by the time I was a child, but Daddy would make "Snow Ice Cream" each
winter for us. I lost him 9 years ago and still miss his stories. Debby K.
Maple Snow Candy
Fill a large pan with fresh, clean, firmly packed snow. Boil 1 1/2 cups real maple
syrup until it reaches the soft-ball stage, then pour it in a thin stream from a large
spoon onto the snow. After the syrup has started to harden, it can be lifted in
sections with a fork and twisted into elaborate shapes.
Hope this is the recipe that your reader from Clinton, NY was looking for.
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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 sponge cake recipe. At least I think it was sponge cake.
It came on a piece of paper in the bottom of a tube pan the kind that comes apart.
You had to cut up bits of bitter chocolate , it was chocolate chip sponge cake
We ,4 of us kid, always had this cake for birthdays in the 50's I would really
love to make this cake for a family reunion. TIA Kathy
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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