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The Collectors Newsletter #469 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #469 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
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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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.
How did I start collecting? I didn't. Stuff collected me.
Until the year 2000, my family had lived in the same house for over 200
years. When the current occupant passed on, the eldest child and his/her
family would move in. Not that they bothered moving anything OUT! The
previous occupant's things were either left in place or moved to the attics
or store cellars (believe it or not, I have never owned a new sofa). By the
time "my turn" had come around, it was decided that the house was just
too large and way too expensive to maintain, so we donated it to the
state historical society.
While deciding what items to keep and which to donate along with the
house it dawned on me, I had COLLECTIONS! 14 sets of dinnerware
dating from the early 1800s, 7 sets of sterling flatware, 14 (yup, 14)
tea & coffee services, over 200 embroidered and monogrammed napkins
and table linens and the list went on and on., including clothing, paintings,
Bibles, matchbooks, sewing stuff, kitchenware, vanity items, and so
on ad nauseam.
And the list still goes on and on I kept so many of the items that they
have self-coagulated into collections in my more modest domain. People
who don't know my background find to difficult to understand the shelf
in my kitchen, which contains 17 electric coffee percolators. Not one
of which was manufactured after 1957, and not one of which was not
The mansion may be gone, but the family "stuff" is still collecting dust!
Post Script: When we finally vacated the house we left it fully furnished,
including kitchen utensils and clothing, all circa 1940, the last time any
renovations were done on the old barn. GRC, Chicago
I was amused by the story of the woman who has a teacup collection
she doesn't care much for! Years ago, I started collecting depictions of
Women Who Weren't Perfect--older women, frumpy women, but always
in good taste. I had small figurines, wallpockets, head vases, etc., and
made the mistake of telling family and friends about it. Our children
began giving me additions to my collection but they weren't at all what I
had in mind; sometimes those items were making fun of old saggy-baggy
women and so on. They misunderstood what I valued and were still too
young to understand that older doesn't mean ugly!!! I tolerated that for
a few years, then came up with a solution. I e-mailed all three of our g
grown children and told them my collection was now complete and I was
even divesting myself of some of the pieces. It worked, and they had to
think of other things to give me on special occasions. There's nothing
from my collection on display now, and to tell the truth I've gotten rid of
all but perhaps my favorite half-dozen items. Adele
A Life Long attraction!
When I was a "girl" in the early 60's, when gas was pumped for you, and
you would get dishes in an oatmeal box, I had no idea, that my
collections of today would come from those two very sources.
To make a long story short, As a very new and single parent, on a very
tight budget, in the early 80's, I would garage sale for the items I
needed for my home. I could get some things for as little as a quarter,
and at the most a buck.
I collect Fenton Hobnail Milk glass and Star of David Crystal (Anchor
Hocking Crystal Early American Prescut)(.
I remember being given the privilege of "picking" which Oatmeal can we
would buy, and holding it in my little arms until we got home, so I
could open it. We sometime got a new piece, and sometimes got a
duplicate, but my mother would always make a very big deal of our new
I was also given the pleasure of picking out which milk glass we would
get free with our fill up of gas. I would stand in front of that table
and my eyes would glaze over!
Now, in 2006, My mother does not think it is so strange, that I have
some rare and beautiful pieces of these two collectables (if not all) of
each of the collection that was produced. She still laughs every time
we go antiquing, and I go.... Oh, do I have that piece.. Sheryl
I collect flamingos. This stupidity began about 17 years ago when we
designed and had made a stained glass window made for our master
bathroom. I was so afraid that it was going to be tacky.... Well, you
know about flamingos. When it was installed, I loved it. Our view from
this room is, well, lacking. The people who owned the house used a
portion of their property to build apartments (if I ever win the lottery I
will buy them and bulldoze them). Anyhow that was about the time
that I discovered Ebay. One could purchase lovely porcelain flamingos
quite reasonably at that time. I buy the pretty ones. I tend to be gifted
with the ones which are a bit tacky. Most of my clothing has an
image of one sort or another of the fool birds.
At church, I am known as the flamingo lady. There is a young girl who
has a dress that she wears occasionally just for me. It has a flamingo
at the hem.
My granddaughter has many shirts with the pink creature on them. I
hardly ever see her in "normal" clothing.
At last count I had 236 images and flamingo things inside my house.
This isn't counting the concrete ones and the (horrors)plastic ones
and the nylon wind spinners outside. I try to make the ones outside
not too visible from the street.
I also collect crystal pretties and candle holders and kaleidoscopes and
little music boxes that do things. I didn't mean to collect anything. Ah,
but it is so much fun. I, too, love the newsletter. Ann from Atlanta
OK, I have to share my story:
I'm the same age as Princess Diana, and my college friends and I all
admired her beauty and style. I guess we "princesses" lived vicariously
through her and her storybook life and wedding.
In the summer of 1982, just after Prince William was born, I was
traveling in London and I bought a souvenir leather bookmark imprinted
in gold letters, commemorating the birth of "His Royal Highness Prince
William of Wales." Little did I know that was the start of my collection!
Two years later, my mother was going to Europe and I asked her to see
if she could find a similar bookmark with the name of the new royal
baby, Prince Harry, on it.
She couldn't find a bookmark, so instead she brought me a beautiful
English bone china box with a lid, commemmorating Prince Harry's birth.
Well, as other readers have experienced, my collection snowballed from
there! I started finding Royal Family commemorative pieces in the most
unlikely places - even a whole case full in a shop once - wish I could
have afforded everything! My collection has grown to well over 50 china
plates, teacup & saucer sets, dishes, mugs, spoons, coins, boxes, tins
, linen, etc., commemorating births, deaths, coronations and travels of
the Royal Family dating from the last couple hundred years. One large
pitcher celebrates Queen Victoria; another piece is a 1937 coronation
plate of King George VI and Elizabeth - bordered with flags and name
banners of all the "jewels" in the British crown at the time - Malta, West
Africa, Hong Kong, Ceylon, India, South Africa, Australia, Canada - to
name just a few!
I don't actively search for pieces anymore, but now and again, they find
me! Someday I will catalog my collection and see if any of it is actually
worth anything (I paid pretty steep prices for some pieces) but for the
time being, I'm just enjoying my Royal Family. :-) Stephanie in Texas
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
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Gary Sohmers Returns to eBay Sales with Concert Posters
New BID NOW button appears on eBay Live Auctions
Tiffany Favrile Glass & Lamps sold and Authenticated
Cartier Pin previously owned by Sir Elton John shown at the Miami
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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.
I enjoy reading this newsletter and have wondered how to get these
pictures to the right people. Hopefully one of them will see this.
I acquired a folder with pictures, some letters of Rock and Catherine
Robinson taken and written in the 1900's. Their children's names - Rock,
Ed, Ruby and Katy. This family lived near Coquille, OR at a place
called Fat Elk. Please contact me at AWCJW@webtv.net if you know of the
family so I can send this folder to them.
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.
While visiting Mesa Verde in Colorado, my husband, mother and mother's
friend and I were walking down a path to one of the pueblos. As we passed
by a sign that read, "No Food or Drink beyond This Point' a ten-year old
(guessing) boy reading the sign said, "Well, that's another reason they died!"
speaking of the extinct peoples that inhabited the pueblos. We all still LOL
when we think of it! GMP
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
We did not get any responses to the last request, so here is a comment
from a reader and a recipe for Sourdough English Muffins that someone sent in.
If you have a variation of this recipes 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.
Barb Russell, of Chesapeake, VA wrote regarding school cooking. I am the
author of a cookbook which has been floating around in several local book
stores for about 8 years. Recently I gave a copy to a friend who works for
the county school system in a cafeteria. Several weeks after giving her the
book we met again and by this time summer vacation was over and the new
school year had started. I was extremely proud when she told me that several
of the recipes from my cookbook were now being used in the school system's
cafeterias. Don Moore - DMoore_3480@msn.com
The Night Before:
(Recipe from: Bake Your Own Bread & Be Healthier-Stan & Floss Dworkin)
1 C starter
2 tablespoons honey
2 C reconstituted powdered skimmed milk (or whole milk)
4 C unbleached white flour
Mix starter, honey and milk in mixing bowl until smooth. Add 4 C flour, 2 C at a
time, and mix in. There's no need for gluten development now, so do not whip-just
get all the flour thoroughly wet. Cover with clean towel and leave at room
temperature in a draft free place.
The Next Morning:
1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1-2 C unbleached white flour
cornmeal for sprinkling.
Stir down mixture (it will have risen considerably). If it has risen too high and
fallen, no problem, just stir down the rest of the way. Sprinkle a scant teaspoon
baking soda and 2 teaspoons sea salt over the surface of the dough and work in.
Flour your board with 1 C flour or more (up to 2 C), until dough is medium stiff -
enough to roll out. Once you have enough flour in (I go by feel-never too dry and
always moist) and the dough longer sticks to your hands, give it a 5 minute
Get 2 baking sheets or jelly roll pans and line with waxed paper-sprinkle corn
meal over both.
Flour board again and lightly roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Take a 3 inch
round cutter ( a bit larger diameter, different shapes, OK) and cut as many
rounds as you can-rolling the left over and cutting more until the dough is all
used up. Try to keep them very uniform in thickness and diameter.
As you cut each round, place on corn mealed wax paper-don't allow raw
muffins to touch--they will stick. When all rounds are cut, sprinkle corn meal
over tops of muffins.
Allow to rise in warm place, covered, for about an hour or until risen again.
This Was The FUN Part!
Preheat a griddle (I used a non stick T-Fal 12 inch griddle pan) with a TINY
bit of butter, until butter sizzles. Use a low flame or heat setting so inside
pan bakes and outside does not burn. Pan bake one side for about 4 minutes
and turn. Squish down a bit with spatula and pan bake other side for about 4
minutes. Turn only once so be sure the one side is cooked before turning.
They look like store bought, and taste supreme!
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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.
Help! The holidays are coming and in a recent move I have lost my favorite
recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini. Unlike other recipes I have found online this
one used raw broken spaghetti and was cooked in one pot with onions,
mushrooms and a can of cream of mushroom soup and enough chicken
broth to cover the pasta. It was a great way to use leftover holiday turkey.
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.
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