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The Collectors Newsletter #472 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #472 November 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.
I thought I would add to the collection page with my stories. As a young
adult, I had received a pair of salt and pepper shakers for a gift and that
gesture started my collection of some wonderful and rare sets. I
collected them for approximately twenty years. I had them carefully
wrapped in this big, old cardboard box and I can't even guess how many
times that box moved with me. It finally came to rest in a storage unit for
a few years. Periodically, I would bring the box home with me, sit on the
floor, and go through each and every one of the salt and pepper sets with
nostalgia. About a year ago, I again was in a salt and pepper mood and
I had planned on going to my storage and rescuing the box to savor the
contents. But something came up that day and I thought I would just do
it the next day. Well, I should have listened to my heart because during
that night, someone broke into the storage unit and one of the items they
took was that big, old cardboard box with all of my lovely treasures. I
never did find any evidence of what happened to the collection. I have
never gotten over it but I do hope that someone is enjoying them as
much as I did. My present collection started with a bottle of Marilyn
Merlot wine and you can guess the rest of the story. I now have a very
large collection of Marilyn Monroe and I keep it close. Diane
I also collect cups and saucers, but only those given to me. This derived
from my mother, whose had white china with a gold rim. She had broken
some cups, and also wanted some extras for serving dessert at bridge,
etc, but the pattern was out of stock. The white looked lovely with all the
various pretty cups from all over. When she died, we gave a cup and
saucer to each of her many special friends to remember her by. They
had such fun choosing, and were really touched by the thought. The
others found homes with me, my aunt, and my sister-in-law.
Occasionally, I use one to have a nice cup of tea "with Mom."
I just read the collector story about the man who got over 800 ducks in his
I love English Bulldogs and have pushed the limits on a curio cabinet full of
But the story I want to share is in memory of my grandmother. Grammy
started collecting elephants later on in her life (she started at about 80).
She had them all over the house when she died at 97. I do not know
where all the elephants she owned went, but I now own one black jade
elephant pendant. The Christmas after she died my husband gave it to
me as a gift to remember her. It is the best one piece collection a gal
My brother and I also honored her memory and her love of elephants by
purchasing and donating a box full of stuffed elephants to the local hospital
for the children in lieu of flowers at the funeral. I like to think that Gram was
very pleased to still bring love and peace to the little ones. Deb in Florida.
When my daughter Shawna was seven, she wanted a doll. Oh, but not
just any doll, but one that was motion sensitive and laughed and cried
when you picked her up or put her down. Needless to say this doll was
very costly at the time (1982) and way out of my budget. However, two
days before Christmas I just happened to be at the department store when
the doll was put on sale for half off. I grabbed one and took it home,
wrapped it with care and tucked it under the tree. I couldn't wait for
Shawna to open it. Now, at the time we had a very hyper cat named
Skittles. She was not named after the candy but rather after the noise her
claws made as she rushed from room to room, skittling along. Skittles
was particularly amped up that night, tearing around the house. The cat
came ripping into the living room at top speed, couldn't stop in time and
crashed into the pile of gifts under the tree. "Waaaaah" said one of the
boxes. "OH MY GOSH!" screamed Shawna. "YOU GOT ME THE DOLL!"
She picked up one of the boxes. "Ma-maaa!" it cried happily. My brother,
who had been sitting in a chair next to the tree the whole time, lifted one
eyebrow and said "I do believe that is the first time a cat actually let the
cat out of the bag." Ali Koomen, Mesa AZ
I've been reading the stories about how people started their collections and
have enjoyed them immensely. I have numerous collections, but probably
one of the more unusual ones is toaster dolls. About 5 years ago I went
to an all city garage sale in a little town not far from me. I found a cloth doll
that immediately reminded me of an elegant Jamaican lady with caramel
colored skin, a beautiful yellow dress and her hair done up in a matching
scarf. I was really puzzled because the doll didn't have any legs, but I
loved it so much that I bought it anyway. There was a teen-aged boy
manning the sale, so I didn't really ask many questions. Well, I found out
that it was a toaster doll. Since then I have accumulated about 30 different
toaster dolls. I have them in just about every skin color, hair color and a
wide variety of dress styles. I just love them because they all have different
distinct personalities. Two years ago I went back to that same little town
for the all city sales again. I had made myself a mental note of the
neighborhood where I purchased that first doll. I went into one garage and
sure enough, there was another toaster doll. I bought it and this time I was
able to meet the lady who was selling them. She was downsizing and
was thrilled that someone else appreciated them. This year, I'm taking a
picture of my collection and taking it with me in case she is having another
sale. I have had a problem figuring out how to display them. Since their
dresses are so poofy, they take up a lot of room. I'd love to hear any
suggestions. Pam PPaul92506@aol.com
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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 recently found a photo postcard in my Husbands Mothers pictures. It is of
a World War One solder. It has never been mailed but a message was
written on the back. It says" His name is Dewey R Greer, a Montana boy.
Keep this picture for me. It is a friend of mine. He has been shipped out
so there is a small chance of me ever seeing him again." My Husbands
father was in WW1 so it was probably his. Maybe someone has a relative
with this name. Let me know and I will send it to you. Dorothy Greeno
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 look forward to every newsletter that I get and wanted to share a story about
my grandson "Zack". A few days ago he ask me where my father was. I
replied that my father was dead. He then asked "who is your father now?"
To that I replied, "I guess pawpaw is." Then Zack said where did you get him,
on Ebay ? I laughed so hard and said no. Not satisfied with that answer he
then asked "well where? from the flea market?" We do Ebay and his father
is a flea market junky, so I guess in his mind I had to get him from one of
two places. Keep up the good work. In every article that you print there is
always something interesting to read about. Sincerely Glenda from
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Pat S. requested a recipe for " fruit cake that was mostly nuts and
raisins". Here are some responses.
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.
This is an easy recipe for Christmas cake that I have used with no candied fruit.
2 15 OZ boxes of raisins
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
1/2 cup orange juice
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 tsp ground nutmeg
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnuts are best)
1/2 cup sherry, whisky or other liqueur (optional)
Simmer raisins, sugars and water in dutch oven for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, add butter, cover and cool for 3 hours.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients until well moistened.
Turn into greased 9 inch tube pan or large loaf pan.
Bake in 300 degree oven for 2 hours or until wooden pick comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 15 minutes.
Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Brush cake with whiskey or liqueur if desired, wrap in plastic and store in
fridge for about one month.
Here is my recipe from before 1960. I make it each year and still the family favorite.
Candied Fruit Cake
3 - 8oz. packages pitted dates
l pound candied pineapple
l pound whole candied cherries, plus some for garnishing
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 pounds (that is 8 cups) pecans halves, plus some for garnishing
white corn syrup
Let all ingredients stand at room temp for 1 hour.
Use two 9"x5"x3" loaf pans or two 9" spring-form pans. Grease well and line
bottoms and sides with brown paper cut to fit and then grease paper. Heat
oven to 275 degrees. Cut dates and pineapple in coarse pieces. Put in large
bowl. Add whole candied cherries. Do not use cake flour or self-rising flour.
Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Sift onto fruit. Mix fruits and dry
ingredients well with fingers, separating pieces of fruit so that all are well
coated with dry ingredients. Beat eggs until frothy. Gradually beat in g
granulated sugar. Add to fruit mixture; mix well with large spoon. Add 8 cups
pecans halves. Mix with hands until nuts are evenly distributed and are
coated with batter. Pack into pans, pressing down with palms of hands. If
necessary rearrange pieces of fruit and nuts to fill any empty spaces.
Decorate tops with rows of whole cherries and pecan halves. Bake
springform cake about 1 1/4 hours; loaf cake 1 1/2 hours. (Tops of cakes,
where batter is visible, should look dry, but will not be brown. If there is any
doubt, leave cakes in oven a few minutes longer.) Let stand about 5 minutes
after removing from oven. Turn out on racks and carefully peel off paper.
Turn top side up, brush with corn syrup; cool. Wrap in foil and store airtight
in cool place. Will keep several weeks but can be frozen. ENJOY!
My mother used to make this every Christmas. The cake is very moist, but
not quite the same as fruit cake. This recipe originally was given to my mother
by my grandmother, her mother-in-law.
Poor Man's Cake
1 Package seedless raisins
3 cups of water
Cook raisins 1/2 hour, take off the stove and add 1 cup of cold water. Also
add 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cloves,
1 cup of "lard" (shortening?), 1 1/2 cup sugar, 4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon
of baking soda. Beat well and put in a "slow" oven (325). Bake in tube pan
for about 1 hours.
Mom added black walnuts, but she doesn't specify how much. My
assumption is the original 3 cups or water evaporate during cooking.
Hope this works. Anne G. Younger Wilmington, De.
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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'm looking for a recipe for a dark brown bread that's served with a meal.
The bread was served at Steak & Ale restaurants but they are no longer
in our area. The bread was served with the main course and wasn't sweet,
just a dark brown. I've found other brown bread recipes but most have
lots of sugar and/or molasses in it. None of them are even close. Would
anyone have a recipe that closely resembles this bread? Thank you.
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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