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The Collectors Newsletter #474 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #474 November 2006
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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
Holiday Sales at TIAS!
For over 11 years, Holiday shoppers have trusted TIAS merchants
for safe & secure online shopping with great prices for antiques and
collectibles. Over the next 5 weeks, our dealers are going to be offering
even bigger discounts during 5 major online sales.
Collectibles (smalls less than 100yrs old) - Starts Sunday Nov 12
Glass, Porcelain and Pottery - Starts Sunday Nov 19
Fine Antiques (quality items over 100yrs old) - Starts Sunday Nov 26
Vintage Jewelry - Starts Sunday Dec 3
$25 or less sale - Starts Sunday Dec 10
This weeks sale features Collectibles ("smalls" that are less than 100
years old). We have so many dealers participating, we've set-up a
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Thousands of new items are being offered at huge discounts.
Hurry though, this sale ends November 18th at midnight EDT.
This is a perfect time to get your Holiday shopping done and get
some amazing deals as well.
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.
Being from a family of "proud packrats," I have kept a "set" of four wax
Christmas tree ornaments from the WW II years when most hardier
materials were slated for the War Effort. The ornaments are colorful,
hollow (fragile and faded now), anonymous and came with a wire hanger.
I have a Snowman, Angel, Drum Major and Santa Claus. My brother
has a similar "set." They're not beautiful or trendy, but they are
"encrusted" with great memories of Christmas Past. ~~ K.C. Croy,
St. Louis, MO.
As a newly graduating nurse, I rented an apartment a few blocks from
the hospital where I was so excited to begin my career in the ICU in
Victoria, BC. With no furnishings of my own, I "rented" furniture but
wanted something I "owned" to go with it.
One day I saw it. A lovely big painting of two owls. I felt I just had to
have it. The colors were right, and their big bright eyes were welcoming
and friendly. As a 'mass produced' painting, the price was right, and
so it came home with me. Something of my 'own' in my new home!
Well, little did I know what that painting would start.
My mother mentioned in a letter to my Aunt that I had this painting of
owls. As a result, Christmas that year brought me a Spode crystal owl.
I didn't think much of it, other than it was a lovely paperweight ...
however, as my birthday is only days after Christmas ... it started.
Friends who had been to my little apartment over the holidays and
saw the painting and the crystal owl decided to add to the collection.
I even at one point tried to decrease my collection and donated
several stuffed owls to a charity sale. Someone who knew of my
collection saw one of the owls and bought it for me! Imagine my
surprise as I opened the gift to see my own owl returning to me!!!
Many years later, as you can imagine I now have an extensive owl
collection - including owl sheets, towels and even owl shaped drinking
My most treasured, however, are the last owl to my collection, which
was a sketch I saw in Washington, DC during what would become my
last travels with my Mother. I saw it in a mall, and said "you just have
to see this...I don't want or need any more owls, but just look at this
one!" She bought it. She died that December. It is a treasure, and
so is the first "just friends" that started all this and that I still have and
has traveled with me throughout my many homes and apartments
from BC to Alberta to several US Navy duty stations, and now back
to BC, Canada! Marilin- Creston, BC
As the "keeper of things" in my family and the first one married, my
grandmother gave me all of her Christmas ornaments for our first tree.
Among her decorations were vintage paper ornaments from the
Depression Years when Christmas cards were used as ornaments.
We decorated our tree with these wonderful paper ornaments. As
Nana's eight great-grandchildren grew up I decided last year to share
these family keepsake ornaments with them by laminating them. I
also inscribed Nana's name on the back of the ornaments. I enjoyed
their reactions and was able to tell them a little bit about the
great-grandmother some of them never knew. These ornaments are
unique and historical and hopefully will be enjoyed for generations to
My collection began with an ashtray I found in a local "Boutique" about
30+ years ago. It was a handmade flat, round,saucer size tray with
opaque green glass glaze in the center. In the middle of this was the
back and head of a comical moose, as if he were standing belly-deep
in water. It reminded me of the moose we used to see in the river on
the way to where my family summer-grazed cattle. Beautiful country
full of wildlife. It was a wonderland for my cousins and myself to explore.
After that, my brother gave me a handmade stuffed "Bullwinkle" toy.
Mom followed that with a stuffed "Chocolate Moose". From there, I have
either been given or I have bought moose pictures, puppets, over 100
stuffed moose, tapes of Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoons, towels, shower
curtains, cups, you name it. If it has a moose on it, I most likely have
it. Friends and family always know what to get for me for birthdays and
Christmas...as if I could use more. My home is loaded with moose,
each with a special memory of who gave it to me or where it came from.
I still visit the cattle ranch, it's still a gorgeous place, and still, there
are moose feeding in the river and wandering through the trees. I laugh
at the cartoons showing mounted moose-heads for sale at flea markets
and yard sales. I haven't found one yet, but when I do, there will be one
hanging on my wall! Joni
Reading your stories about unusual collections, I had to chime in and tell
my story. Several years ago, we moved into a new home with limited
items for cooking (most were in storage or packed in unmarked boxes).
Thanksgiving that year was the year of my collection. My husband’s
uncle told me that if I supply the turkey, he would supply the roaster.
That morning, I woke up to a panic; I forgot to thaw the turkey. “No worries,
this pan will take care of that”. So he hands me an unusual pan that has
the word “SAVORY” stamped on each side. The bottom was different
in the way that there wasn’t really one, it was open and the base is
concaved. The heat goes directly to the curve of the roaster. 3 1/2 hours
later my frozen solid, 16 pound turkey was cooked completely and the
broth was almost to the top of the pan! My husband made the mistake
of saying “You know, I bet there are some of these on EBay”. Well,
that was all he had to say, I was on the site later that day and bid and
won my first one. My collection is up to 15 roasters (Savory, Savory Jr)
that are enamelware or graniteware, I have 3 sizes of double boilers, 2 fry
pans, 6 sifters (all different styles), a bread box and testimonial books
that were part of the roaster sale. My favorite ones are the red pan, one
that has the full label and one that my husband’s uncle had given to me
that Christmas. It is set up like a spring form pan, the ring holds the
basin, and the lid has wire clasps to hold the top to the ring, it was also
one that belonged to his uncle’s mother and possibly grandmother. I
cried when I opened that box, those three will never see the inside of my
oven. I found another one at a local antique store but it doesn’t have the
“SAVORY” stamp. It may be a fluke pan, it may be genuine, but it is
now part of my collection. So I guess it isn’t what you collect, it is how
you collect that make it all special! Kim Arms - Maytown, Pa
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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 my son was growing up, he would like to eat breakfast out of the
"bunny bowl" when at Grandma's house. It was a graniteware or enamelware
bowl, kind of a baby blue, with a little rabbit on the bottom on the inside.
When he graduated from high school, my mom gave it to him. That summer
he went on a mission trip. He insisted on taking the bowl with him. You
guessed it; it was stolen from his hotel room. For eleven years we have
been searching antique malls, but have yet to find one just like it. We have
never told my mom, hoping to find another. Can anyone help me? Write to
Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
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
NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel report an increased interest in golf collectibles. Collectors want
old wooden-handle clubs, golf club bags, covers, balls, and even ball
retrievers and wild-colored golf shoes.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
Recently my dad (age 80) started telling me funny things I said as a young
child. Here are a few:
1. When we moved to California, my Uncle Jack came to our new house to
visit. Apparently we had a cage for our cat to travel in. I ran up to Uncle Jack
and said "Hey Uncle Jack! We have a cat house in our garage!" His comment
to my parents was "I hope the neighbors don't find out."
2. While visiting my grand parents I once asked my dad "How many litters
did Grandma have?"
3. I have always loved cats and would frequently bring home strays. I always
told my parents that they followed me home. Dad said more than once I made
this statement to them while standing there all big eyed with hair all over the
front of my dress.
I hope these little tid bits will bring back memories for other readers. Judy
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
Anetta requested a recipe for " Salt Rising Bread". 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 recipe was copied by my mother Helen Silsbee Pierson on the back of an
envelope from the Camp Shop on 5th Avenue in NY. It was copied in pencil.
My mother and dad loved salt rising bread and used to slice it thin and toast it
to have with their breakfast. The bakery only made it on Wednesdays. This
recipe was probably from about 1964.
Scald 1 cup of milk. Take off the fire, stir in 1 TBL granulated sugar.
1and 1/2 tsp sale, 1/3 cup water ground cornmeal. Mix thoroughly and turn
into a 2 Qt. jar or pitcher, cover, and sit the pitcher in a pan of water has a
temp of 120 degrees F. Let the batter stand in a warm place for 6 or 7 hours or
until it has fermented. When the gas escapes freely stir in 1 cup lukewarm
water mixed with 1 Tbl granulated sugar. Stir in 2 cups sifted bread flour and
beat thoroughly. Return the jar to the hot water bath and let the sponge rise
until is it very light and full of bubbles. Turn the sponge at once into a large, warm
mixing bowl and stir in gradually 2 cups of sifted bread flour or just enough to
mix a stiff dough. Divide the dough in halves. Shape the loaves and place in
bread pans generously greased with lard. Brush the top with 2 TBL lard melted to
spreading consistency. Cover with towel and let rise in a warm place until the
dough is 2 and 1/2 times its original bulk. Bake loaves in moderately hot oven of
375 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake 25 minutes.
I saw an article in the paper about reasons why bakeries no longer make salt
rising bread. Apparently the bread mixture can form dangerous microbes of
some sort so they no longer make that delicious bread. Brings many happy
memories. Sincerely, Sallie Pierson Holden
PS I wonder what the Camp Shop sold and what they were writing to my mother
about. The address was 562 Fifth Ave.
My Mom made the best salt rising bread. I have never been able to duplicate it
but here is her recipe. Dad always said that it smelled like "stinky feet" but he
loved it - especially toasted with real butter on it. Mom did the potato one.
Peggy in North Central PA
I found the recipe for salt-rising bread in my very old “Joy of Cooking”.
The instructions start out with “do not attempt this bread in damp, cold weather
unless the house is heated….”. There are two versions, with the potato recipe
being a little less stinky.
Have all ingredients at about 75 degrees.
CORN MEAL SALT-RISING BREAD
Measure ½ cup coarse WATER-GROUND cornmeal. Scald 1 cup milk and pour
over cornmeal. Let sit in a warm place until it ferments – about 24 hours. By
then, it should be light and have a number of small cracks over the surface. If it
isn’t light in texture, it is useless to proceed, as the bread will not rise properly.
Scald 3 cups milk. Pour it over
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
5 tablespoons lard
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Stir in the corn mixture. Place the bowl containing these ingredients in a pan of
lukewarm water for about 2 hours, until bubbles work up from the bottom. Keep
the water warm during this time.
5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Knead in until smooth, but not stiff
2-1/2 cups more flour.
Place dough in 3 - 5x9 inch loaf pans, cover and let rise until it has doubled in
bulk. **Watch it, for if it gets too high, it may sour.**
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the
heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake another 25 to 30 minutes more until
POTATO SALT RISING BREAD
**to lessen the fantastic odors of salt-rising, use non-mealy, 2-1/2”diameter new
Place into stainless steel bowl
2-1/c cups thinly sliced potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons WATER-GROUND corn meal.
Add and stir until salt is dissolved
4 cups boiling water
Keep at 115 to 120 degrees for about 15 hours. (Place bowl in
electric dutch oven or a yogurt maker. If not available, use the
water-bath method mentioned above.)
Squeeze out the potatoes and discard. Drain the liquid into a
bowl, and add, stirring until very well blended
1 teaspoon soda
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Beat and beat “until the arm rebels”. Set the sponge in a warm
place to rise until light. Bubbles should come to the surface and
the sponge should increase its volume by about 1/3.
(about 1-1/2 hours)
1 cup milk with 1 teaspoon sugar
When lukewarm, add 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
Add this to the potato sponge with 6 cups all purpose flour.
Knead dough for about 10 minutes, shape into 3 – 5x9 loaves.
Place into greased pans and permit to rise, covered, until light
and not quite double in bulk.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour.
Salt-rising bread is one of the oldest breads in this country. It has a
delicious and unusual flavor and a very smooth texture. In fact, it is one
of the most remarkable of all breads. It does present one great difficulty
for the breadmaker. It is unpredictable. It is a worthy recipe,so give it a
To keep the starter at a steady temperature, which the recipe requires,
leave it in an electric oven with the light on--this will provide just enough
warmth--or in a gas oven with the pilot light on.
The foam that forms may not be one, two, or three inches in thickness,
but if it FOAMS at all make the loaf and see what happens. Good luck!
For the salt-rising starter:
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 medium potato, peeled and sliced thin
2 tablespoons white or yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix the starter ingredients and pour into a 2-quart jar or a deep bowl that
has been rinsed well with hot water. Cover with a lid or plate. Put the jar
into a larger bowl or pan and surround with boiling water. Cover the large
bowl with plastic or a towel, and cover this with three or four towels or a
blanket. It should stand at a temperature of 100 degrees when the mixture
is finally foaming. The electric oven turned to warm will provide the right
temperature, and so will a gas range with a pilot light on. In either case,
let the starter stand about 12 hours, or until the top is covered with 1/2
to 1 inch of foam. Sometimes it will take longer to foam, even 24 hours,
but continue to keep it warm.
FOR THE BREAD
Liquid from starter (above)
1/2 cup warm water (100 to 115 degrees, approximately)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup undiluted evaporated milk or 1/2 cup lukewarm whole milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 to 5 1/2 cups all-purpose or hard-wheat flour
Let the liquid from the potato starter drip through a strainer into a mixing
bowl, and then pour the warm water through the potatoes, pressing out
as much liquid as possible. Discard the potatoes.
Add to the drained liquid the soda, milk, melted butter, and salt, mixing well.
Stir in 2 cups of the flour and beat until very smooth. Stir in the remaining
flour, a cup at a time, until a soft dough is formed, using up to 4 1/2 cups.
Put a cup of flour on the bread board and turn the dough onto it. Sprinkle
a little of the flour on top of the dough and knead lightly for 10 to 12
minutes, or until the dough is smooth but still soft.
Divide the dough and shape into two loaves (this bread does not have a
rising between the kneading and the shaping).
Place in well-buttered bread pans, brush the top of each loaf with melted
butter, cover, and place in a warm, draft-free place to rise until doubled
in bulk. (This will take longer than regular bread--as long as 4 to 5 hours,
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, or until
the loaves shrink from the sides of the pans. Remove from pans to 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.
HAS ANYONE EVER MADE DILL PICKLES FROM SCRATCH? IN
THE 30'S AND 40'S, MY MOTHER IN LAW USED TO MAKE PICKLES
THE KOSHER WAY. THE RECIPE DID NOT HAVE ANY VINEGAR IN
IT. IF ANYONE CAN SHARE THEIR RECIPE FOR DILL KOSHER
PICKLES THAT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL SURPRISE FOR MY
HUSBAND. I HAVE HER CROCK THAT SHE USED TO PICKLE THE
PICKLES IN. THANKS SO MUCH, Pattiann
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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