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The Collectors Newsletter #478 December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #478 December 2006
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1. Holiday 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.
A Christmas Dream Come True
I believe the year was 1959 or 1960, I was a little girl seven or eight
years old. I was also an avid Shirley Temple fan! I loved her movies, and
her music, and my heart's desire was to own a Shirley Temple doll.
I asked Santa for one for Christmas and prayed for him to be sure the
doll was under the tree on Christmas morning. I can't remember any
other Christmas in my life when a gift was more desired or longed for.
Normally, the Santa presents at our house were laid under the tree
without wrapping sometime late on Christmas Eve when Santa arrived
long after we were in bed and asleep.
My brothers and I would wake up very early, usually around 4:00 a. m.
on Christmas morning, sneak out to the tree and see if our requested
present was there. If the requested gift was reasonable, it was generally
always there. Then we would sneak back to bed until daylight when we
would wake our parents and pretend to be surprised about all the gifts
Santa left. (As if our parents didn't know that we were sneaking around
the house in the wee hours of the morning!)
That Christmas was no different, except when we found our gifts during
our "sneak" there was no Shirley Temple doll for me, only a pair of
plastic high heels, which I thought were very nice and would be a lot of
fun, but my heart was broken--surely Santa hadn't misunderstood? Had
I been a naughty girl? Did Santa make a mistake? Was a Shirley
Temple doll too much to ask for?
I went back to bed and couldn't go back to sleep, I just couldn't believe
Santa wouldn't bring her, and I dropped more than just a couple of
tears on my pillow. Daylight did finally come, and the family gathered
around the tree. The gifts were all opened, and as usual, we all had
some wonderful new items to cherish. I tried very hard to be happy with
what I had, but deep down, I was shattered. It was the first time in my
life Santa had let me down, I was sure it was my fault, he'd
misunderstood, or I hadn't been a good enough girl.
Then, my Mom told me she saw a lump under the tree skirt in the back
of the tree, and asked me if I'd please crawl under it and straighten it for
her. I did exactly that, and when I got there, realized the lump was an
unopened wrapped gift. I pulled it out, and it had no name on it, so Mom
told me just to go ahead and open it so we could figure out who it
belonged to. I couldn't believe my eyes when I started to tear open the
gift wrap---there, in my hands was a box with a picture of Shirley Temple
on it, and when the wrap was gone, inside the box, the very doll I had
so disparately longed for!
Santa hadn't forgotten me, he'd wrapped that special gift and left it for
me after all. I will never forget that Christmas morning and how much
that gift meant to me! To this day, I have that box, and the doll that lives
in it, along with all of her clothes and accessories, in perfect condition.
She now adorns a special spot in our home every Christmas, and has
been my special "Christmas Treasure" all my life.
She is one of my most prized and deeply loved possessions, and has
been a constant reminder to me that no matter how old I get, or what
happens in life, one should never stop believing in Santa Claus, or lose
faith in the power of giving. It's not the doll, but what she represents
that is special. It's the ability to believe, to maintain faith and hope,
and to keep Christmas dreams alive in the eyes of children that the
doll reminds me of every year.
No gift before her, or since I received her, has had such an impact --
yes, Coleen, there IS a Santa Claus! Coleen Browning
The Christmas I was eleven, I spent eight days in hospital with a broken
arm. I was the only child in the hospital and Santa brought me a huge doll.
She stood about 24 inches tall and wore a cowgirl outfit, a gold satin shirt
and brown fake-leather skirt with fringe and brown cowboy boots. I'm
turning 60 next year and I still have that doll. She's lost her outfit and the
pup chewed her toe but she holds a world of memories. I was speechless
when they gave me the doll because I was 'past' that stage. I didn't want to
hurt the feelings of the nurse who brought the doll in, but I really didn't want
a doll. My parents never knew where that doll came from either but today
they just shake their heads at my ever-growing doll collection. Just goes to
show that what you don't want may just be what you do want after all. Kate
Every year at Christmas I think of when I was eight years old and wanted
a bike for Christmas ( that was 47years ago). We didn’t have a lot but
there was always Christmas, my parents operated a gas station /
convenience store as they are called today. We had many regular
customers and my mom must have told one of the regulars that I wanted a
bike for Christmas and he said he had one for $10.00. It was Christmas
Eve when he brought it to my parents and they were in total shock but
did not want to hurt his feelings and no time to purchase a bike they
brought it home anyway. Christmas morning I remember being so
excited and came downstairs to see and there was my bike. My mom
said she just held her breath. My exact words were “I got a new bike!
But it’s a used one. It needed paint, the bracket to hold a light on the
front fender was there but the light was missing and the seat needed to
be replaced. I can still see it. However after the opening our other gift
I was into warm clothes and boots (we live in Minnesota) outside I went
with my new used bike. I know my parents felt really bad about the
bike but I don’t remember every complaining about it because I got a
bike and was happy as can be and my neighbor friends and I road all
over town for many years until it wasn’t cool anymore. Something else
that comes to mind is not one neighbor friend ever made fun of my bike,
I guess back then name brands and newest didn’t really mean that much
we were happy with what we received with love. Thank you for allowing
this warm and fuzzy memory. Merry Christmas from Brenda S.
When I was 18 years old my favorite cousin, Denny, decided he would
buy me a Christmas gift. The gift was wrapped beautifully. When I
opened the gift I was surprised to find---a bedpan. My entire family, nine
siblings & my parents, laughed hysterically. It was the beginning of
the annual gift exchange. The next year I returned the bedpan back to
him complete with fake feces (made out of pumpernickel bread and
white glue) and toilet paper smeared with brown paint. I really thought
that I had him. Nope, he wrapped a man's urinal. And of course, the
story on how he got the urinal had everyone laughing.
The year I turned 20 I got married. The annual Christmas Eve party was
to be at my house. I enlisted my husband to make a full sized outhouse
complete with the moon shapes cut out of the door and corn cobs for
toilet paper. I was positive that he could not out do me this time. As in
the past, I was wrong! He came in my house holding what looked like
a small dog. Nope, it was a pig! He bought me a live pig for Christmas!
Everyone squealed with laughter! (Christmas day we brought the pig to
a local farmer we knew. It grew to be a huge pig.) Needless to say, my
Christmas Eve parties were always a hit. Everyone wanted to know
what we would do to each other next. Maryann M.
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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
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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 am overwhelmed by the kindness of your readers. You printed my
request about finding a ceramic mug with a frog in the bottom of it. So
many of your readers pointed me in the right direction to find one or offered
to sell one of theirs. I contacted my son and told him about the response
I had received and he was excited. He said it was a memory of his
grandmother that he would enjoy each time he saw the mug. He is 34
years old now, and THANK YOU to everyone! Carol (OKWCF@aol.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.
A local newspaper is running weekly contests for “Wackiest Holiday gift”.
The most recent winner:
A friend’s grandmother decided to send money rather than shop for her
grandchildren. She bought cards, addressed them and put in a nice note
saying “buy your own gift this year”. She sent them out and was shocked
after the holidays when she looked at her checkbook and saw she had
forgotten to put the checks in the cards. The grandkids really laughed.
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
LIGranny requested a recipe for " chicken chow mein".
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.
Chinese Chicken Chow Mein
1 1/2 lbs White Chicken, thinly sliced into slivers
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons soy sauce, (divided)
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons shortening (like Crisco )
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sliced celery
1 cup onions, chopped or sliced
1 tablespoon molasses
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1 lb bean sprouts (or more)
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
salt and pepper
1 bunch green onions (optional)
toasted whole blanched almonds
1. Cut chicken into thin slivers.
2. Combine 2 tbsp cornstarch with sugar, blend in 1 tbsp soy sauce and
2 tbsp oil; mix to blend.
3. Pour over chicken strips;toss well to coat, marinade in mixture for 10
4. In a wok, or large saute pan, brown the chicken lightly on all sides in
5. Add remaining 4 tbsp soy sauce and 1-1/2 cups water; simmer,
covered on low heat for 45 minutes.
6. Add in the celery and onions; simmer for 15 minutes more.
7. In a small bowl, blend in remaining cornstarch with 1/2 cup water; stir
into chicken mixture.
8. Add molasses, water chestnuts, bean sprouts and mushrooms; heat
9. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Garnish with chopped green onions and toasted almonds.
Perfect Basic White Rice
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
1. In a saucepan with a good fitting lid bring water, salt and butter if
desired to a boil.
2. Add rice and stir.
3. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. You will know that your
temperature is correct if a little steam is visible leaking from the lid. Alot
of steam means your heat is too high.
4. Cook for 20 minutes.
5. DO NOT LIFT LID!
6. The steam that is trapped inside the pan is what allows the rice
to cook properly.
7. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
When I was a child, my uncle had a cafe in Philadelphia, PA and a
Chinese cook. We ate there many times and enjoyed Jackson's
Cantonese style cooking. Seeing the request for the recipe for chow
mein reminded me of my yen for real chow mein a few weeks ago.
Here is the recipe I found and have made twice since then. Although
it does not call for onions, I suppose you could add a thinly sliced
sweet onion to it if you prefer. I am including the brand names of
the sauces because all brands do not taste the same and I find that
these brands were the ones that made my sauce taste like I remembered.
Eleanor, Brea, CA
Pork, Chicken or Shrimp Marinade:
1 1/2 tsp oyster sauce (Sun Luck Cantonese)
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1/2 tsp Chinese white rice wine
1 1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp Kikkoman soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
pinch of white pepper
1/4 lb pork loin or chicken, julienned, or 1/4 lb peeled, deveined small
shrimp. Marinade 30 min.
2 Tbsp peanut oil for cooking. Cook over high heat, remove from pan
1 cup chicken stock (can use 1 cup warm water and chicken bouillon
cube or granules)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp Sun Luck Cantonese oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp Kikkoman black bean sauce with garlic
1 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
pinch white pepper
3 Tbsp peanut oil
1 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger or 1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup Chinese black mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 30 min,
1 1/2 c garlic chives, cut into 1/2 in pieces
1 can Mung bean sprouts rinsed and drained
1 small can palm hearts
1 medium head Napa cabbage thinly sliced
2 celery stalks thinly sliced
Heat wok over high heat for 40 sec. Add peanut oil. When oil is hot add
ginger first, then garlic. Then add the meat/shrimp and marinade,
spreading it in a thin layer. After 30 sec add mushrooms and stir to mix.
Make well in the center and add the sauce ingredients. When the
mixture is boiling add chives and bean sprouts, stirring for 2-3 min.
Remove from heat and pour over noodles or rice.
**Sauce can be used in stir fry
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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.
Every Christmas I had a great aunt that would make a baked country
ham. She has passed on and I have not been able to find a recipe
quiet like hers. I do know she cooked it at 500 degrees and let it rest
as many recipes say do but she used a brown paper bag somehow.
She was from Tennessee and lived in southern Alabama for a while.
If anyone could help me find this method so I could make this for
the holidays I would very much appreciate it. It would melt in your
mouth it was so tender and delicious! Thanks. Patty TN
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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