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The Collectors Newsletter #479 December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #479 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
This week only, we are offering a special holiday sale of "Vintage
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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.
When I was ten years old, in 1959, my "big" Christmas present was a
new, black, three speed English racing bike. In those days bikes only
had one speed, fat tires, and foot brakes. My racing bike had three
speeds, thin tires, and two hand brakes: one for the front and one for
the back! It was very cool (which was the way we said "awesome" in
those days), and all the kids in the neighborhood came over to have a
look. The next day, I wheeled it out my front door onto our driveway,
and started to ride up and down my street. Of course the bike was a
little too big for me, and I didn't realize that if you put the front brake
on without also putting the back brake on, you would catapult yourself
over the handlebars, so I almost immediately went flying. There were
no helmets in those days, and miraculously I only "skinned" one knee.
I still have that scar -- about an inch and a half around, although having
grown quite a bit since then, it is down below my knee now.
Anyway, I loved that bike like nothing my parents ever gave me, and I
rode it almost every day. Of course when I went away from home, it
went to college with me, and I rode it all over New York City for the next
ten years. I rode it in Riverside Park every evening after work for many
years, and up and down Fifth Avenue and Broadway in the wee small
hours of the morning (at 1 or 2 or 3AM) when there was no traffic -- I
had a boyfriend who liked to be up at night. I rode it in Central Park
and around the city on Sundays.
Every time, I went in and out I had to maneuver my bike into the
elevator of my apartment building. People would sometimes ask why
I didn't trade it in for a shiny new one, but I loved my old bike and never
even considered it.
When my husband and I got married and moved out of the city, I took
the bike to Massachusetts with us. Shortly thereafter we had our first
child, and I attached a baby bike seat to the rear wheel, and biked with
my young son all over western Massachusetts. That bike seat stayed
on the back of my bike for the next twenty years, through three
children, and moves to New Hampshire, New Jersey, and finally Illinois
. Of course by that time my beautiful old black bike had a new
kickstand, a new chain, a new chain guard, and had had several sets
of new tires. But it was still my favorite toy and I was still content with
only three speeds.
My kids got ten speed bikes, an eighteen speed, and now my
youngest has a 21 speed bike. They teased me about my "dinosaur"
, and I teased them as to how they could possibly know the difference
between so many gears. That bike stayed with me through more
than a dozen moves and five states!
Last summer my husband and I got divorced, after almost 30 years
together, and in sorting through all my stuff before moving back east,
I decided to get rid of my old bike. It had been hanging from the
ceiling of the garage for about four years. I thought I would never
want to ride again, so one day I removed the old rattan basket I had
put on when I was in college, and wheeled it to the curb.
Twenty minutes later when I took some other stuff out, I noticed that
someone had removed the baby seat from the back wheel. When I
went out with the next armful of stuff to leave for the garbage, the
bike was gone. I hope someone else enjoys riding it as much as I
did, but I think it will probably take one of the illegal day laborers to
work and back.
As Christmas comes around this year I have been thinking about that
old bike, and how much I used to enjoy riding it. I live on a small Island
now, which is ideal for biking around, especially in the summer when
it is clogged with tourists and you can't get your car around Main
Street to pick up your mail at the Post Office. My parents are still
around, aged 82 and 84 respectively. And when one of them asks what
I might like for a present this year, I think they might be surprised when
I tell them. I think I would like a yellow one this time, and with a big
fat padded seat to match my own posterior. I washed off the rattan
basket the other day and put new straps on it. I have already picked
out my helmet -- blue with red flame decoration! And I think it only fair
to give everyone in town fair warning so a bell is on order! Happy
Christmas to all, and a joy-filled new year. Ellen
Several years ago my husband gave me a very unique gift. He knew
that just loved garage sales and was always teasing me about all my
special buys. So when I opened my Christmas present and saw a
T-shirt with “Garage Sale Queen” on it, I just had to laugh. But was I
surprised when I saw the rest of the gift. Rolled up inside the T-shirt
were 12 envelopes. He told me that they were for my “saleing” every
month. One was dated for my birthday in January, one for February 14,
one for our son’s birthday in March, one for April 1, etc. He let me open
the January one early because I couldn’t stand the suspense. It
contained some money and also a very special note from him. So all
through the year I enjoyed my “Christmas present” of garage sale
money and a lovely note. I still have all the notes and they are even
more special to me now since my husband, who is 62, is in the last
stages of Alzheimer and is residing in a nursing facility. Thank you for
letting me share the memory of this gift of love with your readers.
The December "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles is out. Take a
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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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for November 2006
A HISTORY OF LIBERTY FURNITURE
Collecting Vintage Safety Razors & Blades
CELEBRITY DOLL JOURNAL 42
Jade lions realize $2,000 at Hatch sale, Nov. 17-18
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Christmas Trivia & Sale At Mama’s Treasures
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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 looking for the book “The pony who couldn’t say neigh” in the hard
cover and not the soft or paper back cover. Please confirm the book is
hard cover. It would be a Christmas gift to a dear friend. I will reiterate,
it has to be a hard cover. Thanks for your reply and assistance.
Joyce email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 read your newsletter with anticipation each time. I enjoy reading all the
stories. I have one I thought amusing. When my son Frederick attended his
first day at Kindergarten, he came home and I asked how his day was, and how
he liked his first day at school. He said it was great and he learned a new
song. I asked him to sing it for me and he did. His words were "Freeze a
Charlie Avalah", and he kept singing this over and over again. The tune
sounded familiar, but until I really kept a close ear on what he was
singing, did I realize that it was "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". He is now
42 years old. I chuckle each time I remember this. Mary in Maine
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Patty requested a recipe for " baked country ham".
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.
The reader may be thinking of a ham cured in a paper bag and then, out of the
bag, cooked at 500 degrees. Even going back just a few decades, it would
have been dangerous to cook anything in paper bag in a home oven, especially
at 500 degrees.
So, here’s a recipe for curing the ham in a paper bag and then cooking. If
you were to only “cure” the ham for a few days or a week, which would add
some flavor, I think you could skip the rinse and cook it with the cure rub
on, maybe lightly wiped of with a towel.
SUGAR CURE FOR HAM
1 (15 lb.) ham
2 c. salt
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. red pepper
Take a large white towel and lay on table top. Next place a brown paper
sack down. Lay ham on top of this. Rub in mixture of cur on top of ham, turn
ham and put mixture also on back and sides. Rub this into meat. Wrap first
real tight in the brown paper then wrap in the white towel. Tie securely and
hang with hank up in smoke house or shed. Hang for 6 months to 1 year to
WILLIAMSBURG METHOD COOKING COUNTRY OR SMITHFIELD HAM
Soak ham overnight. Wash and scrub off mold with stiff brush. Saw off about
2 inches of the hock bone and put ham in roaster. Add 6 or 7 cups cold
water. Put top of roaster tightly with all vents closed. Preheat oven to 500
degrees. Put ham in oven and cook 1 minute per pound at 500 degrees.
Then cut off heat for 3 hours. Leave ham in oven. Then turn the heat on again
at 500 degrees for 1 minute per pound. Turn off the heat. Let ham remain in
oven for 3 or more hours at which time it is done. It can be left in oven
overnight. Do not open oven while cooking.
My parents built a country general store, with house attached, on a crossroads
in rural Ohio in 1926. We got our daily delivery of bread from the Sexaur (say
that out loud!) Bakery in Sidney, a town nine miles east of our store. At
Christmas time Dad would take a large whole country ham over to the bakery
and they would wrap it in bread dough and bake it in one of their ovens. When
they delivered the ham back to us the next day, it would still be warm, snugly
wrapped in the dough which, of course, was dark brown and baked hard.
Mother would "peel" off the coating and inside was ham to die for! Does
anyone know how this could be done today in a "regular" oven?
Dode, Long Beach, CA
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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 seeking a recipe I got years ago from a friend in San Antonio. She got it
from her mom who lived in California. This would have been in the early 80s
or late 70s. My friend called it Chicken and Pilaf. I haven’t made it in such a
long time, I don’t recall all the details, but I do remember that you made a
sauce from cream of mushroom soup, flavorings, herbs, and sherry—the
sauce might have had dry onion soup mix, too; I recall that it had a nice
golden tan color. Then I think you put some of the sauce on the chicken
pieces as they baked in their 9 x 12 casserole dish. You reserved remaining
sauce for spooning on when the dish was served. The pilaf recipe included
rice and specifically mentioned 2 swirls of vermicelli. I don’t recall what else
was in the pilaf...probably some chopped celery and onion. It was a simple
dish to prepare, but tasted great, especially on cold nights and was nice
enough to serve guests without requiring you to be in the kitchen the whole
time. I hope someone has the recipe and will share. Thanks in advance.
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
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My store has many collectible items which you may be looking for. They
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