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The Collectors Newsletter #492 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #492 -- January 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
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
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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.
The Music Box
I live on a 200 Year Old Farm with a lot of history. I collect everything.
We have a store in my Barn. Last year we had a Psychic visit to perform
a Reading. She was quite accurate with respect to some of the historical
research that I had accumulated over the years. One thing she mentioned
over and over again was that there was a little girl that used to live in the
house that had a Music Box with a Horse on top of it and she was asking
for it to be placed back in the House. I explained to her that I had no such
Music Box. One month later I was in the Barn unpacking Old items that I
had stored away when I hear a Music playing. As I continued to unpack
the box, low and behold there was an Old Music Box with a Horse on top
of it. I took it in the House and that is where it is going to stay! Antique
Annies Country Store
My mother received a Christmas card from her best friend Gerry, which
played Christmas music when it was opened. A few months after that,
Gerry passed away, and my mother was devastated. The next Christmas,
Mom heard an odd sound coming out of a drawer, and when she opened
the drawer, Gerry's Christmas card was playing even though it was in its
envelope! You can't know how much it comforted Mom to know Gerry
was thinking of her from beyond. ---Terri
My mother-in-law passed away in Ohio in 2001. One of her prized
possessions had always been what she referred to as her grandmother's
silk "necktie" quilt, which she inherited after her mother, passed away.
I had remembered seeing it displayed for a while in a guest room, but
when we were clearing out the house, we couldn't find it anywhere. I
was just positive she wouldn't have disposed of it. Finally, it was found
folded up in a small cardboard box in the back of a bedroom closet. I
was so excited to have found it!
Then we opened it up and my heart sank. It was sadly deteriorated.
Brittle silk pieces fluttered to the floor. I asked if I could have it,
nonetheless, and brought it home with me to Florida where I set about
trying to find a solution for the dying quilt which had meant so much to
After researching restoration techniques and finding them to be
dauntingly expensive, I had almost given up hope when a certified quilt
appraiser came to my town. I met with her to get her thoughts. She
looked sadly at the quilt as I unwrapped it and suggested that what I
might do was to display it on a padded quilt rack in a protected area of
my home where I would continue to vacuum up pieces of it as it
continued to deteriorate and just "enjoy it and let it die a dignified death."
I almost cried!
A lady waiting behind me for an appraisal of her own quilt overheard and
suggested that another possibility might be framing it. Knowing that
would be a huge job, she gave me the name of an art school graduate in
our town who owned a frame shop who might be willing to undertake
the task. Once in contact with her, she was intrigued but somewhat
nervous about taking on such a huge project. She decided to consult
with a long-time friend of hers who had graduated with her from art
school and specialized in fabrics.
Together, the two of them undertook the massive project of mounting the
quilt to a foam board which required delicately stitching the quilt every
couple of inches to stabilize it so that when it was hung in a frame, not
too much stress would be placed on any one particular point. Once it
was mounted and reinforced, it took a massive frame to hold the entire
quilt (92"x80"). Glass would have made it entirely too heavy, so a
custom-ordered piece of Plexiglas was ordered. Once it was finally
completed, she had to hire a moving company to haul it out of her shop
and deliver it to our home where it took three hours to hang it on the
wall of our formal living room.
It is just breathtaking and stunning to view. Because the quilt is now
between backing material and the Plexiglas, it has stopped any more
fabric from falling off. Although upon close examination, one can see
where the fabric has deteriorated, it is still visually stunning. The quilt
is dated April 6, 1902, and we have since researched family records
to learn that was the wedding date of my mother-in-law's grandparents.
It was apparently common practice back then that the ladies would
gather to prepare a very special quilt of fine quality to present as a
wedding gift. No wonder it was so special to the family.
As the quilt is now approaching its 105th birthday, I am honored to
display it in our home and feel sure that my mother-in-law is looking
down on me with a smile and thanking me for salvaging her precious
family heirloom. Diane L.
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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 put in an notice for a Shirley Temple doll leg and am so thankful
for all of the responses. A very nice lady sent me a leg and it only cost
$1.50 + S & H , but best of all, I got the one leg that I needed and didn't
have to throw her away! Thank You Everyone So Much...Annetta
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading the woman's story of the noise her 3 year-old Michael made at a
wedding reminded me of something similar with my son, also named Michael.
My brother got married, in Texas, when Michael was just 3 months old.
Since we live in California, the trip there was very unsettling for him (not to
mention the poor people on the airplane when he wouldn't stop crying!),
and he was still exhausted, off-schedule and out-of-sorts for the big event.
My husband kept trying to amuse him with a large beaver puppet, which
was all one could see from the aisles. After the ceremony two little old
ladies from the bride's family came over to us to "tell" on themselves, in
their delightful Southern drawl. Watching my husband one had turned
and said to the other "that man is more than a little strange!" The other
said, "Oh, it's ok -- he has a baby with him!" Beth
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Sheila requested a recipe for "Favorite hot drinks that she could make for
her husband who works outdoors in cold weather".
We had several responses. If you have a
variation of these recipes that you would like to share with our readers,
send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
A very unusual, but very good and healthful hot drink is "Tang"
orange drink. Fill the thermos with boiling water and then add "Tang"
to taste. This also a grate cold preventative and can be used as a
cold buster it it is too late, by adding about 5 or 6 Hall's menthol
cough drops! Greg in Baltimore
When I was a kid, my mom used to pour Dr. Pepper in a saucepan
and warm it, then add a slice of lemon. What a treat! Dr. Pepper
is still my favorite soda pop!
Also, we used to take tomato soup in a thermos and sip it when it
was cold outside. Love your newsletters! Pat (in Nebraska)
In today's newsletter a reader requested hot drink recipes for her
husband to take in his thermos. Well this isn't a recipe but a
suggestion. I have recently discovered Mexican hot chocolate and it
is an under appreciated treasure. Where I live it is readily available
at the grocery store in several varieties. Unlike our usual hot
chocolate mixes, Mexican hot chocolate contains cocoa beans,
sugar, vanilla and cinnamon--nothing else. How healthy can you
get?! It is rich and delicious and easy to make--just crumble the
cakes into milk, heat and serve. If unavailable in her area, she could
try making her own Mexican hot chocolate from a recipe. Alice V
Here is a favorite hot drink for cold weather and it is so simple.
Heat V8 juice or Tomato juice. Add bouillon cubes or granules.
Use as much bouillon to your taste. Stir until the bouillon is
dissolved. Pour into thermos and enjoy. Sharon
This is for the lady who would like to add variety to her husband's
thermos. I use orange pekoe tea as a base, adding heated fruit juice
such as pomegranate or apple cider along with cinnamon or other
sweet spice. It really adds zing to the tea.....Charlotte
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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.
In the early 1960s we made cookies that had chocolate of some kind,
Eagle Brand milk, orange zest and I think corn flakes. Does anyone
have this old recipe? Thanks, Joan
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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