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The Collectors Newsletter #493 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #493 -- 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
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.
What is it about music boxes? When my mother died I inherited her
treasured Swiss music box and the first piece of furniture she bought as a
newlywed - a spinet desk. I decided to have the desk refinished and when
the desk was returned and carried into my house, the music box began to
play! It was just for about 10 seconds and it never happened again, but I
choose to believe my mother was very pleased at seeing her desk all
beautiful again! Diane G., Wayne, PA
A few years ago I purchased a little book at an antique shop near my home
- "The Bryant Birthday Book". It was a few weeks later when I finally took
the time to carefully examine its contents. The book had a space for each
day of the week -for notes, birthdays, etc. This book, however, was from
the 1880's and had been used as an autograph book by the young lady who
had owned it.
I quickly noticed that the family name appearing most often was "Bealls".
Most of those who signed the book had written a short sentiment along
with the date and the city and state of their residence. Most had lived in
MIddleboro, Mass. I decided to try and locate a descendant of the Bealls
family. I have no idea what made me think I could actually find someone,
but it was worth the effort, I reasoned.
Having been a library assistant and knowing nothing whatever about
Middleboro, I decided to start my search at the public library. I asked the
librarian if there was a Historical Society in Middleboro and she advised
me that, indeed, there was!
With only two phone calls, I was speaking with the president of the
Middleboro Historical Society - Mr. Robert BEALLS!
He told me that his family had been in Middleboro for over 200 years! Once
I convinced him that I was not "selling" anything; that I only wished to
return this book to him, he began to open up. I read from the list of names
I had compiled from the book - he said, "that's my grandmother!" - on and
on we went. He was even able to gain information on a "lost" line of the
Bealls family. A long ago problem between two brothers had separated the
family. He was thrilled and somewhat amazed that I had taken the time
to locate him.
I know how much something like this would mean to me - I've been doing
my own family's genealogy research for over 20 years now, so I was as
thrilled to return the book as he was to receive it.
I have also been able to return several other items in recent years; including
- a 1950's photo of triplets purchased through ebay, a 1910 bride's book
filled with memorabilia that I had to totally restore, and, lastly, the oldest
known photograph of the Brace House in Harwinton, Ct. It had hung on
my wall for over 10 years!
Amazingly, each of these took only one call or a post online. The photo
of the triplets was returned through this very newsletter a couple of years
ago - The Wert Triplets! Judy S.
The story about framing an antique quilt to preserve it and enable it to be
seen safely described what has become one of the most common forms
of treatment, not only for quilts but for many fragile textile. Anyone
considering having the same thing done should ensure that the
person/company who does the work takes two other steps in addition to
those described. The fabric must be carefully cleaned before it is
encapsulated to remove any chemicals that might hasten deterioration;
the type of cleaning will depend on the fibers making up the fabric. The
plastic glazing (acrylic or polycarbonate sheets are most common)
should contain a UV inhibitor to reduce damage caused by ultra-violet
radiation in sunlight. Finally, it should go without saying that all materials
used in the mounting and framing must be as close to inert as possible
and known to be safe for the intended purpose, sometimes referred to as
"museum quality" or "archivally safe." For example, foams used for backing
should be made of polyethylene or polyester and, generally, only synthetic
textiles (such as Ultra Suede) should be used between the foam and the
textile being preserved. John H. - Retired National Park Service museum
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The latest news from News-Antique.com
1. Strange and Unusual Stuff at Maple Grove Collectibles
2. Asselmeier & May "Werner/Mueller" Antq/Est Auction
3. American Art Pottery Association
4. HENRI MATISSE, ONE OF THE MANY EXCITING HEADLINERS
AT CLARS VERY FINE FEBRUARY WINTER ESTATES AUCITON
5. Stella painting brings $12,100 at Four Seasons auction
6. Birge Harrison painting brings $141,000 in Stamford
7. Sands-o-Time Estates Appraisals & Antiques
8. Paper Trail Book Cafe Now Open
9. 2007 Antiques At The Temple
10. Super Bowl XLI - A Collector's Dream Including a Chicago Bears
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11. Machines that make birdsong run like clockwork
12. Kaminski Auctions Launches San Diego Operations with
Important Single-Owner Auction, Feb. 17 & 18.
13. JOHN WAYNE STETSON HAT BRINGS $75,000 AT AUCTION!
14. New 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction Announced
15. Web Wilson’s January 2007 Antique Hardware Auction
16. Let's Talk Antiques Debuts with Guest Author Frank Farmer Loomis
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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 live in the town with a once Maxwell Car factory was turned Chrysler years
later. Both my great grandfather, great grandmother, & grandfather worked
at these factories. I recently was made aware of a cook book published by
the "Chrysler Women" it is called My Favorite Dessert by Chrysler Women.
What a thrill it would be to see one of their dessert recipes in it! email me
@ email@example.com if anyone has one or information how I can
get one. Thanks...Love the newsletter.
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) TIP FROM THE KOVELS
Here's a tip from Ralph and Terry Kovel in the KOVELS ON ANTIQUES
AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter: Changing temperatures bother a
grandfather clock. The best place for your grandfather clock is the inside
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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.
The story of Michael in church reminds me of when my brother Harry got
married. My niece Jessica was only 3 at the time. Her father, my brother Joel,
was best man. Jessica was invited to the wedding, so her mother had spent
the week explaining to Jessica that she had to be quiet in church because it
was God's house. Just as the service was about to begin Jessica stood up
on the pew, looked around & in a very loud voice said "Mommy, where's
God? I don't see him anyplace. You told me this was God's house but I
can't see him". Needless to say, everybody was laughing except her mother.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com 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
WANTED: The Beatles Tickets
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Joan requested a recipe for "cookies that had chocolate of some kind,
Eagle Brand milk, orange zest and I think corn flakes".
We had one response. 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.
This recipe is from the Borden/Eagle Brand Recipe Flyer, dating from the
mid 40's. This was the only recipe featuring corn flakes - I hope this is
what you're looking for! I don't see why you couldn't substitute 3 squares
of baking chocolate (melted) for the peanut butter, and add about a half
teaspoon of orange zest to get the flavor you're looking for.
Six-Way Cookies (makes about 30)
1 1/3 cups (15 oz can) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
Any one of the six ingredients listed below:
1) 2 cups raisins
2) 2 cups corn flakes
3) 3 cups shredded coconut
4) 2 cups bran flakes
5) 1 cup chopped nut meats
6) 2 cups chopped dates
1. Mix Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, peanut butter, and any
one of the six ingredients listed above.
2. Drop by spoonfuls on greased baking sheet.
3. Bake in moderately hot oven (375 F) 15 minutes or until brown.
4. Remove from pan at once.
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.
Looking for a recipe for a Swedish coffee cake with a crumbly cinnamon
topping. I remember the batter rising in the mixing bowl prior to putting
it in the oven. Nance
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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