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The Collectors Newsletter #495 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #495 -- February 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.
After reading your stories about music boxes, I was reminded of an
incident that happened after my mother died, and it is not about music
boxes, it is about car radios, and it is really not about anything old or
antique other than my mother was 94 years old.
My mother died at the age of 94 in September of 2001, shortly after the
9/11 incident. I had taken her to a family reunion the day before--I had
commented several time that Mom "just lived" for that family reunion. Mom
had made her "special" potato salad for the reunion. I told her that was
silly, that I would bring enough for both of us but she insisted that everyone
expected her to bring "her" potato salad. When we came home from the
reunion I busied myself in her kitchen doing up dishes and cleaning up.
When I got through Mom asked me to sit down and talk for awhile but I said
"no, I have to get home". She was sitting on the end of the sofa by the
telephone and I went over and gave her a hug and kiss and said I would try
to come down again soon. The next day I got the call that she was gone
and she was sitting the very same place I had seen her last. Even though
she was 94 and had a good life and was able to live alone and take care of
her self, I was devastated that I hadn't taken time to sit and talk to her the
day before. We had the funeral, etc. and the following Sunday morning I
was driving down to help clear out her apartment. I had the radio on, and
of course it being Sunday morning there was a lot church services on.
The station that I was listening to played "In the Garden" which was one
of the songs we had at Mom's funeral, after it played I changed the station
and in just a few minutes the new station played "In the Garden". After
listening to the song I again changed the station and in just a few minutes
they played "in the Garden". I looked up at the sky and said "Ok Mom,
I understand". It gave me a tremendous feeling of peace. I don't think I
have heard that song played on the radio since that day. Carol, Argyle, WI
Yet another music box story. When my sister's husband left she and her six
month old baby right before Christmas my sister had to move back with
mom till she got on her feet. She was wrapping some Christmas presents,
one being a Fisher Price musical toy, when she heard a tune playing. Her
first thought was, oh no, I must have triggered the music mechanism on the
toy and I'll have to unwrap it and turn it off. Before she did that, he realized
the music was actually coming from my mom's secretary desk's shelf. There
on the shelf sat a little broken music box which used to be inside a little
porcelain teapot. Nobody had touched it in years, after all it was broken, yet
in her moment of deepest despair, the musical teapot was playing. The
teapot had been my late grandmothers. My sister said she felt the need to
pray for guidance as she was so depressed as she knelt, she said it felt like
a firm hand was pressing gently across her forehead. A sense of calm and
hope filled her while the music box completed it's tune. Then fell silent from
that time on. ~ This is a true story - Camille McClain, Morgantown, IN
This is in response to the music box story but with a different twist.
One Christmas Eve - & that's when I put up the decorations - I was almost
finished & the tree & mantel had been done. The TV was on for midnight
mass (I am not Catholic) because I like the music. My thoughts were on my
Mom & Dad who had passed on & how lonely it was to have this holiday for
a family of only 3 (feeling sorry for myself). I hear a tiny bell ringing &
wondered what it possibly could be. As I got closer to the church on the
mantel - you know the paste board w/glitter church w/trees & a light inside,
cellophane "glass" windows & steeple w/bell - all paste board - the ringing
got louder. That tiny bell that couldn't possibly make a sound was ringing.
At first I was in denial, then realized my parents were saying "hello" and I
smiled & felt warm & blest. The bell stopped ringing & hasn't rung since. It
was my Christmas 'miracle' & has kept me 'up' every year since as I
remember it. This year I found the 'made in Western Germany' creche Mom
used to put up which also included 6 choir boys marked the same. The
colors were the same not faded & the detail was fantastic also - what a
treasure. I decided to invite my cousin & wife this year to see the creche &
my 1950's decorated tree & living room because he & his brother & sister
used to spend every Christmas with us & we have so many wonderful
memories. Thanks to Mom & Dad for safely keeping all those treasures.
Dianne / Hanover, VA
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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 would like to thank all the Tias readers who sent me information on where
to find "Weebles". I had a whole list of them before I even got to read the
newsletter! What a great bunch of people! I think what had me flummoxed
on the Internet was that I was looking under the heading of "dolls", and
that's not how they were listed. Again, thanks to all who responded. I
remembered the old ones, and was surprised to see they are still making
them, but they look different now. Still, it's a great toy. Meg Gooch
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
Antique country furniture has a cozy charm that calls up memories of
bygone days. And according to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, people are willing to pay
plenty for it, especially if it has original old paint. At a recent auction, a
canning cupboard with an old green-over-red painted surface sold for an
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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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.
I guess that I should have sent this to the humorous section, but when I read
about the lady who mentioned the "Weebles" I had to laugh. About a year ago
a physical therapist(Elio) was treating me due to the affects
of M.S that I have. One day I told him that I was like a Weeble........I wobble,
but I don't fall down. He just burst out laughing and said that he had not
heard that in years. Sometimes our memories are the best.
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
John R. requested a recipe for "Cranberry Squares/bars".
Here are a few of the responses that came in...
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1 can cranberry sauce
1 stick of butter
1 9x13 pan greased or sprayed
Put one half of dry mix in pan, pat it down.
Slice cranberry sauce and layer over mix.
Dot with butter, pour the remaining mix evenly over the top,
Dot with remaining butter.
Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool and cut . Yummy
My aunt made these when i was a kid. She also made with cream
cheese " in place of butter in center" Really Rich. Linda
This recipe is from Cape Cod so it may be what the reader is looking for.
Regards, Eddie from Tennessee
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans or almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 inch square baking pan. With an
electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until slightly thickened,
about 2 minutes. Beat in melted butter and almond extract. Add flour
and stir until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center
comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool.
Dust with powdered sugar before serving
HI. This may be the recipe that John R is looking for . It is from
Cooking Down East by Marjorie Standish. It is called Cranberry Crunch.
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 stick margarine
1 (1-pound) can whole cranberry sauce
Mix oatmeal, flour and brown sugar together. Cut in the stick of
margarine until mixture is crumbly. Pack 1/2 of this mixture into a
greased 8x8 inch baking pan.
Cover with whole cranberry sauce. Top with the remaining crumb mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice
cream. A very easy and quick dessert and very rich. Enjoy. John from
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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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.
During the early 70's I was taking care of my two very young boys and
my younger brother and sister in up-state NY, 10 miles from one of the
finger lakes. Money was tight; soup and homemade bread was on the
menu a lot.
What we all loved was a minestrone soup that I believed came from a
recipe printed in maybe the Auburn. NY newspaper.
I made it so many times I stopped having to look at the recipe,
Unfortunately, I taped the recipe inside a front cover of a cook book
and later on in years gave the book away. It called for maybe a cup
each of red and white dry beans. A meaty beef soup bone. A quart of
canned tomatoes. I hope someone from that area and era has kept this
recipe and can send it to me.I love this part of the newsletter. It brings
back a lot of memories.Pam D. Colorado
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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