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The Collectors Newsletter #496 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #496 -- 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
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7. Funny Old Stuff
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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.
I bought a house that was built in 1938 and the previous owners had lived
there for about 50 years. For a long time I felt like there was another
person in the house, but living alone I knew this wasn't possible. This
"feeling" continued for several months. One day when I felt the "presence
of this person" I just sit on my couch and said out loud "I will take care
of your house." I never had that feeling again.
I HAD to write when I read all these wonderful music box stories. My
daughter gave me a lovely acrylic picture of a seashore with a lovely quote
about hope. It had a music box on the back which played "wind beneath
my wings". We always thought of Mom when ever we heard that tune. I
kept it propped up on my bay window. After my Mom's passing, I heard
that music box playing all by itself. Lights would go on and off by
themselves, phone would ring and no one would speak, this kept up
during the days of our grief. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt it was Mom,
letting me know she was nearby. On the day of my daughter's graduation,
my Amy remarked how Gram would have loved to be there. I replied, "She
will be". Lo and behold, while looking under the bed for something, I found
my mother's high school graduation photo that I thought I had lost years
ago!! Years later, my Dad passed, and while making a solo trip to his
hometown, and just about to cross the bridge for home, the radio began to
play "If I could dance with my father again". I sobbed all the way home.
There are no coincidences. Rennie
A few years ago, my Pop passed away and Mom took it pretty hard. Pop
was her best friend, well, the whole ball of wax. He had a habit of giving
her stuffed animals for special gifts. A favorite was a bear, that played
several different Christmas hymns when you pressed its paw. Mom used
one wall in her bedroom and hung each of her animals on display. So
many that she had to use a ladder.
One afternoon, a couple of months later, she returned from town really
down and missing Pop, she went to the bedroom to change clothes, when
she heard Christmas music. Bewildered, she turned around and realized
that it was the bear on the wall. She knew it was Pop. He was there to
comfort her and let her know he was near and watching after her.
Mom could not reach the bear without a ladder and it is all I can do to
reach it, let alone, press its paw to play its music. Since that time, there
have been other small things happen to all of us to let us know he loves
us and is near. I truly thank God for this as it does wonders for my Mom.
Linda Tyler, Texas
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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.
A friend was telling me of his family's tradition of "running strings" at Christmas.
Each child is designated by a different color string that they must follow without
breaking before opening their gift. He has run the strings up chimneys and the
children ask for harder routes each year! His heritage is Dutch and English.
Do any of my fellow readers remember this family tradition? It sounds like a
wonderful way to add even more fun to a family celebration while taking the focus
from what is in the box to how to reach the gift. Thank you, if you ca help trace
this tradition please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org -- Inky in Delaware.
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.
When my daughter Kerri was about 4 or 5 she wanted weebles very badly but
we were waiting for Christmas to buy them for her. She was working with her
crafts one day and when I came downstairs she said:"Look Mom I made my
own weebles since you won't buy me any. She had taken an egg carton cut
out two cups stapled the on the corners and put pennies inside so they
wouldn't fall down. She had painted faces on the outside and certainly they
were weebles. Katie Hensley, Greenwood, IN
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
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9) A Vintage Recipe
A reader requested a recipe for "Swedish Coffee Cake".
Here is one response that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Yield: 10 servings
I remember as a child visiting my Grandmother Sadie and my
Aunt Phyllis at there home on Lake Winnisquam, N.H. and Aunt
Phyllis would always make this Coffee Cake. I loved the way it
made her kitchen smell on a cool summer night.
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/4 cup oleo (shortening)
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 pint sour cream or plain yogurt
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon
and nuts; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together oleo
(shortening), sugar, eggs, and sour cream; set aside. In a separate
bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Add
vanilla. Blend well. Pour 1/2 batter into greased tube pan. Sprinkle
3/4 brown sugar mixture over this then add rest of batter and top
with remaining brown sugar mix. Bake 40 minutes.
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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.
Back in the early 60's there was a business in Dallas, North Carolina
called "Alex Donuts". Back then there was no Krispy Kreme. Anyway
they made the most wonderful pastry called a Long John with a cream
filling. I can't remember, and it might have been a coconut filling. We
loved them !!! If anyone remembers this business and knows someone
who worked there maybe they could get the recipe. I read your news
letter before any of my other emails. It always has the most interesting
articles and I have learned many things from it. Stay Warm, Glenda
from Gastonia NC
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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