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The Collectors Newsletter #497 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #497 -- 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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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.
I can really related to Carol, Argyle's, WI, (The Collectors Newsletter #495
February 2007) regret over not sitting down to talk with her mother & then
getting the news her mother had died that night. In 1975, my father called me
at work (which he had never done before) & asked me to come by on my way
home to talk to him. I asked what he wanted to talk about & his reply was, "Oh,
I just would like to discuss some things with you." Since I was tired, I asked if I
could come the next day. He said, "Sure." The next morning my mother's
phone call woke me. Her words were, "You don't have to hurry to get here.
Your Dad's dead." Even after all these years, I still wonder what he wanted to
discuss. Holly, Denver, CO
The story of the person who bought a house and felt a presence reminded
me of the old house (built in the early 1900s) that we bought in Saint Paul,
Minn., in 1973. My brother was up in the attic working in the one finished
room that probably was a maid's quarters. He was very shaken when he
came downstairs and reported that he had seen a little girl in a flowing
white dress. Later, when wallpaper was being removed, he noticed that the
name Amanda had been scratched into the plaster wall. Did my brother see
In my house, my two sons and daughter had many weebles playsets. The
commercial jingle went, "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down." When
Michael was about 3, as the commercial was playing, he told me, "No,
Mommy, they're wrong. They do fall down!" He then proceeded to wobble
his Weebles over the edge of the coffee table, and sure enough, gravity
took over. I tried to explain what the commercial meant, but he was
adamant -- the advertisment was wrong and he was right. I wrote to the
company to share the fun, and got back a HUGE supply of the then-new
Tumbling Weebles as a gift.
As for Michael, he never put too much faith in commercials after that, and
always tried to figure out what he called "the lie" in each ad. Now 30, he's
still a very critical shopper. Carolyn
When I read the story about the mother's music box playing, I had to write
in about an estate sale I worked with a friend of mine. I was in this house
alone pricing some wonderful furniture and collectibles when I heard the
wood floors squeak. All of a sudden the chimes on the front door began to
chime. I just about jumped out of my skin. I opened the front door and
looked out to see if anyone was there. There was nobody around. So, I
went about my business and began pricing some things in the bedroom
when the floor squeaked again and the chimes began chiming again. I
decided it was just about time for me to leave, so I locked up and headed
for home. As I drove home, I remembered picturing how the lady of the
house must have sat in her chair by the bed sewing. I loved the chair with
the foot stool. Anyway, many months passed after the sale and I was
talking to my appraiser friend who conducted the sale and I happened to
mention the squeaky floor and the chimes. I am not kidding, Alan turned
ashen and said, "you heard them too?" He then told me he heard them
when he was alone in the house. He also told me for the first time that the
lady of the house died in the house. I have to tell you though, the
strangest thing about my friend hearing the floor and the chimes is that he
is deaf!!! My friend has very little hearing even with his hearing aids. How
did he hear the squeaky floor and the chimes? Only the lady of the
house knows for sure!!!! Marsha
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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.
After reading the request for info about running strings, I thought I'd ask for
input about itinerant photographers. I have been collecting photos of kids
on ponies. I understand that itinerant photographers brought a pony or
donkey around the neighborhoods and took photos of kids on the ponies.
I've tried to research this practice, but have come up with little information.
Does anyone out there know of a source /book about this practice. Or
does anyone have a personal experience that they would share with me.
Thanks Lorrie send email to LRenker@gmail.com
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
Collectors love condiment sets. They're affordable, colorful, and fun. They are
similar to salt and pepper sets, but also include a mustard pot, spoon, and
caddy. Most depict whimsical birds, animals, cartoon figures, or buildings.
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, at a recent auction several condiment sets
brought prices ranging from $12 to $35.
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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.
My little brother is 12-years younger than me and would play with the
Weebles set my other brother received in the 70's. (he had the farm and the
fishing boat). Well one day my mom saw Jeff with his cheeks puffed out. She
squeezed his cheeks to see what was in his mouth, and out popped a Weeble!
He was only about 2-3 at the time. For years the Webbles stayed on a shelf
above the sink until he was old enough. :) Wendy
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Glenda requested a recipe for "Long Johns".
Here is one response that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
2 c. scaled milk
5 tbsp. shortening
5 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. warm water
2 pkg. dry yeast
FROSTING FOR LONG JOHNS:
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. mapleine
Add water to make frosting thick enough to spread. Spread while warm.
Cool milk. Add all other ingredients except flour. Dissolve yeast in
warm water. Add enough flour to make soft dough. Cover and let raise
until doubled in size. Punch down and let raise again for 1 hour.
Turn on floured surface roll out 1 inch thickness cut with pizza cutter
or donut cutter.
Let raise 1/2 hour and fry in lard until light brown. Frost long johns.
Dip donuts in sugar.
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.
Around l975, I saw a recipe for coleslaw that only had two ingredients
in it besides the cabbage, and one was peanuts. I want to find out the
other ingredient and remember that you heated the peanuts and other
together before pouring over the cabbage. Does anyone remember
seeing this? It was broadcast over PBS TV station in North Carolina.
I hope someone can help me. Thanks. Bev
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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