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The Collectors Newsletter #500 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #500 -- 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 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.
Welcome to our 500th issue. I just wanted to convey a note of thanks to
everyone that has contributed stories and subscribes to this newsletter
over the years. This is very much a community run publication. Without
your wonderful contributions and so many wonderful readers, we would
not have made it to #500. Thank you! ....Phil
As Cindy, from Cedar Rapids, IA, shared about collecting cicada (locust)
shells in the summertime, so did my brothers and I and now, my grandson.
As I write this, in February, I still have a construction paper 'tree' taped on
the wall by my back door with cicada shells glued all over the trunk. It's
about 2-feet tall x 1-foot across. My 9-year-old grandson made this for an
autumn decoration last fall and is one of his most treasured craft projects!
I've sent cicada shells to cousin's kids in Florida and California and they
were just fascinated by them. Listening to the hum-m-m-m of those things
in late summer as we ran barefooted around the yard catching lightning
bugs is a cherished memory. Thanks, Cindy!
I grew up in southern Indiana in the 50's. I had 5 little brothers and Mike,
one of the middle ones, had the most unusual collection I have ever
encountered: To keep food costs down, my parents would buy half a beef
at a local slaughter house, have it cut and wrapped, and keep it in the
freezer. My brother, Mike, loved to go with my parents to pick-up the meat.
The reason surfaced later. The butcher was giving him a pig's tail every
time he came in and it took us quite sometime to discover his bizarre
collection. When he could restrain himself no longer, Michael waved the
tails in our faces and one of my most vivid memories is being pursued by
a floppy, stinky pig's tail. Pamela
When our girls were 13 and 16 years old, we adopted a baby boy. We had
always loved shopping for antiques but would we be able to take him with
us and still be welcome? When I was small, My Grandmother started my
interest in butter pats to give me something to look for, have a small treat
and end up with an impressive collection. My older daughter had a
passion for hat pins. She became a floral designer and a Milliner! My
younger daughter loved teddy bears and old bear Christmas Ornaments.
She often uses bears in children's Therapy. Today, her large tree has many
interesting bears and antique toys for her two boys one of whom also
collects vintage keys and locks. Well, we finally decided that an
inexpensive, unbreakable and easy to find antique for our son would be
green handled kitchenware. He was welcome in every store as he seriously
identified himself as a collector. He is a grown up now and his collection
has grown right along with him. Of course, he is a Chef!
Carolyn, Portland, Oregon.
The stories about collecting cicada shells and crab tootsies put me in mind of
my own daughter. When she was in junior school the girls had to wear purse
belts as part of their uniform. Everyday I would go to put her dinner money in
it only to find several dead woodlice within! I then found out that she and her
friend were ‘collecting’ them! This went on for weeks before I could ‘persuade’
her to stop.
The irony of this is that 22 years later she is now terrified of ‘creepy crawlies’
and it sends a shiver down her spine when I remind her of her woodlice
collecting days! Lol Sheena B., Portsmouth England
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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 am so thrilled to report that I have found the owner of the photo album I
described in a recent newsletter. Janet Curts was contacted by a reader
and then Janet contacted me. She was amazed that I had been
searching for her for 5 years and that I had her album. She was very
curious about how the album found its way from Indiana to Florida. I told
her about my ebay purchase and I have no recollection about where the
dealer was located.
Janet did tell me that her mother was a famous "thrower outer"!! She
must have accidentally given it away in a box of books or something.
Dale Leer, the son of the album's maker, now lives in the Masonic Home
in Franklin, Ind.
I also learned about Janet's darling sister with Down's Syndrome, Billie Ruth.
She died at the age of 11 in 1949. Janet said she was just exactly as I
had thought - a joy to know. Billie Ruth was greatly loved by her family.
When she died, Janet became an only child. She told me that her mother
had passed away in 1996 and her dad in 2004. There were so many
"school" pictures in the album because her mother was an elementary
school principal. The photos of the little white cabins were from some of
their summer vacations. They used to travel from Indiana to S. Carolina
and would often stop along the way at motor courts like those in the
pictures. She and Billie Ruth are the little girls sitting on the front step of
the "Mickey Mouse" cabin at "Little's Cabins".
The poems by Barbara Pherson were written by her best friend in Jr. High
and High School, Barbara. They were very close and were together every
day since they lived only 4 houses apart. She is still in touch with Barbara.
I want to offer my sincere thanks to each person who contacted me. One
person said, "please don't get rid of the album!!! I know Janet Curts!!" I
promised her I would not give it to anyone but Janet. I am so amazed that,
as in the past with other items, I can make one or two phone calls, or
make a post in an online newsletter and find a total stranger and give them
back some bit of family history or something like this album that will bring
back a host of wonderful childhood memories.
It could not have happened without all the great people who took the time
to write either me or Janet. Several wrote to just thank me for even trying
to return the album. I do it because I know how I treasure my own family's
keepsakes and I just know that others will feel the same. That's what
makes it worthwhile.
God Bless each of you - I didn't do this alone! Judy Strickland
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its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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please send it to email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
The recipe request for Bisquick Apple dessert brought back a funny memory I
thought I'd share with you. A childhood friend of mine moved back from the
east coast and we promptly became room mates when we were both in our
early 20's. We used to make the apple dessert all the time as it was quick and
easy and didn't take too much talent! One night we were both craving it and I
whipped up a batch. When we started eating it we both thought it was tasting
really funny and couldn't figure out why it tasted so bad. After a little discussion
we discovered that she had cooked a piece of salmon in the baking pan the
night before and left the pan on the counter where clean dishes usually resided!
Ever since then it has forever been known as Applemon! Keli
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Barb requested a recipe for "Cobbler".
Here is one response that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
THANKS TO RUSS H. FOR REQUESTING THE RECIPE FOR THE
BISQUICK APPLE COFFEE CAKE. MY GRANDMOTHER MADE THAT
CAKE FOR YEARS AND I FOLLOWED SUIT, TAKING THE RECIPE OFF
THE BISQUICK BOX. ALAS, OVER THE YEARS THE RECIPE
DISAPPEARED. NOW I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING HIGH AND LOW
AND TRYING TO RACK MY BRAIN TO TRY TO REMEMBER AND ALL I
HAVE TO DO WAS OPEN MY FEBRUARY E-MAIL AND LOW AND
BEHOLD, THERE IT WAS.
THANKS TO RUSS FOR REQUESTING THE RECIPE AND THANKS TO
THE PERSON WHO RESPONDED. YOU REALLY MADE MY DAY.
First I have to tell you the funny story about this cobbler, a friend wanted
the recipe but she wasn't home when I called, so her husband took it down
for her. It calls for 4t baking powder but he wrote down 4T & she being a
newlywed, I guess didn't know you would never use that much, so she
faithfully follows the recipe!! Of course it bubbled & was like a volcano all
over her oven & made a huge mess! That was the end of his recipe
1 Large can sliced peaches, drained & juice reserved
1/2 butter, softened 1 C sugar 1 C milk 2 C flour 4t Baking Powder 1/2 salt
Cream butter & sugar. Combine dry ingredients and alternate with milk to
mixture. Place into greased 2 qt baking dish. Spoon fruit next and sprinkle
with sugar add reserved juice. Bake 45-50 minutes 350 degrees uncovered.
The Best Ever Peach Cobbler
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup milk
1 28oz can sliced peaches in heavy syrup undrained
Cinnamon for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place butter & margarine in oven in a 2 quart dish to melt.
Stir sugar & flour together and mix well.
Slowly add milk and continue to stir to prevent lumping.
Remove butter & dish from oven. . . No Stirring . . .
Pour batter directly over butter. . . ( Do Not Stir)
Spoon fruit on top of batter and gently pour syrup on top. ( No Stir)
Sprinkle with Cinnamon.
Important part of dish - Do Not Stir. . .
Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Note - Butter and or Margarine can be used in this recipe.
Is very rich with all butter. . . My family likes it best cut with
half Margarine. Paula of course used all Butter and less flour. . .
THIS is a TEXAS COBBLER and it is YUMMY and EASY.
HEAT OVEN TO 350
1 Can of any fruit (heat on stove with 1/2 cup sugar till hot)
1 stick of BUTTER (no margarine)
Melt butter in 8 X 8 OR 9X 9 pan till melted (don't let it burn)
In mixing bowl mix:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 TBSP baking powder
Pour over melted butter then pour fruit over this. sprinkle cinnamon
(I like cinnamon so I put a lot) on top ( I also sprinkle brown sugar
on top of cinnamon)
Bake till golden brown about 30 minutes
EXCELLENT WITH HOMEADE ICE CREAM. Elaine from TEXAS
Best and easiest cobbler from Mom.
Melt 1/2 stick margarine in baking dish. Use dish so it is only half
full when placing in oven. Dough puffs up and juice bubbles
vigorously when baking.
In separate bowl:
Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon
salt and 1 cup milk. Pour this into buttered baking dish. Spoon one
large can peaches (and juice) evenly over dough. Do NOT stir. Bake
in 400* oven for 15 minutes and then at 300* until done. Sprinkle with
small amount sugar and cinnamon if desired.
With fresh peaches I peel and slice 4-6 peaches and cook with water
and small amount of sugar (depending on sweetness of peaches) for
about 10 minutes. The juice with this cobbler is important. Cherries,
dewberries, apples or pineapple alone or in combination or great in
substitutes in this recipe. I usually double this recipe and use my
large lasagne baking dish for family events. Shirley Rhoades
Straight from the Wilson Family Cookbook, from icy southern Ohio,
here is the best cobbler recipe ever!! My grandpa loved it and I think
you will too.
MOM'S PEACH COBBLER
3 c. sliced peaches
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 c. sifted flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
6 Tbl melted oleo(margarine)
1 pint vanilla ice cream-softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon
Place peaches on bottom of 10 x 6 x 12 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with
lemon juice. Sift dry ingredients; add beaten egg, tossing with fork until
crumbly, sprinkle over peaches. Drizzle melted margarine over all. Bake
at 375 for 35 or 40 minutes. Combine softened ice cream with cinnamon
and top the cobbler at serving time.
Makes 6 big servings. Good hot or cold. Can also be served with half
and half. Stacy
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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.
I'm looking for the recipe that used to be on the back of the oatmeal box
to make apple crisp could u please find it for me.. my mother used to
make it i love it and want to share it with my kids but i have looked and
looked on boxes of oatmeal and its not there anymore.... thank you
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